Reviewed! Frank Zappa - Frank Zappa: The Torture Never Stops

Frank Zappa
Frank Zappa: The Torture Never Stops
Eagle Rock Ent.

Filmed at the Palladium in New York, New York, Frank Zappa: The Torture Never Stops draws heavily from two of Zappa's, perhaps, lesser-known releases in Tinseltown Rebellion and You Are What You Is, and while this live set and performance doesn’t go the distance in fully portraying the brilliance of Zappa's career, it doesn’t necessarily mean this DVD is anything but a must-have for any and all Zappa fans.

Frank Zappa: The Torture Never Stops sees Zappa onstage in all his caustic glory, as unabashed and irreverent as ever, and adding Zappa's backing band on this night (singer/guitarists Steve Vai and Ray White, bassist Scott Thunes, drummer Chad Wackerman, percussionist Ed Mann, and singer/keyboardists Tommy Mars and Bobby Martin), which maybe the best band he's ever put together, doesn’t hurt his cause either. At certain points during this performance, different elements take center stage - the guitar work blazes on tunes like 'the Illinois Enema Bandit' and 'Jumbo Go Away,' while Zappa's presence as a true stage general shines on 'Dumb All Over' and 'the Meek Shall Inherit Nothing.' The song 'Stevie's Spanking' offers a look at the enigmatic frontman bringing the quirk factor up to 10, something he does very well. With the band that Zappa was able to assemble behind him, Frank Zappa: the Torture Never Stops is probably better at times than it really should have been, but it adds to the overall enjoyment factor of things.

Even though Frank Zappa: the Torture Never Stops doesn’t offer much in the way of extras, aside from some other live songs and typical photo galleries and such, it is a recommended viewing for sure.

Grade: B

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