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1988 04 29 Helsinki FI 145.01 AUD 1st (WIU2B-LudzNL-Drew-fl-ZP) ZTLS #383 & #829
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Post 2009-09-01 01:41   [Quote] 
Frank Zappa
April 29th, 1988
Jaeaehalli
Helsinki, Finland


So, here's another "long time in the making" show - but hopefully this one will be a lot more interesting than an inoffensively forgettable March 1980 show!

Ladies and gentlemen: The last remaining "missing" show from the very highly-regarded 4/22 - 5/08 Scando-Germ-Austri-Dutch run of 1988 shows!

While tonight's secret word content isn't up to the level of the Ring of Fire, SCHAUSEGCH!!, or Dragonmaster shows, we do get the occasional Reindeer here and there. Big Swifty, tonight's monster song, is a relatively brief 11 minutes, but we get some interesting Fowlerhorn with Chaddrums and Scottbass. Very jazzy - put on your berets and find one of those fancy cigarette holders. The conventional (but very well-played) avant-jazz is interspersed with Synclavier interludes, much like some of the more spooky backgrounds for CP III without the hyperactive noodlings, or the sorta chaotic mellowness of the Bongo Fury intro improvs, or the Knick Knack People openers from the Belew tours. Finally, we get some of the good old-fashioned Synclavier sampled meltdowns (Kinison screams, snorks, and that one Ike Willis-sounding sample ("A-ROW-A-ROW-A-ROW"). It's certainly not one of the top ten Monsters from this tour, but it's no slouch.

This show is more interesting as a whole than as a collection of parts. The setlist is great, very music-heavy. And we get the legendary Helenski premier of the infamous Whipping Post! Too bad the official recording truck broke down, leaving this show officially un-documented - this would have been a sure candidate for the Stage series.

All the pieces are here, all the pieces fit wonderfully. If I was making a 1988 mix CD, I don't think I would include anything from this show, but on the other hand, if something from this show was already included on the mix CD, I wouldn't take it off. An altogether great slice of 1988, and an excellent choice for those who just want to hear the 1988 horns and mellow guitar, without having to skip through a Bobby Brown or Keep it Greasy.

Really, Jon Naurin's review (written over ten years ago!) pretty much hits the nail on the head:

JON NAURIN REVIEW:
Jon Naurin wrote:
The show starts off with five FZ solo vehicles in a row, none of which gets overly exciting. "Trouble Every Day" (with the 13 vamp) and "Green Hotel" both have nice solos, and the rest are OK, but it seems FZ isn't really warmed up. Next, it's time for one of my absolute favorites in the entire FZ catalogue: the 1988 arrangement of "Sinister Footwear II." The composed themes are grandious as always, while the first two horn solos sound a bit hesitant, as if the soloists were unsure about the vamp. The main solo vamp is one of the best FZ wrote, and we get two great, though too short, horn solos.

And as if that weren't enough, it's just a few minutes before it's time for another of my all time faves: "Big Swifty!" Unfortunately, the head of the song and a short bit of the improvisations are ruined by the tape flip. Most of the improvisational part consists of jamming with the synclavier, horn section + Ed, Chad and Scott. Though the musical outcome of these jams varies - much of it is awesome, while some don't go anywhere - I'm constantly amazed by the precision and skill with which they're performed. 5-6 people might be improvising at the same time, and it all sounds organized in some way, though FZ must be too busy to conduct them all the time. A good and impressive Monster, but not one of the scariest.

The setlist continues in good fashion with "Peace Corps," the Orange County Medley (great "Oh No" solo) and "Find Her Finer," before hitting another peak with the Green Genes/OSFA medley. And by now, FZ has really found inspiration and delivers 3 great solos. "Inca Roads" nearly becomes the highlight of the show, much because of Scott Thunes. His playing is great, with some cool interplay with FZ (based on the "Florentine Pogen" melody), and he adds energy to the sax solo, which is possibly the best moment in the song - an excellent, unusually lenghty excursion.

After "Sofa" (which includes a quote from "Rudolph The Rednosed Reindeer", referring to tonight's underused secret word: Reindeer) and "Dancin' Fool" it's time for the moment we've all been waiting for: the Helsinki premiere of "Whipping Post!" FZ explains the background, and many in the audience seem to remember the 1974 incident. And, fittingly enough, we get one of the best renditions I've heard. I've never been too found of this song as a solo vehicle, but this one's really good. The rest of the show consists of unremarkable takes of the usual encores.

A very good show, but I must say that I expected more when I looked at the setlist, which indeed is great. It shows that FZ didn't think highly of the Finns' English comprehension - much instrumental stuff, and not less than 11 guitar solos. However, some parts, especially from the first half of the show, are a bit disappointing, and we get very little onstage antics and secret words abuse. But this was about to change for the next concert.

- JN


LINEAGE:
Main source:
cassette -> Nakamichi DR-10 -> Terratec DMX6 Fire 24/96 soundcard -> Adobe Audition 2.0 -> WAV -> Flac Frontend encoding level 5 -> ZP -> decoded -> WaveLab (speed corrected per flambay) -> Goldwave (patches added, see below lineages) -> CDWAV (tracks split, saved as .FLAC level 8 ) -> foobar2000 (tags + ReplayGain) -> You, the undersigned

Fills source (Drew):
unknown generation audience tape from Tim McGarey (RIP) > ? > Maxell XLII-S Cassettes > Sony TC-WE8258 cassette deck > Gina20 > Sound Forge 7.0 (record/edits) > FLAC Level 8

Fills source (ZP edits):
> FLAC frontend (decoded) > Wavelab (pitch corrected per flambay) > Goldwave (merged with main source)

FZSHOWS:
1988 04 29 - Jaeaehalli, Helsinki, Finland
145 min, Aud, B+

The Black Page, Trouble Every Day, Penguin In Bondage, Hot Plate Heaven At The Green Hotel, What's New In Baltimore?, Sinister Footwear, Packard Goose Medley, Big Swifty, Who Needs The Peace Corps?, The Orange County Lumber Truck Medley, Find Her Finer, Mr Green Genes, Florentine Pogen, Andy, Inca Roads, Sofa, Dancin' Fool, Whipping Post, I Am The Walrus, The Illinois Enema Bandit, Bolero, Stairway To Heaven

FZShows errata:
"Inca Roads" should be "Inca Roads (Q: Florentine Pogen)".
"Sofa" should be "Sofa (Q: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer)".
Any other quotes buried in this one, eagle-ears?

REVISED FZSHOWS:
1988 04 29 - Jaeaehalli, Helsinki, Finland
145 min, Aud, B+

The Black Page, Trouble Every Day, Penguin In Bondage, Hot Plate Heaven At The Green Hotel, What's New In Baltimore?, Sinister Footwear, Packard Goose Medley, Big Swifty, Who Needs The Peace Corps?, The Orange County Lumber Truck Medley, Find Her Finer, Mr Green Genes, Florentine Pogen, Andy, Inca Roads (Q: Florentine Pogen), Sofa (Q: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer), Dancin' Fool, Whipping Post, I Am The Walrus, The Illinois Enema Bandit, Bolero, Stairway To Heaven

TRACKLIST:
01. Intro
02. The Black Page
03. Trouble Every Day
04. Penguin in Bondage
05. Hot Plate Heaven at the Green Hotel
06. What's New In Baltimore?
07. Sinister Footwear
08. Packard Goose Medley
09. Big Swifty
10. Who Needs the Peace Corps?
11. I Left My Heart in San Francisco
12. Let's Make the Water Turn Black
13. Harry You're a Beast
14. The Orange County Lumber Truck
15. Oh No
16. Son of Orange County
17. Theme from Lumpy Gravy
18. Find Her Finer
19. Mr. Green Genes
20. Florentine Pogen
21. Andy
22. Inca Roads (q: Florentine Pogen)
23. Sofa (q: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer)
24. crowd
25. Dancing Fool
26. Whipping Post
27. I Am the Walrus
28. The Illinois Enema Bandit
29. crowd
30. Bolero
31. crowd
32. Stairway to Heaven

None of the patches were cross-faded. I went for edits that were as clean as possible (on measures when possible). So there's a bit of material present on the main source that was edited out here in favor of a better transition - at most, twenty seconds worth. The "unpatched" tracks are excerpts without patches, with enough redundant material to recreate your own patches should you so wish.

REQUESTS:
Do not buy low, do not sell high. Trade only as .FLAC. Beroendefrankallandy.

FFP:
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1988 04 29 Helsinki FI - 01 iintro.flac:d85018c0964c5f3ba379d875305f03ab
1988 04 29 Helsinki FI - 02 The Black Page.flac:d691f39dafcd5e740fc24c336177ade0
1988 04 29 Helsinki FI - 03 Trouble Every Day.flac:8755a898cc03ac6708ce6724185f89e8
1988 04 29 Helsinki FI - 04 Penguin in Bondage.flac:9ccf3cb393489c7d2d89d545d6b2a06c
1988 04 29 Helsinki FI - 05 Hot Plate Heaven at the Green Hotel.flac:62edc9f42e22bf42deb6329dd82f721e
1988 04 29 Helsinki FI - 06 What's New in Baltimore.flac:9ad67c3a64bd3ee10104ddff932cd458
1988 04 29 Helsinki FI - 07 Sinister Footwear.flac:e6be42985b5a17077b0b0afa7f10ebcc
1988 04 29 Helsinki FI - 08 Packard Goose Medley.flac:f84b21b89bbc1047843da8b60fed889b
1988 04 29 Helsinki FI - 09 Big Swifty.flac:07bed6f0503c9b42d027ba4edd8d3e0b
1988 04 29 Helsinki FI - 10 Who Needs the Peace Corps.flac:6855f89f5b3509e64d928d6e0a0c0a1e
1988 04 29 Helsinki FI - 11 I Left My Heart in San Francisco.flac:8e822c7c3ebe28a17bb1f652f572a041
1988 04 29 Helsinki FI - 12 Let's Make the Water Turn Black.flac:8fb52af984a9acc6a27f1bfb7ed7e584
1988 04 29 Helsinki FI - 13 Harry You're a Beast.flac:5399c384b986735b6f17754c527a5671
1988 04 29 Helsinki FI - 14 Orange County Lumber Truck.flac:3423c94d3f22b4a5a22b8f5ad421914f
1988 04 29 Helsinki FI - 15 Oh No.flac:001747559549f1e69d8fbcbdbcd83c6b
1988 04 29 Helsinki FI - 16 Son of Orange County.flac:591b0c6a5d86febe7f0fc526e12c49e7
1988 04 29 Helsinki FI - 17 Theme From Lumpy Gravy.flac:edd6fc269672107107db39148e49b9c6
1988 04 29 Helsinki FI - 18 Find Her Finer.flac:f7bad9ee6db588a39654a78316a4a6ed
1988 04 29 Helsinki FI - 19 Mr Green Genes.flac:fe9ef05d388bad4ac2987080564de615
1988 04 29 Helsinki FI - 20 Florentine Pogen.flac:6f8047e556726628aeb76debff5bb7e8
1988 04 29 Helsinki FI - 21 Andy.flac:bd947105507480a678d3744a0a9d17d0
1988 04 29 Helsinki FI - 22 Inca Roads.flac:4c35f9028c8182c89cb90d86114d6b1c
1988 04 29 Helsinki FI - 23 Sofa.flac:a4aa8ef8664c646b4f74bb38603fc69a
1988 04 29 Helsinki FI - 24 crowd.flac:c60b32561c3996b082712f840b31d50c
1988 04 29 Helsinki FI - 25 Dancing Fool.flac:c204d75167417fc2ad832275a4076f24
1988 04 29 Helsinki FI - 26 Whipping Post.flac:4a03fe7e8d428d2e765d8aa10ed1cf30
1988 04 29 Helsinki FI - 27 I Am the Walrus.flac:32cef2136ddcad7b5a1a48e4669d3460
1988 04 29 Helsinki FI - 28 The Illinois Enema Bandit.flac:8fd90a9d8e76d4703982020d3578912d
1988 04 29 Helsinki FI - 29 crowd.flac:d6d0a55ac774b5514f283c365bebdc50
1988 04 29 Helsinki FI - 30 Bolero.flac:4934640753c52fe0b4341598bba911e2
1988 04 29 Helsinki FI - 31 crowd.flac:58557fa6e96e2ba09b58f47b27bbe21a
1988 04 29 Helsinki FI - 32 Stairway to Heaven.flac:5bcab86e12c7adb2e3f011af93b69db3

1988 04 29 Helsinki FI - 08 Packard Goose unpatched.flac:a572d52d5c521df02f49aa2d8b209da7
1988 04 29 Helsinki FI - 09 Big Swifty unpatched.flac:8030452846ad989903cc2945f95de947
1988 04 29 Helsinki FI - 21~22 Andy ~ Inca Roads unpatched.flac:0a32405056e549eecf5d2323167bb2a6
1988 04 29 Helsinki FI - 22 Inca Roads unpatched.flac:51f9d975b88f2d1af300ef5ed5505e7f
1988 04 29 Helsinki FI - 29 audience fill from Drew source.flac:658241cd1bd9b7c65222c35c1b4c1231


CREDITS:
Unknown tapers: Taping
WIU2B: Transfer
LudzNL: Mailing
Drew: Fill transfer
flambay: Pitch correction
ZP: Patching, pitch correction application, seeding
FZ: Twenty-five years of extraordinary composition

SAMPLE THREADS:
1988 04 29 Helsinki Finland 144.37 Aud (WIU2B-LudzNL-ZP with BF bonus) SAMPLES (this source)
1988 04 29 Helsinki Finland Aud (Drew51) FILL (fills source)


Keep circulating the tapes.

Seeded to Zappateers on August 31st, 2009


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Post 2009-09-01 01:47   [Quote] 
Thanks a lot

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Post 2009-09-01 01:50   [Quote] 
Thanks to everyone responsible for getting this one up. If necessary, I will abuse myself with secret words while listening.
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Post 2009-09-01 01:51   [Quote] 
and pooof, it's gone
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Post 2009-09-01 02:04   [Quote] 
Guess who just learned how to spell "Helsinki"? (hint: It's not "Helenski")

Yes, that's right, you heard right! headhammer

The secret words of tonight are "Helen" and her "Skis".

(Everything should be good to go now - apologies to all three of you, and thanks for your patience Smile)
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Post 2009-09-01 02:13   [Quote] 
thank you for your hard work on behalf of music starved zappateers everywhere, even in helenski
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Post 2009-09-01 02:19   [Quote] 
zeeker wrote:
Thanks to everyone responsible for getting this one up. If necessary, I will abuse myself with secret words while listening.

Since this is one of the 1988 shows without a Bobby Brown, may I offer the following:

Hey there people, I'm Helen Brown
They say I'm the cutest skier in town
My car is fast
My skis are shiny
Tell all the Finns they can kiss my hiney

Here I am, at a famous school
My spelling sucks, no it ain't cool
Got a cheerleader here wants to ski on my paper
Let her do all the work and maybe later I'll rape her

Oh god I am the American dream
I do not think I ski extreme
And I'm a handsome son of a bitch
Gonna learn how to spell and be real rich

Finnish liberation
Came a-creepin' all across the nation
I tell you people I was not ready
When I spelled the town of Helen - Sinky

I used the sound of speech then
I remembered there was an N
I had my balls on the H but I left my dick
I guess it's still hooked on but now it skis too quick

Oh god I am the American dream
But now I can't spell Vaseline
And I'm a miserable son of a bitch
Is it a sink or a Helen, I don't know which

So I went out and bought me a ski-sure suit
I jingle my skis but I'm still kinda cute
Got a job doing radio promo
And not even Helen can tell I'm a homo

Eventually me and Helen
Sorta drifted along into ski and M
I can last about an hour on the tower of power
As long as I get a little Finnish shower

Oh god I am the American dream
With Helsinki up my butt till it makes me ski
And I'll do anything to get ahead
I ski awake nights saying "thank you, Fred!"

Oh god oh god I'm so fantastic
In Helsinki I'm a spelling a-spastic
And my name is Zappa Pen...
Watch me now, I'm uploadin'

And my name is Zappa Pen
Watch me now, I'm uploadin'...
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Post 2009-09-01 02:22   [Quote] 
aah Sweet Helen....

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Post 2009-09-01 03:06   [Quote] 
Helenski that's polish eh? hmm
Thanks for all the hard work and the parody as well!!! Laughing
"Helen are you skiing me"?
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Post 2009-09-01 05:31   [Quote] 
Many thanks.

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Post 2009-09-01 05:56   [Quote] 
MysteryBurger wrote:
Thanks a lot

and MysteryBurger wrote:
aah Sweet Helen....


but you forgot to say WOOT!.. are you OK?

btw thank you for this show ZP, looking good.

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Post 2009-09-01 06:02   [Quote] 
This was the only time I saw Zappa. Thank you.


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Post 2009-09-01 06:12   [Quote] 
...and another mp3 goes to the bin, thank you!

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Post 2009-09-01 06:19   [Quote] 
Thank you.
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