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Songs / Tracks Listing

CD 1 (71:04)
1. Halloween 1977 Show Start / Introductions (3:11)
2. Peaches en Regalia (2:42)
3. The Torture Never Stops (13:54)
4. Tryin' to Grow a Chin (3:35)
5. City of Tiny Lights (8:17)
6. Pound for a Brown (13:40)
7. The Demise of the Imported Rubber Goods Mask (8:33)
8. Bobby Brown Goes Down (3:49)
9. Conehead (8:21)
10. Flakes (3:04)
11. Big Leg Emma (1:58)

CD 2 (69:20)
1. Envelopes (2:25)
2. Terry's Halloween Solo (4:38)
3. Disco Boy (3:55)
4. Lather (3:58)
5. Wild Love (30:11)
6. Titties 'n Beer (7:24)
7. Halloween Audience Participation (7:04)
8. The Black Page #2 (2:55)
9. Jones Crusher (2:58)
10. Broken Hearts Are for Assholes (3:52)

CD 3 (68:33)
1. Punky's Whips (11:23)
2. Halloween Encore Audience (2:07)
3. Dinah-Moe Humm (6:41)
4. Camarillo Brillo (3:24)
5. Muffin Man (5:21)
6. San Ber'dino (5:01)
7. Black Napkins (9:19)
- Bonus tracks (from October 30, 1977) :
8. King Kong (8:17)
9. A Halloween Treat with Thomas Nordegg (6:15)
10. Audience Participation #5 (7:46)
11. The Black Page #2 (2:59)

Total Time 208:57

Line-up / Musicians

- Frank Zappa / guitar, vocals
- Adrian Belew / guitar, vocals
- Tommy Mars / keyboards, vocals
- Peter Wolf / keyboards
- Ed Mann / percussion
- Patrick O'Hearn / bass, vocals
- Terry Bozzio / drums, vocals

- Roy Estrada / voice
- New York's Finest Crazy Persons

Releases information

Recorded live at the Palladium, NYC October 30-31, 1977

3CD Zappa Records 2R 20027K

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FRANK ZAPPA Halloween 77 ratings distribution

(18 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(50%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(44%)
Good, but non-essential (6%)
Collectors/fans only (0%)
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Review by Evolver
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
4 stars As the title suggests, this album was recorded at the 1977 NYC Palladium Halloween Zappa show. Some of this show is familiar to the long-time Zappa fans, as it was used for an hour long (including commercials) recording used for a radio broadcast. Since I was a rabid Zappa fan in those days (some things don't change), I taped the broadcast (I still have the cassette, and somewhere a digitized version of that tape). But the tape contains only about a quarter of what is on this set.

If you are a fan of the "Sheik Yerbouti" album, it is noted in the liner notes that the band recorded many of that album's basic tracks during the pre-show rehearsals for the series of shows that this one was a part of.

To me, the best parts of this set belong to Tommy Mars (keyboards) and Patrick O'Hearn (bass), two of the most talented musicians Zappa ever brought into his band (that is saying alot, considering the number of of amazing musicians that played for Frank). The fact that Zappa gave them both plenty of solo spots during their tours indicates that the master appreciated their abilities as well.

I won't go too much into the set list, as there are no rarities performed at this concert, but I will pick out a few notable selections.

The rendition of "Conehead" barely resembles the well known version of the song. Here it is barely developed, has no lyrics, and is used as just a riff for an extended guitar solo. The riff sounds a bit like the later versios, so I suppose it could be called the same song.

The real highlight is "Wild Love", extended to just over thirty minutes, including many solos, and some hijinks. Which brings me to the one drawback of this album. A lot of the improvised bits Zappa and his band performed on stage don't translate well to an audio-only release. This can be heard on other albums as well. Throughout this concert, Zappa repeatedly leads the band and the audience through a strange bit of dialogue, that may or may not have made sense at the time. He also brings out Roy Estrada to do his odd sort of conducted vocals, that to me doesn't stand up to repeated listenings.

However, the performances of all of the songs, and there are about thirty of them, are all outrageously good, and make this a great album.

Latest members reviews

4 stars I will be following the tracklist above. On the officially available Halloween 77 on Spotify, the above tracks begin not at the start of that version, but on Disc 4. To reiterate, I started there. I assume this is because the 3-disc version of the album was most available to those who had purcha ... (read more)

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