Zappa in New York

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Zappa in New York
Zappa in New York.jpg
Live album by
ReleasedMarch 3, 1978 (US edited version)
RecordedDecember 26–29, 1976,
Palladium, NYC
GenreJazz fusion, comedy rock, hard rock, progressive rock
Length70:04
101:53 (CD Version)
LabelDiscReet
ProducerFrank Zappa
Frank Zappa chronology
Zoot Allures
(1976)
Zappa in New York
(1978)
Studio Tan
(1978)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars [1]

Zappa in New York is a double live album by Frank Zappa (and his 23rd album overall), released internationally in March 1978. It was recorded in December 1976 at a series of concerts at the Palladium in New York City.

Overview[edit]

Zappa in New York was released in Europe by Zappa's DiscReet Records label in 1977, then quickly withdrawn by Warner Bros. Records, the distributor of Discreet. A second edited and censored version was re-released internationally in March 1978. The 1978 edition reached #57 on the Billboard 200 albums chart in the United States.

Music[edit]

The album features members of the Saturday Night Live band, including Lou Marini and Tom Malone, as well as the Brecker Brothers. In addition, Don Pardo was invited by Zappa to the Palladium concert, and he provides introductory narrations to "Punky's Whips" and "The Illinois Enema Bandit". Immediately following the 1976 concerts, Zappa spent time in the studio adding a significant number of overdubs to the live recordings.

Several of these recordings were also included on the shelved album Läther, including "The Illinois Enema Bandit", "The Black Page #1", "Big Leg Emma", "Punky's Whips", "The Purple Lagoon" and "I Promise Not to Come in Your Mouth."

On the 1991 CD version, Pardo also delivers a verse of "I'm the Slime" (he did the same for Zappa's 1976 Saturday Night Live appearance).

Release history[edit]

Zappa in New York was first released in early 1977 with Zappa's original track listing. A small number of LP copies reached stores before the album was quickly withdrawn. In 1978, some original cassette copies also appeared in the United States, though, apparently by mistake.

Before re-issuing the album in March 1978, Warner Bros. Records removed one of the longest songs, "Punky's Whips". This reduced the playing time of side one to a mere ten minutes, moving "Big Leg Emma" from side 2 to the end of side 1; "Titties & Beer" was also edited to remove references to the song "Punky's Whips". The censorship and changes made to the album without Zappa's consent violated his contract, which gave him total artistic control.

When Zappa's distribution agreement with Warner Bros. ended in 1982, all release rights reverted to him. Zappa re-issued Zappa in New York as a double CD album in 1991 with the addition of four bonus tracks ("Cruisin' for Burgers", "Punky's Whips", "I'm the Slime", "The Torture Never Stops"). The CD reissue was remixed to feature guitar overdubs that were recorded at the time of the album's original issue but not included on the 1978 LP. The CD reissue also contained an alternate recording of "Punky's Whips" and the full-length unedited recording of "Titties & Beer".

In 2019, the Zappa Family Trust commemorated the 40th anniversary of the release of the album with two releases - a 3-LP set combining the 1978 LP release with a bonus LP of vault material, and a 5-CD deluxe box. The 5-CD set was packaged in an embossed tin box shaped to look like a NYC street manhole cover. The 5-CD box contains the original uncensored 1977 vinyl version with full original track list. It also features over 3 hours of bonus live performances from the four nights at the Palladium, and a fifth disc of vault material (including a song left off the LP due to time constraints), plus a replica of a Palladium show ticket.[2]

Track listing[edit]

Withdrawn original 1977 vinyl pressing[edit]

Side 1
No.TitleLength
1."Titties & Beer"6:28
2."I Promise Not to Come in Your Mouth"3:50
3."Punky's Whips"10:51
Side 2
No.TitleLength
1."Sofa"3:15
2."Manx Needs Women"1:40
3."The Black Page Drum Solo/Black Page #1"4:06
4."Big Leg Emma"2:17
5."Black Page #2"5:25
Side 3
No.TitleLength
1."Honey, Don't You Want a Man Like Me?"4:15
2."The Illinois Enema Bandit"12:31
Side 4
No.TitleLength
1."The Purple Lagoon"16:57

Released edited 1978 second vinyl pressing[edit]

Side 1
No.TitleLength
1."Titties & Beer"5:31
2."I Promise Not to Come in Your Mouth"3:50
3."Big Leg Emma"2:17
Side 2
No.TitleLength
1."Sofa"3:15
2."Manx Needs Women"1:40
3."The Black Page Drum Solo/Black Page #1"4:06
4."Black Page #2"5:25
Side 3
No.TitleLength
1."Honey, Don't You Want a Man Like Me?"4:15
2."The Illinois Enema Bandit"12:31
Side 4
No.TitleLength
1."The Purple Lagoon"16:57

1991 2CD version[edit]

Disc 1
No.TitleLength
1."Titties & Beer"7:36
2."Cruisin' for Burgers"9:12
3."I Promise Not to Come in Your Mouth"3:32
4."Punky's Whips"10:51
5."Honey, Don't You Want a Man Like Me?"4:12
6."The Illinois Enema Bandit"12:41
Disc 2
No.TitleLength
1."I'm the Slime"4:24
2."Pound for a Brown"3:41
3."Manx Needs Women"1:51
4."The Black Page Drum Solo/Black Page #1"3:50
5."Big Leg Emma"2:17
6."Sofa"2:56
7."Black Page #2"5:36
8."The Torture Never Stops"12:35
9."The Purple Lagoon/Approximate"16:40

2019 40th Anniversary vinyl pressing[edit]

Side 1
No.TitleLength
1."Titties & Beer"5:01
2."I Promise Not to Come in Your Mouth"3:31
3."Big Leg Emma"2:17
Side 2
No.TitleLength
1."Sofa"3:16
2."Manx Needs Women"1:34
3."The Black Page Drum Solo/Black Page #1"4:06
4."Black Page #2"5:42
Side 3
No.TitleLength
1."Honey, Don't You Want a Man Like Me?"4:16
2."The Illinois Enema Bandit"12:41
Side 4
No.TitleLength
1."The Purple Lagoon"16:57
Side 5
No.TitleLength
1."Black Napkins"10:56
2."Cruisin’ For Burgers (1977 Mix)"9:08
Side 6
No.TitleLength
1."The Black Page #2 (Piano Version)"3:14
2."I Promise Not to Come in Your Mouth (Alternate Version)"3:55
3."Punky's Whips (Unused Version)"10:55
4."The Black Page #1 (Piano Version)"2:13

2019 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition 5CD box set[edit]

Disc 1 - The Original 1977 Vinyl Mix
No.TitleLength
1."Titties & Beer"5:01
2."I Promise Not to Come in Your Mouth"3:31
3."Big Leg Emma"2:17
4."Sofa"3:16
5."Manx Needs Women"1:34
6."The Black Page Drum Solo/Black Page #1"4:06
7."Black Page #2"5:32
8."Honey, Don't You Want a Man Like Me?"4:16
9."The Illinois Enema Bandit"12:41
10."The Purple Lagoon"17:12
Disc 2 - Bonus Concert Performances
No.TitleLength
1.""The Most Important Musical Event of 1976""3:23
2."Peaches en Regalia"3:04
3."The Torture Never Stops"11:27
4."The Black Page #2"5:15
5."Punky’s Whips Intro"1:25
6."Punky’s Whips"11:35
7."I Promise Not to Come in Your Mouth"4:03
8."Honey, Don't You Want a Man Like Me?"4:12
9."The Illinois Enema Bandit"15:41
10.""Two for the Price of One""1:51
11."Penis Dimension"3:08
12."Montana"8:04
Disc 3 - Bonus Concert Performances
No.TitleLength
1."America Drinks"4:52
2.""Irate Phone Calls""1:37
3."Sofa #2"3:04
4.""The Moment You’ve All Been Waiting For""0:58
5."I'm the Slime"5:38
6."Pound for a Brown"4:50
7."Terry's Solo"2:47
8."The Black Page Drum Solo/Black Page #1"3:53
9."Big Leg Emma"2:19
10.""Jazz Buffs and Buff-etts""1:51
11."The Purple Lagoon"17:00
12."Find Her Finer"5:22
13."The Origin of Manx"1:48
14."Manx Needs Women"1:37
15."Chrissy Puked Twice"6:40
16."Cruisin’ For Burgers"9:56
Disc 4 - Bonus Concert Performances
No.TitleLength
1."The Purple Lagoon/Any Kind of Pain"4:25
2.""The Greatest New Undiscovered Group in America""2:18
3."Black Napkins"28:33
4."Dinah-Moe Humm"6:18
5."Finale"4:40
Disc 5 - Bonus Vault Content
No.TitleLength
1."The Black Page #2 (Piano Version)"3:16
2."I Promise Not to Come in Your Mouth (Alternate Version)"3:55
3."Chrissy Puked Twice"8:16
4."Cruisin’ for Burgers (1977 Mix)"9:02
5."Black Napkins"10:53
6."Punky’s Whips (Unused Version)"10:58
7."The Black Page #1 (Piano Version)"2:13

Personnel[edit]

Musicians[edit]

Production staff[edit]

  • Frank Zappa – production
  • Bob Liftin – NYC live remote engineer
  • Davey Moire – NYC live concert mix, studio engineer (overdubs)
  • Rick Smith – studio engineer (overdubs)
  • John Williams – package design
  • Dweezil Zappa – cover photo
  • Gail Zappa – other photos

Charts[edit]

Chart (1978) Peak
position
United States (Billboard 200)[3] 57
Australia (Kent Music Report)[4] 74

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Frank Zappa: Zappa in New York". AllMusic. Retrieved September 25, 2018.
  2. ^ "Frank Zappa's Beloved Live Double Album 'Zappa In New York' Celebrated With Suite Of 40th Anniversary Releases". Zappa.com. January 24, 2019.
  3. ^ "Charts and Awards for Zappa in New York". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-08-22.
  4. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 348. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.