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PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2011 10:46 am 
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Thanks Dark Clothes...

This is the 666th topic for the Wish List and it's Halloween.

I think Halloween '78 has just about the best Zappa setlist of all time. It's a great performance as well. Shankar plays some great stuff on Little House I Used To Live In and Watermelon In Easter Hay. Although it's widely bootlegged, I'd like to see an official release of this whole show. Packard Goose kicks serious ass. The whole show is great. Does it get much better than this?


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 Post subject: Re: Halloween 1978
PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2011 11:49 am 
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Does it get much better, indeed...

I don't think so, and sure would love to hear this in its entirety, in the same quality recording and mix as on the Ancient Armaments vinyl from 1980. The interplay with Shankar is super rich in magical moments, as you say 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Halloween 1978
PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2011 12:02 pm 
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Nice spot and, though I've yet to hear that show (or feed into Zappa unreleased/unofficial shows in general), goooood use of thread 8)


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 Post subject: Re: Halloween 1978
PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2011 3:10 pm 
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Here's the setlist......
1-01 Ancient Armaments
1-02 Intro
1-03 Dancin Fool
1-04 Easy Meat
1-05 Honey Don't You Want A Man Like Me?
1-06 Keep It Greasy
1-07 The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing
1-08 City Of Tiny Lights
1-09 Pound For A Brown
1-10 Thirteen
1-11 Ms.X (Story Told By Warren Cucurullo)
1-12 Fantasy From A Girl From The Audience
2-01 Dinah-Moe-Humm
2-02 Go Cry On Somebody Else's Shoulder Little Rubber Girl
2-03 Idiot Bastard Son/Bobby Brown
2-04 Conehead
2-05 Suicide Chump
2-06 Little House I Used To Live In
2-07 Watermelon In Easter Hay
3-01 Stinkfoot
3-02 Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance
3-03 Peaches En Regalia
3-04 Strictly Genteel
3-05 Sofa
3-06 Packard Goose
3-07 Magic Fingers
3-08 Yellow Snow Suite
3-09 Camarillo Brillo
3-10 Black Napkins
3-11 Deatless Horsie


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 Post subject: Re: Halloween 1978
PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2011 4:04 pm 
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Looks tasty! Will have a gander at zappateers 8)


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 Post subject: Re: Halloween 1978
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The longest known Zappa show and one of my all-time personal favourites. When I compare the songs from this setlist to the tunes Dweezil actually chose for the DVD-A release of Halloween 1978 it makes me sad.


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 Post subject: Re: Halloween 1978
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TwentySmallCigars wrote:
The longest known Zappa show and one of my all-time personal favourites. When I compare the songs from this setlist to the tunes Dweezil actually chose for the DVD-A release of Halloween 1978 it makes me sad.


TOO long!


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 Post subject: Re: Halloween 1978
PostPosted: Wed Nov 02, 2011 12:01 am 
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brainpang wrote:
TwentySmallCigars wrote:
The longest known Zappa show and one of my all-time personal favourites. When I compare the songs from this setlist to the tunes Dweezil actually chose for the DVD-A release of Halloween 1978 it makes me sad.


TOO long!

What? When did you start working for the trust? :wink:

Which one is too long, Watermelon in Easter Hay? Little House I used to Live In? Others? In some of the greatest interpretations ever, with the magnificent Shankar, and Zappa learning Indian phrasings on the spot!

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 Post subject: Re: Halloween 1978
PostPosted: Wed Nov 02, 2011 2:16 am 
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Havn't listened to it yet but just checked length of album folder- 3 hrs 50 mins or so? Wow, that's pretty lengthy! Very lengthy in fact- probably enters the epic stratosphere- when you consider one would rarely have that length of time to devote to one listen ie to listen to it all way through in one sitting. Should be fun 8)


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 Post subject: Re: Halloween 1978
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Dark Clothes wrote:
brainpang wrote:
TwentySmallCigars wrote:
The longest known Zappa show and one of my all-time personal favourites. When I compare the songs from this setlist to the tunes Dweezil actually chose for the DVD-A release of Halloween 1978 it makes me sad.


TOO long!

What? When did you start working for the trust? :wink:

Which one is too long, Watermelon in Easter Hay? Little House I used to Live In? Others? In some of the greatest interpretations ever, with the magnificent Shankar, and Zappa learning Indian phrasings on the spot!


Well, it's a personal matter. I was there and I was sick as a dog. Sat in my chair immobile for all that time. I was relieved to go home! But yeah, it was great, how could it not be. But Still, that's one long show. I remember a couple years later Frank was sick and the Dead were playing uptown at the Garden same night. He said, paraphrasing: "You want a long show? Go uptown and see the Grateful Dead!"


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 Post subject: Re: Halloween 1978
PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 2011 2:32 am 
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brainpang wrote:
Dark Clothes wrote:
brainpang wrote:
TOO long!

What? When did you start working for the trust? :wink:

Which one is too long, Watermelon in Easter Hay? Little House I used to Live In? Others? In some of the greatest interpretations ever, with the magnificent Shankar, and Zappa learning Indian phrasings on the spot!

Well, it's a personal matter. I was there and I was sick as a dog. Sat in my chair immobile for all that time. I was relieved to go home! But yeah, it was great, how could it not be. But Still, that's one long show. I remember a couple years later Frank was sick and the Dead were playing uptown at the Garden same night. He said, paraphrasing: "You want a long show? Go uptown and see the Grateful Dead!"


I envy you Brainpang - even if I had been sick as Sister Ray's family dog, I think that show would have been one of the highlights of my life... I only got to see Frank in the 80's, and great as it was, I always felt like I didn't really get the REAL THING. Hearing his thundering guitar reverberating around the walls of the infamous Drammens-drammin-drammin-hollin-hollin-hollin was a truly trippy experience, but I can only imagine what it'd be like to witness Zappa and Shankar exchanging those majestic solos on Halloween 1978. God, I see God, I'm sure 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Halloween 1978
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Approx 2 weeks earlier he played In Passaic, NJ. That's the one I remember most fondly, both early & late shows. I was in approx 5th row for each. I was healthy and Frank was in a fierce mood (for the late one, at least.) Those Passaic shows are rated highly by the fans, maybe more so than Halloween?


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 Post subject: Re: Halloween 1978
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Great show, I would rather have the ZFT release shows we don't already have in good quality.


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