Zappa in New York

Zappa in New York is a double live album by Frank Zappa released on his own DiscReet Records label. 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 (edited version)
RecordedDecember 26–29, 1976
Palladium, NYC
Genre
Length70:04
59:47 (1978 edited version)
101:53 (1991 CD version)
LabelDiscReet
ProducerFrank Zappa
Frank Zappa chronology
Zoot Allures
(1976)
Zappa in New York
(1978)
Studio Tan
(1978)
Alternative cover
40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic [1]

The album was scheduled for release in mid 1977 but it was not generally available until March 1978. The album reached #57 on the Billboard 200 albums chart in the United States.

MusicEdit

The album features a variety of rock and jazz-rock tracks. Sofa and Big Leg Emma had appeared in different arrangements on previous Zappa records, while the other songs were entirely new. Backing musicians include a full horn section, containing 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 concerts, and he provides introductory narrations to "Punky's Whips" and "The Illinois Enema Bandit". After the December 1976 live performances Zappa spent time in the studio in early 1977 adding a significant number of overdubs, including additional percussion parts from Ruth Underwood, John Bergamo, and Ed Mann.

HistoryEdit

Zappa's DiscReet Records label was distributed by Warner Bros. Records. Zappa delivered four new individual albums to Warner for release on DiscReet in March 1977 to complete his contract.[2] According to the contract Warner was required to pay Zappa $60,000 per album ($240,000 total) and release the recordings in the United States within six weeks. However, Warner failed to follow through on these terms.[3]

The four individual albums delivered in March 1977 were Zappa In New York, Studio Tan, Sleep Dirt and Orchestral Favorites. Since Zappa In New York was configured as two LP set, the complete four album collection actually contains a total of five full length LPs.

Warner later scheduled the release of Zappa in New York on DiscReet in mid 1977. A "Dateline Burbank" ad in the June 30, 1977 issue of Rolling Stone magazine described the release of the album as "imminent".[4] A few uncensored and full length copies appeared by late 1977 but the album was quickly pulled from stores. Warner was forced to withdraw it by November due to legal action. Zappa objected to the release at this time. He also claimed that Warner first began to manufacture the album only when they heard he had negotiated to release the recordings with a competing company.[5][6] The full eleven song uncensored 1977 version of the album has never been officially re-issued.

Much of the material from these four individual albums was also edited by Zappa into a four-LP box set called Läther. Zappa announced this album in a mid September 1977 interview where he described it as his "current album".[7] Zappa negotiated a distribution deal with Phonogram Inc. to release Läther as the first release on the Zappa Records label. The album was scheduled for a Halloween October 31, 1977 release date. But Warner claimed ownership of the material and threatened legal action, preventing the release of Läther and forcing Zappa to shelve the project.

Before re-issuing Zappa in New York in March 1978, Warner Bros. Records removed one of the longest songs, "Punky's Whips". The remaining songs were re-sequenced by moving "Big Leg Emma" from side two to side one. "Titties & Beer" was also edited to remove references to Punky Meadows, a member of the American glam rock band Angel. This cut more than 11 minutes from the album and reduced the playing time of side one to a mere ten minutes. The censorship and editing were done by Warner in violation of Zappa's contract.

Several of the songs on this album were also included on the shelved album Läther, which finally released officially in 1996. These songs are "The Illinois Enema Bandit", "The Black Page #1", "Big Leg Emma", "Titties and Beer”, “Punky's Whips", "The Purple Lagoon" and "I Promise Not to Come in Your Mouth" (under the title "Läther".)

CD release 1991Edit

Zappa re-issued Zappa in New York as a double CD album 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 in 1976 but not included in previous releases. The CD reissue contained an alternate recording of "Punky's Whips" and the full-length recording of "Titties & Beer". On this version, Pardo also delivers a verse of "I'm the Slime" (he did the same for Zappa's 1976 Saturday Night Live appearance).

40th Anniversary releases 2019Edit

For the 40th anniversary in 2019 there were two re-issues - a three-LP set and a five-CD deluxe box. The three-LP set combines the 1978 two-LP release with a bonus LP of vault material. The five-CD set was packaged in an embossed tin box shaped to look like a NYC street manhole cover. The five-CD box claims to contain the original uncensored 1977 vinyl version with eleven songs, however it is actually an edited ten song version. This version also features over three hours of bonus live performances from the four nights at the Palladium, and a fifth disc of vault material (including a song left off the LP due to time constraints), plus a replica of a Palladium show ticket.[8]

Track listingEdit

Original 1977 LP versionEdit

Side 1
No.TitleLength
1."Titties & Beer"6:28
2."I Promise Not to Come in Your Mouth"3:50
3."Punky's Whips"10:51
Side 2
No.TitleLength
1."Sofa"3:15
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 3
No.TitleLength
1."Honey, Don't You Want a Man Like Me?"4:15
2."The Illinois Enema Bandit"12:31
Side 4
No.TitleLength
1."The Purple Lagoon"16:57

Edited 1978 LP versionEdit

Side 1
No.TitleLength
1."Titties & Beer"5:31
2."I Promise Not to Come in Your Mouth"3:50
3."Big Leg Emma"2:17
Side 2
No.TitleLength
1."Sofa"3:15
2."Manx Needs Women"1:40
3."The Black Page Drum Solo/Black Page #1"4:06
4."Black Page #2"5:25
Side 3
No.TitleLength
1."Honey, Don't You Want a Man Like Me?"4:15
2."The Illinois Enema Bandit"12:31
Side 4
No.TitleLength
1."The Purple Lagoon"16:57

1991 2CD versionEdit

Disc 1
No.TitleLength
1."Titties & Beer"7:36
2."Cruisin' for Burgers"9:12
3."I Promise Not to Come in Your Mouth"3:32
4."Punky's Whips"10:51
5."Honey, Don't You Want a Man Like Me?"4:12
6."The Illinois Enema Bandit"12:41
Disc 2
No.TitleLength
1."I'm the Slime"4:24
2."Pound for a Brown"3:41
3."Manx Needs Women"1:51
4."The Black Page Drum Solo/Black Page #1"3:50
5."Big Leg Emma"2:17
6."Sofa"2:56
7."Black Page #2"5:36
8."The Torture Never Stops"12:35
9."The Purple Lagoon/Approximate"16:40

2019 40th Anniversary vinyl pressingEdit

Side 1
No.TitleLength
1."Titties & Beer"5:01
2."I Promise Not to Come in Your Mouth"3:31
3."Big Leg Emma"2:17
Side 2
No.TitleLength
1."Sofa"3:16
2."Manx Needs Women"1:34
3."The Black Page Drum Solo/Black Page #1"4:06
4."Black Page #2"5:42
Side 3
No.TitleLength
1."Honey, Don't You Want a Man Like Me?"4:16
2."The Illinois Enema Bandit"12:41
Side 4
No.TitleLength
1."The Purple Lagoon"16:57
Side 5
No.TitleLength
1."Black Napkins"10:56
2."Cruisin’ For Burgers (1977 Mix)"9:08
Side 6
No.TitleLength
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)" (same version from original 1977 vinyl)10:55
4."The Black Page #1 (Piano Version)"2:13

2019 40th Anniversary 5CD box setEdit

Disc 1 - (claims to be the 1977 version, but actually an edited 10 song version)
No.TitleLength
1."Titties & Beer"5:01
2."I Promise Not to Come in Your Mouth"3:31
3."Big Leg Emma"2:17
4."Sofa"3:16
5."Manx Needs Women"1:34
6."The Black Page Drum Solo/Black Page #1"4:06
7."Black Page #2"5:32
8."Honey, Don't You Want a Man Like Me?"4:16
9."The Illinois Enema Bandit"12:41
10."The Purple Lagoon"17:12
Disc 2 - Bonus Concert Performances
No.TitleLength
1.""The Most Important Musical Event of 1976""3:23
2."Peaches en Regalia"3:04
3."The Torture Never Stops"11:27
4."The Black Page #2"5:15
5."Punky’s Whips Intro"1:25
6."Punky’s Whips"11:35
7."I Promise Not to Come in Your Mouth"4:03
8."Honey, Don't You Want a Man Like Me?"4:12
9."The Illinois Enema Bandit"15:41
10.""Two for the Price of One""1:51
11."Penis Dimension"3:08
12."Montana"8:04
Disc 3 - Bonus Concert Performances
No.TitleLength
1."America Drinks"4:52
2.""Irate Phone Calls""1:37
3."Sofa #2"3:04
4.""The Moment You’ve All Been Waiting For""0:58
5."I'm the Slime"5:38
6."Pound for a Brown"4:50
7."Terry's Solo"2:47
8."The Black Page Drum Solo/Black Page #1"3:53
9."Big Leg Emma"2:19
10.""Jazz Buffs and Buff-etts""1:51
11."The Purple Lagoon"17:00
12."Find Her Finer"5:22
13."The Origin of Manx"1:48
14."Manx Needs Women"1:37
15."Chrissy Puked Twice"6:40
16."Cruisin’ For Burgers"9:56
Disc 4 - Bonus Concert Performances
No.TitleLength
1."The Purple Lagoon/Any Kind of Pain"4:25
2.""The Greatest New Undiscovered Group in America""2:18
3."Black Napkins"28:33
4."Dinah-Moe Humm"6:18
5."Finale"4:40
Disc 5 - Bonus Vault Content
No.TitleLength
1."The Black Page #2 (Piano Version)"3:16
2."I Promise Not to Come in Your Mouth (Alternate Version)"3:55
3."Chrissy Puked Twice"8:16
4."Cruisin’ for Burgers (1977 Mix)"9:02
5."Black Napkins"10:53
6."Punky’s Whips (Unused Version)"10:58
7."The Black Page #1 (Piano Version)"2:13

MusiciansEdit

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

ChartsEdit

Chart (1978) Peak
position
United States (Billboard 200)[9] 57
Australia (Kent Music Report)[10] 74

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Frank Zappa: Zappa in New York". AllMusic. Retrieved September 25, 2018.
  2. ^ "1977-12 Frank Zappa – A Would-be Chemist Who Turned to Music".
  3. ^ "1978-01 Stern Words in Knightsbridge".
  4. ^ "Father, I have a confession to make".
  5. ^ Rense, Rip. "Frank Zappa – A Would-be Chemist Who Turned to Music". The Valley News, December 30, 1977. Retrieved 2021-12-17.
  6. ^ Sippel, John. "Zappa Zaps WB". Billboard, 5 November 1977. Retrieved 2021-12-18.
  7. ^ John D'Agostino, "Zäppa (pronounced Zappa)", San Diego Reader, 15 September 1977, p26
  8. ^ "Frank Zappa's Beloved Live Double Album 'Zappa In New York' Celebrated With Suite Of 40th Anniversary Releases". Zappa.com. January 24, 2019.
  9. ^ "Charts and Awards for Zappa in New York". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-08-22.
  10. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 348. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.