Thanks for the tip, Ted.
I'm downloading it now and will offer it to the list as soon as I'm
In a message dated 4/29/2006 9:31:28 P.M. Pacific Standard Time,
[EMAIL PROTECTED] writes:
recording below has been seeded on DIME.....
if anyone here who has
access starts a vine for those
of us who have not been able to get on, then
add me into the queue somewhere........
Zappa & Jean-Luc Ponty
Festival de Valbonne
July 25th, 1970
source: audience recording
1. tuning up (1:21)
2. jam 1
3. King Kong (17:22)
4. jam 2 (8:09)
5. jam 3 (3:40)
Frank Zappa - guitar
Jean-Luc Ponty - violin
Alby Cullaz -
Aldo Romano - drums
The Valbonne festival was organised by
Rousseau, who had organised the Bourget festival (near
The programme, as announced in late June, was
July 23rd : Iron Butterfly, Warm Dust, Swegas &
July 24th : Gong, Brigitte Fontaine, Amon Duul
July 25th : Zappa/Ponty, King Harvest & Ame Son
It seemed like it was going to be a great Summer for
lovers of rock
music, with no less than three major
festivals announced in the South of
France for late
July and early August : in addition to Valbonne,
was another one in Aix-en-Provence on August 1st-3rd,
trendy fashion designer Jean Bouquin, as
well as the follow-up to the 1969
Amougies festival by
Jean Karakos, in Biot, beginning on August 5th.
However, around mid July it all went wrong : all three
were banned by the authorities, who used the
risk of forest fires as an
excuse. In the event, they
did go ahead, but in this pre-Internet age lack
reliable information ensured that attendance was well
expectations, and that the promoters lost a lot
of money. Many bands
weren't paid or refused to play,
and in the case of Biot the event ended
degenerating into a riot.
The Zappa/Ponty jam was
expected to be the highlight
of Valbonne. However it didn't turn out quite
planned either. According to Ponty, Zappa was supposed
to come with
the new incarnation of the Mothers of
Invention, but turned up on his own,
A pick-up band had to be assembled at short notice,
the duo ended up sharing the stage with two noted
French jazz players,
drummer Aldo Romano and bassist
As far as I know, this
is the first time this
performance has been heard since the event.
again, we have the intrepid JJB to thank for
preserving the moment
for posterity. Amougies was the
beginning of his taping exploits; Valbonne
was the end
- and what an end it was !
(Technical note: the sound
quality on this is
significantly better than the Amougies recording -
had upgraded his recording equipment in the meantime)
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