The work cassettes of rehearsals (recorded by Denny Walley) and the analog 4 tracks Joe transferred and even mixed!
Dates for the Camouflage album are:
8-25-' 75 for the 4-track tapes
First week of September ' 75 for the cassette recordings
Froggie told me:
Both he and Denny played acoustic guitar. [...]
The last rehearsals were on a soundstage at Paramount Studios. But earlier rehearsals were at a studio FZ had built on Sunset behind the Bizarre offices.
There are two keyboardists, neither of whom have the same gear and sound as Andre Lewis. From what we know at this point it seems Napoleon and Novi were playing keyboards. (Napoleon has said he almost ended up playing keyboards on this tour before Andre Lewis joined.)
It is Napi on keyboards and not Andre Lewis by the way.
[Napoleon] said that he played "a synthesizer that had all the patches . . . You could get it to sound like a Clavinet. Or you could get it to sound like a Fender Rhodes . . . It was a keyboard that [FZ] had there in his arsenal of instruments."
[...] When I asked where rehearsals were held, he said (without hesitation) "5831 Sunset Boulevard." He didn't remember the name of the later rehearsal studio, but he mentioned that Elton John was rehearsing next door.
From what I recall, Novi said she left because her group got signed to Warners. Denny went to Beefheart's band. Don't know about Robert.
[Froggie] said André had joined before he left. He (Froggie) was the first to leave ("due to illness and I just was tired of what was going on in the group . . . the dynamic of the group was changing").
[Roy Estrada, Napoleon Murphy Brock, FZ, Robert Frog Camarena, Novi Novog, Terry Bozzio, Denny Walley]
[Denny Walley, FZ, Terry Bozzio, Novi Novog, Napoleon Murphy Brock, Robert Frog Camarena, Roy Estrada]
Archive Photos (by Doug Metz) courtesy of ZFT
Cover photo by Doug Metz for Intercontinental Absurdities, 1975
PICTURE CREDITS: [...] Doug Metzler (p. 100)
Frank Zappa in 1975. Photo courtesy Ryko/Doug Metzler, 1975
Additional informant: Javier Marcote
So far nobody seems to have noticed that it incorporates part of the melody from a very obscure, never-released-or-performed-live FZ song (a love song, ironically).
The beginning of "Reeny Ra" contains the melody from the verse of "Solitude" with no lyrics.
You can hear them rehearsing "i'm the slime" in the background of "Denny & Froggy Relate."
"Choose Your Foot"—actually it is a tune we know—breaks down after a few seconds—Choose Your Foot are the lyrics on this—they were replaced for the one that was released ["Swallow My Pride"].
Research, compilation and maintenance by Román García Albertos