Return of the Son of for Your Eyes - Only?
Live in Paris 1980 Frank Zappa is revered as modern musics greatest innovator, an iconoclast who destroyed music convention with genre-busting funk/blues/psychedelic/heavy rock arrangements, and incredible live stage shows. As a solo performer, and with his groundbreaking band The Mothers of Invention, Zappa recorded 60 albums and collaborated with Captain Beefheart and the London Symphony Orchestra. Rock and rolls sharpest musical mind and most astute social critic, he was the most prolific composer of his age.

Recorded Live in Paris in 1980, this is a rare recording of Frank Zappa performing at the peak of his career with his incredible backing band, including Ike Willis (guitar/vocals), Ray White (guitar/vocals), Tommy Mars (keys), Arthur Barrow (bass) and David Logeman (drums). It was the year after Zappa released two of his greatest albums - Sheik Yerbouti and the masterpiece, Joes Garage and this cracking live show includes the classic Zappa songs Joes Garage, Dancing Fool, Bobby Brown and The Illinois Enema Bandit.
Best wel een aparte DVD. Besteld in Australië! De opname blijkt een concert te zijn voor de Franse TV. Het logo (INA) staat netjes op de doos, maar ik weet niet of dit legaal is. Prima concert van de 80-band met op de drumstoel David Logeman. Geluid en beeld zijn uitstekend, helaas is dvd erg kort. Leuk voor erbij dus.
DVD - 34 minuten - 2008
1. Chunga's Revenge
2. (Keep it) Greasy
3. Joe's Garage
4. Why Does it Hurt When I Pee?
5. Dancing Fool
6. Bobby Brown
7. Miss Pinky
8. The Illinois Enema Bandit
geen extra's
legaal?? / illegaal ??

Waarschuwing / Warning
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The Freak Out List When an artist, regardless of his significance, lists his favourite musicians and performers it is usually met with little fanfare, as over time the names mentioned are almost certainly going to change. But when Frank Zappa did likewise, and actually published a record of his most important influences on the inside cover of his debut album, it became a road map to the music he was to make over the following forty years. Even in the early 1990s, when asked about his most-loved composers, musicians and artists, he would repeat names from this, by then legendary, index.

This film explores the musical roots of Frank Zappa by putting The Freak Out List under the microscope and tracing the lineage from the most pivotal names thereon to the recordings and performances of the man himself. Featuring rare footage of Zappa and the Mothers plus archive film of Freak Out List artists, exclusive interviews with The Mothers Of Invention’s Ian Underwood, Don Preston and George Duke, 1950s Doo Wop legends, The Cadillacs, contributions from Zappa biographers Ben Watson and Greg Russo, Edgard Varèse biographer Alan Clayson, experimental modern music historian Professor David Nicholls, soul and R’n’B expert Robert Pruter, and many others

Also features numerous seldom seen photographs, news archive, radio spots and a host of other features which all together make for a fascinating, unique and hugely watchable programme.

Extra features include: extended interviews; featurette ‘Frank Zappa’s Record Collection’; illustrated contributor biographies; and more.
Geweldige DVD. Een echte aanrader voor de fans en andere geinteresseerden. Van dezelfde makers als Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention - In the 1960's - Het schetst een beeld van de beginperiode van Zappa & Mothers en de ontwikkeling daarna. Dit gaat aan de hand van de muzikanten die genoemd zijn op de beroemde lijst op de binnenhoes van Freak Out. Uit die lijst is een aantal thema's gehaald als doowop, modern klassiek en jazz. Allemaal invloeden op FZ's muziek en keuzes. Behalve dat is er een aantal interviews met deskundigen en ex-Mothers als George Duke, Don Preston en Ian Underwood .De laatste vooral is erg realistisch in zijn benadering, maar als ex-rechterhand nog steeds zeer positief over zijn tijd bij de grootmeester. Prachtige stukjes film van allerlei muzikanten en bands (veel Miles Davis), maar vooral weer veel en onbekend werk van Zappa met zijn bands. Altijd te kort vanwege auteursrechten, maar toch, het is er allemaal wel. Heel verraderlijk is de begeleidende muziek. Die lijkt heel erg veel op restje Hot Rats, maar is van ene Chris Ingham.
Ik heb deze hele DVD in één keer gekeken omdat die zo boeiend was. Aanrader!

DVD - ca. 88 minutes - 2009
Various Places and years
1. Intro
2. The List
3. Classical Variations
4. Fountain of Love
5. Keep it Greasy
6. Jazz from Hell
Extra's:
- extended interviews
- record collection
- contributor bio's

This film is not authorised by the estate or family of FZ


Tony Palmer's Film of Frank Zappa's 200 Motels
I’ve read so much rubbish about 200 Motels over the years, much of it fiction, much of it originating with Frank Zappa himself, that the release of the newly restored film on DVD gives me an opportunity - my first - to correct one or two of the wilder stories about how the film came about and what really happened during the filming.
Contrary to what Frank Zappa and his biographers have asserted, when I first became involved there was no script, just a trunk-load of papers containing scenes ‘from the life of’. My ‘job’, Frank said, was to make some sense of this jumble and try to construct a coherent script from which a film, any film, would emerge. True, Frank had written a pile of music, some good, some not so good, but no  orchestra had been booked, no soloists, no choir, no choreographer. My second ‘job’ therefore was to organise all this at very short notice. Normally, you need to book a London orchestra – especially if you required them for a week - at least a year in advance. I had three weeks in which to find a top class, professional orchestra.
Next, although the film was entirely Frank’s idea, MGM/UA were unwilling to trust him with a feature film, even if it was estimated to cost only around half a million dollars. (It finally cost $679,000). In fact, they had turned him down as the director of the film, and insisted on a safe pair of hands to make sure something emerged for their money. It so happened that I had been offered a picture deal by MGM a little earlier (which I had also turned down), and it was Herb Cohen, Frank Zappa’s longsuffering manager, who, knowing this and knowing that Frank had worked with me before, put the jigsaw together.
Next, it was clear that many of the scenes could not be shot the way Frank envisaged them on conventional celluloid, or rather they could be shot, but would take an age and a lot of money (neither of which we had) because of the special effects involved. It was me who suggested using videotape, not Frank Zappa, because I was already experimenting with video effects using the earliest colour video cameras that had arrived at the BBC only three years before. Initially, MGM/UA vetoed this idea because, as they quite reasonably pointed out, videotape (“what is that?” one executive asked me) could not be projected in their cinemas.
It was a colleague in Technicolor London who came up with the solution, namely that since the old pre-war Technicolor process involved shooting with three different negatives (red, green & blue) run in parallel, and since the television image in those days also comprised three different elements - red, green & blue, it might be possible to transfer each element separately to the different negatives and, when printed together, a true fi lm ‘transfer’ might result. Which is precisely what happened, and the first ever ‘film transfer’ from videotape resulted. MGM/UA was satisfied, because they now had ‘a film’, not a videotape. Frank Zappa was satisfied because he could now have all the effects he desired, quickly and relatively inexpensively. But he had nothing to do with discovering the process; in fact, I’m not too sure he understood it. Nonetheless I’ve often read that he ‘pioneered’ the whole thing, a porky that is repeated in the totally misleading film about the ‘making of’ made by the Dutch television station, VPRO.
In this same film, Zappa asserts that only a third of his script was filmed. Nonsense.  The director (me) “quit mid-production”, which is news to me, as well as several actors and a band member. More fiction. Wilfred Brambell, a famous British character actor (famous especially as ‘Steptoe’) refused the part he was offered, and Jeff Simmons was replaced by Martin Lickert in the role of Jeff because he had the temerity to call Frank Zappa an ego-maniac. All true, but Zappa’s later claim that these events “accounted for several radical, last-minute changes” is yet more nonsense.
Apparently – according to the Dutch documentary – when I had quit, I had threatened to wipe the tapes – which is odd, considering I edited all the videotapes myself after completion of filming before handing them over to MGM/UA. I’ve also read that the out-takes and the videotapes on which they were stored were wiped and sold back to MGM/UA to reduce the overspend. No company such as MGM/UA would ever accept second-hand tapes, even if wiped, not least because the tapes would be more-or-less worthless. Another Zappa wopper.  It begins to sound as if I am attempting to pour scorn on Frank Zappa’s achievement. Quite the contrary. It’s impossible not to have a sneaking admiration for a film which self evidently would never have been made had it not been for him and his curious talent.
And, crazy though the film seems to be, it does have a certain insight into how ‘life on the road’ was for many of these rock bands at that time. The fact is also that, here we are, nearly 40 years later, and there is still a huge market/interest for the film.  Oh, and by the way, according to several websites devoted to the film, because I had ‘been fired’ and/or ‘quit’ (delete whichever you think is applicable) I went off and destroyed the master tapes – which is very odd considering that these very same master tapes are sitting in front of me as I write.
And finally, that as a result of any of the above (you choose which), Frank & I ‘never spoke again’. Which is even odder, because a couple of years later when Zappa sued the Royal Albert Hall in London for cancelling a concert in which he had intended to perform the music from 200 Motels, I appeared at the trial in The Royal Courts of Justice in the Strand as Frank Zappa’s ‘expert witness’. Would Zappa have wanted that had we not stayed friends?
So, forty years on, I’m proud to be associated with the film, proud to have known Frank Zappa, and proud to have stayed his friend, in spite of all the rubbish that (mostly) others have written about what ‘really’ happened.

TONY PALMER-text © from Voiceprint-site & dvd insert.
Een officiele uitgave van 200 Motels was er nog niet. Nu is het plotseling David Palmer's film of Frank Zappa's 200 Motels geworden. Wij dachten altijd dat Palmer Zappa geholpen had... Tsja. Wij dachten wel meer (zie hierboven). Omdat ik de film altijd in rokerige achterafzaaltjes gezien heb, of via een een illegale kopie op DVD of via een legale, maar slechte video is deze versie erg helder en scherp. Behalve de beeldkwaliteit voegt het echter weinig toe. De muziek klonk altijd al 'dun' en dat is helaas niet verbeterd. De film biedt niets nieuws, we kennen alles al. Jammer dat er geen outtakes gebruikt zijn of een director's cut. Het zullen de auteursrechten wel weer zijn. Als ik het daarover heb, kijk eens naar de 'tracks', zo kennen we ze niet. De lijn in de film is daarmee echter wel duidelijk. Het begeleidend boekje is in stijl van de originele LP (!) gedaan. Mooi. De tekst - hierboven - staat daar ook in. Het blijft een grappige film, maar steeds meer tijdgebonden en steeds minder 'cult' vind ik. Een film die nu niet meer gemaakt zou worden door voortschrijdend inzicht.  "Mad, bad, dangerous" roept de LA - Times op de voorzijde van de doos. Mad zeker, slecht in zekere zin ook, maar dan meer filmisch gezien. Gevaarlijk? Laat me niet lachen, voor Amerikanen wel denk ik, maar de nuchtere Hollander? Kopen? Ach, ik weet niet. Als je hem nog nooit gezien hebt wel, anders...
DVD - 98 minuten - 2009
 1. Enter Larry the Dwarf - Ringo
2. Touring can make you crazy - The Mothers
3. Rance Muhammitz and the Steaming Cheesburger and Frank is watching!
4. I don't know too much about this stuff - do you?
5. Centerville, a real nice place to raise your kids up - including the Rancid Boutique
6. this town is a sealed Tuna Sandwich
7. Lonesome cowboy Burt
8. Ringo speaks about the life of a musician
9. Oooo... the way you squeeze me baby
10. Redneck eats
11. The raving nun (Keith Moon) and The Newts while the girl wants to fix him some broth!
12. The Dental Hygiene movie
13. The groupies rescues the Nun from his dead bed
14. Penis dimension
15. She painted up her face
16. Half a dozen provocative squats & shove it right in
17. Ringo is finding some pussy & Bwana Dik
18. What will this evening bring me?
19. Daddy, daddy, daddy
20. Vile foamy liquids
21. The vacuum cleaner is attacked
22. Jeff's trip
23. the End, except for "Lord have mercy on the people of England' followed by We have to get wasted
24.End credits


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