Mothermania: The Best of the Mothers - 1969

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All Music Guide - Sean Westergaard
Mothermania is a collection of previously released tunes culled from the first three Mothers of Invention albums. So why bother? Well, it's the only early collection actually compiled by FZ. Verve released a bunch of early compilations without permission, but more importantly, this is the only place you can hear some of these mixes and edits. Many of the tunes from Freak Out! appear in different mixes, while "It Can't Happen Here" plays through without the interruptions of the Freak Out! version. The We're Only in It for the Money tracks might be even more interesting. The backwards snippet that closes side one of the original WOIIFTM album was a censored verse from ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Sean Westergaard
Mothermania is a collection of previously released tunes culled from the first three Mothers of Invention albums. So why bother? Well, it's the only early collection actually compiled by FZ. Verve released a bunch of early compilations without permission, but more importantly, this is the only place you can hear some of these mixes and edits. Many of the tunes from Freak Out! appear in different mixes, while "It Can't Happen Here" plays through without the interruptions of the Freak Out! version. The We're Only in It for the Money tracks might be even more interesting. The backwards snippet that closes side one of the original WOIIFTM album was a censored verse from "Mother People," and Mothermania is the only place you can hear the original uncensored version of the song. The version of "Idiot Bastard Son" has an otherwise unheard instrumental introduction and a VERY different mix, and plays through without the edits and interruptions of the WOIIFTM version. Mothermania could hardly be called essential, but it does have some really interesting material that any hardcore fan of FZ's early years would want to hear.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/19/2012
  • Label: Zappa Records
  • UPC: 824302384022
  • Catalog Number: 3840
  • Sales rank: 31,564

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Brown Shoes Don't Make It - Frank Zappa (7:31)
  2. 2 Mother People - Frank Zappa (1:41)
  3. 3 Duke Of Prunes - Frank Zappa (5:07)
  4. 4 Call Any Vegetable - Frank Zappa (4:22)
  5. 5 The Idiot Bastard Son - Frank Zappa (2:24)
  6. 6 It Can't Happen Here - Frank Zappa (3:18)
  7. 7 You're Probably Wondering Why I'm Here - Frank Zappa (3:39)
  8. 8 Who Are The Brain Police? - Frank Zappa (3:31)
  9. 9 Plastic People - Frank Zappa (3:42)
  10. 10 Hungry Freaks, Daddy - Frank Zappa (3:29)
  11. 11 America Drinks & Goes Home - Frank Zappa (2:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Mothers of Invention Primary Artist
Frank Zappa Indexed Contributor
Technical Credits
Frank Zappa Composer, Producer
Ami Hadani Engineer
Gary Kelgren Engineer
Dick Kunc Engineer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Cal Schenkel Cover Design
Tom Wilson Producer
Michael Mesker Layout
Tom Hidley Engineer
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