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Zappa in New York is a double live album by Frank Zappa (and his 23rd album overall), released internationally in March 1978. It was recorded in December 1976 at a series of concerts at the Palladium in New York City.

Zappa in New York
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Live album by
ReleasedMarch 3, 1978
RecordedDecember 26–29, 1976,
Palladium, NYC
GenreJazz fusion, comedy rock, hard rock, progressive rock
101:53 (CD Version)
ProducerFrank Zappa
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Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars [1]


Zappa in New York was released in the UK by Zappa's DiscReet Records label in 1977, then quickly withdrawn. A second version was re-released internationally in March 1978 with changes ordered by DiscReet's distributor, Warner Bros. Records. The 1978 edition reached #57 on the Billboard 200 albums chart in the United States.


Immediately following the 1976 concerts, Zappa spent time in the studio adding a significant number of overdubs to the live recordings. Several of these recordings were originally intended for the shelved album Läther, including "The Illinois Enema Bandit", "The Black Page #1", "Big Leg Emma", "Punky's Whips", "The Purple Lagoon" and "I Promise Not to Come in Your Mouth."

The album features members of the Saturday Night Live band, including Lou Marini and Tom Malone, as well as the Brecker Brothers. In addition, Don Pardo was invited by Zappa to the Palladium concert, and he provides introductory narrations to "Punky's Whips" and "The Illinois Enema Bandit". On the CD version, Pardo also delivers a verse of "I'm the Slime" (he did the same for Zappa's 1976 Saturday Night Live appearance).

Release historyEdit

Zappa in New York was first released in early 1977 with Zappa's original track listing. A small number of LP copies reached stores in England before the album was quickly withdrawn. In 1978, some original cassette copies also appeared in the United States, though, apparently by mistake. Before re-issuing the album in March 1978, Warner Bros. Records removed one of the longest songs, "Punky's Whips". This reduced the playing time of side one to a mere ten minutes, moving "Big Leg Emma" from side 2 to the end of side 1; "Titties & Beer" was also edited to remove references to the song "Punky's Whips". The changes made to the album without Zappa's consent violated his contract, which gave him total artistic control over album content.

When Zappa's distribution agreement with Warner Bros. ended in 1982, all release rights reverted to him. Zappa re-issued Zappa in New York as a double CD in 1991 with the addition of four bonus tracks ("Cruisin' for Burgers", "Punky's Whips", "I'm the Slime", "The Torture Never Stops"). The CD reissue was remixed to feature guitar overdubs that were recorded at the time of the album's issue but not included on the original vinyl, and contained a different recording of "Punky's Whips" and the full-length unedited "Titties & Beer".

Track listingEdit

Withdrawn original 1977 vinyl pressingEdit

Side one
1."Titties & Beer"6:28
2."I Promise Not to Come in Your Mouth"3:50
3."Punky's Whips"10:51
Side two
2."Manx Needs Women"1:40
3."The Black Page Drum Solo/Black Page #1"4:06
4."Big Leg Emma"2:17
5."Black Page #2"5:25
Side three
1."Honey, Don't You Want a Man Like Me?"4:15
2."The Illinois Enema Bandit"12:31
Side four
1."The Purple Lagoon"16:57

Released edited 1978 second vinyl pressingEdit

2019 40th Anniversary vinyl pressingEdit

Side one
1."Titties & Beer"5:01
2."I Promise Not to Come in Your Mouth"3:31
3."Big Leg Emma"2:17
Side two
2."Manx Needs Women"1:34
3."The Black Page Drum Solo/Black Page #1"4:06
4."Black Page #2"5:42
Side three
1."Honey, Don't You Want a Man Like Me?"4:16
2."The Illinois Enema Bandit"12:41
Side four
1."The Purple Lagoon"16:57
Side five
1."Black Napkins"10:56
2."Cruisin’ For Burgers (1977 Mix)"9:08
Side six
1."The Black Page #2 (Piano Version)"3:14
2."I Promise Not to Come in Your Mouth (Alternate Version)"3:55
3."Punky's Whips (Unused Version)"10:55
4."The Black Page #1 (Piano Version)"2:13

CD versionEdit



Production staffEdit

  • Frank Zappa – production
  • Bob Liftin – NYC live remote engineer
  • Davey Moire – NYC live concert mix, studio engineer (overdubs)
  • Rick Smith – studio engineer (overdubs)
  • John Williams – package design
  • Dweezil Zappa – cover photo
  • Gail Zappa – other photos


Album – Billboard (United States)

Year Chart Position
1978 Billboard 200 57[2]


  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Frank Zappa: Zappa in New York". AllMusic. Retrieved September 25, 2018.
  2. ^ "Charts and Awards for Zappa in New York". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-08-22.