200 Motels

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The soundtrack to Frank Zappa's strange early-'70s film 200 Motels was always doomed to be a peripheral entry in his discography. The movie's story was not easy to follow, and neither is the record not that plot was ever a big focus of the production. It's typically wacky Zappa of the era, with unpredictable sharp turns between crunchy rock bombast, orchestration, and jazz/classical influences, as well as interjections of wacky spoken dialogue. Those who like his late-'60s/early-'70s work -- not as song-oriented as his first albums, in other words, but not as "serious" or as silly as his later records -- will probably like this fine, although it's not up to the level...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The soundtrack to Frank Zappa's strange early-'70s film 200 Motels was always doomed to be a peripheral entry in his discography. The movie's story was not easy to follow, and neither is the record not that plot was ever a big focus of the production. It's typically wacky Zappa of the era, with unpredictable sharp turns between crunchy rock bombast, orchestration, and jazz/classical influences, as well as interjections of wacky spoken dialogue. Those who like his late-'60s/early-'70s work -- not as song-oriented as his first albums, in other words, but not as "serious" or as silly as his later records -- will probably like this fine, although it's not up to the level of Uncle Meat. It's funny in spots as well, especially the part where a disgruntled sideman gets tempted away from the band to do his own thing a libretto that was, apparently, based on real-life incidents concerning Zappa sideman Jeff Simmons, who left during the project. On the other hand, there's a growing tendency to deploy the smutty, cheap humor that would soon dominate much of Zappa's work. Originally released in 1971, this didn't make it onto CD until 1997, in a two-disc package that included a bit of bonus material, although this was merely four promotional radio spots for the film and the single edit of "Magic Fingers."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/14/1997
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • UPC: 014431051340
  • Catalog Number: 10513

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Semi-Fraudulent/Direct-From-Hollywood Overture - The Mothers of Invention (2:01)
  2. 2 Mystery Roach - The Mothers of Invention (2:32)
  3. 3 Dance of the Rock & Roll Interviewers - The Mothers of Invention (0:48)
  4. 4 This Town Is a Sealed Tuna Sandwich (Prologue) - The Mothers of Invention (0:55)
  5. 5 Tuna Fish Promenade - The Mothers of Invention (2:29)
  6. 6 Dance of the Just Plain Folks - The Mothers of Invention (4:40)
  7. 7 This Town Is a Sealed Tuna Sandwich (Reprise) - The Mothers of Invention (0:58)
  8. 8 The Sealed Tuna Bolero - The Mothers of Invention (1:40)
  9. 9 Lonesome Cowboy Burt - The Mothers of Invention (3:54)
  10. 10 Touring Can Make You Crazy - The Mothers of Invention (2:54)
  11. 11 Would You Like a Snack? - The Mothers of Invention (1:23)
  12. 12 Redneck Eats - The Mothers of Invention (3:02)
  13. 13 Centerville - The Mothers of Invention (2:31)
  14. 14 She Painted up Her Face - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (1:41)
  15. 15 Janet's Big Dance Number - The Mothers of Invention (1:18)
  16. 16 Half a Dozen Provacative Squats - The Mothers of Invention (1:57)
  17. 17 Mysterioso - The Mothers of Invention (0:48)
  18. 18 Shove It Right In - The Mothers of Invention (2:32)
  19. 19 Lucy's Seduction of a Bored Violinist & Postlude - The Mothers of Invention (4:01)
Disc 2
  1. 1 I'm Stealing the Towels - The Mothers of Invention (2:15)
  2. 2 Dental Hygiene Dilemma - The Mothers of Invention (5:11)
  3. 3 Does This Kind of Life Look Interesting to You? - The Mothers of Invention (2:59)
  4. 4 Daddy, Daddy, Daddy - The Mothers of Invention (3:11)
  5. 5 Penis Dimension - The Mothers of Invention (4:37)
  6. 6 What Will This Evening Bring Me This Morning - The Mothers of Invention (3:29)
  7. 7 A Nun Suit Painted on Some Old Boxes - The Mothers of Invention (1:08)
  8. 8 Magic Fingers - The Mothers of Invention (3:53)
  9. 9 Motorhead's Midnight Ranch - The Mothers of Invention (1:28)
  10. 10 Dew on the Newts We Got - The Mothers of Invention (1:09)
  11. 11 The Lad Searches the Night for His Newts - The Mothers of Invention (0:41)
  12. 12 The Girl Wants to Fix Him Some Broth - The Mothers of Invention (1:10)
  13. 13 The Girl's Dream - The Mothers of Invention (0:54)
  14. 14 Little Green Scratchy Sweaters & Corduroy Ponce - The Mothers of Invention (1:00)
  15. 15 Strictly Genteel (The Finale) - The Mothers of Invention (11:08)
  16. 16 Coming Soon! (0:56)
  17. 17 The Wide Screen Erupts (0:57)
  18. 18 Coming Soon! (0:31)
  19. 19 Frank Zappa's 200 Motels (0:11)
  20. 20 Magic Fingers - The Mothers of Invention (2:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Frank Zappa Primary Artist, Bass, Guitar
Theodore Bikel Narrator
George Duke Trombone, Keyboards
Jimmy Carl Black Vocals
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Track Performer
Aynsley Dunbar Drums
Howard Kaylan Vocals
Jim Pons Voices
Ian Underwood Keyboards, Woodwind
Ruth Underwood Drums
Mark Volman Vocals
Barry Keene Overdubs
Technical Credits
Bob Auger Engineer
Frank Zappa Producer, Orchestration
Barry Keene Remixing
David McMacken Illustrations
Patrick Pending Liner Notes
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