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ENDS TONIGHT! Help us reach $1.25MM to save more of Frank Zappa's private Vault and use the contents to make the definitive doc.
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AN AUDIO-ONLY UPDATE BY POPULAR REQUEST!

 नमस्त, Freaks! Going to keep this short and sweet. We’re still awaiting last batches to come in. Though one piece of very cool news to share is that we are saving the last original 35mm print of Baby Snakes! That’s going through the preservation process as we speak! But that’s not why I’m here. We’ve received some messages from backers over the last month asking us to share more audio in the updates, so I wanted to comply poste-haste.

ENEMAS, BANDITS AND GUITAR SOLOS!! 

What we’ve got for you is a guitar solo from The Illinois Enema Bandit, recorded live sometime in 1980. It was remixed by FZ at the UMRK from an 8-Track 1" Master Tape. FZ hand-selected this solo to mix, for what, we'll never know. It was transferred from a tape that contained no information as to where and when it was recorded. but it was mixed in the late 80's. I’m sure all of you diehard fans will be able to identify the info once you get your hands on it! 

 

Hope you dug it! And for those awaiting the last rewards, much work is going into compiling audio and video for the digital vault pass, Cal Schenkel is busy signing prints, and the mighty Matt Groening got in touch last week to say his homemade goodies are about done. So hang in there, we’re close to getting all of this out to all of you! 

 Onward! 

 

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    1. Adam Toth on

      Awesome - I hadn't realized that the Illinois Enema Bandit was real!

    2. ARTY CAJUN (T. Trahan) on

      My partner (who introduced me to the world of FZ), this project and the project supporters' conversations creates a richer exploration of FZ's music. Together they catalyze a fascinating and thought provoking cognizance that goes far beyond the conventional music listening experience.

      Quote: "Alex Winter 2-time creator 1 day ago
      @John W. Busher: thanks for the quick work John! We knew you guys would find it :)
      Yes we know about the speed, FZ did that intentionally.

      John W. Busher 2 days ago
      Alex - For the record, the solo has been identified as July 1, 1980 - Mulhouse, France and it has also been noted that it runs too fast. Joe needs to dial back the speed control on the tape deck a little. Cool solo. Thanks for posting."

      As a FZ novice I am intrigued and spurred by exchanges like this. My guy is a fan with a wealth of knowledge from his listening to so many albums and their subsequent versions. Russ might not have picked up what John Busher did on this solo, but he has been able to describe differences in various performances of the same song from multiple releases.

      Thanks for all the sharing of information from the supporters and the effort of the project team and Alex.

    3. Gary Titone on

      1980 Yes indeed, while the date remains in question Zappa Zorch Stroking Fast n' Bulbous US Tour comes to mind.

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      Tim Gordon on

      Thank you. I will never get enough of FZ's amazing guitar mastery.

    5. Alex Winter 2-time creator on

      @John W. Busher: thanks for the quick work John! We knew you guys would find it :)
      Yes we know about the speed, FZ did that intentionally.

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      Christopher Warner on

      Busher.......the speed is probably Frank's doing. Sometimes turning it up a bit makes it “hotter”. It’s been done before.

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      BARON on

      thank you very much but is it possible to have really new materials (entire show never listened for example because it thought there was everything in the vault)

    8. Clint Walker on

      Fast work, Zappateers! (Pat)

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      John W. Busher on

      Alex - For the record, the solo has been identified as July 1, 1980 - Mulhouse, France and it has also been noted that it runs too fast. Joe needs to dial back the speed control on the tape deck a little. Cool solo. Thanks for posting.

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      Vincent & Victoria Cannata on

      I kinda like DAMASTA!
      Like DAMASTA & COMMAMDER!
      or, DAMASTER & DASERVANT!
      or.....
      DUMB-ASS-TER!

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      Nick Danger on

      @B. Salamandir - That's what he gets for using google-translator or he could have meant to say... pulling out of alignment

    12. Anthony Termini on

      Love Zappa when he take's control and plays like only Zappa can conceive....

    13. Leonardo Díaz-Valdivia on

      's gotta be Dave on drums!

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      Elaine Allen on

      That was FABULOUS!! Frank lives on!!

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      Jim Holland on

      Hi! I’m moving house and need to update my address for the sweet sweet rewards to come. Where do I do this? Thanks!

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      Johannes Straub on

      Great to hear new stuff!

    17. Jay Kiser on

      That is awesome!

    18. Alex Winter 2-time creator on

      @B. Salamandir: doh!

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      B. Salamandir on

      it's spelled नमस्ते (NAMASTE) not नमस्त (NAMASTA).

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      Vincent & Victoria Cannata on

      Hope we (who couldn't afford the Cal & Matt 'goodies') can see what they did...pretty please.

    21. Chris Sharrock on

      That is one dirty solo !
      More please .

    22. Jaypfunk on

      Killer solo!! One of us Zappateers maniacs with figure out where it came from soon enough. :)

    23. Eric Kolkey on

      Excellent!! You are amazing!!

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      Hans Annellsson on

      That's Logeman on drums, isn't it?

    25. Peter Nyman on

      Awesome find! That solo is B I T C H I N ' !