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Frank Zappa



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4 stars Excellent DVD!

If you like Zappa, this is a must have. But then, most of those people already have it :-)

In any case, some killer performances on here. This was apparently available on VHS years ago, but I wasn't much interested in Zappa back then. Anway, the real appeal of this for me is concert footage from two different eras of Zappa's career. For me, the 74 footage is the most impressive, with a fairly lean lineup (only 6 musicans, including Zappa himself) doing some incredible renditions of some of Zappa's best material. Inca Roads alone makes this package worth having. The 81 footage is no less interesting though, as we get to see a very young Steve Vai perform a typically over the top solo, as well as cutting some of his hair off on stage. It's interesting to me how Vai's solo is far more technically proficient than Franks, yet Franks just blows it away by fitting the song much better.

The low budget studio footage is pretty hilarious, though of course such things don't have high replay value. The Italian segment is pretty entertaining though, in a disgusting Zappa sort of way :-)

In all, a good DVD to have for any Zappa fan and even for someone like myself who is pretty particular in the Zappa that he likes (I generally prefer the more instrumental stuff, though not exclusively, and am not crazy about a lot of the pastiches of various musical genres......the doo wop stuff really gets on my nerves, for instance). So for myself, 4 stars, though if you are not a big Zappa fan you could subtract a star....or add one if you are a hardcore Zappa freak (though you probably bought it the day it was released anyway :-)

infandous | 4/5 |


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