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4.57 | 31 ratings | 3 reviews | 68% 5 stars

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Songs / Tracks Listing

Blu-Ray / DVD (~116:00)
1. Cosmik Debris
2. Medley: Penguin in Bondage / T'Mershi Duween / The Dog Breath Variations / Uncle Meat / RDNZL
3. Inca Roads
4. Medley: Echidna's Arf (Of You) / Don't You Ever Wash That Thing / Cheepnis - Percussion
5. Cheepnis
6. Medley: I'm the Slime / Big Swifty
7. Be-Bop Tango (Of the Old Jazzman's Church)
8. Don't Eat the Yellow Snow
9. Father O'Blivion

Bonus Features:
1. Medley: Pygmy Twylyte / The Idiot Bastard Son
2. Dickies's Such an Asshole

1. Something Terrible Has Happened...
2. Cosmik Debris
3. Medley: Penguin in Bondage / T'Mershi Duween / The Dog Breath Variations / Uncle Meat / RDNZL
4. Medley: Echidna's Arf (Of You) / Don't You Ever Wash That Thing / Cheepnis - Percussion
5. Cheepnis
6. Be-Bop Tango (Of the Old Jazzman's Church)

Line-up / Musicians

- Frank Zappa / guitar, keyboards, vocals
- George Duke / keyboards, vocals
- Tom Fowler / bass
- Ruth Underwood / percussion
- Jeff Simmons / guitar, vocals
- Don Preston / synthesizer
- Bruce Fowler / trombone
- Walt Fowler / trumpet
- Napoleon Murphy Brock / tenor saxophone, flute, vocals
- Ralph Humphrey / drums
- Chester Thompson / drums

Releases information

Previously unreleased footage of Frank Zappa and The Mothers Of Invention's performing during their three night shows at The Roxy in 1973, (Portions of which were included in the Roxy & Elsewhere album.)

Blu-Ray + CD Zappa Family Trust (2015 US)
DVD + CD Zappa Family Trust (2015 US)
Release Date: October 30, 2015

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(31 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(68%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(16%)
Good, but non-essential (10%)
Collectors/fans only (0%)
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Review by rdtprog
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Heavy / RPI / Symphonic Prog Team
4 stars It took a lot of work to synchronize the audio and the video of those concerts from those 3 nights at the Roxy in 1973. Don't expect a very clear picture, but who really cares when you can have a Zappa performance on video from the 70's. There is no big visuals effects on a Zappa concert. The music is what it counts. It's kind of funny to see Tom Fowler with a big cigar in the mouth for a long period of time and Frank smoking his cigarette sitting on a chair when he is not busy. The rhythm section with 3 musicians is solid including the young Chester Thompson. They play a important role in the show. As usual no music of Frank Zappa can be without flute, trumpet and xylophone. It is always impressive to hear how much the music here was original with some adventurous time signatures mixing prog, jazz and avant-garde.

But i personally never enjoyed the Zappa guitar's solo and at the end of the show when Frank invites people from the crowd on stage to dance during some insane improvised music. It was maybe fun for the audience, but watch this for 20 minutes on video is not my kind of thing. The editing of those shows was made to keep the cameras long enough on each members to enjoy the solos. The audio is nice for a concert that took place 40 year ago and acceptable considering the technical issues they had to overcome. This is not a perfect product, but a rare and precious thing to have in your prog collection. It comes with a single cd that contains 6 of the 11 songs on video.

Review by fuxi
5 stars The more I watch this blu-ray, the more I get the impression this has to be the best 1970s prog film of all. I can think of only a few rival films of classic prog bands at the top of their game. There's YESSONGS, which has terrible sound and far too many silly graphics. There's that live recording of PG-era Genesis you will find on YouTube, but the sound doesn't really match the images, so properly speaking it doesn't count. There's JETHRO TULL LIVE AT MSG 1978 but it's not very long and the editing is terrible: we hardly see Martin Barre, even when he is soloing his heart out. No, if you long to see an eclectic, avant-garde, jazzy and at times highly symphonic prog ensemble in full flight, ROXY THE MOVIE is the real deal! And let's not beat around the bush. Frank Zappa on lead guitar, vocals and occasional percussion; George Duke on keyboards and vocals; Napoleon Murphy Brock on sax and vocals; Ruth Underwood on vibraphone, marimba and other percussion; Tom Fowler on bass and Bruce Fowler on trombone; with both Ralph Humphrey and Chester Thompson on drums - well, together they give most of the classic British prog bands a run for their money. (And I say this as someone who grew up on Yes, Genesis & tutti quanti and who dearly loves them still.) Zappa's band are simply more accomplished, more virtuosic, more spontaneous AND more ecstatic than any other 1970s rock act. (Purely as multi-instrumentalists, perhaps only Gentle Giant come close, as the GENTLE GIANT ON THE BOX DVD will demonstrate, but the Giant never had the crazy audience interaction that Frank Zappa so clearly encourages.) Let's just face it. In spite of its technical deficiencies (e.g. why is the entire programme performed against a background of cheap silver paper?) this has to be the best possible recording of some of FZ's best music by (most likely) his most accomplished and most likeable band. Lovers of Zappa's classic ROXY AND ELSEWHERE album waited for decades to be able to watch this. A progressive rock masterpiece, no doubt about it.
Review by Chicapah
5 stars I've had the vinyl double album of this performance in heavy rotation on my turntable since it came out in the 70s. I still consider it one of the best live LPs I've ever heard. I won't go too far into the music end of things because you can just read my glowing review of it for yourself. But recently I came across the film version on Amazon Prime and, impossible as it seems, made me even more appreciative of what Frank and his band accomplished that particular night. What the record wasn't able to convey was the pure joy the musicians were exuding while playing some of the most complex material imaginable purely from memory. You'd think they were playing something akin to "Gloria" by their casual mien when, in fact, it's obvious throughout the show they're having the time of their lives. If you are of the younger set and have often wondered what all the fuss is about Mr. Zappa I highly recommend you dial this movie up soon and get ready to pick your jaw up from the floor often. No fancy light show or special effects needed for this uber-talented bunch. In my estimation there's never been anything quite like it in the history of progressive music and I'm tickled pink that it's been preserved for all time to come.

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