Frank Zappa - The Torture Never Stops
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Torture Never Stops was created in its entirety by FZ from the original concert production and intended by the
Artist as one of 3 Television Specials. This is the longest version of the three - the others, "You Are What You Is"
and "Dumb All Over", having actually aired. Halloween was Frank Zappa s favorite holiday, and New York was the
site of Frank Zappa Halloween concerts for years! The billion and a half airings by MTV of the concerts
(non-edited) followed on closely from the release of the double album You Are What You Is in September of that
year on Frank Zappa s own recently founded and thoroughly independent label, Barking Pumpkin. Much of the
set list is drawn from that work. All Frank Zappa shows were unique experiences with Zappa on guitar and baton,
leading his band on flights of improvisation and drawing ever more intense performances from them. The Torture
Never Stops cements Zappa s reputation as one of the most innovative and challenging composers and
performers of the 20th century.
Line-up: Frank Zappa (guitar, vocal); Ray White (vocal, guitar); Tommy Mars (keyboards, vocal); Scott Thunes
(bass, vocal); Chad Wackerman (drums); Ed Mann (percussion, vocal); Bobby Martin (keyboard, sax, vocal),
Steve Vai (guitar, vocal)
1) Black Napkins 2) Montana 3) Easy Meat
4) Beauty Knows No Pain 5) Charlie s Enormous Mouth
6) Fine Girl 7) Teen-Age Wind 8) Harder Than Your Husband
9) Bamboozled By Love 10) We re Turning Again
11) Alien Orifice 12) Flakes 13) Broken Hearts Are For
Assholes 14) You Are What You Is 15) Mudd Club
16) The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing 17) Dumb All Over
18) Heavenly Bank Account 19) Suicide Chump
20) Jumbo Go Away 21) Stevie s Spanking
22) The Torture Never Stops 23) Strictly Genteel
24) The Illinois Enema Bandit
Top Customer Reviews
The concert footage comes from a 1981 show and runs 1 hour 55 minutes. The video and audio (stereo only) are very good. The set list includes lots of songs from "You Are What You Is", so if you want Frank's early stuff you may be disappointed. Most of the time, the band is incredible... there are a few vocals out of pitch and some of Vai's leads are really sloppy, but when they play "Alien Orifice" my jaw hits the floor. Is anyone writing cool music like this anymore?
Extras include two bonus tracks - "Teen-Age Prostitute" and "City of Tiny Lights", the video of "You Are What You Is", a photo gallery, a discography, a DVDography, and liner notes from Scott Thunes.
Overall, this is a treat for fans and I hope more releases like this are planned for the future.
I have also had the luck to see him a number of times with different outfits,even with the Ensemble Modern towards the later part in his life...
I consider this phase here ,in the 80's and this band as probably his weakest...
In this concert presented here the light situation is pretty bad and his Guitar sound sucks(what was that?).
It's this crazy spacey flanger type effect he has on each solo...drives me nuts..doesn't have anything to do with the Les Paul he plays here in stead of the more usual SG.He also seems bored and not really full on...
No comparism with "Baby Snakes" which is way better and more enjoyable..
Had I seen this before I most likely would not have purchased it.
I'm sure there is still better and more interesting stuff in the archives hidden away...
Maybe as a part of his history...
Overall it's a very good performance. It's a great reminder of how great musicianship used to matter. Even on MTV! However I'm not happy about the long, sweeping phase shifter on Frank's guitar but what the hey, he's the boss. Besides, he only picks up the guitar to solo so it's the only time you have to endure a painfully over-effected guitar.
It must have been exhausting to play with Frank Zappa as he was the only one who got a smoke break. Ha-ha
Please expose budding musicians to the music of Frank Zappa. It's important for our future!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought it for my husband---a big Zappa fan. Said it was a superlative concert!Published 11 months ago by Jackie C.
I was at those shows in NYC. This dvd captures one of Frank's live shows. The music world of today, needs another Zappa.Published 12 months ago by JRH