Philly '76

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Philly '76
Live album by Frank Zappa
Released December 21, 2009
Recorded October 29, 1976
Spectrum Theater, Philadelphia, PA
Genre progressive rock, jazz fusion
Length 133:44
Label Vaulternative Records
Producer Gail Zappa & Joe Travers
Frank Zappa chronology
Lumpy Money Project/Object
#85 (2009)
Philly '76
#86 (2009)
Greasy Love Songs Project/Object
#87 (2010)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Prog Archives 4/5 stars[2]

Philly '76 is a live album by Frank Zappa, recorded on October 29, 1976 at the Spectrum in Philadelphia, PA, and released by the Zappa Family Trust on Vaulternative Records on December 21, 2009 to commemorate Frank Zappa's 69th birthday. It is the fourth recording of a complete concert released posthumously on the Vaulternative Records label.


The live band featured on the recording included Lady Bianca on vocals, who only toured with Zappa's band for a few weeks in the fall of 1976. One cut from this concert ("Wind Up Workin' in a Gas Station") was released on You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 6 in 1992. Prior to the release of Philly '76, no other recordings featuring Lady Bianca had been officially released.

Also appearing for the first time on the album are a cover of "Stranded in the Jungle" (originally recorded in 1956 by the Jay Hawks, later covered by The Cadets, Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen and the New York Dolls, and included in the non-Zappa Family Trust release Frank Zappa's Jukebox) and a verse of lyrics in "Titties 'n Beer" not included in previously released versions of the song, which illuminates Zappa's original title for the song, "Chrissy Puked Twice".

Track listing[edit]

Disc one
No. Title Length
1. "The Purple Lagoon" 3:35
2. "Stink-Foot" 5:52
3. "The Poodle Lecture" 3:48
4. "Dirty Love" 3:36
5. "Wind Up Workin' in a Gas Station" 2:32
6. "Tryin' to Grow a Chin" 4:01
7. "The Torture Never Stops" 13:31
8. "City of Tiny Lights" 7:47
9. "You Didn't Try to Call Me" 6:32
10. "Manx Needs Women" 1:44
11. "Chrissy Puked Twice" 6:48
Disc two
No. Title Length
1. "Black Napkins" 18:57
2. "Advance Romance" 13:56
3. "Honey, Don't You Want a Man Like Me?" 4:09
4. "Rudy Wants to Buy Yez a Drink" 2:20
5. "Would You Go All the Way?" 2:04
6. "Daddy, Daddy, Daddy" 2:05
7. "What Kind of Girl Do You Think We Are?" 4:55
8. "Dinah-Moe Humm" 8:09
9. "Stranded in the Jungle" (James Johnson, Ernestine Smith) 3:10
10. "Find Her Finer" 3:17
11. "Camarillo Brillo" 4:03
12. "Muffin Man" 6:53



  1. ^ "allmusic ((( Philly '76 > Overview )))". Retrieved 2010-03-15. 
  2. ^ Philly '76 review at Prog Archives