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Post 2007-03-24 16:51   [Quote] 
Completist’s Helper: FZ & FZ-Related Singles Tracks

Completely Revised, December 2008


Here is a listing of FZ and FZ-related tracks that made their first appearance on 7" and 12" singles, or on unreleased acetates intended for single release.

Almost none of these tracks have appeared on any Barking Pumpkin, Zappa, EMI, Ryko, or ZFT compact disc release (with a few exceptions, noted below). Many of these tracks have never been re-issued in any form. Release dates refer to the first appearance of the track in 7" single or 12" maxi-single format.

Where Credit Is Due Dept.:


I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: The Helper would not be half as accurate and complete without the active assistance, specialized knowledge and astonishing collection of BengoFury.



1962:
The Masters
Side B: Breaktime

FZ: co-writer with Paul Buff & Ronnie Williams, guitar

(FZ’s first-ever appearance on vinyl, and the rarest of all commercially released Zappa singles; less than 20 copies are known to exist today)

*


December 1962:
The Tornadoes
Side A: The Swag
Side B: Raw-Hide


FZ: engineer

(Issued for the first time by Greg Russo on his Sundazed label on February 15, 2000, 38 years after the fact)

*


February 1963:
The Hollywood Tornadoes
Side A: Moon Dawg
Side B: The Inebriated Surfer


FZ: engineer

*


April 8, 1963:
Baby Ray & The Ferns
Side A: How’s Your Bird?
Side B: The World’s Greatest Sinner


FZ: writer

*


April 8, 1963:
The Penguins
Side A: Memories Of El Monte

FZ: co-writer with Ray Collins, vibraphone

*


April 1963:
Bob Guy
Side A: Dear Jeepers
Side B: Letter From Jeepers


FZ: producer, writer

(FZ’s first appearance as a record producer)

*


April 1963:
The Heartbreakers
Side A: Every Time I See You

FZ: writer, piano

*


May 27, 1963:
Brian Lord & The Midnighters
Side A: The Big Surfer

FZ: writer

*


June 1963:
Ned & Nelda
Side A: Hey Nelda
Side B: Surf Along


FZ: co-writer with Ray Collins

*


July 1963:
The Hollywood Persuaders
Side B: Grunion Run

FZ: writer

*


August 1963:
Mr. Clean
Side A: Mr. Clean
Side B: Jessie Lee


FZ: producer, writer, backing vocals

*


August 1963:
The Rotations
Side A: Heavies
Side B: The Cruncher


FZ: producer

(An excerpt from Heavies appears in Nasal Retentive Calliope Music on We’re Only In It For The Money — A version of Heavies without the surf effects, presumably pre-dating FZ’s involvement as a producer, appears on the 1964 Discos Gamma LP Tijuana Surfin’)

*


December 1963:
Conrad & The Hurricane Strings
Side A: Hurricane
Side B: Sweet Love


FZ: co-producer with Paul Buff

(The December 1963 Daytone Records 7” lists the artist as ‘Conrad & The Hurricanes’ — The January 1964 ERA 7” lists the artist as ‘Conrad & The Hurricane Strings’)

*


December 1963:
The Tornadoes
Side B: Shootin’ Beavers

FZ: engineer

*


1963:
The Pharos
Side A: 502
Side B: Steel Wheels


FZ: co-producer and co-engineer with Paul Buff

(This unreleased 1-of-1 Pal Studios 7” acetate is now in the possession of A Very Important Zappateer)

*


1963:
Ron Roman
Side A: Tell Me
Side B: Love Of My Life


FZ: co-writer with Ray Collins, guitar, fuzz bass, drums

*


Circa January 1966:
Bobby Jameson
Side A: Reconsider Baby

FZ: producer, arranger

From correspondence with Bobby Jameson:
“The people given the [production] credit, Norm Ratner and Ken Handler, sat around and acted important, they did nothing except pay the bill, period.”

*


June 1966:
Side B: It Can’t Happen Here

Redacted edit of the final section of Help, I’m A Rock; this edit uses 4:44 to 5:57 and 6:38 to the end of the original mono LP edit.

(See Mothermania for a unique edit and alternate narrow stereo mix of this track)

*


August 8, 1966:
Bobby Jameson
Side A: Gotta Find My Roogalator

FZ: co-producer with Bobby Jameson, arranger, guitar

(The version of Roogalator found on the tracker is a unique redacted edit created from a private acetate by Bobby Jameson; the original 7” version is 20 seconds longer)

*


November 14, 1966:
Side A: Trouble Comin' Every Day
Side B: Who Are The Brain Police?


Alternate mono mixes with increased emphasis on FZ’s guitar

Side A: Added opening snare hit, first two bars after the snare hit redacted, early fadeout

(Side A was also released, in slightly compressed quality, on the UK mono single-disc edition of Freak Out! — See the UK, German and Mexican stereo single-disc LP for a unique stereo mix of this track — See the mono double-disc LP for an alternate mix of the original full-length track featuring the added snare-hit and a full three-bar intro)

(Side A was re-released on the MOFO 4CD set — Side B was re-released on the MOFO 2CD set)

*


November 14, 1966:
Burt Ward
Side A: Boy Wonder, I Love You
Side B: Orange Colored Sky


FZ: writer (Side A), arranger, conductor

(The B-side disc label mis-prints the title as Oranged Colored Sky)

*


April 10, 1967:
Side A: Big Leg Emma
Side B: Why Don't You Do Me Right?


Unique 7” tracks in their original dry stereo mixes

(These tracks have been re-issued three times:
  • On the Transparency sampler LP, released 4 April 1975
  • On the Old Masters Box 1 Mystery Disc LP (digital remixes with added reverb)
  • On all versions of the Absolutely Free CD (digital remixes with added reverb)
The original dry stereo mixes are available only on the 7” single and, in slightly compressed quality, on the Transparency LP.)

*


June 15, 1967:
Side A: Sink Trap
Side B: Gypsy Airs


7” version from unreleased 8” acetate

Side A: Redacted edit and alternate mix of the mono Lumpy Gravy LP, side 1 — From 2:23 to 2:36 (8:29 to 8:42 of the mono LP), the violin ostinato is absent from the mix

Side B: Redacted edit of the mono Lumpy Gravy LP, side 2

*


November 20, 1967:
Side A: Lonely Little Girl

A unique 7” track combining the WOIIFTM version of Lonely Little Girl and an alternate mix of Take You Clothes Off When You Dance, with a unique ending flourish courtesy of Bunk Gardner

(This track will almost certainly be re-issued on the impending Lumpy Money 3CD set)

*


1967:
Barry Goldberg
Side A: Carry On

FZ: guitar

*


1967:
The Knack
Side A: Softly, Softly

FZ: piano

From correspondence with Michael Chain:
“Frank DID play on piano for me on Softly, Softly (the only non-member of the group to play on a KNACK record). Frank was recording next door to me in studio B at Capitol (I think he was working on Lumpy Gravy)... Frank was a great guy and played on Softly as a favor because I didn't want Capitol Records bringing in an outside studio cat who might influence my sound.”

*


November 1968:
Side B: Jelly Roll Gum Drop [true mono mix]

A true mono mix, with prominent timpani (as on the Cruising With Ruben & The Jets digital remix) — The bass guitar is almost entirely absent from the mono mix; as a consequence, the acoustic guitar is much brighter than in the stereo mix — The ending "Jelly roll, jelly roll" chant is absent from the mono mix

(Author’s Note:

The mono Ruben LP is a Type B fold-down of the stereo mix — which means that Jelly Roll Gum Drop is the only Ruben track available in true mono.

Some sources report the existence of a 7” release of Any Way The Wind Blows, again with Gum Drop as its B-side — but this is a fallacy; these same sources report the Verve catalogue number for the Wind Blows single as being identical to the Deseri single (VK 10632), and the only available picture actually shows the B-side of Deseri.)

*


September 1, 1969:
Side A: My Guitar
Side B: Dog Breath


Unique mono 7” tracks, available only on this single

(Click here for an unreleased extended stereo mix of My Guitar)

*


October 29, 1969:
GTOs
Side A: Circular Circulation
Side B: Mercy’s Tune


FZ: producer

(Subsequently released on Permanent Damage, December 8, 1969)

*


1970:
Side A: Sharleena
Side B: Bognor Regis


Unreleased 7” acetate

Side A: Redacted edit
Side B: Unique 7” track, available only on this acetate

*


July 1971:
Side A: Tears Began To Fall

Added spoken intro

*


1971:
Side B: Happy Together

French Reprise Kinney 7” edit, omitting the spoken outro

*


August 1971:
Side B: Junier Mintz Boogie

Unique 7” track, available only on this single

The UK issue features a cold ending
The US issue features a slightly redacted fadeout

*


October 1972:
Side A: Magic Fingers

Unique gong-hit outro, omitting ending film dialogue

(Re-issued on the 200 Motels CD)

*


November 26, 1972:
Side B: Eat That Question

Unique (and amazingly cool!) 3:09 redacted edit

*


October 29, 1973:
Side A: I’m The Slime
Side B: Montana


Side A: Alternate arrangement, edit and mix
Side B: Alternate mix, redacted guitar solo and early fadeout

(Side B was re-issued on Strictly Commercial)

*


October 1974:
Side A: Don't Eat The Yellow Snow

Cold intro and unique redacted edit of Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow, Nanook Rubs It, and the opening motifs of St. Alphonzo’s Pancake Breakfast

(Re-issued on Strictly Commercial)

*


1975:
Side B: Stink-Foot

Redacted guitar solo and early fadeout

*


1976:
Side A: Find Her Finer

7” promo stereo redacted edit

*


April 1979:
Side A: Dancin’ Fool (Disco Mix)

Unique extended 12” version

(Re-issued on the Japan-only version of Strictly Commercial)

*


September 24, 1979:
L. Shankar
Side A: Dead Girls Of London

FZ: producer, recording arrangements and orchestration, writer (lyrics), co-writer with L. Shankar (music), vocals (under the pseudonym “Stucco Homes”)

(Also issued the same day on Touch Me There)

*


September 1979:
Side A: Joe's Garage

Alternate mix and early fadeout

(Re-issued on Strictly Commercial)

*


April 28, 1980:
Side A: I Don’t Wanna Get Drafted
Side B: Ancient Armaments


Side A: unique 7” / 12” version
Side B: unique 7” / 12” track

(Side B was issued in an extended 5.1 DTS mix on the Halloween DVD-A, 4 February 2003)

*


1981:
Side A: You Are What You Is

7” UK censored promo edit with early fadeout (CBS A1622 AJD 1)

(Author’s Note: The existence of this censored promo edit is sometimes disputed by Zappa scholars. Trust me — I own it — it exists.)

*


1982:
Side A: Valley Girl [long version]
Side B: Valley Girl [short version]


Side A: Alternate full ending — The SATLTSADW LP replaces the full ending with a segue into I Come From Nowhere
Side B: Redacted edit and early fadeout

*


1984:
Side B: Won Ton On

Unique mix and extended edit from the German True Glove maxi-single, with added vocals from the Ryko CD remix version of He’s So Gay.

*


March 1993:
Side B: Bolero

Extended applause fadeout from the UK Stairway To Heaven maxi-single.

(Also issued on the Stairway To Heaven 5" CDS)

* * * * * * * * * * * *

A Note on Early FZ-Related Singles


Many of FZ's earliest collaborations have been re-issued on various compilation CDs: Cucamonga, For Collectors Only, Rare Meat, etc. These compilations were all sourced from the same master tapes, and all were heavily noise-reduced. To progrockfan's ears, they uniformly sound like swill. Apart from the original vinyl, the only decent source for these titles is the Japanese-only Cucamonga Years CD, which (thanks to the same bizarre copyright laws that allow Beatles concerts to circulate freely in Tokyo record stores) uses clean, de-staticked needle-drops to reproduce 13 of these scarce tracks. This title was pressed in small quantities, has been out of print since 1991, and commands a premium price on the secondary market.

*

Mono Reduction Mixes


In addition to the titles listed above, a number of mono reduction mixes created for AM broadcast can be found paired with their stereo counterparts on various promo singles. These are Type B fold-downs of the original stereo masters rather than true mono mixes, and are therefore probably not necessary for completists.

August 1971:
Side A: Tears Began To Fall [mono reduction mix]

1971:
Side A: Magic Fingers [mono reduction mix]

December 1972:
Side A: Cletus Awreetus-Awrightus [mono reduction mix]

October 1974:
Side B: Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow [mono reduction mix]

1976:
Side B: Find Her Finer [mono reduction mix]

1976:
Grand Funk Railroad
Side B: Can You Do It [mono reduction mix]
FZ: producer

September 1979:
Side A: Joe’s Garage [mono reduction mix]

April 28, 1980:
Side B: I Don’t Wanna Get Drafted [mono reduction mix]

*


As always, information, comments, corrections and criticisms are welcome!

Love — progrockfan

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Post 2007-03-24 16:58   [Quote] 
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This track was also released on the Stairway To Heaven 3" CDS.


That's a "regular" CD single, not a 3" one.

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1991-XX-XX - Side B: Bolero (non-LP edit from the UK Stairway To Heaven 12” maxi-single)


Should read non-CD edit, though the only difference is a few secs of applauding Wink


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Post 2007-03-24 17:48   [Quote] 
BengoFury wrote:
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This track was also released on the Stairway To Heaven 3" CDS.


That's a "regular" CD single, not a 3" one.

Quote:
1991-XX-XX - Side B: Bolero (non-LP edit from the UK Stairway To Heaven 12” maxi-single)


Should read non-CD edit, though the only difference is a few secs of applauding


Smile Bengo!

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PS: A tiny addition... I seem to recall a 3:07" edit of "Eat That Question" as a B-side for the "Cletus Awreetus-Awrightus" single! Wink

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Post 2007-04-03 12:17   [Quote] 
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1962-XX-XX - The Masters— Side A: 16 Tons (co-writer with Paul Buff & Ronnie Williams, guitar)


'16 tons' is the merle travis classic.
Zappa co-wrote 'breaktime', the B-side of the single.
but as The Masters were williams, buff & zappa, fz can probably be heard on both tracks.

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Post 2007-04-03 12:25   [Quote] 
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1963-XX-XX - Ron Roman— Side A: Tell Me (co-writer, guitar / drums / fuzz bass)
1963-XX-XX - Ron Roman— Side B: Love Of My Life (co-writer, guitar / drums / fuzz bass)


'Tell Me' was written by Kenny Williams, but fz plays on this track
'Love of My Life', written by Zappa & Dave Aerni

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Post 2007-04-04 14:59   [Quote] 
The Bastard Son wrote:
I seem to recall a 3:07" edit of "Eat That Question" as a B-side for the "Cletus Awreetus-Awrightus" single!


Good catch, TBS! The B-side of Bizarre / Reprise REP 1127 does indeed feature a 3:07 edit of Eat That Question, redacted from the 6:42 version found on the Grand Wazoo LP.

UniMuta wrote:
'16 tons' is the merle travis classic.
Zappa co-wrote 'breaktime', the B-side of the single.
but as The Masters were williams, buff & zappa, fz can probably be heard on both tracks.


It is true that for the recording of Breaktime, 'The Masters' consisted of FZ, Paul Buff, and Ronnie Williams-- but The Masters were an actual rock group featuring Ronnie Williams on lead guitar. Apart from 16 Tons (the B-side of Emmy 1008), The Masters cut four other 7" sides at Pal Studio in 1962 with Paul Buff producing: T-Bone / Sunday Blues (Emmy 1006) and Under The Earth / Rolling Blues (Emmy 1009).

UniMuta wrote:
Tell Me' was written by Kenny Williams, but fz plays on this track
'Love of My Life', written by Zappa & Dave Aerni


The authorship of this single has long been a subject of dispute. The 7" label says 'Zappa - Aernie'; some sources attribute both songs to Ron Roman - Aernie; others to Roman - FZ - Aernie; and still others to FZ - Ray Collins.

I think this puzzle is solvable:

* FZ stated in 1981 that Dave Aernie released this single without his permission and had nothing to do with the authorship of the songs.

* Collins wrote a sizable number of songs with FZ at about this time.

* YCDTOSA Vol. 4 credits Collins & FZ as co-authors for Love Of My Life.

I think the balance of the evidence indicates that these songs should be credited to Collins - Zappa.

TBS and UniMuta, your (central) scrutiny is greatly appreciated!

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Post 2007-04-05 06:33   [Quote] 
A new addition to the list: the 1967 Barry Goldberg single Carry On, featuring FZ on guitar.

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1984-XX-XX - Side B: Won Ton On (non-LP version from the German True Glove 12” maxi-single)


a 45 RPM B Side (on the cover, but inside Seite 2) Time - 5:48

EMI 1C K 062 20 0387 6 1984 ORIGINAL SOUND RECORDINGS MADE BY PUMPKO INDUSTRIES LTD-
EMI Electrola GmbH Printed in Germany by 4P NICOLAUS GmbH, Koln

1st track Bside: "He's So Gay", 2nd track "Won Ton On"

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New this day:

* A brand-new entry: Bobby Jameson's Reconsider Baby, arranged by FZ

* Corrected producer / arranger info for Bobby Jameson's Gotta Find My Roogalator

* Corrected label info for Tears Begin To Fall and Happy Together

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I Don't Wanna Get Drafted was released on The Lost Episodes. Ancient Armaments was released on Halloween. However, Drafted was remixed for TLE according to the credits, and AA is a different mix/edit on Halloween.
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I Don't Wanna Get Drafted was released on The Lost Episodes... Drafted was remixed for TLE according to the credits...

There are three officially released versions of I Don't Wanna Get Drafted:

* the original 7" version;

* the You Are What You Is version (titled Drafted Again), which is a radically different recording; and

* the Lost Episodes version, which is based on the same bed take as the 7" version, but features many differences in the edit and mix — especially with regards to placement of guitar, vocal effects, and application of reverb. This version also features an extended fade, with an additional one and a half repeats of the ending refrain. The CD booklet speaks of "subtle changes," but there's nothing subtle about them; this is an extended edit and major remix of the original 7" version.

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Ancient Armaments was released on Halloween... AA is a different mix/edit on Halloween...

The Halloween version of Ancient Armaments is culled from the same live take as the 7" version - 31 October 1978 at the New York Palladium. The 7" edit is a stereo mix, clocking in at 4:04; the Halloween version clocks in at a more complete 8:23 and is thoroughly remixed for 5.1 DTS surround sound.

For clarity, I have re-labeled the 7" version as [7" edit & stereo mix].

pbuzby, your perceptive critiques are an invaluable aid in perfecting the Completist's Helper series. Zappacheers!

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Post 2008-02-11 16:25   [Quote] 
Big Leg Emma/Do Me Right single was released in April of 1969? I always assumed 1967 prior to the release of Absolutely Free (even though those tracks weren't on the LP).
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Big Leg Emma/Do Me Right single was released in April of 1969?


Of course not! - silly me, they were attributed correctly in the list, but I made a data transposition error when discussing them in the Release Notes section. This has been corrected. Smile

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Post 2008-02-13 12:19   [Quote] 
New this day: A big improvement in the level of detail for listed release dates.

Data keeps pouring in as my research continues. I believe this is now the most complete and accurate list on the Web—but improvements to the data are always welcome!

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