Monday, June 12, 2017

NEW: Frank Zappa "Lagz Frank Zappa Archives volume 9" - 1DVD

Frank Zappa
Lagz FZ Archives volume 9

Capture process:
Mitsubishi HS-U747 (S-Video Out)> Sony DCR-TRV27 with Digial Pass-Thru > Firewire to PC > ScenalyzerLive 4.0

NTSC 29.97 fps : Aspect ratio 4:3
Video encoding rate: Target Max 8mbps / Min 7.5mbps
Audio encoding rate: PCM Audio
Edited in Adobe Premiere Pro
Authored with: DVDIT!-PE
Zappateers opening by Unicrayon

Oct 28, 1976 The Mike Douglas Show NBC (b)
Aug 28, 1981 Tomorrow Coast to Coast w/ DR. Demento NBC (a)
Oct 31, 1983 Nightwatch CBS (a)
Oct 02, 1985 Register to Vote PSA's (a)
Mar 11, 1988 The War Memorial Rochester, NY - Interview and Chunga's Revenge (b)

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NEW: Frank Zappa live in San Antonio 1984 - 2DVD - December 10

Frank Zappa
Majestic Performing Arts Center
San Antonio, Texas
10th December 1984

Video footage supplied by Al Fresco
Editing, Art & Authoring by unicrayon

Video Track: NTSC MPEG-2, 720 × 480, 16:9, 29.97 fps, 7.00 Mbps, lower field first
Audio Track: SBD PCM stereo, 48 kHz, 1.54 Mbps

Disc I - 65:45

Teenage Wind
Truck Driver Divorce
City Of Tiny Lites
You Are What You Is
Mudd Club
The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing
Carolina Hardcore Ecstasy
Advance Romance
Stick Together
In France
Drowning Witch
Black Page
Bamboozled By Love

Disc II - 51:51

Brown Moses
The Evil Prince
Let's Move To Cleveland
Encore I
My Guitar Wants To Kill Your Mama
Willie The Pimp
Cosmik Debris
Encore II
The Illinois Enema Bandit

unicrayon's notes:
The original footage looked dull, washed out, lined and was a long way from the action as the camera was set at the back of the hall. I ran a few color corrections, tests and stuff and decided that because there was such an empty space above and below in the 4:3 format, that I may as well color correct, edit and resize it for a widescreen presentation.
This gave me the chance to convert the audio to WAV, normalize and perform some tidying fades.
Unknown generation.

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RE-UP: Frank Zappa live in Paris 1984 - 2DVD - September 17

Palais Omnisport de Bercy
Paris, France
Sept 17, 1984

2x AUD Color DVD

PAL MPEG-2, 720 × 576, 4:3, 25 fps
PCM Stereo 48 kHz

The Credit Sequence

AlFresco as the Producer
manxzx for the original VHS Secam Tape
AlFresco for the transfer
HDJ for the B/W seed on Zappateers in 2006
Pittlabelle for editing out the missing tracks
BengoFury for supplying the ftp solution
kkchome for the MC audio seed
WIU2B for the patch audio seed
flambay for patching the complete show together
BengoFury for seeding the show

FZ, Ike Willis, Ray White, Scott Thunes, Chad Wackerman, Allan Zavod, Bobby Martin

Set I 48.52

01 Audience noise, Tuning Up [1:44]
02 Zoot Allures [6:58]
03 City Of Tiny Lites [7:03]
04 You Are What You Is [3:49]
05 Mudd Club [3:02]
06 The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing [3:07]
07 Carolina Hard-Core Ecstasy [5:38]
08 Advance Romance [7:23]
09 I'm The Slime [4:21] **
10 Joe's Garage [2:21]
11 Why Does It Hurt When I Pee? [2:54]

Set II 68.59

12 Intro to 2nd set [1:24]
13 In France [4:10]
14 More Trouble Every Day [4:26]
15 Penguin In Bondage (q:La Marseillaise) [4:54]
16 Hot Plate Heaven At The Green Hotel [5:04]
17 Sharleena [6:51]
18 Let's Move To Cleveland [16:53]
Encore I
19 "The Envelope, Please" (begin encores) [0:18]
20 The Closer You Are (incl. Johnny Darling) [2:46]
21 No No Cherry [1:26]
22 Cosmik Debris [5:56]
Encore II
23 He's So Gay [2:29] **
24 Bobby Brown [2:43] **
25 The Illinois Enema Bandit [9:00]

Total Time: 117.51

** Black & White HDJ version

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

NEW: Frank Zappa live in New York 1988 - 1DVD - February 5

1988 02 05 Beacon Theatre NYC 13.05 AUD-Shot (Fuchsfatal-Pittylabelle)


Live concert:

"Beacon Theatre, NYC"

Friday, 1988 02 05 | Start: 08.00 PM | Ticket: 20.00 $

New York City, NY, Beacon Theatre


Unknown generation VHS cassette



Frank Zappa's Band, February - June 1988
FZ, Ike Willis, Mike Keneally, Scott Thunes, Chad Wackerman, Ed Mann,
Bobby Martin, Bruce Fowler, Walt Fowler, Paul Carman, Albert Wing, Kurt McGettrick



01 Dickie's Such An Asshole (--> Start at 00:17)
02 When The Lie's So Big (--> Start at 05:53)
03 Planet Of The Baritone Women (--> Start at 09:34)
04 Any Kind Of Pain (--> Start at 12:23)

Total time 13.05 min



Poor black-and-white video quality but still watchable - better than nothing.
VHS played several times to ensure a best possible run.

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NEW: Frank Zappa live in in Munich 1978 - 1DVD - September 8 - pro-shot

Frank Zappa "We Don't Mess Around" - A "soooooo professional" video restoration project

September 8, 1978
Circus Krone, Munich, Germany


German Satellite TV August, 1996 (BR3) >Super VHS(HiFi) > Philips dvdrecorder > DVD > Zappateers
Data DVD > Demuxed > Various Filters > Re-encoded > Authored

Audio Lineage: VHS > DAT (WAV) > Flac > Me > AIFF

Video: MPEG-2, 720x528, 25fps, 4:3 PAL, 8000kbps
Audio: LPCM, 48000Hz, 1536kbps (mono)

FZ, Ike Willis, Denny Walley, Arthur Barrow, Tommy Mars, Peter Wolf, Ed Mann, Vinnie Colaiuta

58 mins


Pound for a Brown
Baby Snakes
Deathless Horsie
Dancin' Fool
Easy Meat
Honey Don't You Want a Man Like Me?
Keep It Greasey
Why Does It Hurt When I Pee?
Sofa #2
Vinnie's Seal Call Fusion Music
Bobby Brown
Dead Air/I'm On Duty
St. Alphonzo's Pancake Breakfast
Father Oblivion
Bamboozled Outro

A 6 day restoration project ...
For those who like details ... I Took the original video seeded here a couple of years back and split it into video stream and audio. Took jazzfromhell's uncompressed DAT WAV and matched it up against the original AC3 audio. Resampled to 48 KHz, normalized the resulting file to 0db and saved it to WAV.
Took the elementary video stream, resized it to fit the screen, made a couple of minor repairs, then ran several filters. De-interlaced with a 1 pix vertical smooth and a light sharpening. Adjusted individual channel levels to keep the color matched as close as possible to the original while darkening the black and lightening the white. I added a light grain removal to take out some edge artifacts and flat surface graininess. Anyway, 36 hours of rendering later, I had a new single pass VBR mpeg at maximum setting and I re-authored the DVD with the best audio possible.

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Monday, May 15, 2017

NEW: Frank Zappa live in Stockholm 1973 - 1DVD - August 21 - pro-shot

'Stockholm In Bondage'
Soliden, Skansen
1973 08 21

D1 - Opopoppa Warm-Up (20.33)

Cosmik Debris
Eric Dolphy
Kung Fu
Penguin In Bondage

Audio: FM Master LPCM
Cosmik Debris - Broadcast Master VHS (tordmullet)
Penguin, Kung Fu, RDNZL - Unknown Gen (mudsharknyc)
Fill Lineage: Musicbyran Broadcast > VHS > DV > Editing > DVD

Video: MPEG-2, 720 × 576, 4:3, 25 fps, 8.00 Mbps
Audio: PCM stereo, 48 kHz, 1.54 Mbps

The Band
Tom Fowler
Bruce Fowler
Jean-Luc Ponty
Ian Underwood
George Duke
Ruth Underwood
Ralph Humphrey

unicrayon's notes:
A year ago I finished the whole Opopoppa show & warm-up, then just before Xmas Federico Mocciaro sent me an upgrade of the warm-up section. It was more saturated in color but blown out in the lights, but a slight upgrade.
I replaced the audio for the whole warm-up section with an uncompressed mono FM audio broadcast from BengoFury and edited in the fresh transfer of Cosmik Debris from tordmullet's Musicbyran broadcast.

This year I received another copy from mudsharknyc and it proved to be less saturated and slightly better in the details so I had to do all the editing, resynching and animations again!

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

NEW: Frank Zappa "The Late Show Special volume 2" - 1DVD

Frank Zappa
The Late Show Special Part 2 of 2
BBC2 TV Broadcast 23rd July 1993.

Part 2 of Fergy's capture of the BBC Late Show honoring FZ. What follows is from Fergy's info file.

November 2015

BBC2 TV (Analogue)>Ferguson Videostar 6 head Hi-Fi VHS VCR (master)>Philips stand alone DVD recorder>Authored using Magic MEP.

The Late Show - Part Two: Musical Archives
01 - King Kong (BBC Studios 1968)
02 - This Town Is A Sealed Tuna Sandwich (Royal Festival Hall 1968)
03 - Cosmik Debris 1974
04 - City Of Tiny Lites 1979
05 - Stink Foot 1974
06 - Baby Snakes 1982
07 - Stevies Spanking 1982
08 - Inca Roads 1974
09 - San Bernadino 1979
10 - Night School 1986
11 - You Are What You Is 1979
12 - Camarill Brillo/Muffin Man 1979
13 - G Spot Tornado 1986
14 - Moving To Montana 1974
15 - Black Napkins 1979
Run time:- 01:26:22

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