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

Frank Zappa
The Late Show Special Part 1 of 2
BBC2 TV Broadcast 23rd July 1993.

What follows is taken from Fergy's info file:

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 One: Documentary
A brief history of Frank Vincent Zappa in 12 chapters.
Featuring interviews with:
Frank Zappa
Jim (Motorhead) Sherwood
Matt Groening
Ruth Underwood
Steve Vai
Dweezil & Ahmet Zappa
contains clips from live performances.
Run time:- 47:30
Note: the opening 2:10 minutes is from a different source.

English TV broadcast an FZ special a couple of times and one of the times with 1 1/2 hours of prev. unreleased live material (mainly).
It was broadcast in "The Late Show" in the summer of 1993 including interviews with FZ, Dweezil, Ahmet, Jim "Motorhead" Sherwood, Ruth Underwood, Steve Vai and "The Father of the Simpsons" (I'm sorry, but his name eludes me for the moment.) The "videos" afterwards includes a BBC recording of King Kong (not broadcast since the late 60's), a lot of live material from various tours and some "videos" of Baby Snakes, Night School and G-Spot Tornado.
Here is, as promised, a more detailed listing of the contents of "The Late Show"'s FZ special:
Includes footage from:
•Early Blackouts Footage (c. 1958-64)
•Los Angeles County Fair Carnival (c. 1962-63)
•Garrick Theater (1967)
•We're Only In It For The Money Recording Sessions (1967)
•We're Only In It For The Money Cover Photo Session (1967)
•Vienna, October, 1968
•Colour Me Pop (BBC2, October 23, 1968)
•MOI live footage, late 1968
•FZ & GTO's on stage (B&W) (c. 1968-69)
•SportPalast, Berlin (October 16, 1968)
•MOI 8mm Home Movies, 1969
•UK Press Conference, June, 1970
•Fillmore West, November, 1970
•Pinewood Studios, January-February, 1971 (from Frank Zappa filmt 200 Motels)
•KCET TV, August 27, 1974
•The Palladium, NYC, October, 1977 (from Baby Snakes)
•The Palladium, NYC, October, 1981 (from The Dub Room Special!)
•The Pier, NYC, NY, August 25-26, 1984 (from Does Humor Belong In Music?)
•You Are What You Is videoclip (1981)
•FZ in Prague, Czechoslovakia, January 20-24, 1990
•FZ & Ensemble Modern, LA, July, 1991 (from AAANFRAA)
•Ensemble Modern, Frankfurt, Germany, September 17, 1992
•Salad Party, UMRK, February 15, 1993
•January, 1993 journey through the Zappa house
•Lancaster, c. January, 1993
•And c. January, 1993 interviews with:
- FZ
- Matt Groening (Cartoonist The Simpsons)
- Jim 'Motorhead' Sherwood (Saxophonist Mothers of Invention 1964-69)
- Ruth Underwood (Percussionist Zappa Band 1972-76)
- Steve Vai (Guitarist Zappa Band 1980-82)
- Dweezil Zappa
- Ahmet Zappa

GSpot Says:
Disc 1:
DVD VOB format
MPEG-2Program Stream << (1 vid, 1 aud)
Sys Bitrate 10080 kb/s VBR 8712 kbps I/L TFF
PAL 4:3
MPEG-1 Layer 2 0xc0:48000Hz 256 kb/s tot ,

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