Uncle Meat

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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
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: 7/31/2012
  • Label: Zappa Records
  • UPC: 824302383926
  • Catalog Number: 3839
  • Sales rank: 14,240

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Uncle Meat (Main Title Theme) - Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention (1:56)
  2. 2 The Voice of Cheese - Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention (0:26)
  3. 3 Nine Types of Industrial Pollution - Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention (6:00)
  4. 4 Zolar Czakl - Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention (0:54)
  5. 5 Dog Breath, In the Year of the Plague - Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention (3:59)
  6. 6 The Legend of the Golden Arches - Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention (3:27)
  7. 7 Louie Louie - Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention (2:19)
  8. 8 The Dog Breath Variations - Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention (1:48)
  9. 9 Sleeping In a Jar - Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention (0:50)
  10. 10 Our Bizarre Relationship - Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention (1:05)
  11. 11 The Uncle Meat Variations - Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention (4:46)
  12. 12 Electric Aunt Jemima - Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention (1:46)
  13. 13 Prelude To King Kong - Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention (3:38)
  14. 14 God Bless America - Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention (1:10)
  15. 15 A Pound For a Brown On the Bus - Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention (1:29)
  16. 16 Ian Underwood Whips It Out - Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention (5:05)
  17. 17 Mr. Green Genes - Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention (3:13)
  18. 18 We Can Shoot You - Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention (2:03)
  19. 19 "If We'd All Been Living In California..." - Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention (1:13)
  20. 20 The Air - Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention (2:57)
  21. 21 Project X - Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention (4:49)
  22. 22 Cruising For Burgers - Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention (2:21)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Uncle Meat Film Excerpt, Pt. 1 - Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention (37:35)
  2. 2 Tango Na Minchia Tanta - Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention (3:46)
  3. 3 Uncle Meat Film Excerpt, Pt. 2 - Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention (3:50)
  4. 4 King Kong Itself I - Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention (0:51)
  5. 5 King Kong II - Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention (1:19)
  6. 6 King Kong III - Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention (1:44)
  7. 7 King Kong IV - Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention (6:20)
  8. 8 King Kong V - Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention (0:31)
  9. 9 King Kong VI - Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention (7:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The 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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