Understanding America

Understanding America

by Frank Zappa
     
 

The two-disc compilation of alternative takes titled Understanding America is intended for devoted fans only. It's scattershot material, tied together loosely by one theme: Zappa's acerbic mistrust of American culture. Throughout the '60s, '70s, and '80s, social satire made up a huge amount of his catalog, so Big Brother, media outlets, organized religion, andSee more details below

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The two-disc compilation of alternative takes titled Understanding America is intended for devoted fans only. It's scattershot material, tied together loosely by one theme: Zappa's acerbic mistrust of American culture. Throughout the '60s, '70s, and '80s, social satire made up a huge amount of his catalog, so Big Brother, media outlets, organized religion, and recreational drugs are all subject to attack here. The gold nugget is the unreleased 25-minute "Porn Wars Deluxe," a Negativland-esque collage that pairs together samples of music with clips from the 1985 PMRC Senate hearings, for which Zappa played an integral role defending against censorship. Purportedly, this release from the Zappa estate vaults is only one of a few compilations produced and sequenced by Frank himself, and his goal seems to have been to pool all of his high-shock-value outtakes and otherwise controversial material as a big middle finger to the Parental Guidance sticker. Thus, listeners are treated to early mixes of songs like the lewd fan favorite "Dinah-Moe Humm." While many of the other tracks aren't quite career highlights, the recording quality is top-notch, and if nothing else, Understanding America gives aficionados an opportunity to compare the subtle differences between these versions and the ones they know and love.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/30/2012
Label:
Zappa Records
UPC:
0824302389225
catalogNumber:
3892
Rank:
7219

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Hungry Freaks, Daddy
  2. Plastic People
  3. Mom & Dad
  4. It Can't Happen Here
  5. Who Are The Brain Police?
  6. Who Needs The Peace Corps?
  7. Brown Shoes Don't Make It
  8. Concentration Moon
  9. Trouble Every Day
  10. You're Probably Wondering Why I'm Here
  11. We're Turning Again
  12. Road Ladies
  13. What Kind Of Girl Do You Think We Are?
  14. Camarillo Brillo
  15. Find Her Finer
  16. Dinah-Moe Humm
  17. Disco Boy
  18. 200 Years Old

Disc 2

  1. I'm The Slime
  2. Be In My Video
  3. I Don't Even Care
  4. Can't Afford No Shoes
  5. Heavenly Bank Account
  6. Cocaine Decisions
  7. Dumb All Over
  8. Promiscuous
  9. Thing-Fish Intro
  10. The Central Scrutinizer
  11. Porn Wars Deluxe
  12. Tinseltown Rebellion
  13. Jesus Thinks You're A Jerk

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