Imaginary Diseases

The Original Project

Patrick Buzby,, November 12, 2007

My understanding is that Joe [Travers] (and/or Spencer [Chrislu]) was/were working on a Petit Wazoo project and noticed some songs being cut out of the show tapes, and then found that FZ had cut them out and done the mixes which came out on ID.

Charles Ulrich, November 12, 2007

That is, they assembled their own Petit Wazoo album before discovering the FZ-produced tapes, which of course trumped theirs and were released as Imaginary Diseases. But that still leaves Joe and Spence's Petit Wazoo album for possible future release.


The Recordings

Liner notes

These titles are from a collection of live performances (1972) selected and mixed by FZ between 1972 and 1977. [...]

Original 1972 4-track masters & cassette master for tracks 1 & 7 recorded
by Barry Keene. Mix engineers: Kerry McNabb, Michael Braunstein, Davey Moire.


4. Farther O'Blivion

Liner notes by Joe Travers


Joe Travers, "The Grandest Wazoo (& Waka Jawaka, Too!)," ZappaCast, December 9, 2022

When we put together Imaginary Diseases—that record was put together from all stereo mixes from Frank, but in most instances we didn't have any idea where some of that stuff came from, like, we didn't know what shows some of that stuff came from. So I did a lot of research and was able to get almost all of them, but the one that I didn't know was "Farther O'Blivion," so when you watch, when you listen to Imaginary Diseases you can see we don't know where the source is. Well, in doing the forensic work to get all of the bits and pieces of the Winterland show from all these different reels that Frank cut 'em all up—to get them all back in sequence, I realized, "Oh, my gosh, these portions of 'Farther O'Blivion' were released on Imaginary Diseases," so he used two sections of the Winterland show for that master version of "Farther O'Blivion."

Sources & edits

Waka/Wazoo (2022) Imaginary Diseases (2006)
4.02. Montana 4. Farther O'Blivion
06:00-06:13 00:00-00:13
4.03. Farther O'Blivion  
00:17-04:51 00:13-04:48
12:58-14:25 14:31-15:59


7. Montreal

Mike Geneva, October 29, 2015

Fz quotes: ROLLO/SAN BER'DINO on the Montreal solo on IMAGINARY DISEASES.


Research, compilation and maintenance by Román García Albertos
This page updated: 2022-12-19