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Trick or treat? Frank Zappa’s ‘Halloween 77’ box set will scare the neighbours

Zappa Records is to issue a new box set, Halloween 77 , which features all six shows that Frank Zappa performed at The Palladium in New York City at the end of October 1977.

This set includes all six shows in their entirety (chronicled in the concert film Baby Snakes) although they’ve chosen to put the audio (24-bit WAV files) on a USB stick, rather than give you CDs. So it’s hi-res (good), but not physical (not so good). If you find that annoying, then the fact that the USB stick is shaped like a shaped like a ‘Zappa’s Oh Punky!’ candy bar might not sway you. Incidentally, the audio was mixed in 2016 from original vault masters.

There are 158 tracks in total and you do get a 128-page ‘digital booklet’ with photos and sleeve notes from co-producer Joe Travers, musicians Adrian Belew and Ed Mann, tour manager Phil Kaufman and famous fan Janet “The Planet” Walley.

As you can’t have failed to notice from the images, you do also you get a Zappa mask and costume. Obviously.

If USB stick and fancy dress don’t constitute your idea great music box set, you can opt for a three-CD edition, although annoyingly, that only delivers the actual Halloween show from 31 October 1977 (plus a few bonus tracks from the previous evening’s show). That’s 32 tracks – 126 less than what’s on that USB stick.

Frank’s son Ahmet Zappa said “This box set was a very special experience for me to work on. I wanted to make sure we honoured these legendary shows, so it was important to me that this box set felt of the era. It was a blast working with our partners to create the late ‘70s-inspired Frank Zappa mask and costume and the candy-shaped USB stick filled with tons of Zappa goodness. It was yet again a labor of love gathering up all the archival materials, reading notes by people who were there, and most importantly making sure the audio was up to par. All of us at Zappa Records are mighty pleased with it, and hope that fans of Frank Zappa and of Halloween will be too.”

There is going to be a digital download version of the fancy (dress) box so I guess buying the CDs for ‘casual’ listening and the download for an archive of the whole thing might be an option.

Halloween 77 is released on 20 October 2017.

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Frank Zappa ‘Halloween 77′ – box set

Oct. 28, 1977 Show 1
1. “10-28-77 Show 1 Start/Introductions”
2. “Peaches en Regalia”
3. “The Torture Never Stops”
4. “Tryin’ to Grow a Chin”
5. “City of Tiny Lites”
6. “Pound for a Brown”
7. “Bobby Brown Goes Down”
8. “Conehead (Instrumental)”
9. “Flakes”
10. “Big Leg Emma”
11. “Envelopes”
12. “Terry’s Solo #1″
13. “Disco Boy”
14. “Lather”
15. “Wild Love”
16. “T–ties N Beer”
17. “Audience Participation #1″
18. “The Black Page #2″
19. “Jones Crusher”
20. “Broken Hearts Are for A–holes”
21. “Punky’s Whips”
22. “Encore Audience #1″
23. “Dinah-Moe Humm”
24. “Camarillo Brillo”
25. “Muffin Man”

Oct. 28, 1977 Show 2
1. “10-28-77 Show 2 Start/Introductions”
2. “Peaches en Regalia”
3. “The Torture Never Stops”
4. “Tryin’ to Grow a Chin”
5. “City of Tiny Lites”
6. “Pound for a Brown”
7. “Bobby Brown Goes Down”
8. “Conehead (Instrumental)”
9. “Flakes”
10. “Big Leg Emma”
11. “Envelopes”
12. “Terry’s Solo #2″
13. “Disco Boy”
14. “Lather”
15. “Wild Love”
16. “T–ties N Beer”
17. “Audience Participation #2″
18. “The Black Page #2″
19. “Jones Crusher”
20. “Broken Hearts Are for A–holes”
21. “Punky’s Whips”
22. “Encore Audience #2″
23. “Dinah-Moe Humm”
24. “Camarillo Brillo”
25. “Muffin Man”

Oct. 29, 1977 Show 1
1. “10-29-77 Show 1 Start/Introductions”
2. “Peaches en Regalia”
3. “The Torture Never Stops”
4. “Tryin’ to Grow a Chin”
5. “City of Tiny Lites”
6. “Pound for a Brown”
7. “Bobby Brown Goes Down”
8. “Conehead (Instrumental)”
9. “Flakes”
10. “Big Leg Emma”
11. “Envelopes”
12. “Terry’s Solo #3″
13. “Disco Boy”
14. “Lather”
15. “Wild Love”
16. “T–ties N Beer”
17. “Audience Participation #3″
18. “The Black Page #2″
19. “Jones Crusher”
20. “Broken Hearts Are for A–holes”
21. “Punky’s Whips”
22. “Encore Audience #3″
23. “Dinah-Moe Humm”
24. “Camarillo Brillo”
25. “Muffin Man”

Oct. 29, 1977 Show 2
1. “10-29-77 Show 2 Start/Introductions”
2. “Peaches en Regalia”
3. “The Torture Never Stops”
4. “Tryin’ to Grow a Chin”
5. “City of Tiny Lites”
6. “Pound for a Brown”
7. “Bobby Brown Goes Down”
8. “Conehead (Instrumental)”
9. “Flakes”
10. “Big Leg Emma”
11. “Envelopes”
12. “Terry’s Solo #4″
13. “Disco Boy”
14. “Lather”
15. “Wild Love”
16. “T–ties N Beer”
17. “Audience Participation #4″
18. “The Black Page #2″
19. “Jones Crusher”
20. “Broken Hearts Are for A–holes”
21. “Punky’s Whips”
22. “Encore Audience #4″
23. “Dinah-Moe Humm”
24. “Camarillo Brillo”
25. “Muffin Man”

Oct. 30, 1977
1. “10-30-77 Show Start”
2. “Stink-Foot”
3. “The Poodle Lecture”
4. “Dirty Love”
5. “Peaches en Regalia”
6. “The Torture Never Stops”
7. “Tryin’ to Grow a Chin”
8. “City of Tiny Lites”
9. “Pound for a Brown”
10. “I Have Been In You”
11. “Dancin’ Fool (World Premiere)”
12. “Jewish Princess (Prototype)”
13. “King Kong”
14. “Terry’s Solo #5″
15. “Disco Boy”
16. “Envelopes”
17. “A Halloween Treat with Thomas Nordegg”
18. “Lather”
19. “Wild Love”
20. “T–ties N Beer”
21. “Audience Participation #5″
22. “The Black Page #2″
23. “Jones Crusher”
24. “Broken Hearts Are for A–holes”
25. “Punky’s Whips”
26. “Encore Rap”
27. “Dinah-Moe Humm”
28. “Camarillo Brillo ”
29. “Muffin Man”
30. “San Ber’dino”

Oct. 31, 1977
1. “Halloween 1977 Show Start/Introductions”
2. “Peaches en Regalia”
3. “The Torture Never Stops”
4. “Tryin’ to Grow a Chin”
5. “City of Tiny Lites”
6. “Pound for a Brown”
7. “The Demise of the Imported Rubber Goods Mask”
8. “Bobby Brown Goes Down”
9. “Conehead (Instrumental)”
10. “Flakes”
11. “Big Leg Emma”
12. “Envelopes”
13. “Terry’s Halloween Solo”
14. “Disco Boy”
15. “Lather”
16. “Wild Love”
17. “T–ties ’N’ Beer”
18. “Halloween Audience Participation”
19. “The Black Page #2″
20. “Jones Crusher”
21. “Broken Hearts Are for A–holes”
22. “Punky’s Whips”
23. “Halloween Encore Audience I”
24. “Dinah-Moe Humm”
25. “Camarillo Brillo”
26. “Muffin Man”
27. “San Ber’dino”
28. “Black Napkins”

Frank Zappa ‘Halloween 77′ – 3CD edition

Disc 1
1. “Halloween 1977 Show Start/Introductions”
2. “Peaches En Regalia”
3. “The Torture Never Stops”
4. “Tryin’ To Grow A Chin”
5. “City Of Tiny Lites”
6. “Pound For A Brown”
7. “The Demise Of The Imported Rubber Goods Mask”
8. “Bobby Brown Goes Down”
9. “Conehead (Instrumental)”
10. “Flakes”
11. “Big Leg Emma”

Disc 2
1. “Envelopes”
2. “Terry’s Halloween Solo”
3. “Disco Boy”
4. “Lather”
5. “Wild Love”
6. “T***ies ‘N’ Beer”
7. “Halloween Audience Participation”
8. “The Black Page #2”
9. “Jones Crusher”
10. “Broken Hearts Are For Assholes”

Disc 3
1. “Punky’s Whips”
2. “Halloween Encore Audience”
3. “Dinah-Moe Humm”
4. “Camarillo Brillo”
5. “Muffin Man”
6. “San Ber’dino”
7. “Black Napkins”

Bonus Tracks:
8. “King Kong”
9. “A Halloween Treat With Thomas Nordegg”
10. “Audience Participation #5”
11. “The Black Page #2”

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