Road Tapes, Venue #3
May 27th 2016
Official Release #103
Catalog Number: VR 2016-1
Performed/Arranged/Conducted by Frank Zappa
Tyrone Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, MN
July 5, 1970
Frank Zappa: Guitar, Vocals
Mark Volman: Vocal, Tambourine
Howard Kaylan: Vocal
Ian Underwood: Electric Piano, Organ, Alto Sax
George Duke: Electric Piano, Organ, Vocal Drum Imitations
Jeff Simmons: Bass, Vocal
Aynsley Dunbar: Drums
FRANK ZAPPA & The Mothers – 5 July 1970
Venue #3 – Tyrone Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, MN
Here we have another installment in the Road Tapes series! Venue #3 is special because it represents some of the only complete shows found in the vault of the 1970 Mothers Of Invention. The master tapes are in excellent shape and were recorded live to stereo 2-track Reel-to Reel. One unfortunate problem, outside of some occasional azimuth adjustments, was dealing with reel one. The master tape was re-used and material was recorded over with the live performance. Unfortunately whenever there is a quiet passage, or the signal to tape isn’t loud enough, the old audio is audible… and backwards! Thankfully this is only heard during the first 35 minutes or so of the entire program. This explains the constant shift in stereo image, as we had to literally delete the left channel and process the right channel in “Stereo”. (Thanks to Craig Parker Adams) Due to the historical relevance of these tapes, we decided it was worth it to release it warts and all. We hope you enjoy the effort! Of course, Frank used sections of “King Kong” and “The Clap” to construct the piece “The Nancy & Mary Music” found on the 1970 album “Chunga’s Revenge”. Now, with the release of the full concerts, you have the opportunity to hear those performances as they happened that night, unedited and raw.
To basically quote FZ in the liner notes to You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore, we hope you enjoy Road Tapes, Venue 3 and will find time to hear the entire series.
- Joe Travers, Vaultmeister
2-Track Stereo 7-inch Reel-to-Reel Analog Tape (Scotch 203 @ 7 1/2 ips)
Recording Engineer: Bruce Margolis
Transferred at 192K 24B .WAV using FZ’s Ampex ATR-102 Tape Machine, July 2015
Converters: Focusrite Rednet
Original Recordings Produced by Frank Zappa
Produced for release by Ahmet Zappa & Joe Travers
Vaultmeisterment & Audio Transfers by Joe Travers
Mastered by John Polito, Audio Mechanics 2016
Concept by Gail Zappa
Layout & Space Time Continuum by Keith Lawler for Vaulternative Records
Photography by Diva Zappa / Original Art by Joseph Carter
Production Manager: Melanie Starks
Thanks to: Holland Greco, Kurt Morgan, Craig Parker Adams (for “Stereoisation”), Richard Landers
“Agon” written by Igor Stravinsky. Published by BOOSEY AND HAWKES INC. (ASCAP).
“Justine” written by Don Harris & Dewey Steven Terry. Published by SONY/ATV SONGS LLC (BMI).
“Caravan” written by Edward Kennedy Ellington, Irving Mills, Juan Tizol. Published by EMI MILLS MUSIC INC/SONY ATV HARMONY (ASCAP).
“Linda Lu” written by Ray Sharpe. Published by GREGMARK MUSIC INC (BMI).