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Post 2017-11-18 19:18   [Quote] 
Frank Zappa
The Forum
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1980 11 06


~~ All of the circulating material compiled from two sources ~~

Current FZshows entry:
1980 11 06 - The Forum, Montreal, Canada
Usually listed as 1980 11 12.
The shorter recording has two sections:section 1: The Torture Never Stops (cuts in), Broken Hearts Are For Assholes (complete) and section 2: Bobby Brown (cuts in), The Illinois Enema Bandit (cuts)
55 min, Aud, C+
15 min, Aud, B+

Chunga's Revenge, You Are What You Is, Love Of My Life, Flakes, Magic Fingers, Don't Eat The Yellow Snow, Stick It Out, Tell Me You Love Me, Black Napkins, Tinsel Town Rebellion, The Blue Light, Cosmik Debris, Keep It Greasey, Outside Now


This copy: 71.35 min, Aud, C+/B+ Mono, compiled from two different sources

Source 1: 59.02, Aud, C+ (flawed parts C/C-), unknown generation, (tracks 1-14)
Lineage: AUD > (?) > Traded CDR > WAV (EAC) > Retracking (soundforge 6.0) > Flac (Flac frontend Level 7 SBE alignment) > SF10 (editing, speed correction) > wav > TLH > FLAC
Taped by: unknown
Collected by: CheepnisAroma
Original seed by: LudzNL
File rescue by: Frank2441
Speed corrected by: Flambay
Edited By: Galeans

Source 2: 12.32, Aud, B+, Master Clone (tracks 15-19)
Lineage : Master Tapes > Audigy 2 24 Bit 96 Khz > Soundforge 10 >Traders Little Helper Flac level 8 > SF10 (editing, speed correction, downsampling) > wav > TLH > FLAC
Taped and transferred by: Aranciata
Speed corrected by: Flambay
Edited By: Galeans

== Frank Zappa's Band, September - December 1980 ==

FZ, Ike Willis, Steve Vai, Ray White, Arthur Barrow, Vinnie Colaiuta, Tommy Mars, Bob Harris #2.

Setlist:
01 Chunga's Revenge [07:13]
02 You Are What You Is [03:56]
03 Love Of My Life [02:17]
04 Flakes [04:45] °°° flaws 4:03-8, 4:25-6
05 Magic Fingers [02:26]
06 Don't Eat The Yellow Snow [02:11]
07 Stick It Out [03:25]
08 Tell Me You Love Me [02:40] °°° cuts out, intermission, no music missing
09 Black Napkins [06:21]
10 Tinsel Town Rebellion [05:06]
11 The Blue Light [04:13] °°° glitch 4:08
12 Cosmik Debris [03:51]
13 Keep It Greasey [03:02]
14 Outside Now [07:33] °°° distortion problems 4:37-5:25, flawed section 5:43-7:33, cuts out, music missing, end of source 1
15 The Torture Never Stops [01:56] °°° cuts in, music missing, start of source 2
16 Broken Hearts Are For Assholes [03:45]
17 I'm So Cute [00:04] °°° cuts out, music missing
18 Bobby Brown [02:09] °°° cuts in, music missing
19 The Illinois Enema Bandit [04:35] °°° flaws 0:41, 2:33-9, cut 4:22, music missing

Total time: 71.35 min

Variant track
included in separate subfolder (25,1 MB)
track aligned with those in main folder:

14 Outside Now (unfixed) [07:33] °°° distortion problems 4:37-5:25, gradually fading out from 5:43-7:33, cuts out, music missing, end of source 1

The fact that I'm taking care of this particular concert shows how much deranged I am. Really, working on it was not an easy task because sound quality was mediocre to begin with and all that we had were fragments of the show that had to be combined together. Understandably, this is not a well circulated show but for a long time all that was available to collectors was a tape with the first hour of the show. Sound quality is rather poor and distorted. The equipment used to record the original tape was obviously not top notch and I bet the venue hadn't good acoustics to begin with. To make things worse, the cassette was probably not in good conditions too because the stereo image was completely fucked up with the channels being unbalanced, even though it was obviously recorded in mono. I experimented a bit with this and found out that only using one the channels makes the listening experience less dire: interestingly, the channel that looked worse (with peaks going over the top) was the one that sounded clearer and less distorted. I occasionally patched in the other because the less messed up channel had some mechanical tape noises, see if you can find where I did that. The tape cuts out during the "Outside Now" solo with the volume gradually increasing until it cuts off: it is my opinion that the machine used to record this show was low on batteries and, instead of decreasing the tape speed, it affected the volume recordings. Since I wanted to hear more of the solo, I did an edit where I increased the volume: unfortunately, as the recording levels get lower, the sound deteriorates and since it was poor to begin with, not everyone will appreciate it, so I also included an unfixed version in a subfolder. Parts of this source sound slightly better but near the end it gets really distorted and there are bits on "Outside Now" which really really do suffer from this. There were some glitches on "The Blue Light" and "Cosmik Debris" which I managed to mostly correct, except for a small one at the end of the former. Nothing better has surfaced since 2005 so this will have to do for now.

Something *did* surface in 2010 though, namely a second source that sounds clear and a lot better, shared by Canadian Zappateer Aranciata, who personally taped it. The bad news is that almost all of the original cassette was accidentally erased and all that survive nowadays are two fragments from the end of the show. The good news is that these fragments do not overlap with the first source so at least we have 12 more minutes from the show that we previously didn't have. This fragment has languished in the Shoebox since then and has now properly taken care of and put it where it belongs. Aranciata remembers copying the original Master Cassette before it got erased to a Reel to Reel but that too appears to be lost. Let's hope that one of his friends kept a copy and that we will be able to have a better representation of this show someday. Again, I reduced all of it to true mono for better results (and to save space), except for some small bits where it was best to leave it as it was.

By the way, how's the show itself? Unfortunately, what he have now doesn't provide us much. Due to the regulations of the venue they were playing in, the band is forced to take a break after 30 minutes, something Frank mocks before the intermission so the first half of the set is more of a warm up than anything. The bit after the intermission is a bit better but unfortunately the tape ends where things get interesting. Frank's solos on "Chunga's Revenge", "Black Napkins" and "Outside Now" are all pretty good. The latter is probably the best effort of the three but unfortunately it suffers from the sound problems mentioned above and it's incomplete so the enjoyment is spoiled a bit. The "Black Napkins" solo is also quite inspired though and shows Frank experimenting with what sounds like a voltage filter: think a bit of "Ship Ahoy" on SUNPYGSM. The better sounding source, unfortunately, offers a trucated version of the monster song of the tour ("The Torture Never Stops") and one frustratingly short and uninspired solo on "The Illinois Enema Bandit": it's obvious that the band is in a hurry (union problems?) since the band noticeably speeds up the tempo near the end and Frank has likely some technical problems too judging from the tone of his guitar. Too bad! So, as you can see, at this moment, this is a pretty much a completists only item but I'm sure there are many among us and I certainly am one of them. Plus, this mess needed to be adressed and the show presented on the tracker in a version that made some sense sooner or later, so why not doing it today?

Credits:

Thanks to the unknown taper!
Thanks to Aranciata for sharing the surviving fragments of source #2!
Thanks to CheepnisAroma for collecting source #1!
Thanks to LudzNL for seeding it!
Thanks to Frank2441 for rescuing the files of the original seed of source #1!
Thanks to Flambay for speed correcting both sources!

Enjoy !!

Brought to you by CheepnisAroma, Aranciata, Flambay & Galeans.
Dedicated to Almanzart who attended this show.

www.zappateers.com/bb - November 2017

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


other source seeds:

Source #1: http://www.zappateers.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=2234
Source #2 (shoebox): http://zappateers.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=32021
Source #2 (shoebox, original seed): http://zappateers.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=19013
Samples: http://www.zappateers.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=29932
Photos of the show: http://www.zappateers.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=2239

ffp:
1980 11 06 Montreal QC - 01 Chunga's Revenge.flac:cd61e06beb1bb48f9fbc55294f788b4f
1980 11 06 Montreal QC - 02 You Are What You Is.flac:f368bcb46ef35322db940d70746e23c0
1980 11 06 Montreal QC - 03 Love Of My Life.flac:498fb0548e7b96434b190d08f2592f11
1980 11 06 Montreal QC - 04 Flakes.flac:0629212d1828767e1749e9edf26ef9f8
1980 11 06 Montreal QC - 05 Magic Fingers.flac:a0e85ced11a52cc285b60ad055db9371
1980 11 06 Montreal QC - 06 Don't Eat The Yellow Snow.flac:e2973654d2b6c21e0b9895b8edf2cca1
1980 11 06 Montreal QC - 07 Stick It Out.flac:7ce0be5fa0b5a9f1bc48a74dae6889dc
1980 11 06 Montreal QC - 08 Tell Me You Love Me.flac:41b2bd0c8206359854a5e38b610570d2
1980 11 06 Montreal QC - 09 Black Napkins.flac:895c0fb96cda1447c298ac31e8b8939c
1980 11 06 Montreal QC - 10 Tinsel Town Rebellion.flac:6fb3ed6b05fd15964eb9c65c1ac647ad
1980 11 06 Montreal QC - 11 The Blue Light.flac:b3c06c0de9fd99072fa2eb7ef7bf59d7
1980 11 06 Montreal QC - 12 Cosmik Debris.flac:6804cfd45a25a88a673f1a3622651abe
1980 11 06 Montreal QC - 13 Keep It Greasey.flac:f73b27a9bbceb2640ce4274a88bf081f
1980 11 06 Montreal QC - 14 Outside Now.flac:1b2d3b36013f5c7f5a8a6ba8d0b660cd
1980 11 06 Montreal QC - 15 The Torture Never Stops.flac:b98f06c1c626bd5a75f59a113cb0bc58
1980 11 06 Montreal QC - 16 Broken Hearts Are For Assholes.flac:8653bf5345b3f44498293a66530a5cad
1980 11 06 Montreal QC - 17 I'm So Cute.flac:bbdad4d71e06abe45493052a158f5d01
1980 11 06 Montreal QC - 18 Bobby Brown.flac:05404f7f9d023a54763ed592361512f2
1980 11 06 Montreal QC - 19 The Illinois Enema Bandit.flac:1883bea1e1009bd6f09a525bbd340e3f
Variant track\1980 11 06 Montreal QC - 14 Outside Now (unfixed).flac:370c69a81abed2115b0b4f2fb558f4c9

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Post 2017-11-18 20:30   [Quote] 
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Post 2017-11-18 22:31   [Quote] 
Thank You Galeans! And Thanks to Almanzart for the souvenir... cheers
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Post 2017-11-19 03:40   [Quote] 
I forgot about this one G so thanks for revisiting and spiffing it up a bit. The longer source was a tough listen back in the day so I'll look forward to checking out your efforts.

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Post 2017-11-19 04:44   [Quote] 
I was on my first North American tour, on a day off in Montreal sitting in my hotel room listening to the radio when out of the blue there was a phone interview with FZ, basically promoting this show. Not sure now whether it was for the next day (which meant it clashed with our (Steve Hackett) show) or a bit later but either way I couldn't attend. But this brings back memories of happy days for me, so thank you very much.

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Post 2017-11-19 08:34   [Quote] 
Thank you Galeans, and to all involved for the current best version of this 1980 Montreal concert.

I always thought the Forum had really good acoustics even with it being a hockey rink. Obviously the sound depended on where you were sitting and the bands setup. Comparatively with other venues I've been to around the world, the Forum was really a magical place.

Quite a few tunes missing and a compromised sound, but I'm pleased something has survived.
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