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Hundred-word Reviews for Nov./Dec. 2016, Part 5 of 10

Today I take a look at five DVDs, all of which should be of interest to aficionados of 1960s pop culture, and all available only from The Video Beat. National Bandstand & Dig We Must (DVD) These two programs were broadcast on Australian TV in November 1965 ( the 48-minute National Bandstand, subtitled “The New

DVD Review: International Beat Music Vol. 1

It’s long been established that The Beatles and The Rolling Stones had an incalculable influence upon pop culture of the 1960s and beyond. What’s perhaps less well-known – at least among Anglophone listeners – -is the extent to which those groups made an impression on the music scenes in (nominally) non-English-speaking countries. The DVD International

DVD Review: Frank Zappa and the Mothers — The Lost Broadcast

For an artist who seemingly documented nearly every moment of his live and studio performance – and, not unlike John Lennon and Yoko Ono, considered the entirety of it as a single body of work – the early work of Frank Zappa‘s Mothers (of Invention) was, surprisingly, not as extensively captured and saved as one

DVD Review: Jaco

I’m not sure that the casual music fan even knows who the hell Jaco Pastorius was. Certainly among musicians, his is a name that’s revered: even if you’re not into jazz per se, if you’re a player, you know that Jaco was something special, the sort of person who comes along once in a lifetime

Best of 2015: Video (DVD and/or Blu-ray)

It takes a good bit more time and effort to screen a DVD or Blu-ray than it does to check out an album. With the latter, I can let the CD or record spin while I’m doing something else (I can multitask to some degree), but the former requires sitting in a comfortable chair, watching

Video Review: Rush — R40 Live

For a good bit longer than three decades now, I’ve been a fan of progressive rock, or “prog,” as it’s called by fans and detractors alike. I enjoy the displays of technical and instrumental prowess within the context of epic-yet-tuneful compositions. But I’m not an uncritical consumer of the genre. Prog is perhaps more prone

Video Review: Frank Zappa — Roxy: The Movie

There’s no consensus among Frank Zappa fans as to which album is his “best.” But most will agree that the 1974 double-live LP Roxy & Elsewhere is a high point. Recorded in L.A. over three nights in December ’73, the album captured The Mothers’ unique mix of bizarre lyrics, astounding and intricate musical interplay, and

DVD Review: Drop In 1963-1965

It’s a well-established part of 20th century pop culture history: the world – or at the very least North America – changed irrevocably in February 1964 when The Beatles appeared on Ed Sullivan‘s television program. But the Beatles didn’t simply materialize out of nowhere to become a cultural phenomenon. And no, I’m not even talking

DVD Review: Frank Sinatra — All or Nothing at All

When I was growing up, Frank Sinatra made what was considered music for adults. I distinctly remember when his duet with daughter Nancy Sinatra, “Somethin’ Stupid,” was all over the pop airwaves back in 1967, during the Summer of Love. As I recall, it was right alongside AM radio Top 40 hits by The Mamas

DVD Review: Escala Musical TV 1966-67

I took three years of Spanish in high school – seemingly a thousand years ago, more like thirty – and to this day I can correctly pronounce the items on a Mexican restaurant menu and/or say things that will get my face slapped (though hopefully not at the same time). That’s about my skill level.