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1988 03 13 Springfield MA 132.27 AUD (Bengo-Yojimbo-ZappaPenguin)
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Frank Zappa
March 13th, 1988
Civic Center
Springfield, MA

Bengofury transfer of the RDNZL master, with new patches from Yojimbo and speed correction from flambay.

Samples and discussion at:
1988 03 13 Springfield MA AUD (BengoFury) ***FIXED***
1988 03 13 Springfield 1st gen Aud samples (Yojimbo)

Switching gears from my zealous (or is it "zealot's"? Wink) crusade to get each and every 1980 show represented on the tracker, I decided I'd turn my attentions to the 1988 tour, which according to the catalogue is still rather incomplete - surprising, perhaps, considering the attentions (or, shall we say, "damage") it's received from a single infamous trader.

Anyway. Here's what the Catalogue says about this crisp (guessing) March night in Springfield:

The Catalogue wrote:
1988 03 13 Springfield, MA
Soundcheck/rehearsal - Aud 135min B/B- Crying or Very sad
not available
note: only seen as mp3
Show - Aud 120min B+ Crying or Very sad Exclamation Exclamation Exclamation
not available
note: BengoFury made available a MC (138.27) of one of the sources known for this show - reseed needed

So, after some discussion in the Sample forum, not only is this reseed now a reality, but we have speed correction (courtesy of Mr. Flambay) and patches (courtesy of Mr. Yojimbo, Esquire)! And perhaps even the quite lengthy soundcheck somewhere down the line!

One down, many more to go...

This show features some good guitar solos (particularly the technical display during the opening Stinkfoot solo), but nothing I would describe as "killer guitar" - well, save for Frank's sick, pyrotechnic 1982-style solo in Truck Driver Divorce. There are no incredible Synclavier sample-scapes - well, although I must admit the jam in Pound for a Brown has some neat, proto-80s-Residents sounding Synclavier doodles - and not much in the way of bizarre deviations, beyond an "urrrrrr" or two here and there, and, oh yeah, the Who Needs the Peace Corps monologue, filled with FZ interjections about Mike's shirt, George Bush, and the sleeping habits (or lackthereof) of the horn section. It's simply a feel-good 1988 funtime - except for when Frank reminds us that there is a possibility that we, too, might go to hell - and there's nothing wrong with that. (Nothing).

Highlights include the aforementioned TDD - oh Frank, why couldn't you have made solos like this more often in 1988 - some interesting melodic explorations in the Outside Now solo, the Who Needs the Peace Corps monologue and the I Left my Heart in San Francisco deviations (FZ: "one of the ugliest songs ever written!") and a rare Keneally guitar solo in Pound for a Brown that sounds - for some reason - quite similar to an average Frank Zappa's "City of Tiny Lights" workout from the late 70s. Oh, and for some reason tonight's Stairway to Heaven seems very different from usual - primitive, but in a good way - very sparse background, and what sounds like somebody doing a vocal imitation of somebody blowing into a soda bottle, not to mention an uncommon-for-this-song FZ guitar solo.

Oh, and if you listen very closely to the beginning of Joe's Garage, you can hear an audience member screaming for "Freebird". Now if that's not the definition of a Good Old Fashioned Rock n' Roll Show, I don't know what is. headbanger

But don't take my word for it - here's a second opinion from our very own Yojimbo, written back in 1998, when the internet consisted of nothing more elaborate than Mark Volman, portly, maroon, and floating in space with a 28.8K modem lodged in his, er, in the folds of his sofa:

Yojimbo wrote:
March 13, 1988 Springfield

Before digging up the tapes from this show, I had a vague recollection that it was a good show. A glance at the setlist did not convince me, though - two or three songs with the potential of being great, but hardly enough to make a great show. But my recollection was right - this is a great show. FZ seems to be in a very good mood tonight, his solos are inspired and intense and the interaction with the band members is amusing.

The opening procedures of the show feel familiar, with FZ receiving some recognition from local election commisioners, then some communicating with the audience before ripping into "Stinkfoot." The solo reminds us about the Man's unpredictability as a guitarist; this becomes quite an experimental workout - cool, though at times, you almost wonder if he remembers what song he's playing.

Bobby asks us "Who Needs The Peace Corps?," and Mike has a problem keeping a straight face when FZ keeps interrupting his hippie monologue. Quite amusing, especially the "I will love everyone...(George Bush??)...I will love *almost* everyone" part. "Outside Now" becomes an early climax, beautiful as always with an excellent solo, but the real highlight of the show is "Truck Driver Divorce." The solo starts out pretty calm over the old reggae vamp, but the proceedings take a whole new turn after a while, as FZ starts playing around with the whammy bar and we get a long excursion of an intensity that matches the 1980/81 tours. Chad's playing is terrific, while Scott and Mike keep the structure. Terrific stuff - this should have been on Trance Fusion!

After this improvisational outburst, the composed nature of the "Packard Goose" medley is a welcome contrast, before it's time for another great guitar number, "Any Kind Of Pain." Very nice solo as always, and the song gets a funny twist as Zappa fills the "secret word slot" of the last verse with a mongoloid "Uuuuuh" - much to Ike's amusement, and the rest of the song is filled with mongoloid sounds. The abriged Republican Medley continues with "When The Lie's So Big" and "Jesus Thinks You're A Jerk," and just before intermission, FZ scares us by saying "did you know that there's a possibility that you might......go to hell?!".

Set number two starts with good versions of the Eggman song and "City Of Tiny Lites," before it's time for the next climax, "Pound For A Brown." This version nearly defines the Jason- coined "monster song" term - long, totally unpredictable improvisational heaven! The solos start off as usual, with Bobby getting the funk out, before FZ gives us a lesson in spontaneous composition. He leads a little jam session with synclavier, drums and percussion, interspersed with conducted horns. Suddenly, the band bursts into a straight rock vamp where Mike gets a chance to shine, with a great guitar solo. As if this weren't enough, FZ triggers a guitar loop, over which we get a good sax solo, followed by a drum solo. Excellent stuff - for the first part of the tour, FZ had the bad habit of cutting the band improvisations rather short, but here we get full-length monstrosity.

We get a typical ending of the show with the Texas Motel Medley and "Sofa" followed by "Peaches," "Stairway To Heaven," "Joe's Garage"/"Why Does It Hurt?" and "The Illinois Enema Bandit." Compared to the highlights of the shows, the last 30 minutes sound a bit bland, but they are still inspired versions - especially IEB, where we get another very good solo from FZ and some joking about Eric Buxton and his shoe size.

Though there's no real secret word, FZ and Ike are in high spirits throughout the concert, and we get a good dose of humour. This, in combination with the great guitar solos and the "Pound For A Brown" improvisation makes this one of the best shows of the U.S tour, in my opinion.

- JN

With the prelude out of the way, let's get on with the gritty details!

13-Mar 1988, Civic Center, Springfield, MA
138 min, Aud, B+

Intro/Stinkfoot, Who Needs The Peace Corps?, Outside Now, Disco Boy, Teenage Wind, Truck Driver Divorce, Packard Goose, Any Kind Of Pain, When The Lie's So Big, Jesus Thinks You're A Jerk, I Am The Walrus, City Of Tiny Lights, Pound For A Brown, Texas Motel Medley, Sofa, Peaches En Regalia, Stairway To Heaven, Joe's Garage, Why Does It Hurt When I Pee? Illinois Enema Bandit

Total time, with patches and speed correction: 132:27, complete!

Zappa Penguin's completely-unguarenteed-take-with-a-liberal-amount-of-salt sound analysis:
BF source: B+/B, leaning towards B+ - parts are very nicely balanced, but distortion in places - primarily in parts with vocal harmonies (Packard Goose).
Yojimbo source: B - weaker levels, band can be indistinct, and tape has some "swooshes" - but vocals are less distorted.


Main (BengoFury (abbreviated BF)) Source: Sony Walkman with an Aiwa stereo low impedance condensor battery operated mike > .WAV (CEP, track splitting only) > .FLAC > downloaded from the ever-gracious and generous DLHotch of the Dangerous Kitchen > .FLACs converted to .WAV via Nullsoft Disk Writer plugin > GoldWave (speed corrected: All tracks except Pound for a Brown, Texas Motel, and Sofa time-warped to 1.047 (read: pitch-corrected +80 cts), Pound/Texas/Sofa time-warped to 1.053 (or pitch-corrected +90 cts)) > .FLAC FrontEnd Level 8 > foobar (ReplayGain)

Patch (Yojimbo) Source: Tape recorder > ? > .WAV > .FLAC > .FLAC converted to .WAV via Nullsoft Disk Writer plugin > GoldWave (volume boosted 200% to better match BengoFury source, speed corrected: Any Kind of Pain time-warped to 1.005 (or pitch-corrected +10 cts), Outside Now left alone) > eventually included in The Larger Scheme of Things (see "Patch Lineage" immediately following the track list)

I crossfaded both patches, and while it's noticeable, it's helped by the fluctuating sound quality of both tracks in the original BF source - just tell yourself it's an audience member walking in front of the taper's microphone, not an obvious patch. Wink I experimented with longer, more gradual crossfades, but in the end felt it was better leave them as-is, as longer cross-fades introduced the potential for xenosynchronous sound, due to miniscule speed wobbles and whatnot in the original tapes.

Let's get on with the show!

Track list:

01. Intro/Stinkfoot
02. Who Needs The Peace Corps?
03. Outside Now (crossfaded w. JN source between 5:24 - 6:01)
04. Disco Boy
05. Teenage Wind
06. Truck Driver Divorce
07. Packard Goose
08. Any Kind Of Pain (crossfaded w. JN source between 5:22 - 5:55)
09. When The Lie's So Big
10. Jesus Thinks You're A Jerk
11. I Am The Walrus
12. City Of Tiny Lights
13. Pound For A Brown
14. Texas Motel Medley
15. Sofa
16. Peaches En Regalia
17. Stairway To Heaven
18. Joe's Garage
19. Why Does It Hurt When I Pee?
20. Illinois Enema Bandit

BONUS TRACKS - For the maniacs, we have the following "rawities":
03. Outside Now (BengoFury unpatched)
03. Outside Now (raw Yojimbo patch)
08. Any Kind of Pain (BengoFury unpatched)
08. Any Kind of Pain~We're Turning Again (raw Yojimbo patch)

Aside from speed correction, these tracks are un-edited, un-cut, and potentially un-necessary.

Patch Lineage:

Outside Now -
-between approx. 5:34 and 5:49, BF source faded out whilst Yojimbo source faded in
-Yojimbo patch begins at 5:50 and lasts until 5:54
- One (1) second of BF source deleted due to sound wobbles and to facilitate a higher quality of sync precision
-between approx. 5:54 and 6:01, BF source faded in whilst Yojimbo source faded out

Any Kind of Pain -
-between 5:22.897 ("urr!") and 5:31.516, BF source faded out whilst Yojimbo source faded in
-Yojimbo patch begins at 5:31.516 and lasts until approx. 5:48
-Two (2) seconds of BF source deleted due primarily to tape quality issues
-Between 5:48 and approx. 5:55, BF source faded in whilst Yojimbo source faded out (perhaps the ugliest of the four crossfades, mostly due to the widely different vocal acoustics on the two tapes)

(and, for those of you who felt the above made too much sense, see very bottom of this post for even more disjointed notes regarding this fascinating patchwork)

See ffp text file for ffp - or just scroll down!

Bengo's original text-file, minus redundant setlist information:

This is from an uncirculated master cassette taped by RDNZL on a Sony Walkman with an Aiwa stereo low impedance condensor battery operated mike Smile

A BengoFury rip, Master>wav(CEP, track splitting only)>flac

There's a cut at 5:47 in "Any Kind Of Pain", due to a tape swap, all other tracks are complete.

Many thanks to RDNZL for letting me digitize this one!


And here are the promised-above disjointed notes regarding patches and crossfades, written solely for Zappa Penguin's personal edification, but preserved for the greater community for comedic value if nothing else:

(note that most timecodes refer to intermediary "draft excerpts", rather than the complete files)

22.208 = start of jn
26.117 = start of bf
7.909 = length in bf from start to lacuna
1.270 = length in bf cut out
1.912 = end of sound14 patch
6.085 = length of jn fadeout
35.937 = midpoint in patch.wav
5:17.609 = beginning of patch insert

5:22.897 > 5:31.516 = urr to cut time
8.619 = length in bf from urr to cut
2.671 = length in bf cut out (she gets)
6.740 = length of jn fadeout

And finally, the FFP:

880313-Springfield - 01 Intro-Stinkfoot.flac:068f3ed8551d1ccdb13b7dceae1a77d3
880313-Springfield - 02 Who Needs the Peace Corps.flac:91eaf8e01de6dc64287168405d60488a
880313-Springfield - 03 Outside Now.flac:c2828bc4b9c880abcb4b6f9407e7b0f2
880313-Springfield - 04 Disco Boy.flac:d608e8daf5517f92deac8299593a1986
880313-Springfield - 05 Teenage Wind.flac:6655d4584db6c3f0e0970fa16c222cf0
880313-Springfield - 06 Truck Driver Divorce.flac:9fbfb0b2990039b0dd04a1cf5fabe53e
880313-Springfield - 07 Packard Goose Medley.flac:6578c1660fc7235e093c0be740d94fab
880313-Springfield - 08 Any Kind of Pain.flac:c6ebc83a65d0d9fd95e8179e836dad8e
880313-Springfield - 09 When the Lie's So Big.flac:24d5a21ae03c8a709c56c07ccafb6210
880313-Springfield - 10 Jesus Thinks You're A Jerk.flac:bff58462d6d3c0f93567c1148f29a5b2
880313-Springfield - 11 I Am The Walrus.flac:2207ade01ad570e44dbc5bfaa36b2094
880313-Springfield - 12 City Of Tiny Lights.flac:c59d398f49b36ec38120ca821c1e1a16
880313-Springfield - 13 A Pound For A Brown (On The Bus).flac:cc44c8d05a9a5840835406250d07c5c6
880313-Springfield - 14 Texas Motel Medley.flac:2400a9c91a3d789bc06af081ed5bfac3
880313-Springfield - 15 Sofa.flac:3f30b4b281ba2097a645f9428d42b4be
880313-Springfield - 16 Peaches En Regalia.flac:98171831510dbca803e123d8a6a223c2
880313-Springfield - 17 Stairway To Heaven.flac:741f2d7ae16ab0625ecbf170a61a9254
880313-Springfield - 18 Joe's Garage.flac:51cc8fe7e562961d5708e57cada3dbcc
880313-Springfield - 19 Why Does It Hurt When I Pee.flac:c120c46c53eca69a1ab36c159844a480
880313-Springfield - 20 Illinois Enema Bandit.flac:8522cd2916bb3041a5c8fa530250d3ed

880313-Springfield - 03 Outside Patch (raw Yojimbo).flac:45a0e76f9ce6e7f0195508ea973c888b
880313-Springfield - 03 Outside Now (unpatched Bengo).flac:5569758dbd334963f7d6e9a6f35eabf9
880313-Springfield - 08 Any Kind Of Pain (raw Yojimbo).flac:5fc44ff26a8dd017d2bfb8fe3659bc84
880313-Springfield - 08 Any Kind Of Pain (unpatched Bengo).flac:6b4adab9c692ae9190e5adcf184113fa



Original taper: RDNZL
Original ripper: BengoFury
Files archived by: DLHotch
Fills: Yojimbo

Speed correction: The golden pheasant-- or ears... of flambay

Crossfades, speed correction gruntwork, note-taking, tl;dr, and seeder: ZappaPenguin

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Post 2007-04-30 00:50   [Quote] 
88! Zappateers turned me on to GOOD 88 tapes, before that I had 5th gen cassettes.
Now, i am almost BORED with 88 shows, but I cannot resist something that has been put together like this. It's like you are in my house, messing with my stereo.


Of course now I will get all back into 88 tapes and alienate my wife & all my friends all over again!

Thanks for all the work!


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WOW! Tons of work, nice job, thanks guys!

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Post 2007-04-30 01:08   [Quote] 
Another collective work that continues to put one particular trader to shame for claiming to "master" 1988 shows. Thank you for all the hard work. Always did like those unhinged Truck Driver Divorce solos.....

yours in FZ,
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Post 2007-04-30 01:15   [Quote] 
Thank you. winko I rather enjoy the 1988 vintage.
Come to think of it, I rather enjoy almost any vintage. winko winko winko Cheers! drunk
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holy cow!thanks for all your hard work!(can you say obsession? haha just f**king with you)i just love these 88 shows,and i thank you also for being kind enough to share them with old,bald toothless phreeks like me.
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Post 2007-04-30 05:14   [Quote] 
Thanks a bunch!!!

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Thank you so much!

Is this the same basic source as the version circulating on

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Post 2007-04-30 08:33   [Quote] 
Thank You Zappa Penguin... You're The Man!!!

A Show called "Zappa in Springfield" is simply amazing.... drunk

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Post 2007-04-30 08:56   [Quote] 
Is this the same basic source as the version circulating on

Can you post a more specific link ?
I didn't find a Zappa Springfield show, currently circulating on Dime ...


Oh, and thanks ZappaPenguin for your fantastic work.
Just loving these inimitable write-ups ... Very Happy
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Huge thanks!
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Many, many thanks for your hard work.
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flambay wrote:
Is this the same basic source as the version circulating on

Can you post a more specific link ?
I didn't find a Zappa Springfield show, currently circulating on Dime ...


Oh, and thanks ZappaPenguin for your fantastic work.
Just loving these inimitable write-ups ... Very Happy

My rip (which this is based on, though patched and speed corrected now) was originally posted on DIME (EZtree) i guess (or even STG?), before we had our own tracker, but it must be long dead by now.

Conclusion: get this seed! Wink
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To everyone involved in making this show available,
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