1973: The second and last performance of this tune from this tour is edited off my tape of the 5/9 show, and the first performance is not in my possession, so... I have know idea how this one turns out. Does Frank end up going in this time? Or is he already busy at this point? Someone—fill me in! [Here comes Mr.Naurin-"These performances resemble the "Overnight Sensation" version more than any other band's. The jam session at the end is quite cool, with George getting a little more chance to shine than he would later on, and FZ delivering a short solo, seeming a bit uncomfortable with the chords or beat or whatever. Frank turns down the gray-green skinned woman's offer this time too, though he doesn't inform us whether it was because he was busy, or if he had other excuses." And the David Lynch adds—"Camarillo Brillo is played like it's always played. A bone to toss to the audience who want to hear rock and roll and are getting distressed by the amazing far out improvisational jamming they were playing that night. As a special bonus Frank doesn't tune his guitar so it's REALLY rock and roll."] There's more than you ever wanted to know.
1974 (May): Essentially performed as on "Unmitigated Audacity" from Beat the Boots Volume I. While this song would eventually become a by-the-numbers stroll with very little energy, on this tour, and up through Spring '75, "Camarillo Brillo" is a worthy and somewhat exciting number. Frank's guitar is heavy in the mix, the groove is solid, and the song typically climaxes in a short Duke and/or Frank solo.
1974 (Jul-Dec): Frank tears into this song—guitar only intro—on this tour. This song never sounded meaner. Essentially the same up to the first repeated verse (where it slows down on YCDTOSA Volume VI), except for this tour, Frank would instruct Duke "To get funky now", and George would lead us into Keyboard Funkytown, with Frank infrequently giving us a closing guitar solo. This song was played with much energy on this tour, and was not the "by-the-numbers" event that it would become on later tours.
1975: Performed as on every subsequent tour, with the first half at normal tempo and the second at the slower—though on this tour MUCH slower—tempo. Like on the previous tour, however, Frank RIPS into the song with his guitar, giving this song much more bite than usual.
1975-76: Essentially performed as always, allowing for obvious differences in instrumentation, and with the fast first half and the slow second half.
1976-77: Essentially performed as on YCDTOSA Volume VI, accounting for obvious differences in instrumentation, and with the typically fast first half, and the arena rock slow second half.
1977-78: Performed similarly to the '84 version that we have on YCDTOSA Volume VI, with the regularly paced first half, and the drawn out, half speed second half.
1978: Essentially played as on YCDTOSA Volume VI (i.e the half fast/ half slow version), accounting for obvious differences in instrumentation.
1981-82: Essentially performed as on YCDTOSA Volume VI, accounting for obvious differences in instrumentation, with the normal first half/ arena- rock-slow second half.
1984: Essentially played as on YCDTOSA Volume VI, with the hyper-fast first half, and the slowed down second half. In my opinion, it's cool.
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