In 2006, Les Claypool and his Fancy Band toured a number of clubs in the U.S. I was lucky enough to cover the tour when it hit Austin, and all night long I kept bumping into a videographer filming the show. It turns out there were a number of videographers who worked the various shows throughout the tour, and this DVD is the end result.
This is how you make a real concert video.
I've watched lots and lots of live concert footage released on DVD, and it seems the more "professional" the filming, editing, and equipment, the more energy and excitement gets sucked out of the end product. I know that few of the concert videos I've owned or reviewed ever get watched more than once. All the MTV-like 3 second cutaways and the swirling zooming telescopic camera angles get me dizzy. I actually got nauseated trying to watch Motorhead's last performance DVD, and I pity the camera man that had to ride the platform to get all those helicopter-like zooms.
Les Claypool's video is nothing like that. Stripped down, lean, mean, not without flaws, this is a bare bones, almost archival, video of last year's tour. After watching this video I got the feeling of being at a Les Claypool concert, not watching some fancy Hollywood production number. It helps that I actually WAS at this concert; at least five songs from the DVD were filmed at their Austin gig at La Zona Rosa, but even the bits filmed at other venues in Cleveland, Boston, and New York still impart that same feeling.