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 Post subject: Quadropheliac
PostPosted: Tue Jul 13, 2004 7:05 am 
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.......anyone??<br><br>Not Just In It For The Money<br><br>By Steve Hochman, Los Angeles Times, July 11 2004.<br><br>Get ready for the Zappa of the Month Club.<br><br>The family of the late Frank Zappa is putting together plans to release music from the composer-musician's vast vaults via a subscription service. They hope it will expand the Zappa legacy among his fans and establish a unique business model suited to such a unique artist.<br><br>The details are still being worked out, but Gail Zappa, Frank's widow, says that the concept is pretty simple. Fans will pay an annual fee (probably around $100) and receive a set number of new releases each year (probably five), some of which will not be available elsewhere. Subscribers will have some level of choice as to what titles they receive from an ever-expanding catalog, and will also likely get bonus material and other special merchandise. <br><br>"We get people who say they only want to buy Frank's music directly from us," Zappa says, sitting in the family's Laurel Canyon house with their son Dweezil.<br><br>Beneath the house is the vault, a climate-controlled basement room stacked with shelf after shelf of audiotapes and films made by Zappa (who obsessively recorded nearly every concert he gave) in addition to studio recordings of his many band projects and classical compositions.<br><br>In the years since Frank Zappa's 1993 death from prostate cancer, the vaults have been largely closed, in part due to tension between the family and Rykodisc, the record label that owned the rights to the Zappa catalog. That deal expires in October, though, and the family is ready to open the door. <br><br>"I've always said that my day job is to protect the integrity of the work," Gail says.<br><br>That, adds Dweezil, is why the plans were devised to retain as much control as possible over the archives.<br><br>"Our dilemma is we have a core audience that's very enthusiastic," he says. "But music appreciation is nonexistent these days."<br><br>


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 Post subject: Quadropheliac Pt 2
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Under a new label named Vaulternative, marketed through the www.zappa.com website, two concert recordings were released in recent years. But the new program is really being launched with the brand-new Joe's Corsage, which despite a title playing off the 1979 Joe's Garage albums actually consists of demos recorded by Zappa with his first Mothers of Invention band in 1964.<br><br>Archivist Joe Travers has been combing through the tapes for material that could be released, and Dweezil is marshaling a remix program to put both previously released and new discoveries in state-of-the-art surround sound for a parallel release program.<br><br>The latter will be introduced with Quadropheliac, essentially an audio documentary being made from unreleased tapes on which the elder Zappa experimented with surround-type recording in the mid-'70s. At this point the material will be released only as hard-copy CDs, not as digital downloads - the Zappas believe the technology is too limited to do the music justice.<br><br>While others have had success with extensive archival projects, such as the Grateful Dead with its ongoing "Dick's Picks" concert series, it's the subscription angle that makes the Zappa plans stand out. Pete Howard, editor of the collector-oriented music publication ICE, thinks it's an overdue idea.<br><br>"As a business model it makes great sense for a label or people doing it," Howard says. "It keeps the ability to do product flow at a predictable level. And for the consumer and fan it has got to be win-win, because there will be all kinds of things coming out of the vaults that wouldn't otherwise. It ensures a steady flow of goodies. There needs to be a little blind faith that there will be quality, but that shouldn't be a problem with the Zappa material. I wish other artists would follow suit."<br><br> :o<br>


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 Post subject: Re: Quadropheliac
PostPosted: Tue Jul 13, 2004 7:38 am 
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As long as we get quality releases from the vault, Im happy...the $100 a year scheme sounds cool......

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 Post subject: Re: Quadropheliac Pt 2
PostPosted: Tue Jul 13, 2004 7:49 am 
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[quote author=BBSNX link=board=albums;num=1089738325;start=0#1 date=07/13/04 at 10:06:07]<br><br>At this point the material will be released only as hard-copy CDs, not as digital downloads - the Zappas believe the technology is too limited to do the music justice.<br><br>[/quote]<br><br>Someone should educate my man Dweezil on the wonderful technologies called FLAC and SHN!!<br> ;D<br><br>Digital Downloads would make PERFECT sense. Lossless FLAC or SHN files... artwork online...<br>no costs of producing a plastic disc, paper for jewel liners etc....<br><br>Sounds like a no brainer to me.

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 Post subject: Re: Quadropheliac
PostPosted: Tue Jul 13, 2004 8:53 am 
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Nah, forget the downloads, that's only good for people with fast internet connections.<br>I'd much rather for them to just ship me the final product.


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 Post subject: Re: Quadropheliac
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[quote author=zombywoof5050 link=board=albums;num=1089738325;start=0#5 date=07/13/04 at 11:53:13]Nah, forget the downloads, that's only good for people with fast internet connections.<br>I'd much rather for them to just ship me the final product.[/quote]<br>Me too, totally agree. Fuck downloads man, Im still into collecting and owning cds even if nobody else is....

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 Post subject: Re: Quadropheliac
PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2004 3:36 am 
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Downloading the files, then decoding them, then burning them is just so time (and computer resource) consuming.  I have much better things that I'd rather spend time doing.  Besides, I'm on dial-up at home which makes it impossible, so what I have downloaded in the past few weeks (the live shows on FLAC) has all been done from my workplace, and that's gonna stop soon.


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 Post subject: Re: Quadropheliac
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[quote author=zombywoof5050 link=board=albums;num=1089738325;start=0#9 date=07/16/04 at 06:36:04]<br>Besides, I'm on dial-up at home which makes it impossible.[/quote]<br><br>Cheap bastard! Jeezis man. Spring for cable!!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Quadropheliac
PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2004 10:16 am 
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[quote author=zombywoof5050 link=board=albums;num=1089738325;start=0#9 date=07/16/04 at 06:36:04]Downloading the files, then decoding them, then burning them is just so time (and computer resource) consuming.  I have much better things that I'd rather spend time doing. [/quote]<br><br>Looks like it's about time to trade in yer old Commodore 64....<br> :P


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 Post subject: Re: Quadropheliac
PostPosted: Mon Aug 30, 2004 9:12 am 
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So I spelt it wrong....


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 Post subject: Re: Quadropheliac
PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2004 3:34 am 
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and another and another...<br><br>http://www.zappa.com/yabb/YaBB.cgi?board=albums;action=display;num=1090272948<br><br>created july 19th by Rangi Wiremu Waka Jones

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 Post subject: re: quadiophiliac
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now on ebay, bidding starts at $19.77, no reserve<br><br>only 7 days, 20 hours left; operators are standing by, don't forget call before midnight tonite<br><br>track listingnot availableat this time  ::)<br><br>

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 Post subject: Re: Quadropheliac
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It looks like the street date is once again 9/14 instead of 9/27 according the ZFT announcement on the "What's New Page."<br><br>Two more weeks to Quadiophiliac!


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 Post subject: re: quadiophiliac
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[center]now twice on ebay[/center]<br><br>[move][img width=70 height=53]http://i1.ebayimg.com/03/i/02/68/b5/91_1.JPG[/img]<br>[font=arial black]$9.99[/font][/move]<br><br><br>dz
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<br><br>[tt]only 4 days, 20 hours left; operators are standing by, don't forget call before midnight tonite[/tt]

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