Roxy & Elsewhere

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Roxy & Elsewhere
Live album by Frank Zappa and The Mothers
Released September 10, 1974
Recorded December 10,11 and 12 of 1973 + May 8 & 11, 1974
Genre Jazz fusion, progressive rock, hard rock
Length 68:04
Label DiscReet
Producer Frank Zappa
Frank Zappa and The Mothers chronology
Apostrophe (')
(1974)
Roxy & Elsewhere
(1974)
One Size Fits All
(1975)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau C+[2]
Rolling Stone (unfavorable)[3]

Roxy & Elsewhere is a live album by Frank Zappa and The Mothers, which was released in 1974. Most of the songs were recorded at The Roxy Theatre in Hollywood, California on December 8, 9 and 10, 1973. The material taken from the Roxy concerts was later amended with some overdubs in the studio, while the "Elsewhere" tracks ("Son of Orange County" & "More Trouble Every Day") were recorded on May 8, 1974, at the Edinboro State College, Edinboro, Pennsylvania (and parts of "Son of Orange County" on May 11, 1974, at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, Illinois (late show)) and do not contain overdubbed material.

Music[edit]

This album is considered a high-water-mark recording of one of the most celebrated incarnations of the Mothers. It features an array of highly challenging instrumentals such as "Echidna's Arf (Of You)", "Don't You Ever Wash That Thing?", and the opening theme of "Be-Bop Tango (of the Old Jazzmen's Church)". It also features "Cheepnis", Zappa's tribute to low-budget monster movies, and reworks of earlier tracks such as "More Trouble Every Day" and "Son of Orange County" (excerpted from the song "Oh No" and given an extended guitar solo). "Village of the Sun" is about Sun Village, California, an unincorporated area near Palmdale, and also makes references to Lancaster, California, twin city to Palmdale and Zappa's hometown.

History[edit]

Album[edit]

The album primarily comprised recordings from three shows at the Roxy Theater in Hollywood, and featured tracks never before or thereafter released on any Zappa/Mothers album. Material from the Roxy performances were partially overdubbed. The other tracks came from the second show on Mothers Day 1974 in the Chicago Auditorium Theatre and the May 8th Show in Edinboro State College (also 1974).

The opening track, "Penguin in Bondage" is edited together from performances at the Roxy and the Chicago date. The guitar solo on "Son of Orange County" is one of the few Zappa guitar solos edited together from more than one concert, in this case the Edinboro and Chicago dates.

Some of the unused tracks from the Roxy shows are floating around in audience recording trading circles, as well as the entirety of the Edinboro show. Other tracks were released on Volumes One and Three of the You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore series. On a side note, Zappa can be heard, on the released and unreleased Roxy tapes, speaking of the making of a 'film' that could potentially be "broadcast on television", as well as reminding the audience not to be "uncomfortable around the intimidatingly large 16 mm cameras."

A four-channel quadraphonic version of the album was prepared and advertised, but not released.

Unreleased DVD[edit]

There was a 3-minute trailer released in the new millennium advertising a Roxy DVD, which could potentially contain the footage from all three nights. The trailer was later included on the Baby Snakes DVD as a bonus feature.

Joe Travers has stated that "It's sitting in the vault. Waiting for a budget to do it properly. Basically the film footage, the negatives were transferred by Frank in the '80s using '80s technology. What we want to do is go back to the original negatives and do it in High Definition and then create a 5.1 mix from the original masters so that we have surround sound as well as Frank's 2 channel stereo mix. Once we get all that together, then we need to cut the program. Edit the program together, camera angles, what shows, what we are going to include from what shows or include all the shows. I have no idea what Dweezil and Gail want to do. It's great stuff, but the process of just getting to that point is going to cost a lot of money and take a lot of time." [1] Two songs from the unreleased film ("Montana" and "Dupree's Paradise") were used as opener for the Zappa Plays Zappa concerts in 2006.

On April 1, 2007, Zappa.com unveiled a redesigned website, which included the 30-minute segment from the Roxy performances, which had been used at the Zappa Plays Zappa concerts, on its new videos page.

The clip for "Montana" was included as a bonus feature of the Classic Albums: Apostrophe(')/Over-Nite Sensation DVD, which was released on May 1, 2007.

Track listing[edit]

All selections composed by Frank Zappa and performed by Frank Zappa & the Mothers, except where noted. All tracks recorded at the Roxy, except "Son of Orange County", "More Trouble Every Day" and parts of "Penguin in Bondage".

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Penguin in Bondage"   6:48
2. "Pygmy Twylyte"   2:13
3. "Dummy Up" (Brock, Simmons, and Zappa) 6:02
Side two
No. Title Length
4. "Village of the Sun"   4:17
5. "Echidna's Arf (Of You)"   3:52
6. "Don't You Ever Wash That Thing?"   9:40
Side three
No. Title Length
7. "Cheepnis"   6:33
8. "Son of Orange County"   5:53
9. "More Trouble Every Day"   6:00
Side four
No. Title Length
10. "Be-Bop Tango (Of the Old Jazzmen's Church)"   16:41

Personnel[edit]

Musicians[edit]

Production staff[edit]

  • Stephen Marcussen – digital remastering
  • Kerry McNabb – engineer, remixing
  • Wally Heider – engineer
  • Coy Featherston, Steve Magedoff – photography
  • Cal Schenkel – graphic design, design

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1974 Pop Albums 27[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Couture, F. (2011). "Roxy & Elsewhere - Frank Zappa & the Mothers | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 21 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Christgau, R. (2011). "Robert Christgau: CG: Artist 4155". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 21 July 2011. 
  3. ^ Niester, Alan (2011). "Roxy Elsewhere by Frank Zappa | Rolling Stone Music | Music Reviews". rollingstone.com. Retrieved 21 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "Charts and Awards for Roxy & Elsewhere". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 

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