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Remington Electric Razor....1981 Bootleg LP
Various live and studio tracks.
Sound quality: Soundboard / various
Matrix: ML-001 (also L-6150)
Remington Electric Razor is a collection of one-of-a-kind outtakes that
originate from Zappa himself.
They were either stolen from him, or were leaked through a cohort. Most of the songs are exclusive to
this record and are still essential, two songs appeared years later in the Stage series. It is unknown if
the songs on this album were meant for a specific project, or if Zappa mixed them for fun or for some
1. Freak Me Out, Frank
2. Jumbo, Go Away [05:33]
3. Moe's Vacation [04:12]
4. The Black Page #2 [03:01] [not listed]
5. Dong Work for Yuda [03:05] [a capella version]
6. Tricky Dicky [05:49] ["Dickie's Such an Asshole"]
7. Nite Owl [02:18] [Tony Allen]
8. My Name is Fritz [02:33]
9. Interview [02:59] ["What's the Name of Your Group?"]
10. I Can't Get Me No Satisfaction [01:19]
11. Remington Electric Razor [01:01]
Track 1 is the bit that appears on Stage #1 just
before "Ruthie-Ruthie" (Passaic, New Jersey -
November 8, 1974).
Track 2 is a soundboard from Munich 31-Mar-1979 (early show).
Tracks 3-4 are live in Poughkeepsie, New York, 21-Sep-1978 (parts also appear on Project/Object).
Track 5 is from an unknown concert in February 1977. Almost certainly a Zappa mix leaked by a
band member. From JWB:
There is a short dialogue by John Smothers right
before this track, and there is another dialoge
by Frank right after the track. (They are edited out on Apocrypha.) They are both talking about
the song "Dong Work", and the origin is unknown. Sounds like it's stolen from a Zappa
project, or from an unsurfaced television or radio broadcast.
Track 6 is the Stage #3 version - without George
Track 7 is from the late show in Santa Monica on 11-Dec-1980 - a soundboard recording.
Track 8 is an excerpt from "German Lunch" on Stage #5, but as the Stage version is heavily edited,
this contains some additional material. The full, unedited recording has been issued as a bootleg
Track 9 is an out-take from 200 Motels; its real title is "What's the Name of Your Group?".
Track 10 is from the late show in Stoneybrook on 15-Oct-1978, probably - an improvisation, from
"A Pound for a Brown on the Bus", where a band member sings "I can't get me no ... satisfaction"
over kind of a punk vamp.
Track 11, the title track, is the famous one - a late 1960s commercial for Remington electric razors,
which was never used: a speeded-up, multi-tracked Linda Ronstadt, and Zappa saying that the
electric razor "cleans you, thrills you ... may even keep you from getting busted".
[ 2+3+9+10 ] : FZ, Denny Walley, Tommy Mars, Arthur Barrow,
Vinnie Colaiuta, Peter Wolf, Ed Mann, Ike Willis
[ 4 ] : FZ, Terry Bozzio, Ray White, Eddie Jobson, Patrick O'Hearn
[ 5 ] : FZ, George Duke, Bruce Fowler, Tom Fowler, Ruth
Underwood, Napoleon Murphy Brock, Ralph Humphrey, Chester
[ 6 ] : FZ, Ike Willis, Ray White, Vinnie Colaiuta, Arthur Barrow,
Steve Vai, Bob Harris, Tommy Mars
[ 7 ] : FZ, Don Preston, Jimmy Carl Black, FRITZ, Mothers Of
[ 8 ] : FZ, London Philharmonic
[ 11 ] : Mothers with Linda Ronstadt
RECORDING DATE and PLACE :
[ 1 ] : Passaic on Nov. 8. 1974, during the 1st show at the Capitol Theater
[ 2+9+10 ] : Fall of 1978
[ 3 ] : Poughkeepsie on Sep. 21. 1978
[ 4 ] : late 1976 or early 1977
[ 5 ] : Roxy in Los Angeles in Dec. 1973
[ 6 ] : Fall 1980
[ 7 ] : ca. 1969
[ 8 ] : Feb. 1971
[ 11 ] : ca. 1968
This package came with a black & white insert "cover" and included
something as disgusting as a "bloody razor blade", glued to the cover, which,
by the way, was a picture of Frank with a gash in his neck. Released in 1981
(thus predating WASP with the razor blade).
There were two versions of this bootleg, and JWB tries to sort them
(aided by Zappologist legends Andrew Fignar Jr, Biffy the Elephant Shrew
and Bill Lantz):
The original pressing had the following traits:
Plain white cover with holes
where the labels are
One xerox insert with the LP title and song info
Plain white labels that say "Remington Electric Razor" on
The matrix ML-001 is etched in both sides; side one also
has L-6150 [Kristian Kier reports a copy with ML-001-A
and ML-001-B but no L-6150 - Ed.]
Believed to be US made
Later pressings had the following traits:
Shrink-wrapped plain white
cover with NO label holes
The same insert (?), but some copies are known to have a
white insert, some a yellow one
An additional insert for the back cover: a picture of Zappa
standing in front of the earth moving machine (which can be
seen in the Strictly Commercial package), holding an
umbrella, with a big slash in his neck with red paint (blood)
dabbed on the slash
A razor blade glued to the top right corner above the
picture, splattered with blood (red paint)
Small blank white labels
No matrix etchings
Believed to be made outside the US (which is questionable,
since both pressings are frequently seen there)
REMINGTON ELECTRIC RAZOR Discussion
Has anyone familiar with the Remington Electric Razor
boot ever thought about what a
mysterious record this is? It came on thick vinyl with a blank label and nothing etched into the
run-out groove. Glued to the cover was a bloody razor blade and a picture of Zappa with a
deep slash in his neck. Does anyone know the origins of this bootleg? It LOOKS evil and
anti-Zappa, but the contents are the total opposite. It's probably one of the most important
Zappa bootlegs ever released, or at least it was in its day.
"Nite Owl" is from 12/11/80 #2, which has never surfaced
on soundboard. An alternate edit of
"Dickie's" from the Roxy appeared there 8 years before on Stage #3. "German Lunch" appears
10 years before Stage #5. Where the hell did they get "Interview" from? And the Remington
commercial? Could it have been a "one-of-the-guys-in-the-band" production? Any knowledge
From Jon Naurin:
"Dong Work for Yuda" is an outtake, which has been
limitedly circulated. It has leaked out
through the same source as most of the other 77/78 outtakes, rehearsals and soundboards: a
band member. ... yes, whoever made this bootleg sure must have had good contacts. Wonder
if it was the same guy who made the Mystery Box?
After further inspection and thought, I am now 99%
certain that Remington Electric Razor is
a one-of-the-guys-in-the-band production. All of the stuff on that album sounds well-mixed to
me, not like a direct soundboard, and Zappa is the only possible source of material such as
"What's the Name of Your Group?" and "German Lunch". "Freak Me Out, Frank" and
"Dickie's Such an Asshole", for example, sound exactly like the mixes that would appear 8
years later in the Stage series. Not only that, but the post-solo rant in "Dickie's" is edited
exactly the same way on Remingont Electric Razor as on Stage #3, while the Stage Sampler
boasts a different edit. (Which proves that the Stage #3 version is edited, and therefore the
Remingont Electric Razor version comes from the same mix.) It has already been pointed out
by Jon that "Dong Work" yields from a band member tape. Therefore, I conclude that the
bootleggers who made Remington Electric Razor were given the tapes directly by one of the
guys in the band, or by a close friend of Zappa. (Which might also explain why the package is
so plain and there is no label name or matrix number despite the amazing contents. The source
of the tapes probably didn't want to be discovered by Zappa.)
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