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Frank Zappa - Zappa '80 Mudd Club/Munich '80 (2023) [CD-Rip]

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Art Rock, Jazz Rock, Fusion | Label: Universal Music, Zappa Records​

Zappa '80: Mudd Club/Munich combines two historical performances from the spring/summer 1980 band. The first is from a set at FZ's favorite NYC nightclub - the famous Mudd Club. Presented from a hi-res transfer of the original master tape. The second, from Olympiahalle in Munich, is the first ever live direct to digital stereo recording of Zappa. Mastering by Bernie Grundman, 2022.
Produced by Ahmet Zappa and Zappa Vaultmeister Joe Travers - and out now - this historically significant release, available now digitally and on 3CD via Zappa Records/UMe, marks the first time that full concerts have ever been released featuring the 1980 lineup of Zappa leading the five-strong band which included the dual vocal attack of Ike Willis and Ray White, Arthur Barrow on bass, Tommy Mars on keyboards, and newcomer David Logeman on drums.
Additionally, this is the first posthumous release of this distinct, brief lineup, as Logeman, who replaced drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, would end up leaving when Colaiuta returned to the band. Previously only two tracks from these shows - "Love Of My Life" from Mudd Club and "You Didn't Try To Call Me" from Munich - were ever released by Zappa on his CD live series, You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore.
The Mudd Club show was recorded on May 8, 1980 by Klaus Weidemann on a 2-track Nagra tape recorder while the Munich show at Olympiahalle was recorded and mixed by engineer Mick Glossop direct to digital 2-track stereo and has the distinction of being the first digital live recording of Zappa ever. The Maestro was early to embrace the emerging technology and would importantly shift to it as a result of this recording.
Made on a Sony PCM 1600 recording system, the show was recorded on 3/4" U-Matic videotape, which at the time was state of the art but is now a relic of the rapid evolution of sound recording. The show was transferred from the original digital masters and audio drop-outs, a common issue with this format, were fixed by Travers using multiple tape backups, some analog, some digital, that Zappa worked on, signaling he was considering a potential release at some point. Both shows were mastered by Bernie Grundman at Bernie Grundman Mastering.
Zappa '80: Mudd Club/Munich is available digitally for streaming and download and as a 3CD set with the 15-track Mudd Club performance in its entirety on disc 1 and the 22-track full Munich concert spread across discs 2 and 3. The package features cover photography and a host of rare and unseen photos of Zappa and the band members in the accompanying 17-page booklet shot on tour by superfan George Alper.
Alper, the son of seminal '60s photographer Joe Alper, who befriended Zappa and became part of his inner circle in NYC and eventually sold merch on tour, provides some of his personal memories in the extensive liner notes that also includes an introduction from Joe Travers, a detailed track-by-track of the setlists by band member, Arthur Barrow, who also offers up a reminiscence about the tour and 1980 lineup, and is rounded out with an illuminating essay by Steve Vai who attended the Mudd Club show as a 19-year-old fan who was hired by Zappa to transcribe recently recorded guitar solos and drum tracks. A few months later Vai was invited to join the band and as the virtuoso guitarist/songwriter pens in the liners, "From that point on, the whirlwind world of Frank Zappa that I embarked on for the next 3 years was intense, funny, terrifying at times, but deeply and soulfully rewarding."
In 1980, The Mudd Club was a happening, underground venue in lower Manhattan best known for being a popular hangout for the counterculture and a bastion of new wave and punk which dominated NYC's music and fashion scene. As Travers writes in the liners, "celebrities and musicians alike would frequent the 'art bar cabaret' during its heyday between 1979 and 1983, dancing, drinking and making the scene amongst the New York City denizens of the deep." Zappa loved the small, seedy club and the punks, posers and hipsters that called it home, and so made it a priority to play there while on tour, scheduling a performance on May 8, 1980, at the tiny 240-capacity room, sandwiched between much larger arena dates in Cincinnati, Philadelphia and the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Long Island where he played two shows in one night to more than 20,000 fans total.
Zappa and his five-piece band treated the sweaty, packed club to a thrilling 15-song, hour-long set filled with tracks from the recently released 1979 albums, the triple LP rock opera, Joe's Garage ("Joe's Garage," "Keep It Greasy," "Outside Now," "Why Does It Hurt When I Pee?"), and Sheik Yerbouti ("Bobby Brown Goes Down," "City Of Tiny Lites"), along with songs from across his prolific catalog, including "I Ain't Got No Heart" and "You Didn't Try To Call Me" from 1966's Freak Out!, and the title track from 1970's Chunga's Revenge.
Additionally, the band played early versions of Zappa's homage to the club, "Mudd Club," "The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing," and "You Are What You Is," which would all be recorded after the tour and released the following year on You Are What You Is. The show was famously captured by an Austrian film crew DoRo (Rudi Dolezal and Hannes Rossacher) who included two songs - "Mudd Club" and "Chunga's Revenge" - in their documentary, Frank Zappa: New York and Elsewhere.
Whereas the Mudd Club show took place early into the tour, the concert at Munich's Olympiahalle arena was the final show and saw the band firing all on cylinders after three months on the road together. The set, which included most of the songs played at the Mudd Club, was nearly twice as long and also featured such highlights as "Cosmik Debris," "Dancin' Fool," "Pound For A Brown," "The Illinois Enema Bandit," and a cover of Tony Allen's "Nite Owl." Notably the band played an early rendition of "Pick Me, I'm Clean," which Zappa would release the following year on the double live album, Tinsel Town Rebellion.
Tracklist
01. Mudd Club Show Start
02. Chunga's Revenge
03. Keep It Greasy
04. Outside Now
05. City of Tiny Lites (edited)
06. Pound for a Brown
07. You Are What You Is
08. You Didn't Try to Call Me
09. I Ain't Got No Heart
10. Love of My Life
11. Easy Meat
12. Mudd Club
13. The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing
14. Joe's Garage
15. Why Does It Hurt When I Pee?
16. Munich '80 Show Start
17. Chunga's Revenge
18. Keep It Greasy
19. Pick Me, I'm Clean
20. City of Tiny Lites
21. Pound for a Brown
22. Cosmik Debris
23. You Didn't Try to Call Me
24. I Ain't Got No Heart
25. Love of My Life
26. You Are What You Is
27. Easy Meat
28. Mudd Club
29. The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing
30. Joe's Garage
31. Why Does It Hurt When I Pee?
32. Dancin' Fool
33. Bobby Brown Goes Down
34. Ms. Pinky
35. Stick It Out
36. Nite Owl
37. The Illinois Enema Bandit

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