Wednesday, April 26, 2017

NEW: Frank Zappa live in New York 1988 - 1DVD - February 6

1988 02 06 Beacon Theatre NYC 62.07 AUD-Shot (Fuchsfatal-Pittylabelle)


Live concert:

"Beacon Theatre, NYC"

Saturday, 1988 02 06 | 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 Stinkfoot (--> Start at 00:00)
02 I Ain't Got No Heart (--> Start at 06:34)
03 Love Of My Life (--> Start at 08:27)
04 Bamboozled By Love (--> Start at 08:32)
05 Peaches En Regalia (--> Start at 12:42)
06 Heavy Duty Judy (--> Start at 14:58)
07 We're Turning Again (--> Start at 19:50)
08 Packard Goose Medley (--> Start at 22:58)
09 Any Kind Of Pain (--> Start at 25:16)
10 Jesus Thinks You're A Jerk (--> Start at 27:57)
11 Sofa (--> Start at 33:35)


12 The Torture Never Stops Medley (--> Start at 36:24)
13 King Kong (--> Start at 47:24)
14 Stairway To Heaven (--> Start at 61:24)

Total time 62.07 min

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NEW: Frank Zappa live in Vienna 1984 - 1DVD - October 4

1984 10 04 Vienna AT 54.11 AUD-Shot (Fuchsfatal-Pittylabelle)


Live concert:

Thursday, 1984 10 04 | Start: 00:00 ?

Vienna, Austria, Stadthalle


Unknown generation VHS cassette



Frank Zappa's Band, July - December 1984:
FZ, Ike Willis, Ray White, Scott Thunes, Chad Wackerman,
Allan Zavod, Bobby Martin



01 Zoot Allures -> cuts in
02 Tinseltown Rebellion
03 More Trouble Everyday
04 Penguin in Bondage
05 Hot Plate Heaven At The Green Hotel
06 The Evil Prince
07 Lucille Has Messed My Mind Up
08 Drowning Witch -> cuts out

Time 36.09 min

Repeat of 5 tracks with a different shot:
09 Tinseltown Rebellion -> cuts in
10 More Trouble Every Day
11 Penguin In Bondage -> cuts out
12 The Evil Prince -> cuts in -> cuts out
13 Lucille Has Messed My Mind Up -> cuts in -> cuts out

Total time 54.11 min

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

NEW: Frank Zappa live in Passaic 1978 - 1DVD - October 13 - late show

1978 10 13 - Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ
Patrick O'Hearn joins the band.
Late show
90 min, Aud, A-/B+

Persona Non Grata, Dancin' Fool, Easy Meat, Bamboozled By Love, Sy Borg, Suicide Chump [video in H], Little House I Used To Live In,
Yo' Mama, Magic Fingers, Black Napkins (q: Manx Needs Women), Camarillo Brillo, Muffin Man

This copy: 102.19 min, AUD MC, A-/B+ (SBD patches A/A- mono)

Source: Master audience cassette

TDK AD-C90 Cassette(master) > Nakamichi CR-7A cassette deck > Tascam US-122L >
Sound Forge 7.0 (record/edits/resample) > FLAC Level 8 > wav >
Soundforge 9: speed correction, tracking > flac TLH lvl7 w/SBA (629 MB - previous FZ Shows seed) > wav
Soundforge 10: fixing a few drop out spots in AUD source, patching in SBD source fills >
flac TLH lvl8 w/SBA (664 MB)

Taped By: Hank B.
Collected By: SH
Transferred By: Drew51
Edited By: Drew51, flambay

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Friday, April 7, 2017

NEW: Frank Zappa interview for local TV 1980 - 1DVD - May 2

1980 05 02 - Five All Night Live All Night - 19.37 Pro-Shot NTSC-DVD (shopkin527)


Recording Date and Place:

Friday, May 2, 1980
WCVB-TV Studios
Needham, MA, USA

"Five All Night Live All Night" Interview with Matt Siegel

(Not available on the tracker before)


Description (shopkin527):

I recently found this old VHS tape featuring a live Zappa interview.
Although it wasn't dated, they refer to a recent show in Providence and
a show "tomorrow night" at the Music Hall in Boston, so this was most
probably recorded after the Providence show May 2 late night > May 3
early morning (the Music Hall show was May 3, 1980) at WCVB-TV Studios
in Needham, Massachusetts.

Features an interview with Matt Siegel and several phone call-in questions.
This may not be the complete interview and approximately 7 minutes of footage
from "Baby Snakes" has been removed as officially released material.


Lineage (shopkin527):

WCVB-TV Channel 5 (Boston) TV Broadcast > Betamax Master > VHS Mono Copy >
Standalone DVD (HQ mode) > DVD Shrink (no compression) > Hard Drive


Technical Stuff:

Video Attributes:
Video compression mode: MPEG-2 (DxVA off)
TV system: 525/60 (NTSC)
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Display Mode: Both Pan & Scan
Source picture resolution: 720 x 480 (525/60)
Frame Rate: 30.00
Source picture letterboxed: Not letterboxed
Bitrate: ~ 9.5 Mbps

Audio Attributes:
Audio Coding mode: Dolby Digital
Sampling Rate: 48 kHz
Audio application mode: Surround
Number of Audio channels: 2.0
Bitrate: 256 Kbps
Number of Audio streams: 1


Simple recorder DVD menu, chapters at 5 minute intervals, no artwork

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NEW: Frank Zappa live in Newport 1969 - 1DVD - July 5 - pro-shot

1969 07 05 Newport RI 5.21 Pro-Shot (ervbefel nareik)


Live concert:

Saturday, 1969 07 05

Newport Jazz Festival Field, Newport, Rhode Island





The Mothers Of Invention, May 1969 - August 1969:
FZ, Roy Estrada, Jimmy Carl Black, Art Tripp, Ian Underwood,
Don Preston, Bunk Gardner, Motorhead Sherwood, Buzz Gardner


Original setlist:

01 Intro
02 Igor's Boogie
03 Improvisation (incl. Octandre)
04 Louie Louie / Passacaglia
05 Sunshine Of Your Love / Passacaglia
06 Improvisation (incl. Gumbo Variations)
07 Some Ballet Music
08 Story Of Pound For A Brown
09 String Quartet

Just song snippets from original setlist:
Total time 5.21 min



This was originally without sound. Video probably synced
with Yojimbo's AUD version (see below). Beside the timecodes
and watermarks, the picture quality is brilliant.



MP4 provided by "ervbefel nareik" via YouTube

Sadly, no other info available at the moment.


Technical stuff:

Video attributes:
Codec: H264 - MPEG-4 AVC (part 10) (avc1)
Resolution: 1280 x 720
Refresh rate: 30
Decoded format: Planar 4:2:0 YUV

Audio attributes:
Codec: MPEG AAC Audio (mp4a)
Channels: Stereo
Sampling rate: 44,1 kHz

Audio streams: 1

Download this bootleg DVD here

NEW: Frank Zappa live in Bremen 1968 - 1DVD - October 6 - pro-shot

1968 October 6th
The Mothers of Invention
The Beat Club
West Germany

79.02 Pre Broadcast SBD A+

Title: LIEDERLICHES Episode 5
First Broadcast Date: 1970 10 15 on German TV Station ARD
This Copy is from the converted BETACAM SP Mastertape
Cassette: SONY E-60PR



Transfers by xxhoff
Audio fixed by PittyLabelle
Authoring, editing and animation by unicrayon

Lineage: Betacam Master > DVD > Authored DVD > You

01 Noodling, soundcheck, tuning up
02 Improvisation in A
03 Boogie Shuffle in A
04 Don Preston’s Dental Problem
05 King Kong
06 The String Quartet
Pound For A Brown
Sleeping in a Jar
Jam in E
07 Uncle Meat
08 Lohengrin
09 Let’s Make The Water Turn Black
10 Octandre

I'm calling this show "Earlier That Night".
It's basically 40 minutes of never before seen black & white footage that was cut from the broadcast.
This version is the whole show starting from the clapperboard through the all day Full German into the sound engineer's noodling and rejoining at the partial King Kong we already know from the broadcast.
In short: It's not perfect, but it's interesting.

Earlier this year I fixed the Beat Club DVD and some time later when I was working on this restoration project Flambay discovered the audio was broken!

"Why can't anything be easy?" is always the question I ask when I've finished a project and then find out something is wrong.
A while back I'd asked flambay to look at the audio, I needed an expert opinion on the content and how we should present both the audio and the video files. Flambay got back to me to say he'd noticed audible clicks every 15 seconds throughout and I/we FREAKED OUT for a while because I'd just seeded the Broadcast version!

We checked the only 2 copies of the footage in the world and they both had the same problem!

Later that year, PittyLabelle rode to the rescue with a technical solution that didn't require flambay spending the rest of his natural life cleaning the audio up by hand … Pitty extracted clean copies of the audio and we stopped FREAKING OUT and I got back to the final noodling process of synching it all back together.

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