To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Zappa In New York album, UMe and Zappa Records have announced the March 29 release of a new, 5-CD deluxe box set that brings together over three hours of unreleased music from the concerts, along with a wealth of other content. Housed in a limited-edition metal tin that evokes a New York City manhole cover, the package features a new Bob Ludwig remaster of the original mix of the album–marking that mix’s first appearance since 1978! The other four discs are filled with bonus concert material that includes every song Zappa and the band performed during the Palladium run, as well as alternate performances of the songs from Zappa In New York. The set also boasts further alternate and unused tracks plucked from the vault. All the audio was sourced form the original 2″ multitrack master tapes and transferred at high-resolution 24bit/96kHz. Rounding out the Zappa Family Trust-approved set are a replica ticket, previously unseen live photographs, extensive liner notes including new interviews with band members Ray White and Ruth Underwood, and a new essay by Joe Travers and Jen Jewel Brown.
A 180-gram, 3-LP 40th Anniversary Edition of Zappa In New York will also be available on March 29. It features all-analog mastering of the original album mix and an extra disc of concert highlights and vault material. The LP was mastered by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering and pressed at Pallas in Germany on 180-gram vinyl.