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Show of the Week: Frank Zappa – 13 Oct 1978

Show of the Week: Frank Zappa – 13 Oct 1978

 

This Week: Frank Zappa – Full Concert Recorded Live: 10/13/1978 – Capitol Theatre (Passaic, NJ)

Personnel:

Frank Zappa – guitar, vocals

Denny Walley – slide guitar, vocals

Ike Wiilis – guitar, vocals

Patrick O’Hearn – bass

Arthur Barrow – bass

Tommy Mars – keyboards

Peter Wolf – keyboards

Vinnie Colaiuta – drums

Ed Mann – percussion

Although poor quality audience recordings have circulated among fans for many years, presented here is a direct recording of Frank Zappa’s early show on October 13, 1978 at The Capitol Theatre in Passaic, NJ. This night is notable not only for containing two of the most memorable performances of the 1978 World Tour, but this concert was also bass player Patrick O’hearn’s debut gig with Zappa. The concert contains a wide ranging selection of material both old and new and a good balance between Zappa’s humorous social commentary songs and his more challenging instrumental compositions. It kicks off with a standout example of Zappa’s seering guitar work on “Deathless Horsie,” which would finally see release on his Shut Up & Play Your Guitar series several years later. In terms of outstanding solos, a highly improvised “City Of Tiny Lights” featuring Denny Walley in fantastic form on slide guitar, is certainly a highlight. The same can be said of is “Pound For A Brown On The Bus,” which immediately follows. This serves as an extended showcase for Ed Mann on vibes, followed by electric piano and then synthesizer solos by Tommy Mars and Peter Wolf. Closing the set is a complete performance of the Apostrophe album classic “Yellow Snow Suite. The two encores are also notable, beginning with a non-orchestral performance of “Strictly Genteel.” This grand finale composition to “200 Motels” is followed by “Dinah Moe Hum.” On this final encore Zappa adamantly insists on sing-a-long audience participation. When he notices a guy wearing a Rolling Stones t-shirt who is not joining in the fun, he specifically singles him out. So determined is Zappa to get this gentleman to sing along, that he vows to end the performance should he fail to participate! Following an unsuccessful second chance to engage said audience member, and true to his word, Zappa suddenly stops the performance and concludes the concert.

Setlist:

0:00:00 – Deathless Horsie

0:06:26 – Dancin’ Fool

0:10:04 – Easy Meat

0:14:23 – Honey Don’t You Want A Man Like Me

0:18:45 – Keep It Greasy

0:22:26 – Village Of The Sun

0:34:06 – The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing

0:37:51 – City Of Tiny Lights

0:47:15 – Pound For A Brown On The Bus (incomplete)

0:56:00 – Bobby Brown (incomplete)

0:58:56 – Conehead

1:08:11 – Flakes

1:13:00 – Magic Fingers

1:15:27 – Yellow Snow Suite

1:32:02 – Strictly Genteel

1:39:12 – Dinah Moe Hum

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