The Dub Room Special! (The Album)

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The Dub Room Special!
Released August 2007
See also:
Dub Room Special (The Video)
74/08/27 TV show
81/10/29-11/01 concerts in NYC


Tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11

KCET, Los Angeles, 27 August, 1974

Tracks 2 & 6

The Palladium, NYC, Halloween, 1981



  1. A Token of My Extreme (Vamp) (2:29)
  2. Stevie's Spanking (5:54)
  3. Dog Breath Variations (1:41)
  4. Uncle Meat (2:16)
  5. Stinkfoot (3:58)
  6. Easy Meat (6:50)
  7. Montana (4:24)
  8. Inca Roads (9:46)
  9. Room Service (9:15)
  10. Cosmik Debris (7:44)
  11. Florentine Pogen (10:13)

Release Notes

Liner Notes

"When I was 14 years old I made the decision that I was going to find and purchase every Frank Zappa record. In 1984, this took some doing since all of his records from the 60's and 70's were out of print. I would take buses all over L.A. and the Valley for these records, every one of which had a huge, powerful effect on me. Each one, upon finding it, would seem like the most perfect microcosm of feeling to me. Everything about each one, the smell, the cover, the inner sleeve and especially the music were pure magic to my mind. I also soon started regularly calling his 818 PUMPKIN, ordering stuff whenever I had money. This included the Old Masters box (which contained re-masters of his first 5 records), the film Baby Snakes and a video called The Dub Room Special. I watched these two videos over and over, constantly showing them to anyone willing to watch. By the time I was 15 I owned all of the records and was spending about 70% of my muscial life studying and learning his music. For me, striving for the perfection he was known for demanding from his bands was a powerful motivation and force behind the huge amount of practicing I was doing back then. I taught myself to read music by comparing the written notes in The Frank Zappa Guitar Book to the recordings of those songs. The poly-rhythms in that book (brilliantly transcribed by Steve Vai), as well as those in his instrumental compositions, opened up my mind a great deal. I believe this instilled in my brain the wide open, infinite possibilities of creating shapes with music."

John Frusciante, The Dub Room Special! liner notes (abridged), 2007.

Background Information

Conceptual Continuity


ZFT # Version # # discs Format Catalog # Release
Artwork Comment
81 Unknown 1 CD Zappa
ZR 20006
2007-08-24[1] 0824302000625 In the Dub Room US release, encoded using HDCD technology. Matrix #
IFPI 4121 ZR20006 1W01 V IFPI L244


  1. The first reported copies were sold during the ZPZ shows around August 3rd. The first shipping confirmation emails from Musictoday were received on August 24th. A limited number are packaged with a 10 cm cut off piece of magnetic tape stuck between the media tray and the back card. According to Gail Zappa, these 'Tape Worms' come from the Vault.

See Also