The Zobo Funn Band | Live At the Haunt

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Live At the Haunt

by The Zobo Funn Band

Clever, high energy, expressive rock music with jazz smarts and a sense of humor.
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Introduction (Live)
0:25 $0.99
2. Red Eye Rock (Live)
4:09 $0.99
3. The Sauna Bath Suite (Live)
8:30 $0.99
4. The Great Pudenda (Live)
7:29 $0.99
5. Raspberry Moon (Live)
7:19 $0.99
6. Cameras (Live)
3:57 $0.99
7. Precious Stone (Live)
6:03 $0.99
8. Rongovian Folk Song (Live)
5:46 $0.99
9. When You Shine (Live)
11:57 $0.99
10. Head Over Heels (Live)
5:21 $0.99
11. Only Kidding (Live)
5:10 $0.99
12. Gone Without a Trace (Live)
4:50 $0.99
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Album Notes
The Zobo Funn Band was a fabulously creative rock/jazz ensemble based in Ithaca, NY 1973-1980. Throngs of stoned and straight post-hippies, college students, professors and locals came to the ZFB's shows to "zobo dance" with wild abandon across the floors of local clubs and Cornell University's church-like Willard Straight Hall. The band also gigged in the NYC area, with a memorable show at Max's Kansas City.

The 1977 studio LP "Zobo" didn't capture the energy of the band's transcendant live shows, which flew on the wings of principal songwriter Jeremy Werbin's eclectic tunes and extended solos from acknowledged avant-weird guitarist David Torn and saxophonist Jim Campagnola. This set from the Haunt nightclub in Ithaca was recorded on four tracks, mixed by ZFB bassist James Twomey, and remastered by Jim Watson. Certain to please fans of the band, the set provides a powerful glimpse into that all too obscure world where players really learn to play and songwriters are more concerned with saying something than selling something.

Werbin struggled for recognition as a singer and songwriter until 1997, when he passed away from complications of diabetes. The surviving members of the band are all working musicians. Keyboardist David Arnay now lives in L.A., with two original jazz CDs available on CD Baby. Drummer Michael Wellen is still in Ithaca, playing with numerous bands. Campagnola and Twomey live in the NYC area. Torn has been advancing his film scoring career ("The Order") while producing and laying tracks for A-list clients including David Bowie and Jeff Beck. Fans of his eclectic sonic strategies may be surprised at the strength of his roots, in ample display on this disc, as a blazing blues-based guitar monster.

Profits from sales of this CD will be donated to embryonic stem-cell and diabetes research.



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David S.

Hats off to Zobo!
What a great tribute to a great band! I was there and I danced with all my might. I love the CD! Stayed up late the other night, lay on the floor with a tiny light, and listened closely with a glass of red wine at my side.Thankyou David and everyone involved in putting this all did a great job! Missing you all from Ithaca NY. (Do you still have those embroidered shirts Andrea made you?) What time it was!

Don Schaffner

Wow... now that brings back memories
I woke up one morning last week and "zobo fun band" just popped into my head, unbidden. I googled the band name, found the CDbaby site and ordered the CD. An amazing trip down memory lane… thanks to everyone for making this CD happen.


A quirky timecapsule
5 stars if you were there in Ithaca back in the day... They were a great live show, innovative musically and a gas to dance to.

Cary Murphy

I forgot how GREAT these guys were.
I was a big fan of Zobo back in the mid 70's, often seeing them at the Turf Exchange in Binghamton. This CD really captures the excitement and musicality of a Zobo show. It is clear from this why guitarist David Torn went on to greatness; his playing trading off with the sax work of James Campagnola was way ahead of its time. The only slight negative was that the band featured vibes to a much greater degree back in the day, and that was mostly lost on this disc. A great CD for Torn fans who might like a glimpse of pre- "Cloud About Mercury" work, and a great disc of a group of individual artists playing together as a band. I'm emailing the old friends- pick up this disc.

Michael Hecht

Zobo, When you shine, you dazzle me !
Thank you for the CD !! I had a few old tapes that I’ve listened to (many many times !) over the years, but they are not in great shape. So it was a treat to get the CD.
I too was a serious (maniacal? but weren’t we all) Zobo groupie back in the day. From mid 1975 until the summer of 1977, I barely missed a concert. I went to all of them in the Straight, the Chariot, Night Court, etc. Even an occasional concert at Ithaca college or in Binghamton. The music was hard-wired into my head 30 years ago, and probably will remain there for the rest of my life. (Even without the CD, I hear the music.)
Because Zobo music doesn’t sound quite right unless one is drenched in sweat (remember the Chariot concerts in summer?), I listened to the CD on a surround sound system while working out on a Stairmaster. Definitely a good time.
Most of the songs are extremely familiar (hard wired in my head), yet there was an occasional song that was new to me. The CD is from a concert in Jan 1980, which was 2.5 years after I left Ithaca. Apparently some new material was developed in the interim.
Will there be more Zobo CDs? I hope so !

Patti Witten

Still makes my heart race!
I knew that Dave Arnay had put this disc togther but when I came across it at CD Baby and saw that all proceeds would go to stem cell research, I was won over. I remember (most) of those days in Ithaca vividly. Zobo gigs were the happiest of times, and deeeply influenced my musical sensibilities. Hat's off! Now where did I leave my little cotton Chinese shoes and swirliy skrit?

Dave Adler

Gather in the tribe!
Few periods in my life are as evocative as the time I was blessed to spend with all of you and the Zobo Funn Band! Even reading the names in the reviews here has been a wonderful journey into this still vivid past. My vinyl "Zobo" long worn out and lost is now replaced and with a beautiful live music that I can dance (are those sugarplums?) to again. Thanks Dave Arnay and James and whoever else contributed to this happening! And to the other fans in the room, I love you all, those alive and those who have passed, may we all meet again! Gather the tribe!


Jaded for life, thanks to Zobo-a great CD!
Listening for the first time to some of my favorite Zobo songs in well over 20 years, it floors me to realize how unique the band still is, and why I've been so bored with the feeble attempts at the genre by other artists/bands over the years. Anyone I know who encountered this band - and still creates music these days - sets their creative bars to this level of excellence, if possible. Many, many thanks to Dave Arnay for allowing us to experience Zobo again, and please, give us more!

James B

Tasty and leaves me wanting more
I too was a fixture at Zobo shows and this does bring back memories. I remember it as great and special at the time, but listening with fresh ears so many years later it surprises me how wonderful it still is. There are nits I could make, like wanting the drums louder, and wishing certain favorite songs were included, but those are selfish. Can we hope and expect maybe a "Best of ... Live" sometime soon? Thank you to Dave and James for putting this together. Long live Jeremy!

Billy Hilson

It wasn't a dream after all...
It was a magical time, a halcyon time when bands like Zobo and Urgence ruled the Earth. Fabled Ithaca in the Lagos de Dedos was the place to be, and we only needed 4 hours on motorcycle to make that late set at the Rongo or the Haunt. Zobo was a band that defined what cool music could be, a band that defied easy categorizations. They could make you dance and they could make you think. And they could make you drink, too! Good times! Yo, Cal James, you reading this??
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