The long-awaited Frank Zappa film “Roxy: The Movie” to be released next month

By on September 14, 2015

Next month, on October 30th, we’ll finally see the long-anticipated release of Roxy: The Movie, — from the Eagle Rock Entertainment company, working with Zappa’s Honker Home Video — featuring Zappa and his band the Mothers filmed live at the Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood on December 8-10, 1973.

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Zappa fanatics have been waiting a long time for this one, considering that this live showcase of Zappa and his band was filmed when during the early 70s when Zappa and his band were recording some of their most challenging instrumentals. The band features Zappa on lead guitar and vocals, with Jeff Simmons (rhythm guitar, vocals), Napoleon Murphy Brock (flute, tenor saxophone, vocals), George Duke (keyboards, synthesizer, vocals), Don Preston (synthesizer), Bruce Fowler (trombone, dancer), Walt Fowler (trumpet, bass trumpet), Tom Fowler (bass guitar), Ralph Humphrey (drums), Chester Thompson (drums), and Ruth Underwood (percussion).

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The planned Roxy film project — which was shot from multiple camera angles inside the club — was eventually shelved due to the expected expense and time required to edit the footage, synching it all up, but the audio tracks were released in 1974, on the double-LP Roxy & Elsewhere, which mixed tracks from the Roxy concerts and other concert performances recorded months afterward.

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In addition to the reissuing of Zappa’s final work, Dance Me This, earlier this year (which we told you about here), the Zappa Family Trust and Universal Music Enterprises will be partnering up for a number of new and archived releases, both musical and theatric.

As Rolling Stone recently detailed, “The new partnership spans Zappa’s creative canon and includes a long-term, global licensing agreement for the artist’s entire recorded catalog, as well as a rights-management agreement that covers everything else.”

Recently it was announced that the daily operations for the Zappa Trust have been transferred from Gail Zappa to Frank’s son Ahmet Zappa.

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Here’s a track-lising for the Blu-Ray, DVD and CD:

Tracklists from Roxy – The Movie:

Blu-Ray:
1) Cosmik Debris
2) Medley: Penguin In Bondage / T’Mershi Duween / The Dog Breath Variations / Uncle Meat / RDNZL
3) Inca Roads
4) Medley: Echidna’s Arf (Of You) / Don’t You Ever Wash That Thing / Cheepnis – Percussion
5) Cheepnis
6) Medley: I’m The Slime / Big Swifty
7) Be-Bop Tango (Of The Old Jazzman’s Church)
8) Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow
9) Father O’Blivion

Bonus Features:
Additional tracks: (1) Medley: Pygmy Twylyte / The Idiot Bastard Son (2) Dickies’s Such An Asshole

DVD:
1) Cosmik Debris
2) Medley: Penguin In Bondage / T’Mershi Duween / The Dog Breath Variations / Uncle Meat / RDNZL
3) Inca Roads
4) Medley: Echidna’s Arf (Of You) / Don’t You Ever Wash That Thing / Cheepnis – Percussion
5) Cheepnis
6) Medley: I’m The Slime / Big Swifty
7) Be-Bop Tango (Of The Old Jazzman’s Church)
8 ) Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow
9) Father O’Blivion

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CD:
1) “Something Terrible Has Happened…”
2) Cosmik Debris
3) Medley: Penguin In Bondage / T’Mershi Duween / The Dog Breath Variations / Uncle Meat / RDNZL
4) Medley: Echidna’s Arf (Of You) / Don’t You Ever Wash That Thing / Cheepnis – Percussion
5) Cheepnis
6) Be-Bop Tango (Of The Old Jazzman’s Church)

Bonus Features:
Additional tracks: (1) Medley: Pygmy Twylyte / The Idiot Bastard Son (2) Dickies’s Such An Asshole

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About Bryan Thomas

Bryan Thomas has been a freelancing writer/critic for All Music Guide, and a contributor to Launch, Music Connection, Big Takeover and numerous other publications and entertainment websites, blogs and zines, most of them long gone. He's written more than sixty sets of liner notes. He’s also worked for over twenty years at mostly reissue record labels -- prior to that he worked in bookstores and record stores, going all the way back to the original vinyl daze. He lives in the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA.