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Post 2011-06-17 18:14   [Quote] 
Frank Zappa
November 30th, 1980
Civic Center
Des Moines, IA


"Aww, I knew you'd be surprised!!" Very Happy

As many know, the waning days of Zappa tours tend to get a little bit... silly. In September 1973, it was deranged melodies of Mothers songs, Winter 1976 brought us Roy Estrada's ridiculously melodramatic odes to rubber heads, and who could forget Summer 1980's late-June journey to Darkest Africa? For the waning days of the second 1980 tour, the overarching theme was "jukebox melodies" - having the band launch off into renditions of, say, Royal March from Aida in the middle of, for example, City of Tiny Lights, i.e., e.g., perhaps, let's say, for instance. And, as any good little Zappateer knows, the quintessential example of this would be the show played in Des Moines on November 1980, where the band went through over ten minutes of "name that tune" excess. Certainly, this ranks as the most bald-faced moment of Zappa's "Anything, Anytime . . . For No Reason At All" philosophy - and actually, to my knowledge, this is the only time Zappa ever actually said those words onstage.

Unfortunately, the recording of this show is hardly without its problems - severe pitch fluctuations dominate what would otherwise be a very interesting City of Tiny Lights solo, and due to an unfortunate tapecut, the AAAFNRAA medley itself is entirely stripped of context. We can make the educated guess that it occured during a typically-ridiculous Torture Never Stops solo section, but how exactly the band journeyed from Torture to Anything is left to the imagination.

As if that weren't bad enough, the sound quality of the circulating tape has always been a very, VERY generous "B-", with the vocals rarely intelligible, and several moments of what seem to be secret-word play and onstage tomfoolery end up lost to the simultaneously boomy and shrill conditions.

Well, okay, let's take a deep breath, and put everything after the word "unfortunately" into the past tense. Thanks to the absolutely tireless efforts of a certain man from the Iowa area, we - the Zappateer community as a whole - are honored, not just with a master clone of the originally circulated source, but with that, plus one - make that TWO, yes that's right you heard right TWO - alternate recordings, which combine to present a complete picture of the evening of November 30th, 1980.

Of course, an unearthing this exciting deserves a backstory - but, in the interests of keeping I's crossed and T's dotted, said backstory will be put off for a future seed. After all, it would be downright uncooth of your most humble narrator to withhold this exciting discovery from the salivating Zappa public merely to buff an already-swole and hulking info.txt file! Simply rest assured, gentle reader, that a more complete version of the backstory will be arranged at a date in the not-too-distant future.

The short version is that our old B- source has been upgraded to a B+/B, and two altogether brand-new sources combine to give us the complete picture of Des Moines 1980! The primary source for this seed is the middle one in terms of sound quality - perhaps an odd choice for the first seed, but the old source has its fair share of pitch problems which will take some time to resolve to our stringent satisfaction.

So what exactly do we learn from finally hearing the complete show? Plenty! For those who are familiar with the currently-circulating recording, but are unready, unwilling, and/or unable to familiarize themselves with this new compilation - or who just want a no-nonsense guided tour through all the changes as they wait for this compilation to arrive on their hard drives - here is a list of new discoveries (those who'd rather not be spoiled... close your eyes now!):

* - The show opens with a very decent version of Black Napkins.
* - Frank's Panty Rap is present, and is basically the same version we're used to, complete with step-by-step instructions for those who wear bikini-style panties underneath a pair of jeans.
* - The formerly-missing portion of You Are What You Is is nothing terribly surprising.
* - VERY INTERESTING REVELATION #1: For only the third documented time, Torture does NOT segue from an I Ain't Got No Heart. For whatever perverse reason, Frank decides to throw us a Cosmik Debris and Keep It Greasey in between City and Torture. Considering the typical rigidity of the Fall 1980 setlist, I believe this definitely warrants the "very interesting" label - your mileage may or may not vary.
* - VERY INTERESTING REVELATION #2: We could already assume that the AAAFNRAA medley arises out of a Torture Never Stops solo, but now we can confirm it. The "song" portion of Torture is pretty interesting to begin with, with a lengthy jazz music diatribe by Frank, and completely gratutious insertations of the Royal March from Aida and the Light Cavalry Overture. Frank's first solo is pretty damn decent, too, fulfilling the promise made by the frustratingly-brief snippet on the previously-circulating recording - a great Mystery Song #3 portion, and I get the feeling there are some musical quotations I'm missing. Zappa "introduces" us to the AAAFNRAA medley with the AAAFNRAA declaration - a great way to segue into the madness. Tommy also plays the Perry Mason Theme during a portion cut out on the original source.
* - Thanks to the improved sound quality of the Kirk master/1st gen, we can now make out the secret word madness in the last half of the show. Ladies and gentlemen, tonight's secret word is definitely "Lassie".
* - VERY INTERESTING REVELATION #3: Finally, tonight's Enema Bandit is a MONSTER by 1980s standards, clocking in at well over 15 minutes, and featuring both a quite lengthy guitar solo and some great "jazz noise" insanity in the final vocal refrain.

Even given the still-less-than-pristine sound quality, this is ESSENTIAL listening for fans of Frank. A show truly like no other.

LINEAGE:
Main Source ("Unknown" source): AUD > ? > cass/? > transferred to CD on Nakamichi LX-5 > ZP via USPS > see below
Patch Source #1 ("K/MO" source): Either [AUD . . . ] or [AUD > 1st gen . . . ] > transferred to CD on Nakamichi LX-5 > ZP via USPS > see below
Patch Source #2 ("SM" source): AUD > transferred to CD on Nakamichi LX-5 > ZP via USPS > see below

All Sources: CDs extracted using EAC > Wavelab (speed correction as per flambay, high quality, no length preservation, normal rhythm accuracy) > GoldWave (patched with alternate sources, volume of non-SM portions set to RMS 0.1500, SM portions converted to single-channel mono & set to RMS 0.2000, volume fade-in [50% -> 100% over first 6.5 seconds] to eliminate jarring mic distortion) > CDWav (file splitting, split files saved as FLAC level 8) > foobar2000 (ReplayGain added, tags added using Live Show Tagger) > you, to whom it may concern.

OLD FZSHOWS ENTRY:
Quote:
1980 11 30 - Civic Center, Des Moines, IA
90 min, Aud, B-

The sickest songlist you've ever seen. In the 'medley', FZ orders the band to play randomly chosen songs, and most of the selections are far from complete or well-rehearsed.

You Are What You Is, Love Of My Life, Flakes, Magic Fingers, The Blue Light, Tinsel Town Rebellion, Pick Me I'm Clean, Dead Girls Of London (incl. Royal March from Aida), Shall We Take Ourselves Seriously?, City Of Tiny Lites (q: It Ain't Necessarily So), The Torture Never Stops, AAAFNRAA Medley (incl. White Christmas, Watkin's Ale, Stella By Starlight, Harbor Lights, My Sharona / Ave Maria, My Sharona / Funiculý FuniculÓ, Lassie, Theme From "I Love Lucy", Black Magic Woman, Macho Man, In The Navy, Improvisation Full Of Landini Cadenzes, guitar solo, Oh! Susanna, The Warren Zevon Songbook, AAAFNRAA No Problem, Drum Solo, In-A-Gadda-Da-Voodoo Butter), Heavy Duty Judy, Broken Hearts Are For Assholes, I'm So Cute, Andy (incl. My Sharona, Funiculý FuniculÓ, Light Cavalry Overture), Joe's Garage, Dancin' Fool, The Illinois Enema Bandit (incl. Sweet Leilani, Harbor Lights)


THIS SOURCE:
135 min, Aud, B- & B+/B & C+/C (first 1 min and last 14 mins C+/C, otherwise B- up to Heavy Duty Judy, B+/B thereafter - COMPLICATED but COMPLETE!!)

FZSHOWS CORRECTIONS AND ERRATA:
Well, for obvious reasons, we're gonna need a completely re-done entry for this one!

REVISED FZSHOWS ENTRY:
Quote:
1980 11 30 - Civic Center, Des Moines, IA
90 min, Aud, B+/B
90 min, Aud, B-
130 min, Aud, C+/C

The B+/B source starts in You Are What You Is, suffers from severe speed fluctuations in City of Tiny Lites, is lacking Cosmik Debris and Keep It Greasey, and cuts early in Illinois Enema Bandit. The B- source cuts before Heavy Duty Judy. The C+/C source is missing Shall We Take Ourselves Seriously. Combined sources run for 135 minutes. In the 'AAAFNRAA Medley', FZ orders the band to play randomly chosen songs, and most of the selections are far from complete or well-rehearsed.

Black Napkins, Panty Rap, You Are What You Is, Love Of My Life, Flakes, Magic Fingers, The Blue Light, Tinsel Town Rebellion, Pick Me I'm Clean, Dead Girls Of London (incl. Royal March from Aida), Shall We Take Ourselves Seriously?, City Of Tiny Lights (q: Streets of Cairo, It Ain't Necessarily So), Cosmik Debris, Keep It Greasey, The Torture Never Stops (q: Surrey with the Fringe on Top, Oh! Susanna, incl: Royal March from Aida, Light Cavalry Overture, Mystery Song #3), AAAFNRAA Medley (incl. White Christmas, AAAFNRAA No Problem, Perry Mason Theme, Watkin's Ale, Stella By Starlight, Harbor Lights, My Sharona / Ave Maria, My Sharona / Funiculý FuniculÓ, Lassie, Theme From "I Love Lucy", Black Magic Woman, Macho Man, In The Navy, Improvisation Full Of Landini Cadenzes, guitar solo, Oh! Susanna, The Warren Zevon Songbook, AAAFNRAA No Problem reprise, Drum Solo, In-A-Gadda-Da-Voodoo Butter), Heavy Duty Judy, Broken Hearts Are For Assholes, I'm So Cute, Andy (incl. My Sharona, Funiculý FuniculÓ, Light Cavalry Overture), Joe's Garage, Dancin' Fool, The Illinois Enema Bandit (q: The Blue Light, incl. Sweet Leilani, Harbor Lights)

(N.B.: I'm relatively certain that this is the lengthiest FZShows entry in the entire live catalogue...)


TRACKLIST:
01. intro (1:22)
02. Black Napkins (6:07)
03. Panty Rap (3:33)
04. You Are What You Is (3:57)
05. Love of My Life (2:11)
06. Flakes (4:36)
07. Magic Fingers (2:22)
08. The Blue Light (5:08)
09. Tinsel Town Rebellion (4:44)
10. Pick Me I'm Clean (8:47)
11. Dead Girls of London (incl. Royal March from Aida) (3:29)
12. Shall We Take Ourselves Seriously? (1:37)
13. City of Tiny Lights (q: Streets of Cairo, It Ain't Necessarily So) (11:07)
14. Cosmik Debris (3:53)
15. Keep It Greasey (3:05)
16. The Torture Never Stops (q: Surrey with the Fringe on Top, Oh! Susanna, incl: Royal March from Aida, Light Cavalry Overture, Mystery Song #3) (10:55)
17. AAAFNRAA Medley (13:40)
18. Heavy Duty Judy (5:46)
19. Broken Hearts Are For Assholes (3:44)
20. I'm So Cute (1:35)
21. Andy (incl. My Sharona, Funiculý FuniculÓ, Light Cavalry Overture) (8:10)
22. encore break (1:16)
23. Joe's Garage (2:17)
24. Dancing Fool (4:57)
25. encore break (0:45)
26. The Illinois Enema Bandit (q: The Blue Light, incl. Sweet Leilani, Harbor Lights) (16:21)

BONUS RAW-ITIES:
11. Dead Girls of London (unpatched) (1:30)
12. Shall We Take Ourselves Seriously (unpatched) (0:43)

"Unpatched" versions of the remaining tracks (AAAFNRAA Medley and The Illinois Enema Bandit) can be created by plugging your ears at the appropriate moment. "Unpatched" versions of the audience-only tracks would be daaaaangerously silly, kids.

NOTE FOR NOTES:
Source #1 = "K/MO" source, B+/B
Source #2 = "UN" source, B- <-- this is the primary source for this seed!!
Source #3 = "SM" source, C+/C

NOTES:
01. Intro (first 0:59 from source #3)
11. Dead Girls of London (1:15-end from source #1)
12. Shall We Take Ourselves Seriously? (first 1:02 from source #1)
17. AAAFNRAA Medley (source #2 ends at 13:37, rest of show from source #1)
22. Encore Break (first 0:16 from source #3)
26. The Illinois Enema Bandit (source #1 ends at 2:37, remainder of song/show from source #3)

FURTHER NOTES:
No music missing.

There are no cross-fades between patches. As a result, some otherwise-salvagable material from the main sources has been cut short to allow for more natural (though still endearingly jarring in the tradition of the 1995 Lumpy Gravy remaster) transitions. For example, the source #2 version of Dead Girls lasts for about 1:28 or so, but the 1:15 position has been chosen for the edit since that's where the drums kick in and it sounds much better than having the entire ambience suddenly change in the middle of a guitar solo.

A few small channel dropouts exist in the main source ("source #2"). A cross-source patch or channel copy-paste would be even more distracting, so these are left as-is.

Source #3 ("SM" source / C+/C source / 130 min source / whatever) has been converted to single-channel mono for listenability purposes - original tapes were roughly 30%/70% L/R, with the left channel sounding like the mic was against a wall or something. A copy-paste of the right channel to the left sounded, to quote one particular info.txt author, "echoey and generally shitty".

GRAPHICAL REPRESENTATION OF VARIOUS SOURCES + PATCHES

Quote:
RED = Source #1 ("K/MO")
BLUE = Source #2 ("UN")
GREEN = Source #3 ("SM")

01. intro
02. Black Napkins
03. Panty Rap
04. You Are What You Is
05. Love of My Life
06. Flakes
07. Magic Fingers
08. The Blue Light
09. Tinsel Town Rebellion
10. Pick Me I'm Clean

11. Dead Girls of London (incl. Royal March from Aida)
12. Shall We Take Ourselves Seriously?
13. City of Tiny Lights (q: Streets of Cairo, It Ain't Necessarily So)
14. Cosmik Debris
15. Keep It Greasey
16. The Torture Never Stops (q: Surrey with the Fringe on Top, Oh! Susanna, incl: Royal March from Aida, Light Cavalry Overture, Mystery Song #3)
17. AAAFNRAA Medle
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18. Heavy Duty Judy
19. Broken Hearts Are For Assholes
20. I'm So Cute
21. Andy (incl. My Sharona, Funiculi Funicula, Light Cavalry Overture)

22. encore break
23. Joe's Garage
24. Dancing Fool
25. encore break

26. The Illinois Enema Bandit (q: The Blue Light, incl. Sweet Leilani, Harbor Lights)


FFP:

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1980 11 30 Des Moines IA - 01 intro.flac:3561e6ecf299da7ebb629a6ea66c1e94
1980 11 30 Des Moines IA - 02 Black Napkins.flac:f180ee3149e17121b94e9487a7717647
1980 11 30 Des Moines IA - 03 Panty Rap.flac:c69eac9004f64f791f9ee575048ea4d3
1980 11 30 Des Moines IA - 04 You Are What You Is.flac:1e940a0e61ad1386650905213a62bb2a
1980 11 30 Des Moines IA - 05 Love of My Life.flac:94b3ebabe95acc8324f3bbf7451b7e11
1980 11 30 Des Moines IA - 06 Flakes.flac:d6e9ad48be5e57035be16118248ab033
1980 11 30 Des Moines IA - 07 Magic Fingers.flac:2d3f186be8b769ffee256a91560ecd3f
1980 11 30 Des Moines IA - 08 The Blue Light.flac:a787975f6f558ec7eea5951dfe68d69c
1980 11 30 Des Moines IA - 09 Tinsel Town Rebellion.flac:f9a477f0c4565c94abb45fcdb78bc0d3
1980 11 30 Des Moines IA - 10 Pick Me I'm Clean.flac:dfc4834559d62394a0378225e20074c3
1980 11 30 Des Moines IA - 11 Dead Girls of London.flac:c0bb927ad190696e4bf608b5ee7e6351
1980 11 30 Des Moines IA - 12 Shall We Take Ourselves Seriously.flac:7067d4dc7123b15d9f17c29fb0d373cc
1980 11 30 Des Moines IA - 13 City of Tiny Lights.flac:b912ea478a8cf2336eeddfd3d4740d03
1980 11 30 Des Moines IA - 14 Cosmik Debris.flac:62691b33fe849e39b710facca71ea1ca
1980 11 30 Des Moines IA - 15 Keep It Greasey.flac:b75ccec31b9448166ad00cdbc839942a
1980 11 30 Des Moines IA - 16 The Torture Never Stops.flac:cf1922ed4fdf975a53cd43b4f9b400d4
1980 11 30 Des Moines IA - 17 AAAFNRAA Medley.flac:8f1d9e50aae7d850760addb6ce1e2eef
1980 11 30 Des Moines IA - 18 Heavy Duty Judy.flac:82f76f44931d9927ec035ef55ce6c578
1980 11 30 Des Moines IA - 19 Broken Hearts Are For Assholes.flac:29c34fcadc8d019b68a65aa34b76b16d
1980 11 30 Des Moines IA - 20 I'm So Cute.flac:61f7a791383066d199649c93b977f369
1980 11 30 Des Moines IA - 21 Andy.flac:490d5bc6b3ab2aba73e3396db00d3648
1980 11 30 Des Moines IA - 22 encore break.flac:899a3e29e79aefb890ba71a43832906f
1980 11 30 Des Moines IA - 23 Joe's Garage.flac:d88a4763fb5009327f617402e4c7efaa
1980 11 30 Des Moines IA - 24 Dancing Fool.flac:53284a72a6c9938c62e3733d64ae5b86
1980 11 30 Des Moines IA - 25 encore break.flac:781701110bbf9448514ff60becd902d8
1980 11 30 Des Moines IA - 26 The Illinois Enema Bandit.flac:8b2fb8c873908f6fed521dedba8cf608

1980 11 30 Des Moines IA - 11 Dead Girls of London (unpatched).flac:236eed00b1d00708ead20c620c64e102
1980 11 30 Des Moines IA - 12 Shall We Take Ourselves Seriously (unpatched).flac:78c62f3b24c4cb244b0f56fca0bd855f


REQUESTS:
Do not buy high. Do not sell low. Keep your eyes peeled and ears on the ground. Keep unearthing the new discoveries. Keep circulating the tapes.

CREDITS:
These new unearthings would not be possible were it not for the tireless legwork and ultra-dedication of "BR". A special thanks must therefore be extended in his general direction.

BR - Legwork & Transferrin'
FL - Listenin' & Pitchin'
ZP - Patchin', Editin' & Seedin'

SPECIAL THANKS:
To flambay for his BBCode Recovery Work. Right on, man!

SEEDED:
To Zappateers on February 25th, 2011

RESEEDED:
To Zappateers on June 12th, 2011

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Post 2011-06-19 07:46   [Quote] 
Thanks again to BR, FL & ZP! Very Happy
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Post 2011-07-11 16:13   [Quote] 
This is awesome! FZ in my hometown Very Happy
Thanks for this!
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Post 2012-03-25 08:15   [Quote] 
Just giving this a bump since I had forgotten to re-verify my files when the torrent was reseeded, and the infamous AAAFNRAA Medley/"Iowa Torture Special" is definitely one of the highlights of FZ's entire touring carreer Very Happy

Thanks again ZP!

(edit: seems to me like this deserves another bump Very Happy)

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Post 2014-05-31 21:04   [Quote] 
Zappa Penguin wrote:
16. The Torture Never Stops (q: Surrey with the Fringe on Top, Oh! Susanna, incl: Royal March from Aida, Light Cavalry Overture, Mystery Song #3)

Looks like the discussion of musical quotations was lost in the hack.

What's listed as Surrey With The Fringe On Top is really Old Folks At Home (aka Way Down Upon The Swanee River).

After Oh! Susanna (like Old Folks At Home, a Stephen Foster composition), FZ quotes Petrushka. Specifically, it's a passage from The CrowdsŚbut not the same passage from The Crowds he had quoted in Chicago the night before (and on numerous other occasions).
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