Anyone who appreciates the way music is constructed should watch this film, which is made of the footage from a set of shows Zappa/Mothers did at the Roxy in Hollywood back in 1973. The footage has been pretty much buried since it was shot...this film just came out in October 2015. The album Roxy and Elsewhere (mostly) came from these shows, and I’ve been listening to that record for years, but watching this film I’m realizing that I never really gave much thought to the individual ingredients that went into these songs, because this stage performance is truly epic. I’ve never seen this level of professional musicianship from this many people on one stage. Just amazing. Zappa’s ability to lead and co-ordinate such a big group worked so well because the individual musicians were legends in their own right: truly gifted individuals, though not each trying to hog center-stage but understanding how the sum of the parts was greater than any of their individual contributions.

Even if you don’t like Zappa, there’s no denying the guy truly was a musical genius.