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Zappa Tricks — And Treats

New box set preserves legendary 1977 Halloween shows

By Gary Graff
September 28, 2017

There’s been quite a bit of Zappa news recently — so what’s one more, right? This one’s a goodie, at least; Frank Zappa’s legendary Halloween 1977 residency at the Palladium in New York — six shows over four nights — will be released October 20 as Halloween 77.

The box set features 158 tracks remixed from the original master tapes and comes packaged with a USB flash drive, a digital booklet with liner notes from band members Adrian Belew and Ed Mann, among others, and a Frank Zappa costume. The set will be released for digital download, while a three-CD set from the Halloween night show will also be available.

In a statement, son Ahmet Zappa, who runs the Zappa Family Trust, says that: “This box set was a very special experience for me to work on. I wanted to make sure we honored these legendary shows, so it was important to me that this box set felt of the era. It was a blast working with our partners to create the late ‘70s-inspired Frank Zappa mask and costume and the candy-shaped USB stick filled with tons of Zappa goodness. It was yet again a labor of love gathering up all the archival materials, reading notes by people who were there, and most importantly making sure the audio was up to par. All of us at Zappa Records are mighty pleased with it, and hope that fans of Frank Zappa and of Halloween will be too.”

Halloween 77 can be pre-ordered here. http://hifi247.com/halloween-77-box-set.html

The full tracklist for the set includes:

Oct. 28, 1977 Show 1
1. “10-28-77 Show 1 Start/Introductions”
2. “Peaches en Regalia”
3. “The Torture Never Stops”
4. “Tryin’ to Grow a Chin”
5. “City of Tiny Lites”
6. “Pound for a Brown”
7. “Bobby Brown Goes Down”
8. “Conehead (Instrumental)”
9. “Flakes”
10. “Big Leg Emma”
11. “Envelopes”
12. “Terry’s Solo #1″
13. “Disco Boy”
14. “Lather”
15. “Wild Love”
16. “T–ties N Beer”
17. “Audience Participation #1″
18. “The Black Page #2″
19. “Jones Crusher”
20. “Broken Hearts Are for A–holes”
21. “Punky’s Whips”
22. “Encore Audience #1″
23. “Dinah-Moe Humm”
24. “Camarillo Brillo”
25. “Muffin Man”

Oct. 28, 1977 Show 2
1. “10-28-77 Show 2 Start/Introductions”
2. “Peaches en Regalia”
3. “The Torture Never Stops”
4. “Tryin’ to Grow a Chin”
5. “City of Tiny Lites”
6. “Pound for a Brown”
7. “Bobby Brown Goes Down”
8. “Conehead (Instrumental)”
9. “Flakes”
10. “Big Leg Emma”
11. “Envelopes”
12. “Terry’s Solo #2″
13. “Disco Boy”
14. “Lather”
15. “Wild Love”
16. “T–ties N Beer”
17. “Audience Participation #2″
18. “The Black Page #2″
19. “Jones Crusher”
20. “Broken Hearts Are for A–holes”
21. “Punky’s Whips”
22. “Encore Audience #2″
23. “Dinah-Moe Humm”
24. “Camarillo Brillo”
25. “Muffin Man”

Oct. 29, 1977 Show 1
1. “10-29-77 Show 1 Start/Introductions”
2. “Peaches en Regalia”
3. “The Torture Never Stops”
4. “Tryin’ to Grow a Chin”
5. “City of Tiny Lites”
6. “Pound for a Brown”
7. “Bobby Brown Goes Down”
8. “Conehead (Instrumental)”
9. “Flakes”
10. “Big Leg Emma”
11. “Envelopes”
12. “Terry’s Solo #3″
13. “Disco Boy”
14. “Lather”
15. “Wild Love”
16. “T–ties N Beer”
17. “Audience Participation #3″
18. “The Black Page #2″
19. “Jones Crusher”
20. “Broken Hearts Are for A–holes”
21. “Punky’s Whips”
22. “Encore Audience #3″
23. “Dinah-Moe Humm”
24. “Camarillo Brillo”
25. “Muffin Man”

Oct. 29, 1977 Show 2
1. “10-29-77 Show 2 Start/Introductions”
2. “Peaches en Regalia”
3. “The Torture Never Stops”
4. “Tryin’ to Grow a Chin”
5. “City of Tiny Lites”
6. “Pound for a Brown”
7. “Bobby Brown Goes Down”
8. “Conehead (Instrumental)”
9. “Flakes”
10. “Big Leg Emma”
11. “Envelopes”
12. “Terry’s Solo #4″
13. “Disco Boy”
14. “Lather”
15. “Wild Love”
16. “T–ties N Beer”
17. “Audience Participation #4″
18. “The Black Page #2″
19. “Jones Crusher”
20. “Broken Hearts Are for A–holes”
21. “Punky’s Whips”
22. “Encore Audience #4″
23. “Dinah-Moe Humm”
24. “Camarillo Brillo”
25. “Muffin Man”

Oct. 30, 1977
1. “10-30-77 Show Start”
2. “Stink-Foot”
3. “The Poodle Lecture”
4. “Dirty Love”
5. “Peaches en Regalia”
6. “The Torture Never Stops”
7. “Tryin’ to Grow a Chin”
8. “City of Tiny Lites”
9. “Pound for a Brown”
10. “I Have Been In You”
11. “Dancin’ Fool (World Premiere)”
12. “Jewish Princess (Prototype)”
13. “King Kong”
14. “Terry’s Solo #5″
15. “Disco Boy”
16. “Envelopes”
17. “A Halloween Treat with Thomas Nordegg”
18. “Lather”
19. “Wild Love”
20. “T–ties N Beer”
21. “Audience Participation #5″
22. “The Black Page #2″
23. “Jones Crusher”
24. “Broken Hearts Are for A–holes”
25. “Punky’s Whips”
26. “Encore Rap”
27. “Dinah-Moe Humm”
28. “Camarillo Brillo ”
29. “Muffin Man”
30. “San Ber’dino”

Oct. 31, 1977
1. “Halloween 1977 Show Start/Introductions”
2. “Peaches en Regalia”
3. “The Torture Never Stops”
4. “Tryin’ to Grow a Chin”
5. “City of Tiny Lites”
6. “Pound for a Brown”
7. “The Demise of the Imported Rubber Goods Mask”
8. “Bobby Brown Goes Down”
9. “Conehead (Instrumental)”
10. “Flakes”
11. “Big Leg Emma”
12. “Envelopes”
13. “Terry’s Halloween Solo”
14. “Disco Boy”
15. “Lather”
16. “Wild Love”
17. “T–ties ’N’ Beer”
18. “Halloween Audience Participation”
19. “The Black Page #2″
20. “Jones Crusher”
21. “Broken Hearts Are for A–holes”
22. “Punky’s Whips”
23. “Halloween Encore Audience I”
24. “Dinah-Moe Humm”
25. “Camarillo Brillo”
26. “Muffin Man”
27. “San Ber’dino”
28. “Black Napkins”