5 Gallons Of Diesel [DVD] review by Les Claypool

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  • Sound: 10
  • Content: 10
  • Production Quality: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 9.8 (4 votes)
Les Claypool: 5 Gallons Of Diesel [DVD]

Sound — 10
After the release of Primus' "Animals Should Not Try To Act Like People" bass virtuoso Les Claypool released a DVD of 3 1/2 hours of material covering his various side projects over the years, including rare live footage, music videos and exclusive behind the scene footage. Covering bands from Sausage (containing the original Primus line-up) to Colonel Claypool's Bucket of Bernie Brains (Claypool's latest group at time of release) there is a wide variety of music produced taking in Claypool's creative music and many other famous musicians putting their stamp on it including Buckethead, Stewart Copeland (Police fame), Trey Anastasio (Phish fame), Brain (Primus, Praxis), Bernie Worrel, Skerik and the list goes on. The music each band produces is one of a kind and you are unlikely to find anything like it anywhere else.

Content — 10
The DVD contains 3 1/2 hours of footage including each of the bands performing live/music videos, as well as the extras of Claypool fishing and having a "bass battle" the various content can be seen as follows: Sausage 01. Riddles Are Abound Tonight (video) 02. The Making Of Riddles 03. Prelude To Fear (live) Holy Mackerel 04. Hendershot (live) Oysterhead 05. Shadow Of A Man (live) Frog Brigade 06. Here's To The Man (live) 07. Running The Gauntlet (live) 08. David Makalaster (live) 09. Long In The Tooth (live) 10. Whamola (live) 11. Granny's Little Yard Gnome (live) 12. Ding Dang (live) 13. Buzzards Of Green Hill (live) C2B3 14. Opening Jam (live) 15. Encore Jam (live) 16. Tyranny Of The Hunt (live) 17. Scott Taylor (live) Les Claypool 18. Riddles Are Abound Tonight (live) 19. The Awakening (live) Extras 20. 3 Guys Named Schmo (live) 21. Buzzards Of Green Hill (video) 22. The Making Of Buzzards 23. The Recording Of Buzzards 24. Fly Fishing The World 2004 Idaho 25. Fly Fishing The World 2005 Quebec I personally would have enjoyed more footage from Oysterhead, Sausage and The Holy Mackerel, but it has to be appreciated that footage for these bands is quite hard to come by. However the overall content provided is excellent.

Production Quality — 10
The videos are extremely high quality showing good camera work and high quality picture and sound. The footage on the DVD was recorded and produced professionally with the exception of the behind the scenes videos which are done with a camcorder, similar to the "Animals should not try to act like people" behind the scenes.

Overall Impression — 10
I was anxious to get this after scouring the internet and my local music shops for it and I was not disappointed. It is a great DVD and if you love Les Claypools music or his stage presence and sense of humour you will really enjoy this DVD. If this was stolen I would definitely buy it again.

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