Exclusive Audio: Classic Frank Zappa Live Track

Zappa, who would have been 70 today, played 'City of Tiny Lites' in 1978 at London's Hammersmith Odeon

December 21, 2010 1:55 PM ET
Exclusive Audio: Classic Frank Zappa Live Track
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Frank Zappa — a close collaborator of Captain Beefheart, who passed away last week — would have been 70 years old today. To celebrate the occasion, his estate released a three CD concert set from Hammersmith Odeon and 'The Frank Zappa AAAFNRAAAA Birthday Bundle.' The late 1970s shows from Hammersmith were the source of some tracks on 1979s Sheik Yerbouti, but the unedited show hasn't been available until now. Click below to hear an exclusive version of "City of Tiny Lites" live at London's Hammerstein Odeon in 1978 from the new AAAFNRAAAA collection. It features King Crimson's Adrian Belew on rhythm guitar, Terry Bozzio on drums, Patrick O'Hearn on bass, Tommy Mars on keyboards, Peter Wolf on keyboards and Ed Mann on percussion.

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