The Mothers Of Invention* ‎– We're Only In It For The Money

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Zappa intended to release this album with the 'Sgt. Pepper album' pastiche as the cover. This was vetoed and it became the inner spread, with the original inner concept becoming the cover (again a parody of said album, with band members on a yellow background, but a subtlety lost on the censors). By the time this was issued on CD Zappa had more control. His vision for the release was reinstated with the 'Sgt. Pepper' imagery on covers. This was the first Schenkel sleeve design for FZ. Ironically, the original US insert, according to the artist, was actually printed on the same press-run (at Queens Litho) as the Sgt.Pepper insert. Vinyl sleeves may also credit the track correctly labeled 'Lonely Little Girl' as 'It's His Voice On the Radio'.

The Verve cat# system was V=mono & V6=stereo. A '/' was introduced for cover print to indicate content was either mono or stereo (i.e. V/V6) and an 'X' to indicate a further change to content. (The year-earlier release of Zappa "Freak Out!" issues demonstrates this system more clearly). Blue labels indicate earlier pressings to black labels.

There are 'counterfeit' issues of 'WOIIFTM' in circulation. These usually have hand-written matrices (or none) - V6 5045X is one popular example of this, with no visible track separation & Sunset Blvd address (+audio less sharp). Note: Original US V&V65054 do have hand-written matrices.

Censorship: Beyond Zappa's control, MGM censored several tracks on early issues. "Absolutely Free" was edited to remove the word "balling", changing the context. On "Let's Make The Water Turn Black", the line "...I still remember Mama, with her apron and her pad..." was removed as it was thought "pad" referred to a sanitary napkin, rather than 'order pad'. A Lenny Bruce reference in "Harry, You're A Beast" and a spoken segment of "Concentration Moon" referring to The Velvet Underground was also deleted. Zappa later declined to accept an award for the album, stating "I prefer the award be presented to the guy who modified this record, because what you're hearing is more reflective of his work than mine."

In the textballoon on the front cover Frank Zappa Says : "Is This Phase One Of Lumpy Gravy?" making a reference to the album Lumpy Gravy.

Tracklist

Are You Hung Up 1:23
Who Needs The Peace Corps 2:34
Concentration Moon 2:32
Mom & Dad 2:16
Bow Tie Daddy 1:22
Harry, You're A Beast 1:22
What's The Ugliest Part Of Your Body? 1:03
Absolutely Free 3:26
Flower Punk 3:57
Hot Poop 0:16
Nasal Retentive Caliope Music 2:00
Let's Make The Water Turn Black 1:54
The Idiot Bastard Son 3:27
Lonely Little Girl 1:10
Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance 1:33
What's The Ugliest Part Of Your Body? (Reprise) 1:03
Mother People 2:30
The Chrome Plated Megaphone Of Destiny 6:30

Versions (67)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
V6-5045X, V6-5045 The Mothers Of Invention* We're Only In It For The Money(LP, Album, Gat) Verve Records, Verve Records V6-5045X, V6-5045 US 1968 Sell This Version
VV-55045 The Mothers Of Invention* We're Only In It For The Money(Cass, Album) Verve Records VV-55045 US 1968 Sell This Version
V6 5045X, V6/5045 The Mothers Of Invention* We're Only In It For The Money(LP, Album) Verve Records, Verve Records V6 5045X, V6/5045 US 1968 Sell This Version
SVLP 9199 The Mothers Of Invention* We're Only In It For The Money(LP, Album) Verve Records SVLP 9199 UK 1968 Sell This Version
710 012 The Mothers Of Invention* We're Only In It For The Money(LP, Album) Verve Records 710 012 Germany 1968 Sell This Version
710 012 The Mothers Of Invention* We're Only In It For The Money(LP, Album) Verve Records 710 012 Germany 1968 Sell This Version
V6-5045 The Mothers Of Invention* We're Only In It For The Money(LP, Album) Verve Records, Verve Records V6-5045 Australia 1968 Sell This Version
V/V6 5045 The Mothers Of Invention* We're Only In It For The Money(LP, Album, 'Un) Verve Records V/V6 5045 New Zealand 1968 Sell This Version
V6 5045X, V6/5045 The Mothers Of Invention* We're Only In It For The Money(LP, Album, Gat) Verve Records, Verve Records V6 5045X, V6/5045 US 1968 Sell This Version
V6 5045X, V6 5045, V/V6 5045X The Mothers Of Invention* We're Only In It For The Money(LP, Album, Gat) Verve Records, Verve Records, Verve Records V6 5045X, V6 5045, V/V6 5045X Canada 1968 Sell This Version
V/V6 5045X The Mothers Of Invention* We're Only In It For The Money(LP, Album, Gat) Verve Records V/V6 5045X Canada 1968 Sell This Version
710012 The Mothers Of Invention* We're Only In It For The Money(LP, Album, Gat) Verve Records, Verve Records 710012 Scandinavia 1968 Sell This Version
V6/5045, V6 5045X The Mothers Of Invention* We're Only In It For The Money(LP, Album, Gat) Verve Records, Verve Records V6/5045, V6 5045X US 1968 Sell This Version
V-5045 The Mothers Of Invention* We're Only In It For The Money(LP, Album, Mono) Verve Records V-5045 Australia 1968 Sell This Version
VLP 9199, VLP. 9199 The Mothers Of Invention* We're Only In It For The Money(LP, Album, Mono) Verve Records, Verve Records VLP 9199, VLP. 9199 UK 1968 Sell This Version
V-5045 The Mothers Of Invention* We're Only In It For The Money(LP, Album, Mono, Promo, Whi) Verve Records V-5045 US 1968 Sell This Version
V-5045X, V-5045 The Mothers Of Invention* We're Only In It For The Money(LP, Album, Promo, Mono) Verve Records, Verve Records V-5045X, V-5045 US 1968 Sell This Version
V6-5045X The Mothers Of Invention* We're Only In It For The Money(LP, Album, RE) Verve Records V6-5045X US 1968 Sell This Version
V6-5045X The Mothers Of Invention* We're Only In It For The Money(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Verve Records V6-5045X US 1968 Sell This Version
V6-5045X The Mothers Of Invention* We're Only In It For The Money(LP, Album, RP) Verve Records V6-5045X US 1968 Sell This Version
SMV-1115 The Mothers Of Invention* We're Only In It For The Money(LP, Album, Gat) Verve Records SMV-1115 Japan 1969 Sell This Version
SKAO- 91457, V6 5045X STEREO The Mothers Of Invention* We're Only In It For The Money(LP, Album, Gat) Verve Records, Verve Records SKAO- 91457, V6 5045X STEREO US 1969 Sell This Version
2317-034 The Mothers Of Invention* We're Only In It For The Money(LP, Album, RE, Cen) Verve Records 2317-034 UK 1972 Sell This Version
2317 034 The Mothers Of Invention* We're Only In It For The Money(LP, Album, RP) Verve Records 2317 034 UK 1972 Sell This Version
2317 034 The Mothers Of Invention* We're Only In It For The Money(LP, Album, RP, How) Verve Records 2317 034 UK 1972 Sell This Version
2317-034 The Mothers Of Invention* We're Only In It For The Money(LP, Album, RP, Unofficial) Verve Records 2317-034 Italy 1972 Sell This Version
2317 034 The Mothers Of Invention* We're Only In It For The Money(LP, Album, W/Lbl) Verve Records 2317 034 UK 1972 Sell This Version
V6 5045 The Mothers Of Invention* We're Only In It For The Money(LP, Album, RE) Verve Records V6 5045 Canada 1973 Sell This Version
V6 5045 The Mothers Of Invention* We're Only In It For The Money(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Verve Records V6 5045 Canada 1973 Sell This Version
V6-5045X, MGS 1250 The Mothers Of Invention* We're Only In It For The Money(LP, Album, Gat) Verve Records, MGM Records V6-5045X, MGS 1250 US 1974 Sell This Version
BPR-7777-3, BPR 7777-3 The Mothers Of Invention* We're Only In It For The Money(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Barking Pumpkin Records, Barking Pumpkin Records BPR-7777-3, BPR 7777-3 US 1985 Sell This Version
BPR-7777-3, BPR 7777-3 The Mothers Of Invention* We're Only In It For The Money(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Barking Pumpkin Records, Barking Pumpkin Records BPR-7777-3, BPR 7777-3 US 1985 Sell This Version
RCD 10503 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* - We're Only In It For The Money(CD, Album, Club, RE, RM) Rykodisc RCD 10503 US 1995 Sell This Version
RCD 10503 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* - We're Only In It For The Money(CD, Album, Club, RE, RM) Rykodisc RCD 10503 US 1995 Sell This Version
RCD 10503 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* - We're Only In It For The Money(CD, Album, RE, RM) Rykodisc RCD 10503 US 1995 Sell This Version
RCD 10503 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* - We're Only In It For The Money(CD, Album, RE, RM) Rykodisc RCD 10503 1995 Sell This Version
D31396, RCD 10503 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* - We're Only In It For The Money(CD, Album, RE, RM) Festival Records, Rykodisc D31396, RCD 10503 Australia 1995 Sell This Version
RCD 10503 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* - We're Only In It For The Money(CD, Album, RE, RM) Rykodisc RCD 10503 1995 Sell This Version
RAC 10503 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* - We're Only In It For The Money(Cass, Album, RE, RM) Rykodisc RAC 10503 Canada 1995 Sell This Version
RALP 10503 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* - We're Only In It For The Money(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Rykodisc RALP 10503 US 1995 Sell This Version
P 55405 Frank Zappa We're Only In It For The Money/Lumpy Gravy (1968)(Cass, Album, Unofficial) TA-MUSICA P 55405 Russia 2000 Sell This Version
VACK-1206 The Mothers Of Invention* We're Only In It For The Money(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Pap) Rykodisc, Videoarts Music VACK-1206 Japan 2001 Sell This Version
VACK-1206 The Mothers Of Invention* We're Only In It For The Money(CD, Album, Promo, RE, RM) Videoarts Music VACK-1206 Japan 2001 Sell This Version
SW349-2 Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention* Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention* - We're Only In It For The Money(CD, Album, Unofficial) SomeWax Recordings SW349-2 Russia 2004 Sell This Version
UDCD 764 The Mothers Of Invention* We're Only In It For The Money(CD, Album, RE, RM, Ult) Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab UDCD 764 US 2005 Sell This Version
VACK-1320 The Mothers Of Invention* We're Only In It For The Money(CD, Album, RE, RM) Rykodisc, Videoarts Music VACK-1320 Japan 2008 Sell This Version
0238372 Zappa* / Mothers Of Invention* Zappa* / Mothers Of Invention* - We're Only In It For The Money(CD, Album, RE) Zappa Records 0238372 UK & Europe 2012 Sell This Version
0238372 The Mothers Of Invention* We're Only In It For The Money(CD, Album, RE) Zappa Records 0238372 Brazil 2012 Sell This Version
ZR 3837 Zappa* / Mothers Of Invention* Zappa* / Mothers Of Invention* - We're Only In It For The Money(CD, Album, RE) Zappa Records ZR 3837 US 2012 Sell This Version
0238372 Zappa* / Mothers Of Invention* Zappa* / Mothers Of Invention* - We're Only In It For The Money(CD, Album, RE, RM) Zappa Records 0238372 Argentina 2012 Sell This Version
0238372 The Mothers Of Invention* We're Only In It For The Money(CD, Album, RE, RM) Zappa Records 0238372 UK & Europe 2012 Sell This Version
ZR 3837 Zappa* / Mothers Of Invention* Zappa* / Mothers Of Invention* - We're Only In It For The Money(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Zappa Records (2) ZR 3837 Russia 2012 Sell This Version
ZR 3837-1 The Mothers Of Invention* We're Only In It For The Money(LP, Album, RE, RM) Zappa Records, Barking Pumpkin Records ZR 3837-1 Europe 2016 Sell This Version
ZR 3837-1 The Mothers Of Invention* We're Only In It For The Money(LP, Album, RE, RM, Gat) Zappa Records ZR 3837-1 US 2016 Sell This Version
RCD 10503 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* - We're Only In It For The Money(CD, Album, RE, RM) Rykodisc RCD 10503 US Unknown Sell This Version
RCD 10503 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* - We're Only In It For The Money(CD, Album, RE, RM, RP) Rykodisc RCD 10503 US Unknown Sell This Version
RCD 10503 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* - We're Only In It For The Money(CD, Album, RE, RM, RP) Rykodisc RCD 10503 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
710 012 The Mothers Of Invention* We're Only In It For The Money(LP) Verve Records, Bizarre Records 710 012 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
710 012 The Mothers Of Invention* We're Only In It For The Money(LP, Album) Verve Records 710 012 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
710 012 The Mothers Of Invention* We're Only In It For The Money(LP, Album) Verve Records 710 012 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
EU 301 The Mothers We're Only In It For The Money(LP, Album) Taedo EU 301 South Korea Unknown Sell This Version
V6-5045, V6 5045X, V/V6 5045X The Mothers Of Invention* We're Only In It For The Money(LP, Album, Unofficial) Verve Records (2), Verve Records (2), Verve Records (2) V6-5045, V6 5045X, V/V6 5045X Unknown Sell This Version
V6-5045X The Mothers Of Invention* We're Only In It For The Money(LP, Album, Unofficial) Verve Records (2) V6-5045X US Unknown Sell This Version
V6-5045X The Mothers Of Invention* We're Only In It For The Money(LP, Album, Unofficial) Verve Records (2) V6-5045X Unknown Sell This Version
FL-1592 The Mothers We're Only In It For The Money(LP, Album, Unofficial) First Record FL-1592 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
FL-1592 The Mothers We're Only In It For The Money(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) First Record FL-1592 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
S-FL-1592 The Mothers We're Only In It For The Money(LP, Album, Unofficial, Red) First Record S-FL-1592 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version

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jp_fal

jp_fal

July 6, 2017
referencing We're Only In It For The Money, LP, Album, RE, Gat, RALP 10503
"In 1995, Ryko re-released this album not only on CD, but also on vinyl. It is exactly the same version as the 1995 CD (so in terms of censorship, it corresponds to the censored version (not the heavily censored version) of the original vinyl), in a copy of the original vinyl cover, but with the artwork changes from the Old Masters version (a black bar covering Herb Cohen's eyes, Jimmy Carl Black's green teeth, and an extra black tooth in Don Preston's mouth) and, as on the 1995 CD, an extra black bar over Lisa Cohen's eyes. Also included was "a repro of the Between the Badges insert card." http://www.lukpac.org/~handmade/patio/vinylvscds/money.html#1995vinyl
Kristoftof

Kristoftof

May 8, 2017
referencing We're Only In It For The Money, CD, Album, RE, RM, 0238372
I think there's a mistake, the scans are from US 2012 version
pilotfish693

pilotfish693

April 1, 2017
edited 7 months ago
referencing We're Only In It For The Money, LP, Album, Gat, V6-5045X, V6-5045
for the cover fetichists :

as intended by Zappa : original Australian LP + 2016 LP
(all the other covers are either reverted or truncated)
[an alternative cover is found on the 1995 ryko cd and 1985 LP]

shortlist of different editions censorship :

#1a-partly censored (original US LP,UK 1970's LP reissue) [needs confirmation : canadian 70's LP reissue]

[warning : some original US LPs got one side with censorship #1 and the other with censorship #2]

#1b-partly censored, remastered from original 2track master+SAFETY TAPES before Zappa's death;
(sound is reported of having dropouts) : 1995+2012 CD's / 2016 LP

#2-hard censorship (original UK vinyl,German LP)

#3-UNCENSORED...but with cheesy overdubs :'-(
(original Zappa cd : US RCD40024 UK cdzap13 Australia RCD40024 / 1985 LP)

SOURCE :
(+about the MONO version,and for the hardcore fans,this could interest you:)
http://www.lukpac.org/~handmade/patio/vinylvscds/money.html
luissidd

luissidd

February 25, 2017
referencing We're Only In It For The Money, LP, Album, RE, RM, Gat, ZR 3837-1
Does anybody knows if this is a censored or uncensored edition?
nattlerke

nattlerke

January 5, 2017
referencing We're Only In It For The Money, LP, Album, 710 012
The Mothers Of Invention* - We're Only In It For The Money : ℗ © info on back cover is origionaly there. Cut out during edditing. (Check Bunk`s shoulder)
zappa01_de

zappa01_de

January 4, 2017
edited 10 months ago
referencing We're Only In It For The Money, LP, Album, 710 012
No photo of cover backside but 2 similar photos of front cover . Please correct if possible
LeonardoA

LeonardoA

December 25, 2016
referencing We're Only In It For The Money, CD, Album, RE, RM, RCD 10503
Within the rock gold Frank Zappa as a diverse talent. He was a brilliant guitarist, an unbeatable band leader and an incomparable social satirist. He began in the 1960s as the leader of the wacky avant-rock pioneers The Mothers. His subsequent solo work included everything from jazz rock to orchestral pieces, always with the humor that Zappa's trademark was. He succumbed to cancer in 1993 but the mind boggling fertile workaholic left a immense oeuvre. Genius is a word too often used in pop music, but it has decided deals with Zappa.
ecnirp58

ecnirp58

December 10, 2016
referencing We're Only In It For The Money, LP, Album, Gat, V6-5045X, V6-5045
Anyone get the 2016 vinyl reissue?..how is the sound quality and which version is it, censored or not?.thanks
fronch

fronch

September 29, 2016
referencing We're Only In It For The Money, LP, Album, RE, Gat, V6-5045X

I have this version of the album, but I have my doubts about its "officialness." The gatefold jacket looks professionally printed and there are none of the sloppy scanning artifacts found on the cover as with some pirate versions of the record. However, this particular black Verve label (used in the late 70s and early 80s) was not used during any time period in which this record was known to be in print. Someone mentioned in the editing comments on another version of this album that pirate editions were quite common in the 80s. Did those versions have gatefold covers that were professionally printed? Did they include the heavily censored version of this album as this release does? Can anyone determine the authenticity of this release?
roky.lindstrom

roky.lindstrom

September 22, 2016
referencing We're Only In It For The Money, LP, Album, 710 012
I have a Scandinavian version of this LP. It's Verve 710012 and looks exactly like the German record but instead of GEMA on the label it say NCB.