The Adventures Of Greggery Peccary

FZ album(s) in which song has appeared

Tour(s) on which song is known to have been performed (main source: FZShows, v. 7.1)

Some Ballet Music
Greggery's Appartment
Steno Pool
Greggery Invents The Calendar/Greggery Is Attacked/New Brown Clouds

 

Comments

Foggy G, "The Songs That Were Played," We're Only In It For The Touring

1968 (It's 1969 actually): "Music that is better for you in the long run", or so says Frank to introduce this minimalist composed piece from "The Ark". Full of percussion and wind instruments, but with lots of space and taken at a very unhurried pace, this piece is a precursor to the mad sound of "Greggary Peccary", and contains parts that would later appear, though quite a bit more cartoonish, in that later piece.

1972 (The Grand Wazoo): This is basically an instrumental version of the "Studio Tan" track, minus one key musical section. As it is performed on this tour, Frank has divided it up into 4 movements- 1) GP going to work; 2) GP inventing the calendar (Bruce Fowler claims that this music does not appear in the studio version of "Greggary Peccary". I must admit to a dislike of this studio track, and a laziness in not doing an A/B with this version and the album version. Does anyone know if Bruce knows what he is talking about?); 3) GP being attacked by henchmen; and 4) GP meeting the greatest philosopher known to man (that Quentin guy). This fourth part is titled "New Brown Clouds", and appears as its own song, separate from the other parts, at the first two shows. According to the program Frank wrote for this tour, "New Brown Clouds" was intended to be used as the show opener at each show (with GP the show closer), but this only lasted 2 shows. All 4 parts basically correspond to their respective parts from the studio version, allowing for obvious differences in instrumentation, and with the standard deviation coming in the short solo in part 3. During each performance, Frank would narrate the story between the different parts, typically telling the audience to "Shut up!" while doing so :-). Note the conspicuous absence of the Steno Pool/Big Swifty section, possibly the best music in the song. Oddly enough, this music would not premiere until the following tour, when it would appear as part one of the "Farther O'Blivion" medley.

Structure

The titles of the parts come from the October 1972 Reprise Warner Circular.

"Some Ballet Music" (1969) TNBC (1972) TAOGP (1972) "Farther Oblivion" (1972) "Farther Oblivion" (1973) TAOGP (1975) TAOGP (1975) TAOGP (2002)
The Ark (Castle 1991) Joe's Domage Wazoo Imaginary Diseases Piquantique Alternate Version (1975) Studio Tan (1991 CD) Läther (2012 CD) AEESO (Sep. 18, 1975) GP&OP
I. Greggery's Apartment
    0:00-0:37     0:08-0:40 0:00-0:33 0:00-0:33   0:00-0:31
    0:37-1:30              
          0:40-0:57 0:33-0:50 0:33-0:49   0:31-0:48
0:00-1:48
1:48-3:06
        0:57-2:27 0:50-2:21 0:49-2:21   0:48-2:16
3:06-5:56                  
          2:27-2:34 2:21-2:28 2:21-2:27   2:16-2:22
    1:30-2:17     2:34-3:24 2:28-3:18 2:27-3:18   2:22-3:10
    2:17-2:38              
    2:38-4:50 improv.              
          3:24-3:34 3:18-3:28 3:18-3:28   3:10-3:20
          3:34-3:42   3:28-3:36   3:20-3:28
          3:42-5:31 3:28-5:18 3:36-5:26   3:28-5:17
II. The Steno Pool At Big Swifty's
        0:02-0:36 5:31-6:05 5:18-5:52 5:26-5:59   5:17-5:51
      0:13-2:40 0:36- 6:05-8:40 (tape drop at 7:17) 5:52-8:30 5:59-8:37 0:01-2:36 5:51-
      2:40-4:17 (trombone solo) -3:57 8:40-9:15 8:30-9:06 8:37-9:14   -9:10
      4:17-4:48 3:57-4:20       2:36-3:05  
III. Greggery Invents The Calendar
          9:15-9:19 9:06-9:10 9:14-9:18   9:10-9:17
    0:00-1:23     9:19-10:23 9:10-10:15 9:18-10:22 (3:05-3:21) 3:26-4:46 (5:06-5:31) 9:17-10:27
    1:23-9:04 improv.              
          10:23-10:40 (tape drop at 10:38) 10:15-10:32 10:22-10:40   10:27-
IV. Greggery Is Attacked
          10:40-12:38 10:32-12:32 10:40-12:39   -
    0:00-0:04     12:38-12:43 12:32-12:37 (bass mixed out) 12:39-12:44 (bass mixed out) 0:00-0:05 -13:05
    0:04-3:33     12:43-14:23 12:37-14:18 12:44-14:25 0:05-2:22 13:05-14:43
    3:33-12:33 improv.              
          14:23-14:45 14:18-14:40 14:25-14:48   14:43-15:04
          14:45-14:58   14:48-15:01   15:04-15:12
          14:58-15:09 14:40-14:52 15:01-15:12   15:12-15:26
V. The New Brown Clouds
  tracks 1, 2 & 6 0:00-1:22     15:09-16:34 14:52-16:17 15:12-16:37 2:23-3:47 15:26-16:51
VI. The Philostopher Speaks
    1:22-4:58     16:34-19:51 (same basic track; different voice) 16:17-19:37 16:37-19:58 3:47-7:24 16:51-20:20
    4:58-5:46     19:51-20:27 19:37-20:24—AEESO 19:58-20:45—AEESO 7:24-8:28 20:20-21:04
    5:46-6:03     20:27-20:32 (without overdubs) 20:24-20:29 20:45-20:50 8:28-8:36 21:04-21:10
    6:03-6:07     20:32-20:34 20:29-20:31 20:50-20:52 8:36-8:38 21:10-21:14
          20:34-20:35 20:31-20:32—AEESO   8:38-8:39  
              20:52-20:56—grout    

 

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