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Frank Zappa - in Barcelona [DVD]

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3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Intergroove
  • DVD Release Date: 14 July 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001B42E62
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,018 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
This DVD doesn't appear to be an official Zappa Family Trust release, so I imagine someone is about to be issued with a law suit very soon. It's a miracle it's is so freely available. I've no idea who has the rights to it,who filmed it or why, but I'm very glad it exists. It is, as far as I know, the only professionally filmed release of a *complete* Zappa concert out there . Not even Zappa released videos or dvds of his entire shows. For this reason alone, it's worth having.

The concert was filmed in 1988 in Barcelona, Spain, and, apart from a very bad edit right in the middle of 'Packard Goose', it is a complete 2 hour + show ( including encores. ) and featuring the amazing ten-piece band that Zappa eventually disbanded due to internal conflicts between the bass player and just about everyone else in the band. The picture quality on the DVD isn't perfect but entirely watchable and the sound quality is ok - not audiophile standards by any means, but if you know not to expect perfect sound quality, you probably won't mind. There are several dropouts in sound throughout the dvd, (maybe about 15 in all) but they're very, very brief and don't really interfere with the flow of the music.

Highlights are: the amazing segue of Stravinsky's 'Little March' and Bartok's piano concerto, complete with mock ballet moves from Zappa; a fine version of 'Watermelon in Easter Hay'; ditto 'Black Napkins' and 'Torture never stops', plus a great version of Big Swifty, featuring a crazy improvised section in which Zappa plays the Synclavier whilst conducting the band. There's even a splendid reggae version of Ravel's Bolero. The show ends with a wonderful rendition of 'Strictly Genteel'.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Good effort" 20 July 2008
By G. Mair
This is an extremley interesting DVD with great songs never seen before on DVD such as "Baritone woman" and also the classic "sharleena".
Perhaps the only problem with the DVD is that the picture is slightly on the fuzzy side but the good sound makes up for it.
Amazon are only charging around £8-9 for this item and it's well worth a look.(Buy It)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Essential 29 April 2009
This is a reprint of a review of a previous edition.

Regardless of its "official or unofficial?" status, this is - make no mistake - the single most entertaining, historically-important and musically satisfying Zappa DVD currently in circulation.

Clearly some copies appear to have acquired audio defects - mine hasn't - but arguably these are worth enduring. If you're a Zappa fan you need to acquire it anyway. But if you're a newcomer, this is more likely to convert you than any other DVD on these pages.

Look what you're getting here:
Two hours of the delicious-sounding 1988 band - the "Broadway The Hard Way" line-up: the big band with five horns, a synclavier, and an Ike Willis/Bobby Martin vocal frontline.
A wide-ranging repertoire including the then-topical tunes, a few of the more serious-minded covers (Ravel's Bolero, the Beatles' I Am The Walrus), such failsafe crowd pleasers as Black Napkins, Watermelon In Easter Hay and Packard Goose (the '88 arrangement of this, complete with classical-musical quotations, is exquisite)...

And, best of all, visual evidence of the band doing what it did best.
First, the free improvisation - a fabulous version of Big Swifty with solos or mini-solos from about half the band, and the synclavier/sampler being put to good use throughout.
And secondly, the humour. It starts with Frank using Ike as a ventriloquist-dummy during Find Her Finer and accelerates into a fiesta of "secret word" spontaneous lyric-changes. I can't tell you what they're joking about but, if you're reading this, you're probably the sort of person who will find it as amusing as the band themselves (Ike's infectious laughter during the Torture Never Stops Medley makes it all worthwhile, and that's before Frank has played his solo).
Whatever may have gone wrong in production, you have to bless the company that made this available - it certainly puts the Barking Pumpkin release schedule into perspective
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but poor sound quality 17 Sep 2008
I disagree with the other reviews...I Find the quality of picture is all right, and as far as I can hear the music is fine...but the sound quality is really bad...so I was quite disapointed..
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars very poor sound and illegal product 3 April 2009
By H. Tuna
i have owned this concert on video since 1988, and i must say the sound on this DVD is not very good, there is information in the sound missing, the transfer from video to DVD has not been done properly in stereo, there is a lot of instruments missing from the sound that is available on my video..

but i suppose that's what you get for purchasing illegal DVD's..
i may just re sell my copy i am that unhappy with it..

i just wish that someone would release this legally with the sound and picture quality worthy of a Zappa release...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice DVD 14 Nov 2013
By Dave
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Not a bad DVD of Zappa but, not the best either. The picture quality is quite reasonable for it's time but, the thing that really lets this DVD down is the sound. I played this through my surround sound system and everything just comes through the front centre speaker even in stereo mode, no bass whatsoever either. It's like listening through an old 70's TV. Such a shame really, as there isn't a great load of Zappa DVDs out there.

Hopefully, one day, someone will get hold of the master tapes and re-mix this to a reasonable standard.
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