Frank Zappa – The Dub Room Special!

January 22nd, 2006
by Celtic Bob

Frank Zappa
The Dub Room Special!

2005, Eagle Vision
Rating: 4/5

Zappa’s infamous THE DUB ROOM SPECIAL! From 1982 finally makes it’s way to DVD. Originally available Beta & VHS and obtained only through mail order. This made for TV special was originally aired at The Ritz in NYC on Halloween in ’82 in lieu of a concert performance. The live performances found on the disc were filmed at 2 different points in Frank’s careear. The first being from L.A. in 1974 and the other being in NYC on Halloween in ’81.

Frank’s musical brilliance is evident throughout the whole film. His distinct form of humour takes center stage for portions of the live sections. There is nobody in the music world today that can come close to combining the two as perfectly as FZ. The arrangements of the songs are very complex and flawlessly performed by some first rate musicians. The ’81 segments feature a new guitarist by the name of Steve Vai. Seeing a young Vai trading off guitar licks with Frank is simply amazing. You can see here that his stage presence and style have already been developed.

Bonus features are minimal but the “Valley Girl” documentary is quite interesting which shows the whole “Val” thing from that era and how the hit song was just a not so serious spoof on the whole thing.
A definite film you need in your collection. Fans of FZ and Vai already know what I mean. The musical talent alone is worth the price of admission.

Track Listing:

1. ”Dog Breath Variations”/”Uncle Meat” (from KCET Studios, Los Angeles, 1974)
2. ”Room Service” (from KCET Studios, Los Angeles, 1974)
3. ”Nig Biz” (from The Palladium, NYC, Halloween, 1981)
4. ”Approximate” (from KCET Studios, Los Angeles, 1974)
5. ”Cosmic Debris” (from KCET Studios, Los Angeles, 1974)
6.  “Cocaine Decisions” (from The Palladium, NYC, Halloween, 1981)
7. ”Montana” (from KCET Studios, Los Angeles, 1974)
8.  “Tengo Na Minchia Tanta” (song from the Dub Room, 1982)
9.   “Florentine Pogen” (from KCET Studios, Los Angeles, 1974)
10. “Stevie’s Spanking” (from The Palladium, NYC, Halloween, 1981)
11. “Stinkfoot” (from KCET Studios, Los Angeles, 1974)
12. “Flakes” (from The Palladium, NYC, Halloween, 1981)
13. “Inca Roads” (from KCET Studios, Los Angeles, 1974)
14. “Easy Meat” (from The Palladium, NYC, Halloween, 1981)

 

 

 

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