The Roxy Performances
Box set by
ReleasedFebruary 2, 2018
Recorded1973
GenreJazz fusion
Length477:09
LabelZappa Records
Frank Zappa chronology
Halloween 77
(2017)
The Roxy Performances
(2018)
Halloween 73
(2019)

The Roxy Performances is a box set by Frank Zappa. It was released as a 7-CD boxset on February 2, 2018.[1] The collection contains four full shows, a rehearsal, a recording session at Bolic Sound, a sound check, and a previously unreleased version of "The Idiot Bastard Son" titled "That Arrogant Dick Nixon".[2]

In addition to previously unreleased material, the box set contains material that was released, in different edits and/or mixes, on Roxy & Elsewhere (1974), Roxy by Proxy (2014), and Roxy – The Movie / Roxy the Soundtrack (2015).[3]

Track listing (digital version)

All tracks are written by Frank Zappa, except at noted.

12-9-73 Show 1
No.TitleRelease notes[4]Length
1."Sunday Show 1 Start"same performance on Roxy the Movie / Roxy the Soundtrack (2015)4:59
2."Cosmik Debris"same performance on Roxy the Movie / Roxy the Soundtrack (2015)11:33
3.""We're Makin' a Movie""first part of dialog included in Roxy the Movie (2015)3:16
4."Pygmy Twylyte"previously unreleased9:08
5."The Idiot Bastard Son"previously unreleased; basic tracks used for "That Arrogant Dick Nixon"2:19
6."Cheepnis"previously unreleased3:44
7."Hollywood Perverts"previously unreleased1:07
8."Penguin in Bondage"previously unreleased5:54
9."T'Mershi Duween"same performance on Roxy by Proxy (2014) and Roxy the Movie / Roxy the Soundtrack (2015)1:56
10."The Dog Breath Variations"same performance on Roxy by Proxy (2014) and Roxy the Movie / Roxy the Soundtrack (2015)1:44
11."Uncle Meat"same performance on Roxy by Proxy (2014); parts of same performance on Roxy the Movie / Roxy the Soundtrack (2015)2:29
12."RDNZL"same performance on Roxy by Proxy (2014); parts of same performance on Roxy the Movie / Roxy the Soundtrack (2015)5:14
13."Montana"parts of same performance on You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 4 (1991)7:49
14."Dupree's Paradise"parts of same performance at beginning of "Let's Move to Cleveland – Solos (1984)" on You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 4 (1991); same performance on Roxy by Proxy (2014)16:12
15."Dickie's Such an Asshole" (encore)part of same performance on You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore Sampler (1988)10:17
Total length:87:42
12-9-73 Show 2
No.TitleRelease notes[5]Length
1."Sunday Show 2 Start"previously unreleased4:08
2."Inca Roads"same performance on Roxy by Proxy (2014) and Roxy the Movie (2015)8:27
3."Village of the Sun"same performance on Roxy & Elsewhere (1974), with overdubs recorded at Bolic Sound, Inglewood, CA, and Paramount Recording Studios, Los Angeles4:19
4."Echidna's Arf (of You)"same performance on Roxy by Proxy (2014) and Roxy the Movie / Roxy the Soundtrack (2015)4:01
5."Don't You Ever Wash That Thing?"parts of same performance on Roxy & Elsewhere (1974), Roxy by Proxy (2014), Roxy the Movie / Roxy the Soundtrack (2015)13:22
6."Slime Intro"previously unreleased0:59
7."I'm the Slime"same performance on You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 1 (1988) and Roxy the Movie (2015)3:34
8."Big Swifty"same performance on You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 1 (1988) and Roxy the Movie (2015)9:01
9."Tango No. 1 Intro"parts of the spoken intro on Roxy the Movie / Roxy the Soundtrack (2015)4:14
10."Be-Bop Tango (of the Old Jazzmen's Church)"previously unreleased18:12
11."Medley: King Kong/Chunga's Revenge/Son of Mr. Green Genes" (encore)same performance on Roxy by Proxy (2015)9:46
Total length:80:04
12-10-73 Show 1
No.TitleRelease notes[6]Length
1."Monday Show 1 Start"previously unreleased5:31
2."Montana"parts of the same performance on You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 4 (1991); same performance on "Montana" & "Dupree's Paradise" Roxy – Hollywood, CA 1973 video (zappa.com) (2007)6:57
3."Dupree's Paradise"first audio release; same performance on "Montana" & "Dupree's Paradise" Roxy – Hollywood, CA 1973 video (zappa.com) (2007)21:26
4."Cosmik Intro"previously unreleased1:05
5."Cosmik Debris"previously unreleased8:05
6."Bondage Intro"spoken intro of the same performance on Roxy & Elsewhere (1974); same performance on Roxy the Movie / Roxy the Soundtrack (2015)1:45
7."Penguin in Bondage"parts of same performance on Roxy the Movie / Roxy the Soundtrack (2015)6:54
8."T'Mershi Duween"same performance on Roxy by Proxy (2014) and Roxy the Movie / Roxy the Soundtrack (2015)1:52
9."The Dog Breath Variations"previously unreleased1:48
10."Uncle Meat"previously unreleased2:29
11."RDNZL"same performance on Roxy the Movie / Roxy the Soundtrack (2015)4:59
12."Audience Participation – RDNZL"same spoken performance (minus the "Pygmy Twylyte" intro at the end) on Roxy the Movie (2015)3:08
13."Pygmy Twylyte"previously unreleased4:05
14."The Idiot Bastard Son"previously unreleased2:21
15."Cheepnis"same performance (different mix) as Roxy by Proxy (2014)4:49
16."Dickie's Such an Asshole" (encore)part of same performance on You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 3 (1988); same performance (spoken intro edited) on Roxy the Movie (2015)10:21
Total length:87:36
12-10-73 Show 2
No.TitleRelease notes[7]Length
1."Monday Show 2 Start"previously unreleased5:13
2."Penguin in Bondage"parts of same performance on Roxy & Elsewhere (1974); parts of the same performance on Roxy the Movie / Roxy the Soundtrack (2015)6:33
3."T'Mershi Duween"same performance, in lower quality, on Beat the Boots! Piquantique (1991) and Beat the Boots! III (2009)1:52
4."The Dog Breath Variations"same performance, in lower quality, on Beat the Boots! III (2009)1:46
5."Uncle Meat"parts of same performance on Roxy the Movie / Roxy the Soundtrack (2015)2:28
6."RDNZL"previously unreleased5:17
7."Village of the Sun"same performance on Roxy & Elsewhere (1974), with overdubs recorded at Bolic Sound, Inglewood, CA, and Paramount Recording Studios, Los Angeles3:59
8."Echidna's Arf (of You)"same performance on Roxy & Elsewhere (1974); parts of the same performance on Roxy the Movie / Roxy the Soundtrack (2015)3:54
9."Don't You Ever Wash That Thing?"parts of same performance on Roxy & Elsewhere (1974), Roxy by Proxy (2014), Roxy the Movie / Roxy the Soundtrack (2015)6:56
10."Cheepnis – Percussion"same performance on Roxy by Proxy (2014) and Roxy the Movie / Roxy the Soundtrack (2015)4:08
11.""I Love Monster Movies""same spoken performance on Roxy by Proxy (2014) and Roxy the Movie / Roxy the Soundtrack (2015)2:10
12."Cheepnis"parts of the same performance on Roxy & Elsewhere (1974); same performance on Roxy the Movie / Roxy the Soundtrack (2015)3:35
13.""Turn the Light Off"/Pamela's Intro"previously unreleased3:59
14."Pygmy Twylyte"same performance as Roxy the Movie (2015)7:23
15."The Idiot Bastard Son"same performance as Roxy the Movie (2015)2:22
16."Tango No. 2 Intro"parts of same performance included on Roxy & Elsewhere (1974)2:01
17."Be-Bop Tango (of the Old Jazzmen's Church)"parts of the same performance on Roxy & Elsewhere (1974) and Roxy the Movie / Roxy the Soundtrack (2015)22:31
18."Dickie's Such an Asshole" (encore)parts of same performance on You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 3 (1988)15:31
Total length:101:39
Bonus Section 1: 12-10-73 Roxy rehearsal; Unreleased track; 12-12-73 Bolic Studios recording session
No.TitleRelease notes[8]Length
1."Big Swifty – In Rehearsal"previously unreleased2:50
2."Village of the Sun"previously unreleased3:13
3."Farther O'Blivion – In Rehearsal"previously unreleased5:34
4."Pygmy Twylyte"previously unreleased6:17
5."That Arrogant Dick Nixon" (unreleased track)previously unreleased2:19
6."Kung-Fu – In Session"previously unreleased4:50
7."Kung-Fu – with guitar overdub"same recording (different mix) on The Lost Episodes (1996)1:17
8."Tuning and Studio Chatter"previously unreleased3:38
9."Echidna's Arf (of You) – In Session"previously unreleased1:22
10."Don't Eat the Yellow Snow – In Session"last seconds on Apostrophe (') (1974) as basic track for the last seconds, minus overdubs from Paramount Studios, early 1974; parts of same recording on Roxy the Movie (2015) as part of "End Credits"9:49
11."Nanook Rubs It – In Session"parts of same basic track on Apostrophe (') (1974), minus overdubs from Paramount Studios, early 19745:41
12."St. Alfonzo's Pancake Breakfast – In Session"same basic tracks on Apostrophe (') (1974), minus overdubs from Paramount Studios, early 19742:46
13."Father O'Blivion – In Session"same basic tracks on Apostrophe (') (1974), minus overdubs from Paramount Studios, early 1974; parts of same recording on Roxy the Movie (2015) as part of "End Credits"2:31
14."Rollo (Be-Bop Version)"previously unreleased2:36
Total length:54:43


Bonus Section 2: 12-8-73 Sound Check/Film Shoot
No.TitleRelease notes[9]Length
1."Saturday Show Start"previously unreleased2:20
2."Pygmy Twylyte/Dummy Up" ("Dummy Up" by Zappa, Jeff Simmons, Napoleon Murphy Brock)parts of same performance on Roxy & Elsewhere (1974); parts of the "Dummy Up" performance on The True Story of 200 Motels video (1989)20:25
3."Pygmy Twylyte – Part II"previously unreleased14:25
4."Echidna's Arf (of You)"previously unreleased3:42
5."Don't You Ever Wash That Thing?"previously unreleased6:01
6."Orgy, Orgy" (based on "Louie, Louie" by Richard Berry)previously unreleased3:39
7."Penguin in Bondage"parts of same performance on Roxy & Elsewhere (1974)6:30
8."T'Mershi Duween"previously unreleased1:53
9."The Dog Breath Variations"previously unreleased1:45
10."Uncle Meat/Show End"previously unreleased4:01
Total length:64:41

Track listing (CD version)

Disc one

Disc two

Disc three

Disc four

Disc five

Disc six

Disc seven

Personnel

Musicians

Also featuring

Technical personnel

References

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