The Yellow Shark

The Yellow Shark

(Zappa/Ensemble Modern, CD, Barking Pumpkin R2 71600, November 2, 1993)

  1. Intro 1:43
  2. Dog Breath Variations 2:06
  3. Uncle Meat 3:24
  4. Outrage At Valdez 3:27
  5. Times Beach II 7:30
  6. III Revised 1:44
  7. The Girl In The Magnesium Dress 4:33
  8. Be-Bop Tango 3:43
  9. Ruth Is Sleeping 6:06
  10. None Of The Above 2:06
  11. Pentagon Afternoon 2:27
  12. Questi Cazzi Di Piccione 3:02
  13. Times Beach III 4:25
  14. Food Gathering In Post-Industrial America, 1992 2:48
  15. Welcome To The United States 6:41
  16. Pound For A Brown 2:12
  17. Exercise #4 1:37
  18. Get Whitey 7:00
  19. G-Spot Tornado 5:17

Produced by Frank Zappa
Spencer Chrislu—recording engineer & CD mixer
Harry Andronis—concert audio engineer
Dave Dondorf—stage monitor engineer, technical coordination
Todd Yvega—Synclavier assistant

Front cover photo: Fritz Brinckmann, HERZ
Art direction & design: Brian Johnson & Jesse di Franco for Command A Studios, Inc.
Original yellow shark created by Mark Beam

September, 1992
17-19: Alte Oper Frankfurt
22-23: Philharmonie Berlin
26-28: Wiener Konzerthaus

ENSEMBLE MODERN:

Peter Rundel—Conductor, Violin
Dietmar Wiesner—Flute
Catherine Milliken—Oboe, English Horn, Didgeridoo
Roland Diry—Clarinet
Wolfgang Stryi—Bass Clarinet, Contrabass Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Veit Scholz—Bassoon, Contrabassoon
Franck Ollu—Horn
Stefan Dohr—Horn
William Forman—Trumpet, Flügelhorn, Piccolo Trumpet, Cornet
Michael Gross—Trumpet, Flügelhorn, Piccolo Trumpet, Cornet
Uwe Dierksen—Trombone, Soprano Trombone
Michael Svoboda—Trombone, Euphonium, Didgeridoo, Alphorn
Daryl Smith—Tuba
Hermann Kretzschmar—Piano, Harpsichord, Celeste, Dramatic Reading
Ueli Wiget—Piano, Harpsichord, Celeste, Harp
Rainer Römer—Percussion
Rumi Ogawa-Helferich—Percussion, Cymbalom
Andreas Böttger—Percussion
Detlef Tewes—Mandolin
Jürgen Ruck—Guitar, Banjo
Ellen Wegner—Harp
Mathias Tacke—Violin
Claudia Sack—Violin
Hilary Sturt—Viola, Dramatic Reading
Friedemann Dähn—Violoncello
Thomas Fichter—Contrabass, Electrocontrabass

1. Intro 1:43

September 19, 1992
Alte Oper, Frankfurt, Germany

FZ: Thank you. Thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you and thank you. I understand there is a sign in the audience that once again says: "What's the secret word for tonight?" The secret word for tonight is . . . Now, let's get serious, ladies and gentlemen, I know you came here to see really FINE performances by a really FINE modern music ensemble, conducted by a really FINE conductor. And here comes the FINE conductor now, Peter Rundel, ladies and gentlemen! And if you feel like throwing underpants onto the stage, put 'em over there.

2. Dog Breath Variations 2:06

(arr. Ali N. Askin)

September 19, 1992
Alte Oper, Frankfurt, Germany

 

3. Uncle Meat 3:24

(arr. Ali N. Askin)

September 19, 1992
Alte Oper, Frankfurt, Germany

 

4. Outrage At Valdez 3:27

 

5. Times Beach II 7:30

 

6. III Revised 1:44

 

7. The Girl In The Magnesium Dress 4:33

(arr. Ali N. Askin)

 

8. Be-Bop Tango 3:43

(arr. Ali N. Askin)

includes The Hook

 

9. Ruth Is Sleeping 6:06

(arr. Ali N. Askin)

 

10. None Of The Above 2:06

 

11. Pentagon Afternoon 2:27

 

12. Questi Cazzi Di Piccione 3:02

 

13. Times Beach III 4:25

 

14. Food Gathering In Post-Industrial America, 1992 2:48

September 17, 1992
Alte Oper, Frankfurt, Germany

"Food Gathering In Post-Industrial America, 1992."

When the last decrepit factory
Has dumped its final load of toxic waste into the water supply
And shipped its last badly manufactured,
Incompetently designed consumer-thing,
We gaze in astonishment
As the denizens of NU-PERFECT AMERICA dine on rats,
Poodles,
Styrofoam packing pellets,
All floating in a broth of tritium-enriched sewage,
Roasting the least-diseased body parts of abandoned 'wild children'
(Accumulating since the total ban on abortion a few years back)

15. Welcome To The United States 6:41

includes Narrhalla-Marsch (trad.) and a quotation from Louie Louie (Richard Berry)

September 19, 1992
Alte Oper, Frankfurt, Germany

Translation

Rainer Römer: Ladies and gentlemen, here he goes, Peter Rundel, he seems to be disgusted. Whatever. Ridero ridera! Heute fängt die Fastnacht aa' Ha ha ha! LAUGH NOW! (HA HA HA HA HA!) Be quiet! Von seiner Werkbank zu uns heute Abend hergekommen ist unser Hermann Kretzschmar wolle mer'n reinlasse? Laugh now! (HA HA HA HA HA!)

Welcome to the United States

This form must be completed by every nonimmigrant visitor not in possession of a visitor's visa.

Type or print legibly in pen in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS. USE ENGLISH.

Item 7—If you are entering the United States by land, enter LAND in this space. (LAND!) If you are entering the United States by ship, enter, unh-unh, SEA in this space.

Do any of the following apply to you? (Answer Yes or No)

(No! No! Yes! No! Yes! No!)

A. Do you have a communicable disease; (COUGH NOW! Coughs . . . ) physical or mental disorder; or are you a drug abuser or addict?

Tell me, Bill, Yes or No. (No) Louder. (No!)

B. Have you ever been arrested or convicted for an offense or crime involving moral turpitude or a violation related to a controlled substance; or ever been arrested or convicted for two or more offenses for which the aggregate sentence to confinement was five years or more?

Answer Yes or No. (Yes! Yes, sir! Yes! No! No! No!)

Or been a controlled substance trafficker; or are you seeking entry to engage in criminal or immoral activities?

Answer Yes or No. (Yes or No) Thank you!

C. Have you ever been or are you now involved in espionage or sabotage; or terrorist activities; or genocide; or between 1933 and 1945 were you involved, in any way, in persecutions associated with Nazi Germany or its allies?

Answer Yes or No. (Yes)

Thank you very much! And welcome to the United States!

Rainer Römer: Thank you very much! Here they go! Frank Zappa and Hermann Kretzschmar! Back on stage, Peter Rundel!

16. Pound For A Brown 2:12

 

17. Exercise #4 1:37

 

18. Get Whitey 7:00

 

19. G-Spot Tornado 5:17

(arr. Ali N. Askin)

 

 

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"Food Gathering" text from the original concert program (thanks, Charles)
"Welcome To The United States" text from the original form
Transcription of the rest of material by Román
Further additions and corrections by Lutz Denker, Charles Ulrich and Moses
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