The Zappa Box Sets

Several years ago when my schedule initially began to get heavily booked with FZ projects I ended up mixing and mastering 30 Zappa concerts in a 14 month period, 18 Zappa plays Zappa concerts & 12 vintage Frank concerts & they were all mammoth with shows ranging between 2 to 3 hours long. The ZPZ shows were big sessions with 48 tracks with a lot of stuff to be looked at, muted etc... a lot of stuff. The Frank recordings for 1 series of concerts -box set involved a great deal of restoration. 30 concerts in a 14 month time frame being mixed & mastered & the restoration being done in that time frame as well. The restoration was primarily fixing Terry Bozzio’s missing kick drum on 25 reels of tape. You can figure about 11 to 13 minutes per each reel for 25 reels & he is playing some incredibly complex parts & the kick drum has just gone missing on every other reel of tape. I had to create it to restore it & that's what I did. Beat by beat dynamic by dynamic.. Compare that to Van Halen's   Live Right Here Right Now record with the great Andy Johns (Stones & Zeppelin etc...) he mixed that 1 record for them for a year... that’s as it should be. However for this stint I got it down to mixing, mastering & restoring a show nearly every 10 days. ( with help too from my engineer assistant at the time Nicole Lexi Davis ) Along that same time stint I maintained multiple other client records / projects.

Tony Bacon wrote a great article on Craig's whole history of Mixing Frank Zappa.

Song Spotlight | Muffin Man

Frank Zappa: guitar, vocals

Terry Bozzio on drums

Tommy Mars and Peter Wolf on keyboards

Adrian Belew on guitar and vocals

Ed Mann on percussion

 Patrick O’Hearn on bass
 

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