Sunday, January 04, 2015

Frank Zappa - 1973-11-18 - Waterloo (SBD)

Frank Zappa
November 18, 1973
University Of Waterloo
Waterloo, ON

01 Band Introductions [03:29]
02 Be-Bop Tango [17:40]
03 T'Mershi Duween [01:49]
04 I'm The Slime [03:43]
05 Big Swifty [08:50]
06 Preamble & tuning [00:53]
07 Pygmy Twylyte [03:51]
08 The Idiot Bastard Son [02:15] 
09 Cheepnis [03:36]
10 Preamble & tuning [01:35]
11 Montana [07:28]
12 Dupree's Paradise [26:22]


Frank Zappa, Napoleon Murphy Brock, Tom Fowler, George Duke, Ruth Underwood, Bruce Fowler, Ralph Humphrey, Chester Thompson. 

 This is an excellent show which came into circulation quite recently. Previously, all that we had was a fragment of "Be-Bop Tango" included in the famous Un-concert WLIR/WXRT radio broadcast. In 2002 (I think) the first 80 minutes of the show finally surfaced, from a stereo SBD source nonetheless, giving us a chance to finally enjoy after all of those years an excellent sounding version of one of the best shows of the tour. The lineage is a bit patchy, but it's all that is known at the moment so, until a tape source surfaces (if proven superior, of course), this will have to do. However, it is great sounding, lossless and stereo, so you can't complain too much. The old seed needed retracking, SBE fixing, corrected file names, balance between channels adjusted and, mostly important, slight speed correction, so we did!

If I had to choose highlights, they'd be "Big Swifty", "Montana" (in which George Duke gets a solo spot because of technical problems in FZ's amp) and "Dupree's Paradise", but truth is that the show sounds excellent as a whole and it's a delight from start to finish. Technical problems aside, the band is at its peak and FZ does some very funny remarks here and there. An essential show for the Zappa fan!

You may notice that my sound rating is slightly lower than what it's usually rated. The source, as I said, is the same as before and it's an upgrade to the previous seed but I think there are too many highs on this tape which make it sound a bit shrill to my ears, so I decided to step it down a little. However, it will no doubt sound excellent to most of you. Enjoy!


Thanks to the unknown taper!
Thanks to BengoFury for first seeding!
Thanks to Zappa4ever for reseeding!
Thanks to Flambay for giving speed correction values!


Zen Archer said...

Timmy said...

Why, thank you very much.

Knock said...

And thanks to the clock for posting it here!!!

Alex Greggary said...

Hey there! Got some Zappa show requests for you!:
- Orpheum Theatre, Boston November 9th 1974 (Both
Early & Late Soundboards)
- Civic Center Arena, St. Paul, November 27th 1974
- Field House, Naperville, November 29th 1974

I'm collecting all of the Zappa/Roxy Band soundboards from 1973 - 1974 and those are the ones that all appear to be dead on other websites. I can't access Zappateers with my mac, so I would appreciate it very much if you uploaded any of these shows, if you have any of them.

Thank you very much, and cheers for the Waterloo Tape, it sounds smooth as hell!