naked city live vol. 1: Knitting factory 1989

Track Listing

1. Batman. 2:07 
2. Latin Quarter. 4:06 
3. You Will Be Shot. 1:24 
4. Shot In The Dark. 3:32 
5. Skate Key. 1:06 
6. Erotico. 5:24 
7. Snagglepuss. 2:09 
8. I Want To Live. 1:58 
9. New York Flattop Box. 0:44 
10. Inside Straight. 8:13 
11. Chinatown. 6:04 
12. Igneous Ejaculation. 0:22 
13. Ujaku. 0:31 
14. Blood Duster. 0:17 
15. Hammerhead. 0:12 
16. Speedball. 0:44 
17. Obeah Man. 0:19 
18. Den Of Sins. 1:19 
19. Demon Sanctuary. 0:56 
20. The Way I Feel. 10:37


Joey Baron: Drums 
Bill Frisell: Guitar 
Fred Frith: Bass 
Wayne Horvitz: Keyboards 
John Zorn: Alto Saxophone


Producer - John Zorn 
Associate Producer - Kazunori Sugiyama 
Recorded live at The Knitting Factory, NYC
Mastered by Scott Hull at Classic Sound, NYC
Crime Shots by Weegee
Back Cover Artwork by Maruo Suehiro
Design by Chippy (Heung-Heung Chin)
All Music Composed by John Zorn except (4) Henry Mancini, (6) Ennio Morricone, (8) Johnny Mandel, (11) Jerry Goldsmith, (20) John Patton


After over ten years, Tzadik is finally releasing an exciting series of live recordings by one of the most unique and infamous bands ever: Naked City. Featuring Bill Frisell, Fred Frith, Wayne Horvitz and Joey Baron this was a true downtown supergroup brought together to realize John Zorn’s twisted compositional vision combining jazz, movie soundtracks, rock, rhythm and blues, hardcore punk, cartoon music, country and western and just about everything imaginable—often all in the same piece! This first volume is a beautifully recorded document of the band early on, performing live at the club that served as home base from their very first concert series in 1988 to their very last in 1993. Captured here performing the repertory of their legendary first recording many months before they entered the studio, this is Naked City at its gritty/fast changing best. New solos, wilder improvisations and some original compositions and covers that never appeared on disc make this an absolute must for all the Naked City fans around the world.

Series:  Archival Series 

Catalogue Number:  TZ7336

Release Date:  May 2002