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The Classic Albums series strives to be definitive, and this must-have DVD is fully authorized in the scope of its coverage. With complete cooperation and participation from the remaining Zappa family (sons Dweezil and Ahmet, daughter Moon, and widow Gail are all extensively interviewed) and additional interviews with Billy Bob Thornton, Alice Cooper, guitarist Steve Vai, veteran Rolling Stone critic David Fricke, and many of Zappa's closest associates and collaborators, this 97-minute documentary is packed with highlights and fascinating revelations, like the pristine precision of Zappa's hand-written compositions, Zappa's childhood fascination with the compositions of Edgard Varèse, and his diligent, prolific, and disciplined, drug-free approach to recording and touring. Zappa's studio process is amazingly revealed when Dweezil and Zappa "Vaultmeister" Joe Travers sit down at a mixing table to analyze the master tapes of classic Zappa tracks like the hilariously controversial "Dyna-Moe Humm." In addition to vintage archival clips of Zappa discussing his music and career, and home movies of Zappa's band on tour during the mid-1970s, this DVD also includes the complete video of Zappa performing "I'm the Slime" on Saturday Night Live in 1976, live footage of a 1973 performance of "Montana," and a new performance of "Camarillo Brillo" by Dweezil's tribute band, Zappa Plays Zappa (with Dweezil playing one of his father's favorite Gibson guitars). Bonus features also include a Travers-hosted trip into the massive Zappa archives, and further deconstruction of Zappa tracks "Dirty Love" and "Nanook Rubs It." If you're a casual Zappa fan, this DVD will turn you into a passionate convert. For those who've loved Zappa all along, it's a little bit of heaven here on Earth. --Jeff Shannon
It is great that Frank's Engineering prowess as well as producing credits are given he was a Composer, bandleader, guitarist, percussionist, technician, and visionary who... Read morePublished 1 month ago by voracious reader
I wasn't familiar with the two albums featured here and expected to like the video more that I did, but it's very well made. If you're a fan of them, I'm sure you'll like it.Published 4 months ago by Blue Dragonfly
I have always loved this material. It is among the select group of recordings I listen to over & over.Published 6 months ago by John Maude
Not just for someone who compiles all things Zappa, but also for those just starting on their journey into his fantastic music. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Diane J. McCashen
Being the huge Zappa fan that I am, I expected more! The whole thing is pretty dry and drawn out! I expected more!
But not what I really expected.
Anyway when you like Frank Zappa you are always happy to see him.
FZ at his best