Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention
The Ahoy

1971 11 27

~~ Complete show from three sources ~~

Current FZshows entry:
1971 11 27 - The Ahoy, Rotterdam, Netherlands
160 min, Aud, B-
Zanti Serenade, Call Any Vegetable, Anyway The Wind Blows, Magdalena, Dog Breath, Divan, A Pound For A Brown, Sleeping In A Jar, Wonderful Wino, Sharleena, Cruising For Burgers, Peaches En Regalia, Tears Began To Fall, Shove It Right In, Billy The Mountain (incl. The Tibetan Memory Trick), 200 Motels Finale, I Wanna Hold Your Hand, Who Are The Brain Police?

This copy: 164.31 min, Aud, B+/B/B- Compiled from three different sources

Source 1: 158.03, Aud, B- (parts B, parts C+)
Lineage: Hoosac92 (??gen, but very low ) Maxell XLII 1997 tapes > Pioneer CtW 504R > Avance AC97soundcard > CoolEdit retracking, level adjust & speed correction > flac frontend level 8 > SF10 (editing, volume adjusted) > wav > FLAC
Taped by: unknown
Collected by: Hoosac92
Transferred by: Kristoftof
Edited By: Kristoftof, Galeans

Source 2: 136.30, Aud, B+/B
Lineage : Maxell XLII Low gen > Nakamichi DR-1 > Realtek HDAudio pentium i7 > Soundforge 10 Pro Highest quality setting Izotope 64 bit src downsampling / MBIT+dither > TLH > SF10 (editing, volume adjusted) > wav > FLAC
Taped by: unknown
Collected by: Robsam
Transferred by: Doctorzap
Edited By: Galeans

Source 3: 39.18, Aud, B+
Lineage : AIWA Turntable > Original "Live in Amsterdam 1971" bootleg vinyl > Audiocleanic (no noise reduction) > FLAC > SF10 (editing, volume adjusted) > wav > FLAC
Taped by: unknown
Original bootleg LP transferred by: Maclen
Edited By: Galeans

Patched together by: Galeans

== The Mothers Of Invention, August - December 1971 ==

FZ, Mark Volman, Howard Kaylan, Jim Pons, Ian Underwood, Don Preston, Aynsley Dunbar.


01 Zanti Serenade [07:00] start with source 1
02 Call Any Vegetable [11:29]
03 Anyway The Wind Blows [03:51]
04 Magdalena [05:46] switch to source 2, 0:15
05 Dog Breath [04:58]
06 Tuning & preamble [03:40] switch to source 3, 2:57-3:35
07 Divan [20:06] fill from source 2, 0:00-2; switch back to source 2, 19:54
08 A Pound For A Brown [06:54]
09 Sleeping In A Jar [02:27] switch to source 1, 2:21
10 Wonderful Wino [05:09] switch back to source 2, 1:16
11 Sharleena [05:26]
12 Cruising for Burgers [03:13] cuts out, intermission, no music missing
13 Tuning [04:08]
14 Peaches En Regalia [03:21] switch to source 3, 0:02; fill from source 2, 2:43-53
15 Tears Began To Fall [02:37]
16 Shove It Right In [06:32] switch back to source 2, 6:18
17 Billy The Mountain Preamble [01:34]
18 Billy The Mountain [52:21] fills from source 1: 15:36-7, 16:13-5, 16:27-30, 34:12-36:20; switch to source 1, 52:12
19 Encore break & Preamble [02:24] switch back to source 2, 1:33
20 200 Motels Finale [03:39]
21 I Wanna Hold Your Hand [01:37]
22 Who Are The Brain Police? [06:18] switch to source 3, 0:01

Total time: 164.31 min

This is a monster show that got somehow overlooked, probably because of the low sound quality rating in FZShows. This is one of my favorite Zappa shows, so I decided to investigate a little bit about it and it turns out that we have not one, but three sources of it. The most commonly circulating one was first seeded by Kristoftof in April 2007, digitalized from Hoosac92's tapes. It is the most complete source, but also the one with the lowest quality, really boomy: parts are listenable, but others are overblown. In January 2012, Doctorzap seeded a second source from Robsam's tapes, which misses the first three songs, but, in spite of some hiss and waving between channels, has a better sound quality all around and also contains different tape flip spots, so everything that is lost on source #1 is preserved here. Famously, a 40 minute segment of this concert was pressed in a lot of bootlegs over time: "In Europe", "Poot Face Boogie", "Live in Amsterdam 1971" (a mistitle) and "The Dream Machine". This is a third source, the better sounding of them all: very clear and upfront, a very high B+ that could be an A- if it wasn't for some distortion problems. Unfortunately, outside of those pressed bootlegs, this source doesn't seem to have ever surfaced anywhere in any tape collection. The first bootlegs of this recording were pressed very early, in late 1971/early 1972, so it's possible that the complete tape was never traded and is now lost or discarded: let's hope not! The better sounding of these bootlegs is the erroneously titled "Live in Amsterdam 1971". I decided to create a version of this marvelous concert combining the three sources in order to havee the longest and best sounding version possible of each track. There is now no material lost in the tape flips, except maybe a little bit of tuning up before the start of track #13. Note that the "Live in Amsterdam 1971" seed on the tracker comes from CDRs of Maclen's original transfer, but it's not the case for the material used here: Maclen himself kindly sent me his original files. The original vinyl, albeit very good sounding, was a bit unbalanced between the two channels, so I tried to do my best to correct that. For a show long like this doing subfolders would result in an incredibly big torrent, but unpatched versions of source #1 and #3 are already available on the tracker. Source #2 is, at the moment of this writing, only available as a shoebox seed, but I will seed a proper unpatched version on FZShows in a couple of days, for the purists. All sources have been checked and are running at the correct speed.

This is the longest show of the tour and an amazing one, undoubtedly my favorite: it contains everything I love from this tour (except for a juicy "King Kong" but, goddamnit, it's already close to three hours long!). The setlist is fantastic and so are the performances: every band member gets a chance to shine. There are so many highlights that I'm tempted to just tell you to sit down and listen the show, but I'll try: a great performance of the "Divan" suite (with some variations in Dutch), a lively "String Quartet", fantastic vocal duties in "Shove it Right In", "Magdalena" and "Anyway the Wind Blows", an odd performance of the already weird "Zanti Serenade" and, above all, the solo section of "Billy The Mountain", in which even Dunbar gets to play a drum solo: FZ's soloing in that is very weird and unusual, it almost sounds like a prototype of his Winter 1978 "Yo Mama" solos. Other great FZ madness is included all around the show. And what a better choice for an encore than The Beatles' "I Wanna Hold Your Hand"? "Who Are The Brain Police?" is no slouch either. This version was a bit of a bitch to edit (hours on "Billy the Mountain" correcting glitches and working on the patches, while hoping the program would not crash before I save), but I'm glad I did it: I'm blasting the results as I'm writing and I love it. I hope you will too. This is an amazing show. Enjoy!!!

"Billy the Mountain" is very long, but unless I have to include "unpatched tracks" folders, personally, I prefer to keep this kind of pieces in only one file, so I decided against splitting it. If you only want to listen to the "Studebaker Hotch" section it starts at 23:18".


Thanks to the unknown tapers!
Thanks to Hoosac92 and Robsam for collecting the tapes!
Thanks to Kristoftof and Doctorzap for transferring them!
Thanks to Maclen for a good transfer of the "Live in Amsterdam" vinyl bootleg!

Enjoy !!

Brought to you by Hoosac92, Robsam, Maclen, Kristoftof, Doctorzap, Galeans.
Dedicated to Youngpumkin, who attended this show. - July 2015