Frank Zappa: You Can’t Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 1

ON THIS DATE (24 YEARS AGO)
May 16, 1988 – Frank Zappa: You Can’t Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 1 is released.
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You Can’t Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 1 is a double disc set of live tracks by Frank Zappa, released on this date in May, 1988.
You Can’t Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 1 is the first in the series of assorted live recordings spanning Frank Zappa’s entire career, from The Mothers of Invention on. Assembled by the man himself, the series was compiled with an eye towards fans already familiar with his body of work. The songs for the most part had original studio versions, and their inclusion was determined by whether or not they shed any new light on a particular composition or lineup of the band. Previously unreleased numbers range from variations on familiar themes (“Babette”) or topical excerpts particular to a certain tour or show (“Diseases Of The Band”), as well as bits of audio verite (“The Florida Airport Tape”). There are a handful of selections from the Mothers in ’69, with the bulk of the two-hour set being his ’70s and ’80s ensembles–in fact a clear but unstated purpose with the series was to show the instrumental prowess of his post-MOI ensembles.
REVIEW
by François Couture, allmusic
While most of the other volumes in the You Can’t Do That on Stage Anymore series would be compiled around loose themes (whether topical or historical), this first volume contained a little of everything for everyone. The material spans most of Frank Zappa’s career, from 1969 live recordings by the original Mothers of Invention (the medley “Let’s Make the Water Turn Black/Harry, You’re a Beast/The Orange County Lumber Truck” constitutes a highlight) up to the 1984 tour, with about every incarnation of his group in-between. The music is also quite varied, but focuses mainly on songs, with a few instrumentals and moments of live craziness thrown in for good measure. Special points of interest include “Once Upon a Time,” a segment from the lost 1970-1971 “Sofa Suite,” which provides important elements of conceptual continuity; a performance of “The Groupie Routine” from the same period, which when compared to the previously available version of this Flo & Eddie comedy routine (as “Do You Like My New Car?” on Fillmore East, June 1971) shows how much improvisation the singers poured in their parts; and examples of stage humor (“Ruthie-Ruthie,” “Diseases of the Band”). But the real treat is the complete performance of the suite “Don’t Eat the Yellow Snow” from 1979, replete with audience participation (spontaneous poetry!) and the finale “Rollo,” not officially released before. You Can’t Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 1 addresses both the dedicated fan and the casual listener.
TRACKS:
All songs by Zappa unless otherwise noted.
DISC ONE
“The Florida Airport Tape” (Kaylan, Volman, Zappa) – 1:03    Recorded at an airport in Florida, June 1970.
“Once Upon a Time” – 4:37
Recorded at the Rainbow Theatre, London, UK December 10, 1971
“Sofa #1” – 2:53
Recorded at the Rainbow Theatre, London, UK December 10, 1971
“The Mammy Anthem” – 5:41
Recorded at Le Patinoire des Vernets, Geneva, Switzerland July 1, 1982 & Stadio Communale, Palermo, Sicily July 14, 1982
“You Didn’t Try to Call Me” – 3:39
Recorded at the Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany July 3, 1980
“Diseases of the Band” – 2:22
Recorded at Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK February 19, 1979
“Tryin’ to Grow a Chin” – 3:44
Recorded at Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK February 18, 1979, 2nd show
“Let’s Make the Water Turn Black/Harry, You’re a Beast/The Orange County Lumber Truck” – 3:27
Recorded at The Ballroom, Stratford, Connecticut February 16, 1969
“The Groupie Routine” – 5:41
Recorded at Pauley Pavilion, UCLA, California August 7, 1971
“Ruthie-Ruthie” (Berry, Brock) – 2:57
Recorded at Capitol Theatre, Passaic, New Jersey November 8, 1974
“Babbette” – 3:35
Recorded at Capitol Theatre, Passaic, New Jersey November 8, 1974
“I’m the Slime” – 3:13
Recorded at The Roxy, Los Angeles, CA December 8–10, 1973
“Big Swifty” – 8:46
Recorded at The Roxy, Los Angeles, CA December 8–10, 1973
“Don’t Eat the Yellow Snow/Nanook Rubs It/St. Alphonzo’s Pancake Breakfast/Father O’Blivion/Rollo” – 20:16
Recorded at Hammersmith Apollo (Hammersmith Odeon), London, UK February 18–19, 1979
DISC TWO
“Plastic People” (Berry, Zappa) – 4:38
Recorded at The Factory, The Bronx, NYC February 13, 1969
“The Torture Never Stops” – 15:48
Unknown venue, 1978
“Fine Girl” – 2:55
Recorded at Parco Redecesio, Milan July 7, 1982
“Zomby Woof” – 5:39
Recorded at Parco Redecesio, Milan, Italy July 7, 1982 Guitar solo: Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK June 19, 1982; late show
“Sweet Leilani” (Owens) – 2:39
Recorded at The Ballroom, Stratford, Connecticut February 16, 1969
“Oh No” – 4:34
Recorded at The Ballroom, Stratford, Connecticut February 16, 1969
“Be in My Video” – 3:29
Recorded at The Pier, NYC August 26, 1984 with a conversation between Aynsley Dunbar and two unknown Girls from 1970
“The Deathless Horsie” – 5:29
Recorded at The Pier, NYC August 26, 1984
“The Dangerous Kitchen” – 1:49
Recorded at The Pier, NYC August 26, 1984
“Dumb All Over” – 4:20
Recorded at The Palladium, NYC October 31, 1981; early show
“Heavenly Bank Account” – 4:05
Recorded at The Palladium, NYC October 31, 1981; early show
“Suicide Chump” – 4:55
Recorded at The Palladium, NYC October 31, 1981; early show
“Tell Me You Love Me” – 2:09
Recorded at Stadio Communale, Pistoia, Italy July 5, 1982
“Sofa #2” – 3:00
Recorded at Stadio Communale, Pistoia, Italy July 8, 1982 & Ex Mattatoio do Testaccio, Rome, Italy July 9, 1982
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