Welcome to the List, Michael.
As for your "question", I don't think anyone really knows why FZ made the
choices he made in regards to what became a recorded artifact...
As for Live renditions of Alfonzo (can't say I've seen the one on YouTube, tho'
I may have), plenty of them exist: (the tune 'toured' in 73, 74, 78, & 79 as
part of the Yellow Snow Suite, and as a stand alone song in 1980) Stage Series
Volume 1 has it in the legitimate releases and I'm sure there's a boot of it
making the rounds somewhere...
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Sent: Wednesday, June 13, 2007 7:12 PM
Subject: [Zappa-List] question about Zappa song
Hello, my name is Michael Smith and I'm new here. I'm a huge Zappa
fan, my alltime favorite, and I'me very into his music and
There is one thing I don't understand about the song "St. Alfonzo's
Pancake Breakfast". On Apostrophe it's only 1:50 minutes long.
However, the live 1978 version I found on YouTube is over 7 minutes
long and one of Zappa finest moments (in my opinion). There's also a
live version on Saarbrucken 1979 but it's expensive and the quality
isn't the best.
What I don't understand is why Zappa didn't record this extended live
version on any of his other live albums, it's such a better song than a
lot of other live songs he recorded. It's especially frustrating
because this extended live version is probably in my top 3 favorite
Zappa songs and may be my favorite. Anyone care to comment?
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