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1988 04 16 Brighton UK 132.18 Aud 1st (TOGFIADO-BF-MrUMRK-flambay) ZTLS #352/714/910
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Post 2009-01-01 19:12   [Quote] 
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Post 2009-01-01 19:58   [Quote] 
MrUMRK wrote:
....sorry about your bandwidth folks.........but time waits for no-one.

All the best for 2009 G, and you watch your bandwidth too! Kitchenaire's wink
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Post 2009-01-02 00:53   [Quote] 
You guys never cease to amaze me !!!
Thanks to those involved !!!

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Me and one of my sons - plus a couple of my mislead friends - doing some insane jamming.
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Post 2009-01-02 01:24   [Quote] 
Thanks very much.....
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Post 2009-01-02 05:22   [Quote] 
Wow another '88 show. 1st class stuff. thanks.
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Post 2009-01-02 08:30   [Quote] 
Thanks alot!!!
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Post 2009-01-02 18:56   [Quote] 
Thanks to all who made this one possible. Missed the old seed, never had a copy of this one. Well worth the wait! Fantastic. tunes

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We have four first generation copies of this one. How many do you want?


If they are alt sources, you already know the answer to that question! headhammer

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Post 2009-01-03 01:14   [Quote] 
these have been great! much thanks and happy new yearz to ya!
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Post 2009-01-03 05:23   [Quote] 
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If they are alt sources, you already know the answer to that question!


I'm glad you said something, else I was just going to archive my first gen. I think the fills here are not bad at all, and I would like to see that whole source. I have a third, and maybe the BB first gen is yet something different? I can't confirm 4 sources, but for sure we have three. The copy I have taped by SS, has great sound, but has oversaturation in places, much like many of his recordings, and also some static at a few places (I'm trying to remove it). I would place it 3rd best, but parts are better then these two here. This is why I collect all sources. All three recordings have their moments, all three are worthwhile at least for part of the show.
I was a little irked my first gen was not checked for fills, but I think the BF version fits this recording better, so it turns out the best copy was used for fills. Great job too, in mergeing the sources, you can hardly tell.
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Post 2009-01-06 00:36   [Quote] 
Many thanks to everyone involved in this - I was there - and I loved this show - I don't know how I managed to resist listening to the tapes as they passed through my hands - but I did.

Now back in time - almost 21 years ago...

I'd travelled down to Brighton from London - it was my first trip to Brighton - a town reknowned for it's Victorian charm. Brighton wasn't top of the list for bands - it was sort of expected that Brightonians (as I believe they are known) would make the 50-odd mile trip into the smoke should they wish to see international superstars.

The venue contrasted starkly with the other two UK venues Frank played in '88 - Wembley Arena (London) and the NEC (Birmingham) were major venues in Britains 1st and 2nd largest cities respectively, and were well established on the international touring circuit. With a population of just 150,000 Brighton is but a village to London's 7million and Birmingham's 1million, but Frank still played there. I - and my great friend and Zappa-fan GFW - travelled to every UK show on the '88 tour, and we both agreed Brighton was the best show.

Despite the reputation of crumbling Victoriana, the venue Frank played was the concrete box known as the Brighton Conference Centre (http://www.zappateers.com/bb/viewtopic.php?p=15667#15667), the home of many a political conference, including the infamous 1984 Conservative Conference (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brighton_hotel_bombing).

It was the first - and last time I would see Zappa in a non-seater environment - although there were other venues where standing was obligatory if not official. To this day I still do not know why Zappa chose to play Brighton - although just 30 miles along the coast from Bognor Regis, Brighton was (and still is) known as a gay resort - Brighton Pier is rhyming slang for queer. I don't know what came first - the rhyming slang or the gay influx. It just seemed an odd place for Zappa to play.

One day I will write a full review of this show - I have read the tape reviews and they do not do the show justice - they consider the show as just another show from the 88 tour - and compared to some of the other shows from that tour maybe the solos weren't quite as good, nor the banter quite so humourous. But for most of us in the audience, this was our first sight of Zappa since the Them or Us tour - we didn't know what to expect - but the last thing we ever expected was to hear the Orange County Lumber Truck Medley so expertly arranged and so skilfully played. This was music from my favourite Zappa period - WOIIFTM - Lumpy Gravy - music that I never expected to hear played live - let alone in such a dynamic and awe-inspriing way. I remember thinking 'just how are they going to play the tape splices' and then they just did it - all orchestrated and perfect - and it blew us away. I looked over to GFW and we both had tears in our eyes - this was truly a dream come true. I was two years old when this music first appeared on vinyl - I never expected to hear Frank play it for me - and I still feel priviledged to have witnessed it played by the best band I ever heard in my life.

All of the other shows I saw pale into insignificance compared to battling my way to the front of the stage to be just a few yards from Frank as the band pumped out 'Harry, You're A Beast'. Such a happy night that will live with me forever. So when you have finished your downloads and you listen to this - imagine me and GFW and all the other Zappa freaks who'd travelled from all over the country. And try and imagine - not how this show compares to Hartford, or Detroit or Cologne - but how you would feel if this was the first time you heard the best band you ever heard in your life.

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Post 2009-01-06 02:30   [Quote] 
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music that I never expected to hear played live


Yes same here, it was great. The 88 tour was great to experience live. You would have to be there. I felt the same for the 78 tour.
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Post 2009-01-06 17:22   [Quote] 
Thank you all and a very Happy New Year to everyone who uses this wonderful site!
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Post 2009-01-14 03:05   [Quote] 
Thank you!
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Post 2009-01-24 15:04   [Quote] 
Thanx for sharing this MrUMRK. band band
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Post 2009-01-25 15:10   [Quote] 
Thanks a lot!

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