Frank Zappa And The Mothers Of Invention


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Not on colored wax and not limited.  Reviewed in depth under this link.



Towshend TGoPT 012

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100 pressed from the TMoQ 71056 plates.



JIMI HENDRIX LIVE AT THE L.A. FORUM – 150 pressed on mcv from the TMoQ 72003 plates of their ALIVE title. Does not seem to turn up often.

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150 pressed from TMoQ 71071 plates.

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Only listed in the Hot Wacks appendix. Reissue of TMoQ pressing plate 61003; 150 copies as well? Matrix: YB-555-A/B

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Another release of the ‘not limited – not on colored wax variety’

The Who live At Swansea

Previously included in context in this post



CLOSER TO QUEEN MARY – 150 copies pressed on blue PVC from TMoQ 71039 plates

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100 copies on green PVC for this reissue of TMoQ 71068 that presents a partial Let It Be movie soundtrack as an audience recording from a movie theater.

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100 yellow discs made from the TMoQ 61002 plates

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150 green and orange copies for this 2 for1 budget reissue formerly known as TMoQ 7506 and before that individually as 71059 (HOT RATS AT THE OLYMPIC) and 71010 (200 MOTELS).

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This title can still achieve significant auction results: $400+ for K&S, up to $400 for TMOQ colored or sealed and $1000+ for the clear splatter version shown here.

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Matrix: 404 A – D

My friend and main go-to person for bootleg research pointed out that this number looked like the 4xx series the 70s GLC label was using (GLC 411: Rolling Stones – All Meat Music ?; GLC 412: Neil Young – Young & Old; GLC 413: Elton John – B-B-B-Benny – Live in London; GLC 415: Crosby Stills Nash and Young “we waited 3 years for this”).

Sides A+B live at the London Rainbow on 20 February 1972 and sides C+D BBC Paris Theater 30 September 1971 states that the above was the first issue of this double LP with just 200 copies made on orange and light blue PVC, however not everyone agrees, see the list below.

A Vicki Vinyl/Ken co-production? The sub title hints that this might be a new pressing of TAKRL’s 1903 IN CELEBRATION OF THE COMET master, which was a copy of the German bootleg Best Of Tour 72

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It should be noted that reissues of the TAKRL release and ECLIPSED both exist with Dessie Records and Verzyl paper labels. Two of the three tracks on the second disc had previously been available on yet another early TAKRL release: # 1913: NOCTURNAL SUBMISSION : ROBOT LOVE but Hot Wacks claims this was a copy of Contraband’s Floyds Of London

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floydboots states that this does exist with a deluxe cover in a rare variation. If anyone has a good image of this, do leave a comment. The matrix number changed later to ECL 1-4:

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I found the following list during my research but it clearly has to be taken with a pinch of salt. Unless you were there or one of the associates kept notes and they are available, it is very hard to say. which insert color was the genuine first issue.

1) 404 A-D. First pressing, big yellow insert cover, original yellow/white “Ruthless Rhymes” labels.

2) 404 A-D. First pressing, green (record 1) & blue (record 2) vinyl, 100 made, big red insert cover with stamp imprint, original yellow/white “Ruthless Rhymes” labels.

3) 404 A-D. First pressing, blue (record 1) and orange (record 2) vinyl, 200 made, big red insert cover with stamp imprint, original yellow/white “Ruthless Rhymes” labels.

4) 404 A-D. First pressing, big white/brown insert cover, record 1 with white label, record 2 with green label.

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5) ECL 1-4. Second pressing, little yellow insert cover, white label.

6) ECL 1-4. Multicoloured vinyl, 50 made, little yellow insert cover with sticker, black/white cartoon labels. This also exists on black PVC.

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7) RUTHLESS RHYMES GLC 404 A-D. Third pressing, green/blue vinyl, 100 numbered edition, big brown insert cover, silver/red “GLC” labels.

8) RUTHLESS RHYMES GLC 404 A-D. “Raring Record” labels.

9) LXXXIV Series #54, reissue of the “Ruthless Rhymes” edition, green/blue vinyl, 100 numbered edition copies.


Missing from the above list are pressings made with Slipped Disc, yellow RECORD 1/2 and Dessie Records labels – “RE-ISSUED AGAIN ON THE ‘DESSIE RECORDS’ LABEL USING NEW PLATES (MATRIX NUMBER – DESSIE A/D GR L-29708).”:

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Auction results for this title vary quite a bit, with the colored Ruthless Rhymes and LXXXIV versions selling for as much as $500 and the MCV/Verzyl versions even close to $1200 but all other versions hovering around the $50+ mark.

This release has been copied in Europe several times with deluxe covers (copying the tree lady art work on the back) and box sets referred to by a color.


Jimi Hendrix ‘BROADCASTS – Maui

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Reissue of this classic TMoQ combo 7502 and about the third incarnation and also the third on colored wax. Also exists in red & green and with blank labels.


ditto ‘LIVE AT THE L.A. FORUM 4-26-70‘ “SCUSE ME…” version

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Back in the day, many bootleggers issued this title, Rubber Dubber, Munia, TMoQ, … it was even available as a series of four 7″ records. The insert originally showed an image of Jimi’s head but a dark spot appeared on the Hen and TMOQ versions and more rounds of copying the copy transformed it into something looking like an expressionist art piece.


Hendrix Live LA Forum clear insertHendrix Live LA Forum mcvThe splatter/mcv discs are usually found with Mushroom label designated packages but not in this case.

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Jethro Tull ‘MESS

Jethro Tull Flute Cake mcvJethro Tull MessTwo different reissues of this early TMoQ title recorded by Dub Taylor shortly after Led Zeppelin’s Blueberry Hill performance.



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A reissue of Pig’s Eye # 09



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Originally out as TMoQ 72011



Originally on Wizardo Records – WRMB 365

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And two example of stamps with different fonts (the second example may not even be a stamp and may have been produced significantly later):


Zappa 200 Motels stamp


I’m probably missing a few. If you know of any others, do leave a comment.

Zappa Wax Flags pbZappa Wax Flags bFold over insert, reminiscing of the Dragonfly/Duck releases, perhaps one of the last bootlegs to feature this style of insert produced in early 1978. I did not find a good enough image of this on Ruthless Rhymes but you can take my word for it. Credited to a Danish Fan Club on the spine, which was of course meant to throw the FBI off.

Zappa Wax Flags blankAlso with red & orange blank labels.

Zappa Wax Flags Raring 2Later reissue with Raring labels

Zappa Wax Flags yel100 numbered copies only on yellow PVC reissued as part of the LXXXIV series, # 59

Zappa Wax Flags Raring 3With an alternate cover around 1984

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Zappa Wax Flags RE 2Yet another version – can you tell that this sold well?

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One more super rare reissue – supposedly as few as 75 copies were made:

Zappa Martian Love SecretsZappa Martian Love Secrets bZappa Martian Love Secrets detail(“Martian Love Secrets” was the working title of the Sheik Yerbouti album).

Issued with blank blue and red labels. Below, side C matrix:

Zappa Martian Love Secrets matrix

Pauley Pavillion, University of Californa, Los Angeles, 31-Dec-1977

Length: ~90 min
Sound quality: Audience B+
Label: Ruthless Rhymes FZ500 / Raring Records Rarities

Musicians: Frank Zappa, Adrian Belew, Patrick O’Hearn, Tommy Mars, Peter Wolf, Ed Mann, Terry Bozio and Roy Estrada

1. Instrumental [mislisted as “Envelopes”]
2. Is This Guy Kidding or What? / I Have Been in You
3. Flakes [the last part only, listed as “Tom Snyder vs the Red Spiders from NBC]
4. Flakes [the last part continues] / Broken Hearts Are for Assholes
5. Wild Love (part 1) [listed as “Stinky Finger”]
6. Wild Love (part 2) [listed as “Fancy Stinky Part 1”]

7. Wild Love (part 3) [listed as “Fancy Stinky Part 2”]
8. Punky’s Whips

9. “Stink-Foot” Solo
10. The Black Page #2
11. Jones Crusher [listed as “Deadly Jaws”]
12. Disco Boy
13. Dinah-Moe Humm
14. Bobby Brown

15. Conehead [different, instrumental version]
16. Camarillo Brillo
17. Muffin Man
18. San Ber’dino
19. Black Napkins
20. Auld Lang Syne


“This show was around 3 hours long, so this is edited down. The sound is not too good, audience-recorded in a boomy hall, with some instruments not always audible, but the performance is good. The track list on the cover is not at all correct (the above is much better).

Track 1 is listed as “Envelopes” but is really a jam, probably a solo section from “A Pound for a Brown on the Bus”.
Track 2 is “I Have Been in You” with an intro like the one on Stage #6, “Is This Guy Kidding or What”.
Track 3 is just the end part, with Adrian Belew’s e-bow solo.
Track 4 has 30 more seconds of “Flakes”.
“Wild Love”, including improvisations, is split up over three tracks, listed as “Stinky Finger” and “Fancy Stinky Parts 1-2”. At 01:21 in track 6, a wild solo section ensues, with Tommy Mars and Peter Wolf doing keyboard improvisations. Then the first 01:57 of track 7 is Adrian Belew on guitar, 01:58-08:23 a “Yo’ Mama” type Zappa solo, and the remaining 08:24-09:09 the last part of “Wild Love”.
Track 15 is a different, instrumental “Conehead” (and may belong last on vinyl side 3 instead).

A variant cover of Wax Flags has been reported. It has a live picture of Zappa with a microphone, a picture of Zappa holding a picture of himself playing guitar while “shooting the finger”. The vinyl is multi-coloured, and the label of one disc has a drawing of a gargoyle with two heads in front of a tombstone with “Verzyl” inscribed on it, while the other label has what “appears to be a Chinese-style drawing of a warrior with a spear and a sword attacking a serpent in front of a pyramid”. (This cover and these labels don’t list any tracks at all.)” [I guess, I’m missing that variation] \


Notes from a needle drop/remastering project:   
” …this show was horribly panned to the left, … The show, recording or equipment in use then, was over driven and clipped, so the high end is rough, real rough.  It is listenable, the FZ solos are awesome, Tommy Mars is good. The show or the taper or someone lost it as it goes on, so it degrades towards the end. “

Zappa Beefh Confidential disc

Source: A radio program Frank had put together by going through his archive and digging up early collaborations with the Captain.  In the LA market, the program aired on KWST-FM on 1 October 1975, the day before the album it was intended to promote was released: The live Bongo Fury LP.

From an eBay/discogs seller ad: “Released in very ltd numbers in 1976 on beautiful red splatter vinyl. Original ‘Wizardo’ Pressings were normally pressed in very Ltd No.s. (ie.100/200 – 100 on ‘Splatter Vinyl’ and 200 pressed normal.)”

Can anyone confirm these low numbers? I would think that the numbers changed depending on the status of the artist (cult vs. breaking vs. established)?

“The bootleggers have added a few tracks (the ones that seem out of place). Some of the
tracks (as indicated) have flutter-issues (slow pitch-variations).”

Track list:

A1  Metal Man Has Hornet’s Wings  – The Soots, Lead Guitar – Frank Zappa, Lead Vocals – Captain Beefheart

A2  Original Black Napkins  Lead Guitar – Frank Zappa

A3  Instrumental / The Story Of Electricity   Narrator, Performer – Frank Zappa Narrator, Vocals – Captain Beefheart – Zappa and Beefheart talking about a record company’s reaction to a demo tape, while two songs are playing in the background: “Power Trio from the Saints & Sinners” and “Bossa Nova Pervertamento”

A4  Unconditionally Guaranteed
Ensemble – Magic Band, The Voice [The Shout In Background] – Don Van Vliet

A5  Gone Behind The Sun / Mondo Hollywood  – Originally entitled “Louisiana Blues”. The first live recording of the Mothers, 1965

A6   Lightning Rod Man  Ensemble – Lowell George & The Factory Producer – Frank Zappa; 1966, has since been officially released on Lightning-Rod Man

A7   I Think My Guitar Wants To Kill Your Mama  Guitar – Frank Zappa
B1   Rock Around The Clock / Sandwich Song  Voice, Musician – Frank Zappa

B2   How Could I Be Such A Fool  – The Mothers Of Invention ca. 1965

B3   Boogie For Berkeley   – The Mothers

B4   Neon Meat Dream Of An Octafish   – Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band Originally released on Trout Mask Replica

B5   King Kong  Ensemble – The Mothers

Alternative track and source list:

Side 1

metal man has won his wings  [1]
black napkins  [2]
instrumental  [3] / the story of electricity  [4]
unconditionally guaranteed  [5]
gone behind the sun  [14]
mondo hollywood  [6]
lightning rod man  [7]
my guitar  [8]

Side 2

rock around the clock / sandwich song  [9]
how could i be such a fool  [10]
boogie for berkeley  [11]
neon meat dream of an octafish  [12]
king kong  [13]
speed freak boogie  [15]


[1]   the soots 1963
[2]   the shrine auditorium, los angeles 1974
[3]   studio z 1964
[4]   the fm broadcast, beefheart talking over the song
[5]   captain beefheart live 1974
[6]   hollywood live 1965
[7]   the factory studio 1968 (or 1969)
[8]   the bizarre 0840 / reprise 20221 single
[9]   studio 1964
[10] studio rehearsal 1965
[11] studio 1968
[12] the “trout mask replica” lp set outtake
[13] london 1968
[14] the broadside bar, pamona, california 1964
[15] preview of the 10 lp set


The bootleg achieved cult status within a year or two and was re-issued and copied all over the place:

usa 1976 orig. Wizardo label wrmb 365 – multi-coloured vinyl

usa late 1970s ruthless rhymes wrmb 365 on slip sheet – orange & black vinyl

usa late 1970s dragonfly records label wrmb 365 on slip sheet – black vinyl

usa 1980 unmitigated audacity records label  wrmb 365 on slip sheet stereo

usa 19?? raring records wrmb 365 on slip sheet

usa 19?? modern jazz records wrmb 365

brazil 19?? modern jazz records ebbef 4388 with “scrapmetal” sheet

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I have my doubts if this is an original Wizardo-designed slip sheet.

Zappa Tiny Nightmares

[The back cover has Frank (in bib-and-braces overalls) and Gail with one of their babies.]

In 1977/8 Frank Zappa made a movie called Baby Snakes combining live footage from his Halloween concert at the New York Palladium with “backstage antics, band interviews, and some outlandish clay animation from Bruce Bickford, with whose work Zappa was obviously smitten. Onstage, Zappa is a live wire, the audience is appropriately rambunctious, and the band–an especially potent incarnation of the famous Mothers of Invention–is tight as could be.”

Now, I’m no Frank Zappa fan but this is amazing stuff that I want to hear again & again.

When the nearly three hours long oeuvre was done no distributor would touch it, “fearing that Zappa’s “cinematic style” had lost considerable appeal in post-’70s pop culture”. This attitude did not change after the movie was edited down to a more “commercial potential-enhancing” 90 minutes, nor after Bruce Bickford’s sequences won first prize at a French animated film competition. Zappa ended up distributing the movie himself and selling it directly to the public via mail order. The release date was December 21, 1979.

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Part of the NY Palladium show was released on this bootleg (ZX 3659) and Hot Wacks claimed Tiny Nightmares copied this album – although as Ken was famous for mining KBFH broadcasts for his TAKRL series, maybe this was not a copy after all..

Side 1: Intro/ San Ber’dino/ I Wanna Be Dead/ Tiny Lights/ Big Leg Emma (23:25)
Side 2: Audience Participation Time/ Black Page No. 2/ Camarillo Brillo/ Black Napkins (24:17)

An alternate and more likely explanation is that this was not taken from the video soundtrack but from a 1978 KBFH broadcast:

Beacon Island then repackaged Tiny Nightmares together with another release taken from a ZX release named:

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One website claims only “100 pressed in 1978/79 with b/w gloss front and back slipsheets. Contains June 28 1973 Melbourne (slipsheets have relevant concert photo, ticket & reviews)”.

A1    Uncle Meat         
A2    Dog Breath         
A3    Uncle Meat         
A4    Montana         
A5    Fifty-Fifty         
B1    Mudshark         
B2    Father O’blivion


Beacon Island retained the same album title:

Zappa Tiny Nightmares

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Cover images “borrowed” from the photo book The Concerts by Laurie Lewis, released in 1979 and mined by Ken for a number of front and back covers for his Beacon Islands label.

From an review: “There has been more than one Frank Zappa bootleg circulated under the title Tiny Nightmares. An earlier bootleg included the entire broadcast of Zappa’s Halloween 1977 Felt Forum concert (the first of two shows there that evening) as heard on the syndicated King Biscuit Flower Hour program in early 1978; this Australian product is a two-LP set that adds excerpts of a June 1973 audience tape (taken from a 2 ½ hour concert tape that was circulating among collectors in the mid-’70s), which had been previously issued separately as the bootleg Ultra Modern Stringbean. The 1973 songs have okay fidelity, though there is some distortion. Zappa’s opening medley includes a prelude that hints at “Uncle Meat” before segueing into an energetic version of “Dog Breath,” which is immediately followed by “Uncle Meat.” Zappa’s humorous (but excessively long on this occasion) tribute to dental floss, “Montana,” and a rather distorted instrumental version of “Fifty-Fifty” conclude the first side. The remaining 1973 tracks consist of the lengthy and somewhat tedious “Mudshark,” made famous during Zappa’s Fillmore East June 1971 LP, which segues into a portion of “The Be-bop Tango.” The band on this occasion included keyboardist George Duke, violinist Jean-Luc Ponty, and percussionist Ruth Underwood.

At the beginning of the 1977 concert, Zappa walks on as the band plays a musical excerpt (which eventually appeared in his song “Flakes”) and introduces the group. This concert gives a better idea of what a Zappa concert was like in his later years, where his musicians had been so tightly rehearsed they moved directly from one complete song to the next. At the time of this spring 1978 broadcast, many of the songs had not appeared commercially, including the hard rocking “San Ber’dino,” the great punk parody “Tryin’ to Grow a Chin,” the intense “City of Tiny Lites,” the dark instrumental “The Squirm,” “Black Page No. 2,” and another hard rocker, “Jones Crusher.” Some of the tracks were later re-recorded with overdubs for the LP set Sheik Yerbouti. Also present are oldies like “Big Leg Emma,” the mildly amusing “Camarillo Brillo,” the somewhat silly “Dance Contest” (this version was included in one of Zappa’s commercially issued videos), and one of Zappa’s most brilliant instrumentals, “Black Napkins.” Zappa’s band includes keyboardists Tommy Mars and Peter Wolf, guitarist Adrian Belew, bassist Patrick O’Hearn (prior to his journey into new age), percussionist Ed Mann, and the superb drummer Terry Bozzio. “

Flat 8225: FLEETWOOD MAC 1975  OFFHAND has already been reviewed as part of the SODD title “Will The Real Fleetwood Mac Please Stand Up”

[Many thanks for the Dr. for sending me this scan.]

Track list: (Hot Wacks lists for side 1 only) Redunzel / Dog Breath 50-50 / Son Of The Clap / The Nancy & Mary Music Parts 1, 2, & 3 / Montana

The Flat release is then ‘name dropped’ as part of this later release:

Frank Zappa: Dupree’s Paradise (2 LP)

* Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, 24-Feb-1973

Label listed on cover and spine as “The Impossible Recordworks”, but on labels as “The Excitable Recordworks”.
Tracks are not seperated, each side consisting of a single track.

Both discs have identical labels, but track listing is as listed on rear cover.

Side A duration: 19:03
Side B duration: 23:11
Side C duration: 20:11
Side D duration: 26:20

The actual catalogue number is IMP 2-24.

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* Re-released on Toasted Records with a deluxe color cover[ca. 1981, see the “Frank as Medusa” color cover below]
* Also abridged to Pygmy Pony (Spindizzle/Flat FW 8228)

Musicians: Frank Zappa, Jean-Luc Ponty, George Duke, Ian Underwood, Ruth Underwood, Bruce Fowler, Tom Fowler & Ralph Humphrey
Dupree’s Paradise

Length: 88:20
Sound quality: Audience B
Label: Impossible Recordworks IMP 2.24,

1. RDNZL[listed as “Redunzel”] [06:16]
2. Dog Breath Variations[listed as “Dog Breath”] [03:09] / Uncle Meat [02:43]
3. Fifty-Fifty [instrumental] [07:01]

4. Inca Roads [instrumental] [07:04]
5. Warts & Mice [an improvisation]
6. Improvisation [16:15 (together with “Warts & Mice”)]

7. Montana [06:48]
8. Dupree’s Paradise [09:15]
9. I’m the Slime [04:14]

10. Don’t You Ever Wash That Thing?[listed as “The Nancy & Mary Music”] [20:37]
11. Cosmik Debris [05:58]

Tracks 5-6 are 16 minutes of radiant improvisation. Deluxe black & white cover. Released in 1979.

Review on “This two-record set is a bootleg recorded by a member of the audience during a concert by Frank Zappa at Duke University (in 1973, not 1974 as shown on the cover), with Zappa leading an eight-piece band that includes violinist Jean-Luc Ponty, keyboardist George Duke, and multi-reed player Ian Underwood (making his final tour with Zappa). The first five tracks originally appeared on a single bootleg LP called Pygmy Pony, but a portion of the introduction to “Inca Roads” was edited out to allow time to include Zappa‘s introduction of the musicians at the beginning of the concert — and to possibly omit the annoying conversation between the person taping the concert and another member of the audience during the early portion of “Inca Roads,” which was very audible on the earlier single LP bootleg.

“RDZNL,” “Dog Breath,” and “Fifty-Fifty” make up the initial long and spirited medley prior to the sudden edit into the middle of “Inca Roads.” A group improvisation works rather well, as does a lengthy jam on “Montana.” The nicest surprise is the instrumental “Dupree’s Paradise,” which didn’t appear on a commercial Zappa release until Pierre Boulez conducted an orchestral version in 1984 (though a nearly 24-minute version was recorded at a 1974 concert but not released until 1988 by Rykodisc). The music on this album makes up for its audio shortcomings.”

TAKRL says:

“First edition sez “Use this handy postpaid envelope to order bulbs” on front and “Stude – bacher Newt” on back. Subsequent editions say “It was a special tape recording and they grabbed me while I was boarding” and “‘Studebacher ardoz’” respectively. Tape compiled by W.Z.Ardo and edited by Deek. Front and back cover.”

A1       Call Any Vegetable

A2       The Air

A3       Dog Breath

A4       Mother People

A5       You Didn’t Try to Call Me

A6       Would You Go All the Way?

A7       Rudy Wants to Buy Yez a Drink

B1        Road Ladies

B2        What Will This Morning Bring Me This Evening?

B3        What Kind of Girl Do You Think We Are?

B4        Bwana Dik

B5        Latex Solar Beef

B6        Daddy, Daddy, Daddy

B7        Do You Like My New Car?

B8        Happy Together

B9        What Will This Evening Bring Me This Morning?

Review of the later compilation “Vitamin Deficiency” (SODD 003) as found on the fabulous ‘Frank Zappa’s Revenge’ blog:

“This surreptitious recording is a compilation of a few rather poor quality audience recordings of shows Zappa did with the Mothers of Invention circa the Flo and Eddie years. The performances include one from the Ahoy, in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, from Nov. 27, 1971; another from the Santa Monica Civic Center on Aug. 21, 1970; and some studio material.

The first 13 tracks are from the Ahoy, and as the notes that came with the boot say, it’s a “worse than live” recording. It was released as the bootleg “Poot Face Boogie,” and misidentified the venue as being in Amsterdam. It’s typical Flo and Eddie fair. The crowd’s clapping along with “Who Are the Brain Police” makes it very difficult to hear the intro and most of the song. This version was decidedly more upbeat than the studio version from “Freak Out!” It has a rollicking guitar solo, but the recording is so poor, it’s a strain to hear it.

With the next song, the recording switches to an early studio version of “My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama,” the 1969 single release. There is a brief interview in which Zappa explains that it’s “better” to explain the band’s various sexual peccadilloes through song rather than to let the stories come out in other forms. This is followed by another studio version of “Dog Breath in the Year of the Plague” from “Uncle Meat.”

With the next track, we’re back live in Rotterdam with the song “Once Upon a Time Sofa.” Zappa announces the song will be sung in Dutch and features Mark Volman. This is similar to the routine recorded from the Rainbow Theater in London from Dec. 10, 1971, and which was released on YCDTOSA Vol. 1 as “Once Upon a Time.” However, the bootleg version has the complete musical number, rendering an early version of Sofa #1 that was to be released later on “Once Size Fits All.”

The song “Stick It Out” is just a bunch of prurient screaming from Howard and Mark, aka Flo and Eddie. “Divan” provides more Dutch vocal porn that was common with the shtick this particular touring group was famous for.

“Lightning-Rod Man” is a 1966 recording of Lowell George & the Factory, produced by and featuring Frank Zappa, officially released on the album Lightning-Rod Man in 1993. Has kind of a Captain Beefheart feel to it.

The next series of songs on this bootleg are allegedly from the Santa Monica Civic Center on Aug. 21, 1970, but the first track, “Call Any Vegetable,” has Frank welcoming the audience to El Monte Legion Stadium. So this recording had apparently been long thought to be a 1971 one show from El Monte Legion Stadium. Notes with the boot, however, suggest “it’s clearly the 1970 band on the record, and the recording has been identified as Santa Monica.”

I say hmmm, because this version of “Call Any Vegetable” is very similar to the one released on “Just Another Band From L.A.”, which was recorded from a 1971 show at the Pauley Pavilion at UCLA. It wasn’t uncommon for vinyl boot releases to have misinformation on the album cover, such as incorrectly identifying the venue. This item was no exception, but it remains curious that the cover art, which was based on a Cal Shenkel poster for the 1971 Pauley Pavilion, also asserts that the show was from El Monte Legion Stadium.

This half of the boot is a better recording than the first half, although it is still an audience recording. Zappa’s guitar work comes through more clearly.

Flo and Eddie do a decent job on “Mother People,” and it’s evident the crowd enjoyed it as well. There’s a medley of songs from “Chunga’s Revenge,” with “Would You Go All the Way?”, “Rudy Wants to Buy Yez a Drink,” and “Road Ladies.” I’ve always liked “Road Ladies,” a very basic 12-bar blues tune that Zappa can do some heavy shredding on. Mark Volman, however, is the star on this song.

Frank introduces the next series of songs by telling the crowd to imagine themselves staying at the Holiday Inn in a “dumpy little town” called Traverse City, Mich., and the band members are about to go out to the local bar to get some girls. Pretty funny that they call Traverse City a dumpy little town, which it certainly was back in 1970. This eventually leads into the routine made famous on the Fillmore album.

There an obligatory version of “Happy Together,” but it’s pretty lame.

All in all, this isn’t a very inspiring recording. Besides being a poor quality audience boot, the material isn’t that great. Unless you’re the type that absolutely has to have it, I would skip it.

I rate this with two of five stars.

Track listing

1. Peaches En Regalia

2. Tears Begin to Fall

3. She Painted Up Her Face

4. Half a Dozen Provocative Squats/Shove It Right In

5. Who Are the Brain Police

6. My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama

7. Interview

8. Dog Breath in the Year of the Plague

9. Once Upon a Time Sofa

10. Stick It Out

11. Divan

12. Interview

13. The Factory Lightning-Rod Man

14. Call Any Vegetable

15. The Air

16. Dog Breath

17. Mother People

18. You Didn’t Try to Call Me

19. Would You Go All the Way?

20. Rudy Wants to Buy Yez a Drink

21. Road Ladies

22. What Will This Morning Bring Me This Evening

23. What Kind of Girl Do You Think We Are?

24. Bwana Dik

25. Latex Solar Beef

26. Daddy, Daddy, Daddy [partial]

27. Do You Like My New Car?

28. Happy Together [Bonner/Gordon]

29. What Will This Evening Bring Me This Morning?


Frank Zappa, Mark Volman, Howard Kaylan, Jeff Simmons (Santa Monica), Aynsley Dunbar, Ian Underwood, Don Preston (Rotterdam), Jim Pons (Rotterdam) and George Duke”

TAKRL says:

“The live portion were supplied by W.Z.Ardo. First issues had back covers.”

here is said back cover:

  • The Ahoy, Rotterdam, 27-Nov-1971
  • Originally issued in the Netherlands as In Europe by WorldWhite Productions (WWA 13), with two variant covers
  • Re-issued in the US, with bonus tracks, as Poot Face Booogie by The Amazing Kornyphone Record Label (TAKRL 1909)

In Europe

Sound quality: Audience B
Label: WorldWhite Productions WWA 13

1. Peaches en Regalia
2. Tears Began to Fall
3. She Painted Up Her Face / Half a Dozen Provocative Squats
4. Shove It Right In

5. [The Sofa Suite]

Side 2 is the Sofa suite as performed live in 1971, including “Once Upon a Time”, “Sofa” and “Stick It Out”. This is the original bootleg, released in the Netherlands some time between November 1971 and September 1972. It was one of the very first Zappa bootlegs. It has an old Amsterdam phone number on the sleeve, and says “All rights paid”.

Poot Face Booogie

Sound quality: Audience B (worse than Live in Amsterdam 1971)
Label: The Amazing Kornyphone Record Label TAKRL 1909

1. Peaches en Regalia
2. Tears Began to Fall
3. She Painted up Her Face / Half a Dozen Provocative Squats / Shove it Right In [tracks 1-3 amount to 12:13]
4. Who Are the Brain Police? [06:34]
5. My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama [03:03 or 01:53] / Interview [01:10]
6. Dog Breath, in the Year of the Plague [02:51]

7. Once Upon a Time / Sofa
8. Stick It Out
9. Divan / Interview [00:25] [tracks 7-9 amount to 21:04 or 21:29]
10. The Factory: Lightning-Rod Man [02:51] [Lightning-Rod Man version]

(Note: the printed track list doesn’t exactly look like the above; the above is corrected and more detailed.) Tracks 5 and 6 are the 1969 single versions (a different edit of track 5 has been released on Stage #5), and tracks 9 & 5 include interview segments of some sort. Track 10 is a 1966 recording of Lowell George & the Factory, produced by and featuring Frank Zappa, officially released on the album Lightning-Rod Man in 1993.

In his book The Negative Dialectics of Poodle Play, Ben Watson calls Poot-Face Booogie “an illegal issue of such antiquity (1974) that its cover consisted of inserts in the shrink wrap. It was bought under the impression that it was official.” There were issues with black & white paper inserts as well as others in colour covers with various colour inserts and stuff. One such back cover had a reprint of an interview where Zappa talked about how he was framed with making a pornographic audio tape – conspiracy to commit pornography – in the early 1960s. From The Real Frank Zappa Book, page 57:

By then my Dad had been able to hire a lawyer, who said my only hope was to plead nolo contendere (no contest – or “I’m so broke I can’t even buy justice in Cucamonga, so I’ll just give a thousand bucks to this lawyer here and keep my fucking mouth shut, hoping you don’t give me the death penalty”).

From Biffy the Elephant Shrew:

I recall an interview (reprinted on the back of the Poot Face Booogie bootleg) in which whoever transcribed the interview evidently didn’t understand the Latin term and just left it out, so they had Zappa saying, “I pleaded, which means …”

The/a back cover also had a picture of Mona Lisa with a Zappa moustache.