Frank Zappa Meets the Mothers of Prevention

Frank Zappa Meets the Mothers of Prevention

by Frank Zappa
     
 

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Frank Zappa Meets the Mothers of Prevention is a transitional album that sees Zappa turning away from rock and putting more time into his Synclavier compositions. This is a year away from the computer-only (minus one live track) Jazz From Hell. So the album presents a handful of computer pieces ("Aerobics in Bondage," "Little Beige Sambo"), one rock song

Overview

Frank Zappa Meets the Mothers of Prevention is a transitional album that sees Zappa turning away from rock and putting more time into his Synclavier compositions. This is a year away from the computer-only (minus one live track) Jazz From Hell. So the album presents a handful of computer pieces ("Aerobics in Bondage," "Little Beige Sambo"), one rock song and one rock instrumental ("We're Turning Again" and the complex "Alien Orifice"), and a couple of attempts at pairing real performers with the computer ("Yo Cats," "What's New in Baltimore?"). Most importantly, the U.S. version of Frank Zappa Meets the Mothers of Prevention contained "Porn Wars," a sound collage of excerpts from the PMRC hearings -- the lobby group wanted a law instructing record companies to put warning stickers on offensive albums. The LP's title was inspired by that particular piece (the other tracks don't relate to the subject) and yet the version released in Europe, Japan, and Canada -- which sported inverted black and white on the cover -- did not include "Porn Wars," but three extra tracks (two on Synclavier and one rock song). The 1995 Ryko reissue put all pieces from the two versions on one CD. Apart from the political issues of "Porn Wars," which quickly became dated, the album lacks memorable moments. It is not uninteresting and those allergic to the Synclavier will still prefer it over Jazz From Hell.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/16/1995
Label:
Zappa Records
UPC:
0014431054723
catalogNumber:
310547

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Frank Zappa   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Voices,Synclavier
Steve Vai   Guitar
Dweezil Zappa   Vocals,Voices
Bobby Martin   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Voices
Ed Mann   Percussion
Chad Wackerman   Drums
Ike Willis   Guitar,Vocals,Voices
Joe Spider Barbour   Vocals,Voices
Senator Danforth   Vocals,Voices
Senator Exon   Vocals,Voices
Albert Gore   Vocals,Voices
Tipper Gore   Vocals,Voices
Senator Gorton   Vocals,Voices
Senator Hawkins   Vocals,Voices
Senator Fritz Hollings   Voices
All Nite John   Vocals,Voices
Reverend Jeff Ling   Vocals,Voices
Tommy Mars   Guitar,Keyboards
Scott Thunes   Bass,Drums
Senator Trible   Vocals,Voices
Ray White   Guitar,Vocals,Voices
Moon Unit Zappa   Vocals,Voices
Mothers of Invention   Track Performer
Senator Hollings   Vocals,Voices
Bob Rice   Sampling

Technical Credits

Bob Stone   Engineer
Frank Zappa   Producer,Contributor
Ferenc Dobronyi   Repackaging
Chris Whorf   Art Direction
Jeffery Fey   Art Direction
John Dearstyne   Illustrations
Bob Rice   Composer's Assistant

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