Sunday, January 4, 2015
The Zombie Horror Picture Show
As a teen I was really into concert videos. My Faith No More official and bootleg concerts collection was one of my most prized possessions. I can't count how many times I watched "You Fat Bastards". And though I've slowed down quite a bit with the collecting of live videos and DVDs, I was really excited to hear that Rob Zombie was finally doing one after so many years of teasing it. I think I'd first heard mention of him doing one way back in the White Zombie days. Now, finally, it has happened.
The Zombie Horror Picture Show is a fantastic release all around. Zombie had said he wanted it to feel like a 70s concert film, and he certainly achieved that. The picture and film quality is great with nice little camera filters and special effects spread through out. It actually looks like it was shot on film. There is also just the right amount of audience footage, but not so much you get annoyed looking at all the randos and their girlfriend's jiggling boobies.
The sound quality is just as good as the picture. The mix is perfect. The band is extremely tight. There is an over all big, full sound to it. Zombie really brought his A game for this one. He is full of energy and his stage presence is probably the best its ever been. Though he gets a tad winded on the faster tracks(More Human than Human is a bit clipped) the vocals themselves are strong and sound really good; even when he is clipping the words to save his breath. But the songs with the slower singing, Teenage Nosferatu Pussy for example, sound so good they could almost be studio versions.
The track listing is pretty darn strong too. He does a nice mix of old and new. I was really glad to hear more of the later stuff, which I think is very underrated. Some of the highlights include We're an American Band, Sick Bubblegum, Ging Gang Gong, and a fantastic version of The Lords of Salem.
There is a strange lack of special features to The Zombie Horror Picture Show. Some backstage footage and some of his latest music videos would have made this A+ release into an A++ release. Even still, definitely worth picking up even if you are only a casual Rob Zombie fan.
Teenage Nosferatu Pussy
Super Charger Heaven
Living Dead Girl
We're An American Band
More Human Than Human
Never Gonna Stop
Ging Gang Gong De Do Gong De Laga Raga
Meet The Creeper
Angry Red Planet
Mars Needs Women
House Of 1000 Corpses
Lords Of Salem
Dead City Radio and the New Gods of Super Town
Thunder Kiss '65