Saturday, December 22, 2018

Zappa In New York – 40th anniversary edition – 5 CD's

Ready for pre-orders. The Frank Zappa live album Zappa In New York will be re-released as a limited edition 5 CD set.

Disc 1 contains the original album, yes the censored version that was first released in March 1978. Unfortunately it is not the very first edition that was put out on the market in 1977 in very limited quantity. Some copies leaked out in stores in the UK before it got withdrawn.

The 1977 edition included the track Punky's Whips which was almost 11 minutes long. The song describes drummer Terry Bozzio's affection for Punky Meadows, member of the group Angel. On the 1978 release the record company Warner Brothers left it out since they thought it would be bad for business. As a result of that the new edition of the album (side A and B) had a slightly changed song order to balance out the length of the LP sides.

In the 90's Zappa released a remixed version of the album on a 2 CD set, including four extra tracks, one of them Punky's Whips.

Disc 2-5 of the 5 CD box include "bonus concert performances". This material will probably be the main reason why fans will ever buy this release.

Check out the entire track listing and other details here!

And...there is also a vinyl edition on 3 LP's. Check details here!

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Zappa hologram tour rehearsals set for March

Guitarist Mike Keneally (who was in Frank Zappa's band in 1988) writes this: "We start rehearsals for The Bizarre World of Frank Zappa in March. We'll start announcing dates very soon."

And he continues:
"I'll say a lot more about it later, but basically, take whatever your expectations about what a Zappa hologram tour might be, and abandon them, because this is going to be an experience unlike anything that's happened to you before. From a musical standpoint, I'm delighted to be joining Joe Travers, Scott Thunes, Ray White, Robert Martin and Ed Mann in bringing Frank's amazing music to you (some of which has never been heard before), and from a visual standpoint, we are going to present something you simply won't see coming. Not gonna say more than that for now, but prepare to be truly affected by this experience."

Frank's son Ahmet:
" I’m thrilled that we’ll be doing 100 + dates around the world."

This hologram tour – what's it all about? Click here!

Saturday, December 08, 2018

Bob Zappa has passed away

Bob Zappa, brother of Frank Zappa, passed away last night. Bob published two books about his and Frank's childhood and adult lives.
Bob worked as an assistant for Frank in the 60's but left the business for studies and to join the marines. Later he became a publisher. 

In book #1, Frankie & Bobby, Growing Up Zappa (2015), Bob tells the story of their early years, about the many times the family moved and about Frank's bad relationship with their father: 

"His relationship with our father was very difficult for him." (Bob Zappa, Sveriges Radio interview 2015)

Book #2, Frankie & Bobby, The Rest Of Our Story (2017), describes how the brothers see each other more and more seldom and suddenly Bobby can't even get through to Frank since Frank's wife Gail acts like a gate keeper. One day she calls him up just to tell him that Frank has died and the funeral has already taken place. 

The book ends on a sad note, BUT shortly after the book was released Bob reconnected with Frank's kids Moon and Dweezil.

Charles Robert "Bob" or "Bobby" Zappa died at the age of 75.

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

25 years ago today – we still miss you Frank!

Today it is 25 years since Frank Zappa passed away. Today fans and old sidemen pay tribute to Frank on different Zappa and music forums on the internet.

Bass player Arthur Barrow writes on Facebook about the last time he saw Frank: in 1990

"It was a great visit, even though it was tinged with sadness. I stayed there until 1:30 in the morning - four hours, just Frank and me hanging out together with no interruptions."

Bob Zappa, one of Frank's brothers re-publishes what he wrote on Facebook on December 4, 2017, which is an excerpt from his book. It describes the very short call from Frank's wife Gail Zappa on December 5, 1993. She simply told him that Frank was dead and that there would not be a funeral since he had already been buried.

Drummer Morgan Ågren:

"On this day 1993, Frank Zappa left us. Still empty without him... "

Denny Walley, guitarist who played with Frank on several tours in the 70's has published a photo on Facebook of him and Frank.

"This photo was taken in Franks studio several months before he died. 
R.I.P. friend"

Pauline Butcher, author of Freak Out! My Life With Frank Zappa:

" if one could ever forget him. A myriad of memories remain."

In memoriam:
Frank Zappa, December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Mats and Napoleon continue their Zappa mission

Two new members added.
On Friday November 16 the Radio Dupree staff attended a concert with Zappa veteran Napoleon Murphy Brock and keyboard virtuoso Mats Öberg. The concert took place in Mats' old hometown Umeå, Sweden.

The Öberg/Brock duo that call themselves Colour Flash have been around since 2014 but now they have added two more members; guitarist Christian Bjerring and percussionist Rafael Sida. This added more width and variation to the performance, of course, while the music is still performed in a small enjoyable format. There are no more gigs planned with this quartet, but Öberg says that they hope to be able to do more shows together.
And Napoleon Murphy Brock is still one of the best showmen in the business. Catch them if you get the opportunity!

Set #1
Chunga's Armageddon (Frank Zappa/Wayne Shorter)
Stink-foot (Zappa)
Festival (George Duke)
Uncle Remus (Duke/Zappa)
How About You? (Lane/Freed)
Aybe Sea (Zappa)
My Ship (Weill/Gershwin)
Montana (Zappa)

Set #2
Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance (Zappa)
What's The Ugliest Part of Your Body? (Zappa)
Oh No (Zappa)
Son of Orange County (Zappa)
More Trouble Every Day (Zappa)
Yeah, We Going (George Duke)
Yo Mama (Zappa)
Chunga's Armageddon outro (Frank Zappa/Wayne Shorter)

Pygmy Twylyte (Zappa)

Monday, October 29, 2018

Walter Becker Way named! 
If you missed yesterdays very casual and fun street naming ceremony in Forest Hills, Queens, New York there's video of it over on Q104.3:s Facebook page:

For more information and additional material surrounding the naming of Walter Becker Way check out: 

Among the highlights for fans of Walter Becker was the giveaway of a USB full of Walter Becker music including a never before heard demo of a song called This Is My Building dating back to the Circus Money era, i.e. 2008.

It will eventually be available for all to hear on the site where uncompleted songs, rehearsal tapes, alternate versions of released songs, demos and never before heard songs have been published since February this year. All according to Walter's wishes:

Photo:Sandrine Lee

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Coming soon: Bowie at Glastonbury 2000

David Bowie's concert at Glastonbury 2000 will be released on CD, DVD and vinyl LP.
37 minutes of the show have been broadcast on TV, but otherwise this is a premiere release.

Set list:
 1. Introduction (Greensleeves)
 2. Wild Is the Wind
 3. China Girl
 4. Changes
 5. Stay
 6. Life On Mars?
 7. Absolute Beginners
 8. Ashes to Ashes
 9. Rebel Rebel
 10. Little Wonder
 11. Golden Years
 12. Fame
 13. All the Young Dudes
 14. The Man Who Sold the World
 15. Station to Station
 16. Starman
 17. Hallo Spaceboy
 18. Under Pressure
 19. Ziggy Stardust
 20. "Heroes"
 21. Let's Dance
 22. I'm Afraid of Americans

Thursday, October 04, 2018

Kate Bush releases remastered catalogue

Kate Bush will release remastered versions of her album catalogue on vinyl and CD in November. 

This is the first (and definitive) programme of remastering and includes the release of many rarities and cover versions on vinyl and CD for the first time.

Read more here:

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Angélique Kidjo's version of Talking Heads Remain in Light

New album. In 1980 when Talking Heads released their album Remain in Light it made a huge impact on the music scene. Singer Angélique Kidjo was one of many who fell in love with it, She has toured with her own versions of the album's songs. Now she has released a studio album – her own version of Remain in Light.

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Steely Dan live in England, Scotland and Ireland in 2019

Steely Dan yesterday announced five dates in England, Scotland and Ireland in February 2019.

The band played two shows as part of The Bluesfest 2017 in London (October 28) and Dublin (October 29), sharing the stage with the Doobie Brothers.

This time around the band is billed with Steve Winwood as "Special Guest". Here are the dates and tickets go on sale this Friday, September 7.

20 Glasgow - The SSE Hydro

21 Manchester - Manchester Arena

23 Birmingham - Genting Arena

25 London - The SSE Arena, Wembley

28 Dublin - 3Arena

Monday, August 13, 2018

King Crimson leader Robert Fripp dancing

Guitarist Robert Fripp is not exactly known for his amazing moves on stage during shows with his group King Crimson. He usually sits still on his stool and plays his guitar with his eyes staring at the floor.

But there actually seem to be moments when mr Fripp takes the opportunity to do a little dance, in this case while interpreting his wife Toyah's new track "Telepathic Lover" from the EP Four From Toyah | Birthday Edition.

Monday, July 30, 2018

60's recordings by Neil Young and Joni Mitchell discovered

The Michigan History Project has discovered a treasure of historic musical recordings made in Ann Arbor, Michigan during the late 1960s.
The reel-to-reel tapes include recorded performances by artists as Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Tim Buckley and others.

The non-profit organisation is now looking for a record label that would be interested in releasing the recordings.

Read more here.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Todd Rundgren plays Zappa

Todd Rundgren debuted his version of Frank Zappa's Camarillo Brillo last night in Salisbury Beach, Massachusetts, USA. 
However the lyrics were totally different. Maybe Frank would have liked it. Don't know, but anyway he would have insisted on more rehearsing.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Bozzio-O'Hearn-Cuccurullo at Zappanale

The Bozzio-O'Hearn-Cuccurullo Power Trio was probably the most interesting unit to play the Zappanale this year. For us who did not have the possibility to go to the german festival last weekend there is at least this recording. The sound quality could have been better (where is Patrick's bass?), but this is still something.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

New 4 CD set: Phil Collins with McCartney, Clapton, Fripp...

Phil Collins has collected 59 tracks where he performs with other artists (Paul McCartney, Brian Eno, Tommy Bolin, Robert Fripp, John Martyn, Frida of ABBA...)

Rolling Stone reports that the title of Plays Well With Others originated from a gift from drummer Chester Thompson – a T-shirt featuring the phrase. It was meant to reflect Collins’ willingness to play drums at seemingly any recording session.

Read the entire story and the complete track list here.

Thursday, July 05, 2018

Bowie live at Earl's Court 1978

A new David Bowie album was released recently: Welcome To The Blackout. 
It had a limited vinyl release in April for Record Store Day. On June 29 it was more widely released (CD + download and streaming.

Here is a nice video to celebrate the release:

Sunday, June 03, 2018

Drummer Morgan Ågren invited to play with Magma

Swedish drummer Morgan Ågren has been asked to record with the legendary French zeuhl-prog group Magma.

This is how Morgan describes this on Facebook:

"Beyond honored for this request.. In September I will go to Paris to record one track for Magma, WITH Magma!!! It’s an old track that will be re-recorded again. Christian Vander is doing the vocals on this track, just as he did in the past, so I will do the drums live with them in the studio. Overwhelmed."

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Zappa siblings on good terms again?

Good news from Dweezil.
This is the latest on the Zappa kids' family issues. Dweezil Zappa writes that three of the four siblings have got together and discussed the situation:

"Recently, we Zappa siblings (Diva, Ahmet and Dweezil) got together with the goal of resolving our differences. Once we sat down and actually listened to one another, we found a much greater understanding of each other’s intentions. We regret that our communication broke down and that things were misconstrued. It may be a bumpy road at times – we are a passionate Italian family – but we have decided to work toward privately discussing issues rather than using public forums and lawyers.

We are hopeful that if any of our father’s fans have felt conflicted, they can join us in the peace of our resolution. With our best feet forward, we are moving ahead and will faithfully deliver much more of our father’s indefinable brilliance, also known as the “World’s Finest Optional Entertainment.”

Thank you for your passion and love for our father. We can assure you, we all feel the same about him."

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Peter Gabriel on Spotify

From May 18 Peter Gabriel’s music catalogue will start to be released on Spotify.
The launch will see Peter’s first four solo albums (including the German language Ein Deutsches Album and Deutsches Album), So, US and UP as well as the Best ofs Shaking the Tree and Hit all go live. It’s the start of a monthly roll-out of releases.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Hearing aid campaign for Mats collected 300 000 SEK

The kickstarter campaign for Swedish keyboardist Mats Öberg quickly reached the goal of 100 000 kronor (SEK). 
It took only 24 hours. The project ended on April 26 and has gathered 314 000 SEK.
Mats who is blind since birth suffers from increasing hearing problems. Traditional doctors have not been able to help him. The money will now allow Mats to go to the US and try a special type of hearing aid. Let's hope it will work out for him!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Urgent hearing treatment fundraiser for Mats Öberg

Swedish keyboardist extraordinaire Mats Öberg has increasing big problems with his hearing. Traditional doctors have not been able to help him. Now his long time pal, drummer Morgan Ågren, has started a kickstarter campaign so that Mats can afford to try out a special type of hearing aid in the US.

Mats is blind since birth and music is his occupation and VERY important for him.
If you want to know more and maybe also help out, go here.

The project ends on April 26.

Mats Öberg has played with artists as Frank Zappa, Mikael Ramel, Napoleon Murphy Brock and Jonas Knutsson.

Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets to play early Pink Floyd

Former Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason has formed a band called Saucerful of Secrets. 
Tickets for their four London concerts in May are already sold out.

Friday, April 06, 2018

Hear Donald Fagen guesting on Derek Small's "Memo To Willie"!

"Smalls Change feels much like the Spinal Tap reunion album from 1992, Break Like The Wind — if the original This is Spinal Tap soundtrack remains a peerless, note-perfect parody of musical moronicism (much like the film itself), both Break and Smalls Change are amusing additions to the canon with their own twists to share."

Quote from the NPR article accompanying the first listen to the debut album by fictional bass player Derek Smalls (i.e. Harry Shearer) from the likewise fictional hard rock band Spinal Tap.

So you can approach it more or less negatively or choose to go the positive route and enjoy the songs for what they are played by a plethora of great musicians:

Jeff “Skunk” Baxter (Steely Dan, Doobie Brothers)
Gregg Bissonette
Larry Carlton
David Crosby
Donald Fagen (Steely Dan)
Taylor Hawkins
Jim Keltner
Danny (Kootch) Kortchmar
Russ Kunkel
Michael League (Snarky Puppy)
Jane Lynch (actress/singer)
Steve Lukather (Toto)
Judith Owen
Snarky Puppy Horns
Joe Satriani
Paul Shaffer (David Letterman, SNL, etc.)
Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
Richard Thompson
Steve Vai
Waddy Wachtel
Rick Wakeman (Yes)
Phil X
Dweezil Zappa

Funny liner notes and more here:

The album is released April 13 but you can here it via the link now.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

The Roxy Performances – a tasty little sucker

Most of the fans that have ordered the Roxy 7 CD set have probably received it by now. Or if you want a cheaper alternative; go to streaming services as Spotify and enjoy the entire collection.
These shows have been awaited for years and considered as the holy grail of Zappa music. Well these four shows from The Roxy in Hollywood December 1973 sure are something, but of course there are pieces that are not really terrific. Some songs have not found there final format (Dickie's Such An Asshole) and there are songs where the vocals are not really top notch. On the Roxy & Elsewhere album (1974) Zappa picked the best takes of the four shows and added vocal overdubs to reach perfection. But this band is one of the funkiest incarnations of The Mothers ever, and their skilled performances are full of joy.

Personal favorite: That Arrogant Dick Nixon. One of the "bonus" rehearsal tracks. A version of The Idiot Bastard Son with new lyrics about Richard Nixon. Yeas, that was back in the days of Watergate. Someone could easily update those lyrics.


Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Zappa hologram tour band announced

Steve Vai, Warren Cuccurullo, Ian Underwood, Vinnie Colaiuta...
Those are some of the names that were mentioned when "The Bizarre World Of Frank Zappa" hologram tour 2018 was announced today.

Ahmet Zappa, head of the Zappa Family Trust speaks about the hologram tour and a lot of other topics here:

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Donald Fagen's 1991 The New York Rock and Soul Revue: Live at the Beacon out on vinyl

Originally released on CD in 1991 and featuring tracks recorded early 1991 The New York Rock and Soul Revue: Live at the Beacon has just been released as a two LP 140 gram vinyl album.

Let us quote Wikipedia here:

The New York Rock and Soul Revue was a musical project which evolved from a series of concerts and musical shows produced by Libby Titus (future wife of Donald Fagen) that lasted from 1989 to 1992.
The project was led by Donald Fagen (soloist and co-founder of Steely Dan) and included Phoebe Snow, Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs, Eddie Brigati (formerly of The Rascals), David Brigati (also of The Rascals), Charles Brown, and Walter Becker (soloist and co-founder of Steely Dan). 

The project also featured Jeff Young and the Youngsters, saxophonist Cornelius Bumpus (who had formerly worked with Steely Dan, the Doobie Brothers and Boz Scaggs), and violinist Mindy Jostyn. The project is perhaps best known for its 1991 live release entitled The New York Rock and Soul Revue: Live at the Beacon, a compilation of material recorded live at New York City's Beacon Theater.

This project was part in Steely Dan reuniting and touring in 1993. And the rest is, as the saying goes, history.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Dweezil Zappa and Donald Fagen on the same album when Derek Smalls of Spinal Tap returns

The release of Derek Small's solo album Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing) is April 13 and we finally have a list of all guest appearances on this album by a person that first appeared in the fictional band Spinal Tap in 1984.

The number of guests on the album is impressive and after reading through the complete list we invite you to enjoy the first track/video from the album Smalls Change:

Track List (With Descriptions)

1. "Openture" (featuring the Hungarian Studio Orchestra)
"The philosophy of this record, expressed in fewer words than I've taken to almost describe it."

2. "Rock 'n' Roll Transplant" (featuring Steve Lukather, Jim Keltner and Chad Smith)
"Whatever might be ailing you, rock 'n' roll is the cure. Ask Dr. Derek!"

3. "Butt Call" (featuring Phil X, Taylor Hawkins)
"In one lifetime, the telephone has gone from a miracle to a pain in the arse."

4. "Smalls Change" (featuring the Hungarian Studio Orchestra, Judith Owen, Danny Kortchmar and Russ Kunkel)
"Why Lukewarm Water is no longer bracketed by Fire and Ice. A nod to what's past, and a wink to what's next."

5. "Memo To Willie" (featuring Donald Fagen, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, Larry Carlton and the Snarky Puppy Horns)
"An urgent missive to the Honorable Member: continued tumescence, if you please."

6. "It Don't Get Old" (featuring Peter Frampton and Waddy Wachtel)
"Life on the road, an endless series of pointless encounters. What could be better?"

7. "Complete Faith" (featuring the Hungarian Studio Orchestra)
"A musical interruption."

8. "Faith No More" (featuring the Hungarian Studio Orchestra and Todd Sucherman)
"As I get older, I look back more fondly on all the people I’ve known. Except for Ian."

9. "Gimme Some (More) Money" (featuring Paul Shaffer, Waddy Wachtel and David Crosby)
"Time and technology change everything, except the need for change."

10. "MRI" (featuring Derek with Dweezil Zappa)
"Everybody’s going to have one, eventually. It’s just another ride. To hell, but still…"

11. "Hell Toupee" (featuring the Hungarian Studio Orchestra
"Think Satan doesn't have dark thoughts about his appearance as he ages? Think again."

12. "Gummin the Gash" (featuring Steve Vai, Gregg Bisonnette and Jane Lynch)
"Losing your teeth closes one door, and opens another. A celebration of the meeting of two toothless cavities."

13. "She Puts the Bitch in Obituary" (featuring Richard Thompson and Jane Lynch)
"A hymn to womanhood in all her splendor."

14. "When Men Did Rock" (featuring Michael League, Joe Satriani, Rick Wakeman and the Hungarian Studio Orchestra

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Happy Birthday, Donald Fagen! (70 today)

Donald Fagen is 70 today and besides wishing him a Happy birthday we at Radio Dupree wish to remind all that his collection Cheap XMas: Donald Fagen Complete - originally a digital only release in October 2012 - now is available as a five CD and seven vinyl record box set.

It features all of his solo albums; The Nightfly (1982), Kamakiriad (1993), Morph the Cat (2006) and Sunken Condos (2012) + ten extra non-album tracks. Nothing new here. It's basically his Nightfly Trilogy box from 2007 plus Sunken Condos.

Still worth getting for the completist waiting for his next solo album. He's said that he wants to record with the gang of guys named The Nightflyers that he toured with last year.

We had a look at Amazon and see that the out of print Nightfly Trilogy box set from 2007 is ... expensive (at least on Amazon. Current EBay price a mere $120):

And we're lucky to own two signed copies(*) from way back when...

(*) = not for sale!

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Steely Dan and Doobie Brothers joint summer tour 2018

Tickets for the summer tour will go on sale this Friday January 12, with the tour starting in Charlotte, NC May 10 and ending in Bethel, NY July 14.

Here's the complete rundown of dates for The Summer Of Living Dangerously tour:

10 - Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
11 - Raleigh, NC @ Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
13 - Jacksonville, FL @ Dailys Place
14 - Tampa, FL @ MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
17 - West Palm Beach, FL @ Coral Sky Amphitheatre
19 - Atlanta, GA @ Verizon Amphitheater
20 - Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater
22 - New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center
24 - Sugar Land, TX @ Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
25 - Dallas, TX @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
27 - Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheatre
30 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum

1 - Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
4 - Portland, OR @ Moda Center+
5 - Seattle, WA @ KeyArena
7 - Spokane, WA @ Spokane Arena**
9 - Boise, ID @ Taco Bell Arena**
10 - Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
12 - Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
15 - Saint Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
16 - Madison, WI @ Breese Stevens**
18 - Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre
19 - St Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
21 - Chicago, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
23 - Cleveland, OH @ Blossom Music Center
24 - Indianapolis, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
26 - Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
27 - Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
30 - Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center

2 - Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage**
3 - Syracuse, NY @ Lakeview Amphitheater
6 - Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
7 - Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center
10 - Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
11 - Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion
13 - Gilford, NH @ Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook**
14 - Bethel, NY @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

More information can be found over at:

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Walter Becker tribute concert in Oslo, Norway featuring Georg "Jojje" Wadenius

Guitarist Georg "Jojje" Wadenius who played on Donald Fagen's Kamakiriad (1993) and live with Steely Dan 1994 as can be heard on the 1995 live album Alive In America, is part of a tribute concert to Walter Becker that will take place January 29 at the jazz club Herr Nilsen in Oslo, Norway.

Ole Børud band will be playing with a total of 13 people on stage. The music will be Walter's solo stuff, some Steely Dan and a few pieces from his other productions.