Monday, November 24, 2014

NEW: Frank Zappa live in Rotterdam 1980 - 2CD - May 24 - mp3 & flac links

FRANK ZAPPA
SPORTPALEIS AHOY, ROTTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS, MAY 24, 1980
The Godfatherecords G.R. 972/973 “Ahoy, Eighties!”

Booklet text:
"AHOY, EIGHTIES!"
FRANK ZAPPA AND A STRANGE NEW DECADE
1980 found Frank Zappa at an interesting point. He had not released a single record that year, having released five (yes FIVE) records in 1979, including the triomphant "Joe's Garage, Acts I, II & III". A tour of the USA and Europe for March through July of that year had been booked, though with a smaller band than usual, including Arthur Barrow on bass, Ike Willis on guitar and vocals, Ray White on guitar and vocals, and Tommy Mars on keys. Vinnie Colaiuta, Zappa's most recent (and perhaps greatest) drummer,- had reportedly attempted to squeeze a raise out of Frank (a big no-no), and as a result was replaced at the last minute by David Logeman, a Berklee graduate who beat out 54 candidates for the gig, and did an admirable job considering the impossible shoes he had to fill.
The repertoire consisted largely of tunes that would comprise the "You Are What You Is" album, which would be recorded back in Los Angeles after the tour's conclusion (featuring "Sirat Abuse" by newcomer Steve Vai, who was not yet a part of the band during this tour). 11 songs in total were performed from that as-yet unrecorded LP, accompanied by a generous helping of "Joe's garage" tracks (which did much to highlight Colaiuta's absence) as well as some Zappa staples.
The gig at the Ahoy in Rotterdam was only the second gig of the European leg of the tour, followinll approximately 36 dates throughout the States. In "The Real Frank Zappa Book", Frank described the Ahoy as "a charming sort of Dutch indoor bicycle racing grena with a concrete floor and a bankod wooden track all around the room." The show itself was typical of the tour: opening with a heavy guitar number, in this case "Chunga's Revenge" (which alternated the opening slot with "Watermelon In Easter Hay" and "Treacherous Cretins"), then launching into a couple tracks from "Joe's Garage": "Keep lt Greasy" and a gorgeous "Outside Now". Soon after, the band launches into a massive suite of tracks from the future "You Are What You Is", before heading back in time to "Cosmik Debris", then even farther back with "You Didn't Try To Call Me" and "I Ain't Got No Heart", concluding the trip down memory lane with the doo-wop track "Love of My Life" from "Cruising With Ruben and the Jets". The rest of the gig would rely on relatively current tracks, including pre-release versions of what would be the title track from the new record, as well as "I Dont Wanna Get Drafted", followed by more from "Joe's Garage" and "Sheik Yerbouti". "The Illinois Enema Bandit" ended the show, sung, as it always should be, by the incomparable Ray White.
Having been broadcast by Dutch radio, this show was soon widely circulated on bootleg, including "Personality" on LP, and "Boot the Beats", a copy of that LP on CD, however both of these releases were in mono. A better, stereo source surfaced in the 90's, released by Take lt Or Leave lt Music as "Ahoy Rotterdam — June 24, 1980" (the date is incorrect). What you have before you now is the definitive version of this show, from two sources seamlessly edited together to present the music as it should be, devoid of DJ interruptions, radio bumpers, or tape flips. Enjoy this glimpse into Zappa's past as he looked into the future, towards what would be perhaps his most important decade for changing the world: the 1980s.
Gordon Gartrell

Quality: IMHO excellent

Setlist:

CD 1
01. Tuneups
02. Chunga's Revenge
03. Keep lt Greasey
04. Outside Now
05. City Of Tiny Lites
06. Teenage Wind
07. Bamboozled By Love
08. Pick Me I'm Clean
09. Society Pages
10. I'm A Beautiful Guy
11. Beauty Knows No Pain
12. Charlie's Enormous Mouth
13. Cosmik Debris

CD 2
01. You Didn't Try To Call Me
02. I Ain't Got No Heart
03. Love Of My Life
04. You Are What You Is
05. Easy Meat
06. Joe's Garage
07. Why Does lt Hurt When I Pee?
08. Encore Break 1
09. Dancin' Fool
10. Bobby Brown
11. Ms. Pinky
12. Encore Break 2
13. I Don't Wanna Get Drafted
14. The Illinois Enema Bandit
15. Outro

Crew:
FRANK ZAPPA
IKE WILLIS
RAY WHITE
ARTHUR BARROW
DAVID LOGEMAN
TOMMY MARS

FLAC:
Download this bootleg here

MP3:
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