Uncle Meat

Uncle Meat

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by The Mothers of Invention
     
 

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Just three years into their recording career, the Mothers of Invention released their second double album, Uncle Meat, which began life as the largely instrumental soundtrack to an unfinished film. It's essentially a transitional work, but it's a fascinating one, showcasing Frank Zappa's ever-increasing compositional dexterity and the Mothers' emergingSee more details below

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Just three years into their recording career, the Mothers of Invention released their second double album, Uncle Meat, which began life as the largely instrumental soundtrack to an unfinished film. It's essentially a transitional work, but it's a fascinating one, showcasing Frank Zappa's ever-increasing compositional dexterity and the Mothers' emerging instrumental prowess. It was potentially easy to overlook Zappa's melodic gifts on albums past, but on Uncle Meat, he thrusts them firmly into the spotlight; what few lyrics there are, Zappa says in the liner notes, are in-jokes relevant only to the band. Thus, Uncle Meat became the point at which Zappa began to establish himself as a composer and he would return to many of these pieces repeatedly over the course of his career. Taken as a whole, Uncle Meat comes off as a hodgepodge, with centerpieces scattered between variations on previous pieces, short concert excerpts, less-realized experiments, doo wop tunes, and comedy bits; the programming often feels as random as the abrupt transitions and tape experiments held over from Zappa's last few projects. But despite the absence of a conceptual framework, the unfocused sprawl of Uncle Meat is actually a big part of its appeal. It's exciting to hear one of the most creatively fertile minds in rock pushing restlessly into new territory, even if he isn't always quite sure where he's going. However, several tracks hint at the jazz-rock fusion soon to come, especially the extended album closer "King Kong"; it's his first unequivocal success in that area, with its odd time signature helping turn it into a rhythmically kinetic blowing vehicle. Though some might miss the gleeful satire of Zappa's previous work with the Mothers, Uncle Meat's continued abundance of musical ideas places it among his most intriguing works.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/31/2012
Label:
Zappa Records
UPC:
0824302383926
catalogNumber:
3839
Rank:
2895

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Uncle Meat (Main Title Theme)  -  Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention
  2. The Voice of Cheese  -  Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention
  3. Nine Types of Industrial Pollution  -  Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention
  4. Zolar Czakl  -  Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention
  5. Dog Breath, In the Year of the Plague  -  Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention
  6. The Legend of the Golden Arches  -  Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention
  7. Louie Louie  -  Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention
  8. The Dog Breath Variations  -  Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention
  9. Sleeping In a Jar  -  Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention
  10. Our Bizarre Relationship  -  Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention
  11. The Uncle Meat Variations  -  Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention
  12. Electric Aunt Jemima  -  Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention
  13. Prelude To King Kong  -  Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention
  14. God Bless America  -  Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention
  15. A Pound For a Brown On the Bus  -  Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention
  16. Ian Underwood Whips It Out  -  Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention
  17. Mr. Green Genes  -  Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention
  18. We Can Shoot You  -  Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention
  19. "If We'd All Been Living In California..."  -  Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention
  20. The Air  -  Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention
  21. Project X  -  Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention
  22. Cruising For Burgers  -  Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention

Disc 2

  1. Uncle Meat Film Excerpt, Pt. 1  -  Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention
  2. Tango Na Minchia Tanta  -  Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention
  3. Uncle Meat Film Excerpt, Pt. 2  -  Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention
  4. King Kong Itself I  -  Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention
  5. King Kong II  -  Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention
  6. King Kong III  -  Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention
  7. King Kong IV  -  Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention
  8. King Kong V  -  Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention
  9. King Kong VI  -  Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mothers of Invention   Primary Artist
Frank Zappa   Indexed Contributor,Guitar,Percussion,Vocals,Group Member
Don Preston   Electric Piano,Group Member
Jimmy Carl Black   Drums,Group Member
Ray Collins   Vocals,Group Member
Roy Estrada   Electric Bass,Falsetto,Group Member
Bunk Gardner   Clarinet,Flute,Bassoon,Bass Clarinet,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Group Member
Ruth Komanoff   Marimbas,Vibes
Billy Mundi   Drums,Group Member
Art Tripp   Drums,Marimbas,Xylophone,Bells,Timpani,Vibes,Wood Block,Group Member
Ian Underwood   Clarinet,Flute,Piano,Celeste,Harpsichord,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Group Member
Euclid James Sherwood   Tenor Saxophone,Tambourine,Group Member
Nelcy Walker   Soprano (Vocal)

Technical Credits

Richard Berry   Composer
Frank Zappa   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Euclid James Sherwood   Choreographer

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