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Captain Beefheart & Frank Zappa - When Don Met Frank: Beefheart Vs Zappa (2DVD Set)  [NTSC]
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When it comes to musical eccentricity, no one has ever come close to the often strange and sometimes downright weird sonic achievements of the loosely connected Frank Vincent Zappa and Don Van Vliet. The fact that this pair of unconventional musicians and human beings ever managed to get anyone outside of their own enterprise zones to release their music in the first place is an achievement of staggering dimensions - particularly considering the conservative approach of most record companies both then and now. But it remains one that has enriched the lives of anyone who has taken the time to listen. This 2 x DVD set explores the relationship, the music and the lives of the good Captain and Uncle Frank, and in so doing it provides an unparalleled document on this oddest of couples and the anomalous art which they both produced during their fascinating lives.
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by Rob Jones
When Don met Frank: Beefheart vs. Zappa is a 2 DVD set that delves in to the careers of two of the most original and influential artists that have ever sprung out of the rock music movement.
DVD 1 is entitled From Straight to Bizarre: Zappa, Beefheart, Alice Cooper and LA’s lunatic Fringe. From this point Zappa is to the fore and his quest to release his own material plus the work of those he respected. In 1968 Zappa took control as he set up the Bizarre and Straight labels. From there his own output and the Mothers of Invention produce join releases from the likes of: Alice Cooper, The GTOs, Wild Man Fischer, Jeff Simmons, Tim Buckley and comedian Lenny Bruce. However, in 1969, the release of the seminal Captain Beefheart album Trout Mask Replica became the defining moment of intent and achievement.
This DVD interviews players at the heart of the operations including Beefheart figures-John French and Bill Harkleroad plus Miss Pamela and Miss Mercy of The GTOs, Denis Dunaway and Neal Smith of the Alice Cooper band plus Simmons. Several esteemed music writers and other peers of the period (e.g. the legendary Kim Fowley) also add their analysis. The chat is wed with archive footage and aural interludes and the two and a half hours plus of film warrants a watch that offers an America that is the alternative to a love and peace image that is assumed to be the ‘everything of the era’.
DVD 2 delivers Captain Beefheart: Under Review and the man born Don Van Vliet is giving a thorough assessment across nearly two hours with a whole host of former band associates being integral to the chat.Read more ›
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