Frank Zappa Meets the Mothers of Prevention

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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 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 ...
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All Music Guide - Fran├žois Couture
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/16/1995
  • Label: Zappa Records
  • UPC: 014431054723
  • Catalog Number: 310547

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Don't Even Care (4:39)
  2. 2 One Man, One Vote (2:35)
  3. 3 Little Beige Sambo - The Mothers of Invention (3:02)
  4. 4 Aerobics in Bondage - Frank Zappa & the Mothers (3:16)
  5. 5 We're Turning Again (4:55)
  6. 6 Alien Orifice - Frank Zappa & the Mothers (4:10)
  7. 7 Yo Cats (3:33)
  8. 8 What's New in Baltimore? (5:20)
  9. 9 Porn Wars - The Mothers of Invention (12:05)
  10. 10 H.R. 2911 (3:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Frank Zappa Primary Artist, 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
Senator 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
The 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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