The Sixties

Song properties for these tours:

June 1966 - August 1968
The Mothers with Ray Collins

The Mothers Of Invention, Spring-Summer 1966

FZ, Ray Collins, Elliot Ingber, Roy Estrada, Jimmy Carl Black.

1966 06 ?? - Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, CA

5 min, SBD, B+/B
This recording, consisting of Plastic People and some jam, has been edited by FZ from different tapes, and represents a small portion of the unreleased "History & Collected Improvisations Of The MOI", see Unreleased, radio, and weird stuff).

1966 06 24-25? - Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, CA

15 min, SBD, A-

Toads Of The Short Forest, I'm Not Satisfied, Wedding Dress Song, Handsome Cabin Boy (q: Funiculì Funiculà)

1966 06 25 - Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, CA

This recording, 15 min, has been released by ZFT in December 2006 ("big" MOFO).
Motherly Love, You Didn't Try To Call Me, I'm Not Satisfied, Hungry Freaks Daddy, Go Cry On Somebody Else's Shoulder

1967 05 30 - Garrick Theater, NYC, NY

Wrong date and location. See Ann Arbor, 1967 12 03.

The Mothers Of Invention, Fall 1967

FZ, Ray Collins, Roy Estrada, Jimmy Carl Black, Billy Mundi, Ian Underwood, Don Preston, Bunk Gardner, Motorhead Sherwood.

1967 09 30 - Konserthuset, Stockholm, Sweden

40 min, FM, A-

This show is available as an officially released bootleg: 'Tis The Season To Be Jelly - BTB1.

intro, You Didn't Try To Call Me, Petrushka, Bristol Stomp, Baby Love, Big Leg Emma, No Matter What You Do (incl. Tchaikovsky's 6th), Blue Suede Shoes, Hound Dog, Gee, King Kong, It Can't Happen Here

1967 10 01 - Falkoner Teatret, København, Denmark

35 min, Aud, B-/C+

intro, America Drinks, Jelly Roll Gum Drop, jam (incl. Octandre, Absolutely Free, King Kong), Toads Of The Short Forest, How Could I Be Such A Fool?, King Kong [incl. Ian Underwood Whips It Out, UM]

1967 10 02 - Olympen, Lund, Sweden

25 min, Aud, B+

intro, No Matter What You Do, Blue Suede Shoes, Hound Dog, Gee (incl. Duke Of Earl), The Orange County Lumber Truck Medley

1967 10 10 - The Bitter End, New York, NY

5 min, A-, from a TV performance

Previously listed as 1967 ?? ??.
This recording does not feature Ray Collins. Avalaible as video. From the same tv show there's also a video of a lip-synched performance of Son Of Suzy Creamcheese (from Absolutely Free)

improvisation (a.k.a. In Memoriam: Hieronymus Bosch)

The Mothers Of Invention, December 1967 - August 1968

FZ, Ray Collins, Roy Estrada, Jimmy Carl Black, Art Tripp, Ian Underwood, Don Preston, Bunk Gardner, Motorhead Sherwood.

1967 12 03 - Fifth Dimension, Ann Arbor, MI

25 min, Stage, A/A-

The actual date and location for this recording is uncertain. Previously were listed here also two songs now listed at the end of the 1969 08 08 Framingham setlist.

improvisations, America Drinks, Hungry Freaks Daddy, King Kong, Status Back Baby

1968 ?? ?? - Central Park?, New York?

See 1968 08 03 - Wollman Rink, Central Park, New York, NY.

1968 01 ?? - Family Dog, Denver, CO

Wrong date, see 1968 05 03.

1968 02 ?? - Family Dog, Denver, CO

Officially released bootleg Electric Aunt Jemima - BTB2.
Actually a compilation from 1968 05 03 Denver, 1968 09 28 Essen, and 1968 10 20 Amsterdam.

1968 03 ?? - Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA

15 min, Aud, B
Just the last 3 songs of 1968 10 06 Bremen.

1968 03 ?? - Thee Image, Miami, FL

Wrong date. See 1969 02 08.

1968 04 10 - Grande Ballroom, Detroit, MI

Wrong date. See 1968 04 28.

1968 04 20 - Fillmore East, New York, NY

Early show
75 min, Aud, B-

intro, improvisations (q: Octandre, Interlude), Trouble Every Day, Status Back Baby, Dead Air, Brahms's Lullaby, ???, Louie Louie / Plastic People / You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin', ???, America Drinks, King Kong, Hungry Freaks Daddy

Late show
80 min, Aud, C+

Jam (incl. Blue Moon, I'm In The Mood For Love, q: Rite Of Spring), Absolutely Free, Duke Of Prunes, jam, You Didn't Try To Call Me, Petrushka, Bristol Stomp, Baby Love, Big Leg Emma, Mellow Lounge Music (incl. Easter Parade), Hungry Freaks Daddy, King Kong, Hawaiian Music (incl. Hawaiian Eye, Mystery Tune), Shotgun (q: Mystery Tune), Holiday In Berlin, Cruising For Burgers (q: Mystery Tune)

1968 04 28 - Grande Ballroom, Detroit, MI

Early show

Previously listed as 1968 04 10.

60 min, Stage, A-

Mr Green Genes (q: Petrushka), Hungry Freaks Daddy, America Drinks, King Kong, Handsome Cabin Boy / Wedding Dress Song / Dog Breath / Little House I Used To Live In, Status Back Baby, The Orange County Lumber Truck Medley (q: Dog Breath)

1968 05 03 - Family Dog, Denver, CO

55 min, Stage, A-

Parts of this show are included on Electric Aunt Jemima - BTB2.

Improvisations (incl. Octandre), Plastic People (incl. Octandre, King Kong, America Drinks), Wipe Out, Little House I Used To Live In (incl. Dog Breath, Coquette, Tchaikovsky's 6th, Blue Danube / Hungry Freaks Daddy), Funiculì Funiculà, Go Cry On Somebody Else's Shoulder, improvisations, Status Back Baby, Trouble Every Day Variations (q: Rite Of Spring), Duke Of Earl, King Kong

1968 06 25 - Steve Allen TV Show, Los Angeles, CA

Previously listed as 1968 07 24, that was the broadcast date. Two partial recordings exist, with different music.

5 min, C

Hungry Freaks Daddy, improvisations, King Kong, interview

20 min, A-

interview (mostly with the other guests, Godfrey Cambridge and Ed Begley), America Drinks, Octandre

1968 07 ?? - The Ark, Boston, MA

Wrong date. See 1969 07 08.

1968 08 03 - Wollman Rink, Central Park, New York, NY

Date and location for the following recordings are quite uncertain...

Early Show ?
65 min, Aud, B+

With "Billy Velvet" from the audience (*). Actually it's quite unlikely that this show took place at the Wollman Ring.

intro, Trouble Every Day, improvisations, Hungry Freaks Daddy, King Kong, improvisations, Mr Green Genes, My Boyfriend's Back / I'm Gonna Bust His Head, Tiny Sick Tears, Hang On Sloopy*, Wipe Out, Go Cry On Somebody Else's Shoulder, Octandre

Late Show ?

This recording was previously listed as two separated but related items. The creator of this page has now found definitive evidence it is actually from a single show. This recording used to circulate in uncountable combinations and permutation, parts of it were previously listed as 1968 ?? ?? - Central Park?, New York?, were commonly known as Central Park, 1969 08 02 and even circulating as Montreal, 1969 08 or with Fillmore East as location.

60 min, Stage, A-/B+

Jazz Rock Heavily Influenced By Al Kooper (flute solo), Help I'm A Rock / Transylvania Boogie, Baby Love, Big Leg Emma, Shortly (Holiday In Berlin), Trouble Every Day, The Orange County Lumber Track Medley

1968 08 25 - Kerrisdale Arena, Vancouver, Canada

This recording, 90 min, has been released by ZFT in November 2012 (Road Tapes Venue #1). It doesn't feature Ray Collins.
Soundcheck/improvisations (incl. Gas Mask), Help I'm A Rock / Transylvania Boogie, Improvisations, Hungry Freaks Daddy, The Orange County Lumber Truck Medley, Improvisations, Trouble Every Day, Shortly (Holiday In Berlin), The String Quartet, In The Sky, Octandre, King Kong

September - October 1968
The 2nd European tour

The Mothers Of Invention, September - October 1968

FZ, Roy Estrada, Jimmy Carl Black, Art Tripp, Ian Underwood, Don Preston, Bunk Gardner, Motorhead Sherwood.

1968 09 28 - Grugahalle, Essen, Germany

"Internationale Essener Songtage". This recording is included on Electric Aunt Jemima - BTB2. Pro-shot video exists. There's also a short video of In The Sky, which could be from the 1968 09 27 unconfirmed performance at the Olympia-Kino am Wasserturm (also in Essen).

15 min, FM, A-

King Kong

1968 10 ?? - Worcester, UK

A mix of the 1968 10 03 and 1969 06 05 SBDs.

1968 10 01 - Konserthuset, Stockholm, Sweden

40 min, Aud, B-
The tape circulating with this date is a mix of other shows.

1968 10 03 - Tivoli Gardens, København, Denmark

With Don Cherry (*).

85 min, Aud, B-
60 min, Stage, B+

The audience recording starts in the second improvisation The Stage recording does not include the second improvisation to God Bless America and Octandre. Combined sources total: 105 min. Parts of the Stage tape circulates as 1968 10 ?? - Worcester.

Improvisations, Help I'm A Rock / Transylvania Boogie, Jam, Improvisations, Hungry Freaks Daddy, Bongo Madness, God Bless America, King Kong, Improvisations, Trouble Every Day, Absolutely Free Medley (incl. There's A Small Hotel, Rockabye Baby; q: Teddy Bears' Picnic), In The Sky, The String Quartet (incl. Oh No, Transylvania Boogie), Improvisations*, Octandre

1968 10 06 - The Beat Club, Bremen, Germany

80 min, FM, A+

From a 1970 German TV program, called "Liederliches". Full pro-shot color video exists of the original broadcast (35min). The pre-broadcast version add 45 minutes in b/w

soundcheck/tuning, Improvisations, Boogie Shuffle, King Kong, The String Quartet, Instrumental, Uncle Meat, Lohengrin, Gas Mask, Let's Make The Water Turn Black, Octandre

1968 10 20 - Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands

100 min, Aud, B-
80 min, SBD, B+

The SBD doesn't have the intro and cuts during the Orange County Medley. Short parts of this show are included on Electric Aunt Jemima - BTB2.

intro, Jam (incl. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes), Help I'm A Rock / Transylvania Boogie / drum duet, jam, Dog Breath, The String Quartet, Gas Mask, The Orange County Lumber Truck Medley, Brown Shoes Don't Make It

1968 10 23?, BBC Studios, London, UK

30 min, FM, A+

Previously listed as 1968 10 ??. From a TV program. Full pro-shot video exists.

intro, Improvisations, King Kong, In The Sky

1968 10 25 - Royal Festival Hall, London, UK

AOTT and some of MD (for the orchestral parts that here we call "Progress?") are edited from both these shows. A partial video of the orchestral parts is available on FZ's movie "Uncle Meat".

Early show
85 min, Aud, B+/B-
45 min, Aud, B

The short tape cuts in during King Kong.

Progress? (incl. Bogus Pomp, Holiday In Berlin, Agency Man, What's The Name Of Your Group?) [parts on AOTT and on MD], King Kong (incl. Original Mothers At Fillmore East, MD) [parts on AOTT], Gas Mask (incl. Tchaikovsky's 6th) [WRMF], Hungry Freaks Daddy, Mr Green Genes, improvisations [parts on Transylvania Boogie, AOTT], String Quartet [parts on AOTT]

Late show
25 min, SBD, A-

Uncle Meat Variations, In The Sky, The Orange County Lumber Truck Medley (q. King Kong) [AOTT]

1968 10 ?? - TV Studio, Paris, France

10 min, FM, A-

From a TV broadcast. Full pro-shot video exists and has been released in France as bonus dvd track of " Let the sun shine in Hair".

The String Quartet, Octandre

1968 10 26 - Olympia, Paris, France

50 min, SBD, A+

Improvisations, King Kong, Plastic People, Hungry Freaks Daddy, Mr Green Genes (q: Rite Of Spring)

November 1968 - May 1969
The Mothers with Lowell George

The Mothers Of Invention, November 1968 - May 1969

FZ, Lowell George, Roy Estrada, Jimmy Carl Black, Art Tripp, Ian Underwood, Don Preston, Bunk Gardner, Motorhead Sherwood, Buzz Gardner.

1968 11 08 - Titan Gymnasium, Fullerton, CA

75 min, Stage, B+

Ian Underwood is not present on this recording. With Wild Man Fisher (*).
This show is available on Our Man In Nirvana - BTB2.

intro, Bacon Fat, The String Quartet, The Wild Man Fischer Story*, I'm The Meany*, Valarie, King Kong

1969 02 ?? - The Ballroom, Stratford, CT

A.k.a. 1968 02 ??. This tape consists of one segment from "The Impossible Concert" (see Unreleased, radio, and weird stuff) and one from the Amsterdam 1968 10 20 show.

1969 02 08 - Thee Image, Miami Beach, FL

60 min, Aud, B+/B

A.k.a. 1968 03. Previously listed as 1969 03 ?? - but this should be the correct date.

My Guitar Wants To Kill Your Mama (instrumental), Lonely Lonely Nights, FZ chat with audience, The Orange County Lumber Truck Medley, Toads Of The Short Forest [part two - WRMF], All Night Long, Bacon Fat, Gregorian Chant, Little House I Used To Live In, Interlude, Pachuko Hop, Behind The Sun

1969 02 21 - Fillmore East, New York, NY

Early show
60 min, Aud, B-/C+

intro, Charles Ives, Lonely Lonely Nights, Bacon Fat, Uncle Meat, drum duet [incl. FZ/JCB Drum Duet, YCDTOSA5], Right There, Begin The Beguine, improvisations with Bunk's Tape [incl. Are You Upset?, YCDTOSA4], Run Home Slow, Little March, Right There, King Kong, Octandre

Late show
75 min, Aud, B/B+

Intro And Movie Introduction, Kung Fu, Charles Ives, Improvisation (q. RDNZL, Octandre, Lohengrin), The String Quartet (q: Latex Solar Beef), Snork Fest, Do The Twist With Motorhead, Improvisation (q. some Mozart?, Stormy Monday, Holiday In Berlin), Valarie

1969 02 23 - Rockpile, Toronto, Canada

Early show
70 min, SBD, A-

A.k.a. 1969 02 22.

Intro, Bacon Fat, Lonely Lonely Nights, Corrido Rock, Pachuko Hop, Behind The Sun, The String Quartet (q: Petrushka), Charles Ives (q: Rite Of Spring), WPLJ, In The Sky, All Night Long

Late show
55 min, Stage, B+

A.k.a 1969 05 and 1969 02 23 - Convocation Hall, Toronto.

See 1969 05 24 Rockpile, Toronto, Canada, late show (first part)

1969 02 or 03 - Convocation Hall, Toronto, Canada

See 1969 05 19 - Massey Hall, Toronto, Canada.

1969 03 ?? - Thee Image, Miami, FL

See 1969 02 08 - Miami Beach.

1969 03 ?? - Hartford Ballroom, Hartford, CT

A.k.a. 1968 03 ??. Most of side A of "Columbia YSA6477 test pressing", see Unreleased, radio, and weird stuff.

1969 04 25 - Queens College, NYC, NY

90 min, Aud, B-

Drum soundcheck / improvisations / tune-up, Bacon Fat, Uncle Meat, Eye Of Agamotto, Hungry Freaks Daddy, Redneck Eats, improvisations, Kung Fu, improvisations (incl. Gas Mask), Igor's Boogie / Little Doo-wop, Redneck Eats reprise, King Kong (q: My Favorite Things, Nature Boy), Lonely Lonely Nights, Valarie (q: Dog Breath), The String Quartet

1969 05 17 - Ford Auditorium, Detroit, MI

95 min, Aud, B-/C+

Improvisations, Hungry Freaks Daddy, The String Quartet, King Kong, Octandre, Kung Fu, Redneck Eats, Igor's Boogie / Little Doo-wop, A Little Mozart, Valarie, Lonely Lonely Nights, Bacon Fat, Wipe Out, Bacon Fat, MOI Seven-In-One Special (incl. Wowie Zowie, Louie Louie, Call Any Vegetable and others), Trouble Every Day, Cruising For Burgers

1969 05 19 - Massey Hall, Toronto, Canada

See 1969 05 24 - Rockpile.
The Toronto 1969 tapes mess. Unce upon a time there was a tape labelled Massey Hall that really is from The Rockpile, a few days after. Another recording, once labelled Convocation Hall with uncertain date, is instead really form the Massey Hall, see below. End of the mess (thanks to Charles Ulrich).

1969 05 19 - Massey Hall, Toronto, Canada

65 min, Aud, B+

Previously listed as 1969 02 or 03 - Convocation Hall, Toronto, Canada.

intro, The String Quartet, Cruising For Burgers, FZ demonstrates hand signals and conducts the audience, Lohengrin, Trouble Every Day, Hungry Freaks Daddy, Lonely Lonely Nights, Little House I Used To Live In, Aybe Sea, Mr Green Genes

1969 05 23 - Lawrence University Chapel, Appleton, WI

80 min, SBD, A-

intro, Some Ballet Music, Uncle Meat, Eye Of Agamotto, My Guitar Wants To Kill Your Mama, Clap & Vomit (audience participation, incl. Gas Mask), Kung Fu, Eric Dolphy Memorial Barbecue (q: Teddy Bears' Picnic, Tea For Two, It Had To Be You, Octandre), Hungry Freaks Daddy, Little House I Used To Live In, Aybe Sea, Transylvania Boogie, Help I'm A Rock / Transylvania Boogie, King Kong (q: Bali Ha'i), Igor's Boogie / Little Doo-Wop

1969 05 24 - Rockpile, Toronto, Canada

Previously listed as Massey Hall, 1969 05 19. These are the last known tapes featuring Lowell George.

With André ??? on vocals (*).

Early show
50 min, Stage, B+/B
55 min, Aud, B+

The two sources differ for cuts during stage banters, combined source runs for nearly 60 min.

intro, Interlude, Boogie In G*, improvisations*, My Music* (including Chucha), Uncle Meat, drum duet, Run Home Slow, Gas Mask, Little March, Right There, Teddy Bears' Picnic, Lohengrin, Begin The Beguine

Late show
95 min, Stage, B+

The second part of this show (after Lonely Lonely Nights) was previously listed as 1969 02 23 Rockpile late.

My Guitar Wants To Kill Your Mama, Charles Ives, jam, Some Ballet Music, Uncle Meat, drum duet, Eye Of Agamotto, jam, Lonely Lonely Nights, intro, The Orange County Lumber Truck Medley, instrumental, The String Quartet, Igor's Boogie / Little Doo-wop, Call Any Vegetable, Redneck Eats, Stone City*, Trouble Every Day

May - August 1969
The "last" Mothers

The Mothers Of Invention, May 1969 - August 1969

FZ, Roy Estrada, Jimmy Carl Black, Art Tripp, Ian Underwood, Don Preston, Bunk Gardner, Motorhead Sherwood, Buzz Gardner.

1969 06 05 - Guild Hall, Portsmouth, UK

25 min, Stage, A-

Part of this tape circulates as 1968 10 ?? - Worcester.

story of A Pound For A Brown, String Quartet, Transylvania Boogie

1969 06 06 - Royal Albert Hall, London, UK

50 min, SBD, B+
105 min, Aud, B-

The Sbd cuts after Interlude.

intro, Uncle Meat, Some Ballet Music, improvisation [incl. The Walking Zombie Music, FM], Big Leg Emma, story of A Pound For A Brown, The String Quartet [incl. Sleazette, FM], improvisation, Interlude, Intro To Music For Low Budget Orchestra, Little House I Used To Live In (chamber music section, incl. Weasel Chamber Music), Mozart Ballet [parts on YCDTOSA5; incl. Mozart Piano Sonata In Bb, FM], improvisation, Louie Louie, Little House I Used To Live In [parts on BWS], Transylvania Boogie, Eric Dolphy Memorial Barbecue, Charles Ives, Cruising For Burgers, Brown Shoes Don't Make It [banter on Little House I Use To Live In, BWS]

1969 06 13 - Fillmore East, New York, NY

Early show
45 min, Aud, B

intro, Electric Bassoon Concerto (incl. Nowhere riff, parts of Music For Low Budget Orchestra), Valarie, King Kong, Uncle Meat, drum duet, Some Ballet Music

1969 06 14 - Fillmore East, New York, NY

Early show
45 min, Aud, B

intro, Bacon Fat, (q: Lonely Lonely Nights), Electric Bassoon Concerto (incl. parts of Music For Low Budget Orchestra, Little House I Used To Live In chamber music section and Weasel Chamber Music), King Kong, Uncle Meat

1969 06 27 - Denver Pop Festival, Mile High Stadium, Denver, CO

40 min, Aud, A-

Hungry Freaks Daddy, Downtown Talent Scout (long version, called "The Heat's Out Every Night"), story of A Pound For A Brown, The String Quartet, Some Ballet Music, FZ conducts the audience, backstage interview w/ Bunk and Roy

1969 07 05 - Newport Jazz Festival Field, Newport, RI

40 min, Aud, B+

intro, Igor's Boogie, improvisation (incl. Octandre), Louie Louie / Passacaglia, Sunshine Of Your Love / Passacaglia, improvisation (incl. Gumbo Variations), Some Ballet Music, story of Pound For A Brown, String Quartet

1969 07 08 - The Ark, Boston, MA

60 min, SBD, A-

Circulates under many different dates, but this is the correct one. Most of this recording is available on The Ark - BTB1. Uncle Rebus on Finer Moments has some more music at the end of King Kong, including Redneck Eats (also available as Piano/Drum Duet on YCDTOSA5).

Big Leg Emma, Some Ballet Music, Status Back Baby, Valarie, My Guitar Wants To Kill Your Mama (q: The Gumbo Variations), The Uncle Meat, Uncle Meat / King Kong (q: Dog Breath) [parts in Uncle Rebus, FM]

1969 08 ?? - Montreal, Canada

45 min, Stage, B
Wrong date and location. See 1968 08 03 - late show?

1969 08 02 - Wollman Rink, Central Park, New York, NY

30 min, Aud, B-

Central Park Jam, Bacon Fat, In The Sky, Louie Louie / Passacaglia

1969 08 06 - Ravinia Outdoor Music Center, Highland Park, IL

25 min, Aud, C-

Piano/Drum Duet, Passacaglia / Louie Louie / Sunshine Of Your Love, The Orange County Lumber Truck medley (q: King Kong)

1969 08 08 - Carousel Theatre, Framingham, MA

45 min, Stage, A-

Last two songs were previously listed as part of 1967 12 03 Ann Arbor, but they are from the last sixties MOI line-up and most probably from this show.

The String Quartet, Bacon Fat, Big Leg Emma, King Kong

1969 08 10 - Musicarnival, Warrensville Heights, OH

55 min, Stage?, B+

Drum Solo, Some Ballet Music, Right There, FZ explains program music, String Quartet, Jam (q: Funiculì Funiculà, King Kong, The Gumbo Variations), In The Sky, Jam (q: Wedding Dress Song, Petrushka, incl. Chunga's Revenge chords)

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