Saturday, January 30, 2016

DVD Review: Gonzo Multimedia Uncovers "The Lost Broadcast" From Frank Zappa And The Mothers Of Invention

Gonzo Multimedia took a step back in time with the newly released video "Frank Zappa And The Mothers Of Invention...The Lost Broadcast, The Full Performance." It features new, unseen footage of Frank Zappa and his band in 1968 rehearsing for their appearance in the TV show "The Beat Club." Much of the rehearsal footage has never been seen, so this DVD is a special glimpse into the musical world of Frank Zappa and the Mothers Of Inventions.

The film footage is raw, black & white with touches of special effects to give the film a psychedelic tone, but then again the music is the important part here. It feels like being invited to a jam session by Frank Zappa as you are up front, experiencing what few get to see during their live performances. Their session features some-type of version of their songs "King Kong," "Uncle Meat," "A Pound For A Brown On The Bus" and "Sleeping In A Jar." All of which would appear on the band's forthcoming album "Uncle Meat." Frank Zappa appears more as a conductor during this rehearsal as the band locks into some of the greatest prog-rock instrumentals that you will ever hear performed live on the spot. Watching Zappa perform is always a treat as his hand gestures and head nods are the signals for the band to speed up or slow down or switch tempos. A master of his trade, Frank Zappa was the ultimate bandleader for over 25 years.

The other half of the disc shows the band's full performance of their appearance on the Germany television show "The Beat Club." The music performed during this show is like a blueprint for jazz fusion as flutes and horns mixed with a piano, drums and guitar make for an amazing adventure into sound. To find out more about this newly released DVD, "Frank Zappa And The Mothers Of Inventions...The Lost Broadcast, The Full Performance," please visit

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