Frank Zappa - (1977-12-31) Pauley Pavillion, University of Californa, Los Angeles, CA


Wax Flags (2 LP / 2 CD)
Punky's Whips Shown on Stage (2 CD)
Martian Love Secrets (2 LP)

Pauley Pavillion, University of Californa, Los Angeles, 31-Dec-1977
Also issued on CD as Punky's Whips Shown on Stage (Tuff Bites TB 94.1004).
Re-issued as Martian Love Secrets (FZ 500) ("Martian Love Secrets" was the working title of the Sheik Yerbouti album).
Length: ~90 min
Sound quality: Audience B+
Label: Ruthless Rhymes FZ500 / Raring Records Rarities

Musicians: Frank Zappa, Adrian Belew, Patrick O'Hearn, Tommy Mars, Peter Wolf, Ed Mann, Terry Bozio and Roy Estrada

1. Instrumental [mislisted as "Envelopes"]
2. Is This Guy Kidding or What? / I Have Been in You
3. Flakes [the last part only, listed as "Tom Snyder vs the Red Spiders from NBC]
4. Flakes [the last part continues] / Broken Hearts Are for Assholes
5. Wild Love (part 1) [listed as "Stinky Finger"]
6. Wild Love (part 2) [listed as "Fancy Stinky Part 1"]

7. Wild Love (part 3) [listed as "Fancy Stinky Part 2"] 
8. Punky's Whips

9. "Stink-Foot" Solo
10. The Black Page #2
11. Jones Crusher [listed as "Deadly Jaws"]
12. Disco Boy
13. Dinah-Moe Humm
14. Bobby Brown

15. Conehead [different, instrumental version]
16. Camarillo Brillo
17. Muffin Man
18. San Ber'dino
19. Black Napkins
20. Auld Lang Syne

This show was around 3 hours long, so this is edited down. The sound is not too good, audience-recorded in a boomy hall, with some instruments not always audible, but the performance is good. The track list on the cover is not at all correct (the above is much better).

Track 1 is listed as "Envelopes" but is really a jam, probably a solo section from "A Pound for a Brown on the Bus".
Track 2 is "I Have Been in You" with an intro like the one on Stage #6, "Is This Guy Kidding or What".
Track 3 is just the end part, with Adrian Belew's e-bow solo.
Track 4 has 30 more seconds of "Flakes".
"Wild Love", including improvisations, is split up over three tracks, listed as "Stinky Finger" and "Fancy Stinky Parts 1-2". At 01:21 in track 6, a wild solo section ensues, with Tommy Mars and Peter Wolf doing keyboard improvisations. Then the first 01:57 of track 7 is Adrian Belew on guitar, 01:58-08:23 a "Yo' Mama" type Zappa solo, and the remaining 08:24-09:09 the last part of "Wild Love".
Track 15 is a different, instrumental "Conehead" (and may belong last on vinyl side 3 instead).
Some Wax Flags issues have a cheap black & white cover, others a deluxe tan & white (and there was a yellow vinyl run of 100 numbered copies). Punky's Whips Shown on Stage is packaged in a 4-way slick cardboard gatefold with a caricature of Zappa as Uncle Sam both on the cover and inside (differing in colour schemes), some tracking errors and vinyl surface noise at the beginning and end of each reproduced vinyl side. It is a German edition, passing it self off as Luxembourgian.

A variant cover of Wax Flags has been reported. It has a live picture of Zappa with a microphone, a picture of Zappa holding a picture of himself playing guitar while "shooting the finger". The vinyl is multi-coloured, and the label of one disc has a drawing of a gargoyle with two heads in front of a tombstone with "Verzyl" inscribed on it, while the other label has what "appears to be a Chinese-style drawing of a warrior with a spear and a sword attacking a serpent in front of a pyramid". (This cover and these labels don't list any tracks at all.) 

A reader's account of Wax Flags:

I have a copy of Wax Flags from Germany. Two black-vinyl LPs. The label, which doesn't list the tracks, has an image from (or at least a rip-off from) an old National Lampoon cover, "Buy this magazine, or we'll shoot this dog": it's a photo of a dog with a gun to its head. The label identifies this as "An Original First Pressing"/"Made in Germany".

The two disks are in a single, plain white sleve. Inside is a folded, blue sheet with the track listings, personnel, etc., and a B&W (actually, it's printed in green ink) photo of Zappa aiming the fret-end of a guitar toward the camera. This "label" was apparently printed in Denmark.

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