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PostPosted: Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:31 pm 
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Here are the cault vlips

https://youtu.be/4zdbasYSAvA

https://youtu.be/Bzry9yrU0qM

https://youtu.be/7LFg--NcrnE

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Project Update #61: WHO THE F*@% IS FRANK ZAPPA? by Alex Winter

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L.A. IN THE SUMMER OF 2017!

Posted by Alex Winter (Creator)

A shout-out from the depths of the vault and more goodies from therein!

Buenos dias, freaks! As I’ve said, we’re winding up the preservation work through the summer, so not a lot to report. Currently we’re waiting for the last batches to be complete, then we’ll go through it all and start to close this up!

IN THE RECTORY BASEMENT!

I wanted to give the floor to one of the hardest-working members of our team, J Warner. J has been on this cockeyed caravan from the beginning, dug into the bowels of the bunker alongside Vaultmeister Joe, helping to oversee the painstaking preservation and cataloging of all the media. He’s not just an amazing talent, but a lifelong Zappa devotee, and an all-around awesome fella. But I’ll let him speak for himself:

https://youtu.be/NHaP7SlWxWM

DO-DO-DUN TO-TO…. DORO!

Today’s vault batch comes from the cameras of the famous Austrain production duo known as DoRo; named after the founders Rudi Dolezal and Hannes Rossacher. More on them here. I included a few gems we discovered amongst the filmed footage in the vault. This stuff is really special, and gives an amazing, fly-on-the-wall sense of the band and tours around this time.

Concert Prep. Filmed at Tower Theater, Upper Darby, PA in 1980, at the sound check.

https://youtu.be/PNe0qtWJ-pc

I gotta think about this. Filmed in the dressing room for the same show and date above.

https://youtu.be/VUWUlNodK4w

Set List. Filmed as above. Featuring L.Shankar, Arthur Barrow, Tommy Mars and Ike Willis.

https://youtu.be/InEmeL9XIds

Coffee shop. Shot in a coffee shop during the above tour. This one came to us without sound. We may find the sound separately down the road, but we very well may not. This is old stuff folks!

https://youtu.be/r70NVZCKeuA

Hope you enjoyed the clips! Once the final batches are in we’ll go through those and send out more archival updates as we get ‘em! And when we have this wrapped up and catalogued we’ll set about getting the doc done. Very exciting!

Anon,

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 26, 2017 1:04 pm 
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Update: 62


DELIGHTFUL LITTLE MORSELS

Posted by Alex Winter (Creator)

Archival StatRep, Doc progress and some gold from the vault!

Guten Tag, freaks! We’re closing in on the end of the preservation/archival phase of this project and easing our way into the documentary phase. Very exciting! And as we wind it down, we continue to find unknown nuggets of gold in the vault!

WE'RE COMING TO THE BEGINNING OF A NEW ERA!

This past week we moved the archival system from the vault to my Trouper production offices, as we transition from preserving the material to logging it all for hand off to the editors and starting the documentary!

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So what are we doing? At this stage we’re mostly finishing up with the remaining video, 3/4" U-Matic videotapes and Betamax formats, which includes baking the older material and then archiving through our system. And when we’re done with this batch, WE ARE DONE!

LET'S SAY YOU WERE A TRAVELING ROCK AND ROLL BAND!

Wanted to share some recent gems we uncovered from the video preservation work. These are clips from FZ on the road in Europe in 1982. Starting in France and ending with some glorious live footage in Germany. All from the great Thomas Nordegg’s VHS archives.

FZ Flag Photo and FZ Industrial Photo

Shot on 5/16/1982 in Paris, France. FZ poses for photographs with an American flag and rummages around an industrial area looking for places to shoot.

https://youtu.be/mj75ZbzzTUs

https://youtu.be/M7KPT6c7_j4

Prank Beer, Pre Show Pranks & Tour Toilet

Off we go to Fréjus, France, 5/29/1982. As we find Nordegg wandering around the venue during soundcheck, with John Smothers making practical jokes and FZ directing Thomas to the toilet. Good times.

https://youtu.be/iffWKx0SjSU

https://youtu.be/_VqW5cWpqek

https://youtu.be/tXkJDHo2Hos

Bobby Brown Performance

Last but not least, we travel to Schüttorf , Germany on 6/5/1982 for highlights of a performance of "Bobby Brown", one of my favorite FZ tunes.

https://youtu.be/sl1ogI1zPng

That’s all she wrote! We’ll keep you updated as we make our way through this phase and onto the next, and continue to share materials as we find ‘em!

Anon!

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 1:30 pm 
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Update: 63

HELLO HELLO (CAN'T YOU TURN IT UP ANY MORE THAN THAT?)

Posted by Alex Winter (Creator)

Checking in with our backers so you don’t think we fell down the archival rabbit hole and died. Joe T on a video baking frenzy and some rare outtakes from the archives!

Maalin wacan, freaks! Haven’t updated for a while because there ain’t been much to update! We’re digging through the last vestiges of the preservation work, waiting on the remaining batches to return and putting together all the digital vault pass material for those of you who have so patiently been awaiting that reward. It was difficult for our small team to do until we had the lion share of archive to work with. Now we do so off we go!

BEEN CHECKIN' OUT THE NEWS UNTIL MY EYEBALLS FAIL TO SEE!

As last reported, the venerable Vaultmeister Joe has been here at Trouper Productions working away, and mostly on video materials. A lot of this stuff is old and needed to be baked and Joe is doing that baking himself, right here on our premises. Just like a Keebler elf (not really but kinda).

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Joe is not one for self-promotion so he’ll probably kill me for sharing this, but I really dug a recent interview with him: https://www.udiscovermusic.com/stories/ ... ltmeister/ where he talks about all his great work keeping Zappa’s work alive!

BE IN MY VIDEO!

We found some really cool previously unseen (as far as I know) video from the ‘We Don’t Mess Around” shoot in Germany in 1978. Zappa rented the big top of Circus Krone to rehearse and some of this was videotaped by the Bayerischer Rundfunk and aired on German TV.

Here’s some info on the lineup, culled from the indispensable geniuses at Globalia:

FZ—lead guitar/vocals Ike Willis—guitar/vocals
Denny Walley—slide guitar/vocals
Tommy Mars—keyboards/accordion/vocals
Peter Wolf—keyboards
Ed Mann—percussion/vocals
Arthur Barrow—bass/vocals
Vinnie Colaiuta—drums/seal call

https://youtu.be/k0kO5srJcBY

https://youtu.be/KHP-C31JDbM

https://youtu.be/n4_Z8JmaFqc

https://youtu.be/pHhCIg6Rb84

https://youtu.be/EJd5vHdWICk

Das sind alle meine Freaks! Will keep working on the vault passes and when the next and final batches are in we’ll be sure to share some of that gold with your good selves!

Anon!

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:31 am 
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New FZ Guitar Solo download available! :)

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 11:29 am 
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Update: 64
GET A LITTLE!
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AN AUDIO-ONLY UPDATE BY POPULAR REQUEST!
नमस्त, Freaks! Going to keep this short and sweet. We’re still awaiting last batches to come in. Though one piece of very cool news to share is that we are saving the last original 35mm print of Baby Snakes!

https://emails.kickstarter.com/mpss/c/6 ... 0j-2BHzupj

That’s going through the preservation process as we speak! But that’s not why I’m here. We’ve received some messages from backers over the last month asking us to share more audio in the updates, so I wanted to comply poste-haste.

ENEMAS, BANDITS AND GUITAR SOLOS!!
What we’ve got for you is a guitar solo from The Illinois Enema Bandit,

https://emails.kickstarter.com/mpss/c/6 ... Lx6VWE9RUZ

recorded live sometime in 1980. It was remixed by FZ at the UMRK from an 8-Track 1" Master Tape. FZ hand-selected this solo to mix, for what, we'll never know. It was transferred from a tape that contained no information as to where and when it was recorded. but it was mixed in the late 80's. I’m sure all of you diehard fans will be able to identify the info once you get your hands on it!

https://emails.kickstarter.com/mpss/c/6 ... uohxwr3Oo3

Hope you dug it! And for those awaiting the last rewards, much work is going into compiling audio and video for the digital vault pass, Cal Schenkel is busy signing prints, and the mighty Matt Groening got in touch last week to say his homemade goodies are about done. So hang in there, we’re close to getting all of this out to all of you!
Onward!

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This solo was so bitchen!

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Project Update #65: WHO THE F*@% IS FRANK ZAPPA? by Alex Winter

THE ENIGMATICALLY MYSTERIOUS RDNZL!

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A ONE-GEM UPDATE BECAUSE WE LOVE YOU!

ဟယ်လို, Freaks! As the last of the preservation work rolls out, we’re gearing ourselves up for the doc work. This work took us longer than expected, but obviously it couldn’t be rushed, and there was no clear way of knowing exactly how much content there was to preserve and archive, how many rolls of film in each can (answer: much more than estimated) and how many three-quarter video tapes would work and how many were too far gone (answer: the surgical genius Joe Travers rescued them all).

But save the vault we have, and we have because of all of you!

YOU SAY REDUNZL, I SAY RDNZL!!

This is one of my favorite FZ tracks, maybe because it’s a genius piece of ornate composition, or maybe just because it has the brilliant Ruth Underwood on it and Ruth can do no wrong. As many of you fans know, the exact meaning and inspiration of the title and the song itself has been debated for years, with no absolute answer that I know. Part of what I love about FZ; just enjoy the music and moment and don’t get bogged down in logic and answers is what so much of his music says to me.

With that I want to give you a taste of one of the coolest Nordegg pieces we found in the vault. This has been heard, but never seen before. It’s RDNZL, being performed in Dusseldorf, Germany, May 22nd, 1982. Ruth isn’t on this of course, as she wasn’t touring with FZ by this time but the personnel ain’t shabby: FZ, Steve Vai, Ray White, Scott Thunes, Chad Wackerman, Ed Mann, Tommy Mars, Bobby Martin

This excerpt is from an epic, 15-minute performance of the song, which includes a FZ-conducted improv and will be fully available as a Digital Vault Pass reward, for those of you who have that coming!

https://youtu.be/7umQ2MrJtzM

Hope you dug it! More news soon on the end of the vault work and the beginning of the flick work!

Anon!

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