Frank Zappa And The Mothers Of Invention* ‎– One Size Fits All

Discreet ‎– K 59207, Discreet ‎– DS2216
Vinyl, LP, Album


A1 Inca Roads 8:45
A2 Can't Afford No Shoes 2:37
A3 Sofa No. 1 2:38
A4 Po-Jama People 7:38
B1 Florentine Pogen 5:23
B2 Evelyn, A Modified Dog 1:05
B3 San Ber'dino 5:51
B4 Andy 6:03
B5 Sofa No. 2 2:38

Companies, etc.



Sleeve and vinyl labels lists the duration of track A1 as 5:23.

Studios: The Record Plant, L.A.; Caribou; Paramount; KCET TV; Finnlevy Studiot, Helsinki; Wally Heider Remote Truck.
Special Electronics: Musitronics; 360 Systems.
Mastering: Kendun Studios.
Archaic Typography: Composition Arts.

Carlin Music.
All songs reprinted by kind permission of Carlin Music © 1975 except Inca Roads © 1973.

A DiscReet Recording distributed by WEA Records Ltd ℗ & © 1975.
A Warner Communications Company.
Sleeve printed and made in England by Gothic Print Finishers Ltd., London SE9 2EQ.
Made in UK.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 6234 9909
  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side label): K 59207 A
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side label): K 59207 B
  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side run-out, stamped): K∙59207∙A1
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side run-out, stamped): K∙59207∙B1
  • Other (US matrix on label): (DS 2216)
  • Other (US catalog# on sleeve): (US Cat. No. DS2216)



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April 13, 2011
edited over 8 years ago

An album that marks the last formation of the MOI, with nicely upholstered touches. "Inca Roads" takes a journey through a number of themes FZ had prepared in the ground of other works. A mini aural movie starter, followed by a bluesy parody on "Can't Afford No Shoes". "Sofa No 1" is beautifully plump, flowing into the blues-oriented admonishment of "Po-Jama People" to end side one.

The flipside opens with "Florentine Pogen", with witty observations on rich daughters and inevitable Perellis linkage. "Evelyn" modifies a few piano concepts buried in "Lumpy Gravy" and leading onward to "Civilization P3". Don Van Vliet does his thing on "San Ber'dino" in the guise of Bloodshot Rollin' Red. As FZ comments "Harmonica, when present" (They'd gotten on so well too, back in San Bernardino). Brock's vocals add weight to the angst of "Andy", along with Johnny Guitar Watson's 'flambe vocals'. Then we have the root to those Germanic themes... the Divan, Divan... of the cover image; aka "Sofa No 2". Ich bin der Chrome Dinette... Und du bist mein Sofa. (Check out the 'Lost Sofa Suite', when Volman was a maroon sofa...). This band is tight, particularly Ruth Underwood's percussion.

An added bonus is the vinyl sleeve's Star Map by Schenkel, full of 'conceptual continuity' references to the world of Zappa. From "Hotratz" to the amusingly obscure "Zircon (The Nose Star)". A gatefold sleeve that gives the kind of tactile enjoyment a miniaturized CD insert or pictorially-absent sound-file can never provide. On the later Old Masters edition (& CD) the map also plots the Zappa household - with Knarf, Pumpkin, Unit, Diva, Dweezil, Ahmet & the pets joining the heavenly star cluster. Maybe it's a coincidence the acronym of "One Size Fits All", OSFA, is an anagram of SOFA? All best examined whilst listening to the content of this FZ classic.