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A Token Of His Extreme [DVD] [2013] [NTSC]


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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Eagle Rock
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Jun. 2013
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BUL983S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,807 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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EAGLE ROCK ENTERTAINMENT and the Zappa Family Trust are pleased to announce the first official release of A TOKEN OF HIS EXTREME, an original program created by FRANK ZAPPA for TV. Recorded on August 27, 1974 at KCET in Hollywood, A TOKEN OF HIS EXTREME features Frank Zappa with five incredibly talented band members for this extravaganza of live music. The line-up exists of Frank Zappa guitar, percussion, vocals; George Duke keyboards, finger cymbals, tambourine, vocals; Napoleon Murphy Brock sax, vocals; Ruth Underwood percussion; Tom Fowler bass; Chester Thompson drums. The Program, as edited and thoroughly tweezed & produced by FZ for Honker Home Video includes these delights: The Dog Breath Variations/ Uncle Meat, Montana, Earl Of Duke (George Duke), Florentine Pogen, Stink-Foot, Pygmy Twylyte, Room Service, Inca Roads, Oh No, Son Of Orange County, More Trouble Every Day, A Token Of My Extreme. Stereo Mixes Produced by Frank Zappa with Kerry McNabb at Paramount Studios, 1974. Mastered by Bob Ludwig, Gateway Mastering, 2009

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Thomson on 11 Jun. 2013
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I have just watched this brand new and official release of the TV performance from 1974, which I've never actually seen, even in bootleg form, and I would agree that the widespread reputation of it as being the best currently available live DVD by Zappa is correct. I also agree with other positive reviews of it. This was probably Zappa's best live line up, in my opinion, and both the band and the banter are in top form here. The picture and sound quality are also good, for the time.

However, having previously watched the already available "Dub Room Special" many times (which contains about 30-40 minutes of this performance), I was not previously aware that this isn't actually the complete recorded set. There are 2 tracks missing from this presentation, that are both included on the Dub DVD - Approximate (where the band pretend to play their instruments), and Cosmik Debris (where Napoleon Murphy Brock plays a memorably blinding sax solo), which total 12.5 minutes.

I'm not sure if it was Zappa's original intention to leave these tracks out from this set, so that each of the 2 video sets (both of which he himself produced for TV) would include a unique set list from this performance.

The back cover of this DVD shows a running time of 90 minutes - same as the Dub TV show (and both are currently Eagle Rock DVDs). However the actual live set here only runs for 73 minutes, and the back of the box does not clarify that the remainder is actually made up of a 17-minute TV interview from 1976 (good as it is).

So, has this interview been included in place of these 2 tracks which for some reason have been deleted (there are 2 or 3 short but visible blank / black spaces during the performance, where material - or perhaps just TV adverts - may been removed)?
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Durff on 2 Aug. 2007
Ok so the previous reviewer is right, the quality is alot poorer than the dub room special; Theres much more of the ambient micing in the mix, and a distinct lack of audio and visual clarity. However its still worth getting regardless of the fact its a bootleg.

'The Dub Room' only really provides a teaser for this gig, and imo ruins one of the greatest performances by the hottest mothers line-up of all time by heavily chopping song sections out, interrupting it with pap from the 80's, and overlaying it with poor quality claymation with awful sound effects. How FZ could butcher his work like that il never know.

At least with this unofficial version you get the whole gig, and nothing but the gig.

Until the Zappa estate releases a high quality version of this full TV special (and please do it soon!), then get this.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. Adamson on 6 Jun. 2013
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In my opinion, this is the best ZAPPA DVD on the market. It features the 1974 line up (which fans will know is featured on the "Overnite Sensation", "Apostrophe", "Roxy & Elsewhere" and "One Size Fits All" albums) at their peak. There are some brilliant versions of "Inca Roads" and "Montana" on here as well as a great bonus video of Zappa on the Mike Douglas Show from 1976.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By coca-ebola on 19 Feb. 2008
It may not be endorsed by the Zappa Family Trust (not that that's a guarantee of quality) - but this is absolutely, make no mistakes, in the front rank of most essential Zappa DVDs. A more valuable release, in fact, than the Dub Room Special which duplicates much of the material. Indeed, if the legendary Barcelona concert isn't available to buy when you read this, this will be the one essential Zappa concert film to own.
Why? It features the One Size Fits All line-up of the Mothers Of Invention - which, with George Duke, Napoleon Murphy Brock and Ruth Underwood on board, is undoubtedly one of his best - performing a failsafe selection of songs, including Inca Roads, Florentine Pogen, Cosmik Debris (with a parade of solos), Montana (with a guitar solo) and one of George Duke's funky/spacey improvisations as the icing on the cake. Furthermore it allows you the opportunity to enjoy these WITHOUT the overdubbed sound effects and unwarranted edits that damaged the Dub Room Special DVD.
Need I say more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Martin Smith VINE VOICE on 26 Jun. 2013
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. . . this is an acceptable substitute of an incredible band at the peak of their skills. There is a particularly impressive rhythm section on display here - Chester Thompson's drums meshing perfectly with Ruth Underwood's percussion and Tom Fowler's bass. The band as a whole work really well together, which I suppose is why this line-up is so revered amongst fans. It's easy to forget that there are only six people on stage. And you might have heard this band on disk or MP3, but you need to see this to really get it - these guys work really hard, and at the drop of a hat (or rather, a twirl of Zappa's finger) the band can launch effortlessly into an incredible tight run or motif. Watching Zappa's hand signals is in fact half the fun of it.

The mood is fun, but musically is generally devoid of some of the micky-taking or deliberately obtuse melodies that some of Zappa's bands would have. That the musician's are serious about the music they are making is clear here. (I can't watch Baby Snakes for example). Having said that, the interactions between Zappa, Murphy-Brock and Duke are priceless and hilarious.

Image quality is very good for 1974, but the rotor-speed editing on display can very quickly become annoying. There are some animated sequences and this are very good and fit the music, when they are not marred by the aforementioned flash-velocity editing and psychedelic lighting.

The main concert is about 72 mins long and is in NTSC but it played fine on my xBox. A brilliant extra shows Frank plugging (and playing) Zoot Allures on the Mike Douglas show, and then talking about Webern and Eliot Carter. You may be interested to note that fellow guest Kenny Rogers did not appear as familiar with Webern's music as Frank is!
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