Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Frank Zappa - Uddel, Netherlands 1970-06-18 (Bootleg)

Frank Zappa - Uncle Meat 1969-06

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Zappa and The Mothers of Invention returned to Los Angeles in the summer of 1968. Despite being a success with fans in Europe, The Mothers of Invention were not faring well financially. Their first records were vocally oriented, but Zappa wrote more instrumental jazz and classical oriented music for the band's concerts, which confused audiences. Zappa felt that audiences failed to appreciate his "electrical chamber music".

In 1969 there were nine band members and Zappa was supporting the group himself from his publishing royalties whether they played or not. 1969 was also the year Zappa, fed up with MGM's interference, left MGM Records for Warner Bros. Records' Reprise Records subsidiary where Zappa/Mothers recordings would bear the Bizarre Records imprint. In late 1969, Zappa broke up the band. 

Frank Zappa 1970-05-12
He often cited the financial strain as the main reason, but also commented on the band members' lack of sufficient effort. Many band members were bitter about Zappa's decision, and some took it as a sign of Zappa's concern for perfection at the expense of human feeling. Others were irritated by 'his autocratic ways', exemplified by Zappa's never staying at the same hotel as the band members. Several members would, however, play for Zappa in years to come. Remaining recordings with the band from this period were collected on Weasels Ripped My Flesh and Burnt Weeny Sandwich (both released in 1970).

Later in 1970, Zappa formed a new version of The Mothers (from then on, he mostly dropped the "of Invention"). It included British drummer Aynsley Dunbar, jazz keyboardist George Duke, Ian Underwood, Jeff Simmons (bass, rhythm guitar), and three members of The Turtles: bass player Jim Pons, and singers Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan, who, due to persistent legal and contractual problems, adopted the stage name "The Phlorescent Leech and Eddie", or "Flo & Eddie".

This version of The Mothers debuted on Zappa's next solo album Chunga's Revenge (1970), which was followed by the double-album soundtrack to the movie 200 Motels (1971), featuring The Mothers, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Ringo Starr, Theodore Bikel, and Keith Moon. Co-directed by Zappa and Tony Palmer, it was filmed in a week at Pinewood Studios outside London. Tensions between Zappa and several cast and crew members arose before and during shooting. The film deals loosely with life on the road as a rock musician. 

Frank Zappa - Lumpy Gravy 1968-05
It was the first feature film photographed on videotape and transferred to 35 mm film, a process which allowed for novel visual effects. It was released to mixed reviews. The score relied extensively on orchestral music, and Zappa's dissatisfaction with the classical music world intensified when a concert, scheduled at the Royal Albert Hall after filming, was canceled because a representative of the venue found some of the lyrics obscene. In 1975, he lost a lawsuit against the Royal Albert Hall for breach of contract.

After 200 Motels, the band went on tour, which resulted in two live albums, Fillmore East - June 1971 and Just Another Band From L.A.; the latter included the 20-minute track "Billy the Mountain", Zappa's satire on rock opera set in Southern California. This track was representative of the band's theatrical performances in which songs were used to build up sketches based on 200 Motels scenes as well as new situations often portraying the band members' sexual encounters on the road.

In December 1971, there were two serious setbacks. While performing at Casino de Montreux in Switzerland, The Mothers' equipment was destroyed when a flare set off by an audience member started a fire that burned down the casino. Immortalized in Deep Purple's song "Smoke on the Water", the event and immediate aftermath can be heard on the bootleg album Swiss Cheese/Fire, released legally as part of Zappa's Beat the Boots II compilation. 

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After a week's break, The Mothers played at the Rainbow Theatre, London, with rented gear. During the encore, an audience member pushed Zappa off the stage and into the concrete-floored orchestra pit. The band thought Zappa had been killed—he had suffered serious fractures, head trauma and injuries to his back, leg, and neck, as well as a crushed larynx, which ultimately caused his voice to drop a third after healing. This accident resulted in him using a wheelchair for an extended period, forcing him off the road for over half a year. 

Upon his return to the stage in September 1972, he was still wearing a leg brace, had a noticeable limp and could not stand for very long while on stage. Zappa noted that one leg healed "shorter than the other" (a reference later found in the lyrics of songs "Zomby Woof" and "Dancin' Fool"), resulting in chronic back pain. Meanwhile, The Mothers were left in limbo and eventually formed the core of Flo and Eddie's band as they set out on their own.[Wikipedia]

Frank Zappa, 18-Jun 1970, Uddel, Netherlands 
Live at the "Piknik" show, VPRO, Dutch Television

The Mothers Of Invention June 1970 - April 1971:    
Frank Zappa 
 Mark Volman 
 Howard Kaylan 
 Jeff Simmons 
 Aynsley Dunbar 
 Ian Underwood 
 George Duke 

00. "Silence Fools !!...
01. FZ Interview & Band Intro [5:38] 
02. Wonderful Wino [4:51]
03. Concentration Moon [2:28]
04. Mom & Dad [3:12]
05. The Air [3:16]
06. Dog Breath [2:08]
07. Mother People [2:08]
08. You Didn't Try To Call Me [4:19]
09. Agon [0:37]
10. Call Any Vegetable [7:11]
11. King Kong Part 1 [4:29]
12. Igor's Boogie [1:08]
13. King Kong Part 2 [7:45]

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Frank Zappa - Absolutely Free - 1967-10


Timmy said...

Great Holiday music! Thanx........

DoKtor Alphonzo said...

Great Googly Moogly
great post

Anonymous said...

hi chris, tahnk you for zappa! i like his music very much and when the beatles are mozart than zappa is beethoven! i like beethoven:-)both where ahead of the times..... lg, m

Anonymous said...

And some more Zappa !!!

Anonymous said...

Excelent thank you very much for uploading.

boogieman said...

Thanks a lot for this bootleg. I saw this band in Brussels that same year, it was the first appearance of the MoI in Belgium. Fantatic concert.
(Zappa had played in Amougies in 68 or 69 but without the Mothers. He also jammed with Ten Years After - would you believe! - at Theatre 140 in Brussels). Those were the days!

pb said...

THANX FOR REMEMBERING THE GENIOUS AND AUDACITY OF FZ! you'll be eternally blessed. hugs. pi

Romano Manara said...

Thanks for nothing! Probably these links are for USA only. I found not 1 who's working… :-( Fortunately i have all of these and i'm looking only for better audio q.ty (possibly) :-)
From Italy, R.