Price: £57.99
Format: boxset
Artist: Frank Zappa
Availability: 25-10-2019
CatNo: 0200312
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Frank Zappa Halloween 73 boxset
Frank Zappa’s two complete Halloween shows in Chicago, recorded on 31 October 1973, on a very limited 4CD box set with 40-page booklet, FrankenZappa mask and gloves.
 
Produced by Ahmet Zappa and Joe Travers, digitally transferred in 96K/24B from the original analogue tapes, mastered and remixed by Craig Parker Adams.
 
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Out just in time for Halloween 2019, the previously completely unreleased live recordings contain more than four and a half hours of material, with songs from across Zappa’s prolific catalogue. That includes his then-new 1973 album Over-Nite Sensation and the upcoming 1974 release Apostrophe, plus early arrangements of such tracks as Penguin In Bondage, Dickie’s Such An Asshole and Village Of The Sun, which would appear on studio and live albums later in his career. 
 
The releases continue the Halloween series started by the Zappa Family Trust in 2017 with the acclaimed Halloween 77 releases.
 
The 40-page booklet includes detailed liner notes from Joe Travers, and Ruth Komanoff Underwood and Ralph Humphrey, Zappa’s bandmates who played on the dates with him. A wealth of never-before-seen photos from the event is also included.
Disc 1 (Show 1)
1. “Happy Halloween To Each And Every One Of You” 4:36
2. Pygmy Twylyte 3:25
3. The Idiot Bastard Son 2:24
4. Cheepnis 3:28
5. “Another Assembly Of Items” 1:29
6. The Eric Dolphy Memorial Barbecue 1:02
7. Kung Fu 1:32
8. Penguin In Bondage 7:12
9. T’Mershi Duween 1:46
10. The Dog Breath Variations 1:47
11. Uncle Meat 2:24
12. RDNZL 5:54
13. Village Of The Sun 4:14
14. Ecidna’s Arf (Of You) 4:11
15. Don’t You Ever Wash That Thing? 9:54
16. Montana 6:55
TRT: 62:12
 
Disc 2 (Show 1 Continued)
1. Dupree’s Paradise 19:12
2. “Almost Up To Date” 1:35
3. Dickie’s Such An Asshole 10:04
(Show 2)
4. “That Greatest Of American Holidays” 4:50
5. Cosmik Debris 6:51
6. “We’re Hurtin’ For Tunes” 1:04
7. Pygmy Twylyte 3:40
8. The Idiot Bastard Son 2:17
9. Cheepnis 4:18
10. I’m The Slime 4:29
11. Big Swifty 9:37
TRT: 67:56
 
Disc 3 (Show 2 Continued)
1. The History Of The San Clemente Magnetic Deviation 1:50
2. Dickie’s Such An Asshole 9:59
3. “Another New Event” :56
4. Farther O’Blivion – Part 1 9:03
5. Father O’Blivion – Part 2 10:10
6. “Pervert’s Special Holiday” 1:10
7. Penguin In Bondage 7:27
8. T’Mershi Duween 1:45
9. RDNZL 6:06
10. Inca Roads 10:55
11. Medley: Son Of Mr. Green Genes/King Kong/Chunga’s Revenge 16:23
TRT: 75:44
 
Disc 4 (Bonus Rehearsals 10-20/21-73)
1. The Eric Dolphy Memorial Barbecue (10-21-73) 1:05
2. Penguin In Bondage (10-20-73) 6:45
3. T’Mershi Duween (10-20-73) 1:46
4. Dog Breath (10-20-73) 1:28
5. The Dog Breath Variations (10-20-73) 1:20
6. Uncle Meat (10-20-73) 2:18
7. RDNZL (10-20-73) 5:10
8. Magic Fingers (10-21-73) 4:47
9. Inca Roads (10-20-73) 14:38
10. Father O’Blivion (10-21-73) 17:54
11. Cosmik Debris (10-20-73) 10:36
12. Big Swifty (10-21-73) 4:41
TRT: 72:28