The Mothers Of Invention* ‎– Uncle Meat

Bizarre Records ‎– 2MS 2024, Bizarre Records ‎– 2024, Reprise Records ‎– 2MS 2024
2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Auto-coupled

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A1 Uncle Meat: Main Title Theme 1:54
A2 The Voice Of Cheese
Voice [Uncredited] – Pamela Zarubica
A3 400 Days Of The Year 5:56
A4 Zolar Czakl 0:57
A5 Dog Breath, In The Year Of The Plague 5:51
A6 The Legend Of The Golden Arches 1:24
A7 The Mothers Play Louie Louie At The Royal Albert Hall In London 2:28
A8 The Dog Breath Variations 1:36
B1 Sleeping In A Jar 0:49
B2 Our Bizarre Relationship
Voice [Uncredited] – Pamela Zarubica
B3 The Uncle Meat Variations 4:40
B4 Electric Aunt Jemima 1:53
B5 Prelude To King Kong 3:24
B6 God Bless America (Live At The Whisky A Go Go) 1:22
B7 A Pound For A Brown On The Bus 1:29
B8 Ian Underwood Whips It Out (Live On Stage In Copenhagen) 5:08
C1 Mr. Green Genes 3:10
C2 We Can Shoot You 1:48
C3 "If We'd All Been Living In California . . . " 1:29
C4 The Air 2:57
C5 Project X 4:47
C6 Cruising For Burgers 2:19
D1 King Kong Itself (As Played By The Mothers In A Studio) 0:53
D2 King Kong (Its Magnificence As Interpreted By Dom DeWild) 1:15
D3 King Kong (As Motorhead Explains It) 1:44
D4 King Kong (The Gardner Varieties) 6:17
D5 King Kong (As Played By 3 Deranged Good Humor Trucks) 0:29
D6 King Kong (Live On A Flat Bed Diesel In The Middle Of A Race Track At A Miami Pop Festival . . . The Underwood Ramifications) 7:22

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Original Bizarre/Reprise Records release.
Issued with gatefold sleeve and 12-page color booklet (drawings, photos, paintings). Discs with Bizarre labels and liners.

First cat# on labels and spine, second on front cover and inside the gatefold.
Reprise W7Arts roundel logo on labels, re 3rd cat#.
(The 'Bizarre' label used Reprise cat system, whilst 'Straight' used its own through Reprise)

Recorded at Apostolic Studios, NYC
October 1967-February 1968
Percussion overdubs at Sunset Sound, LA
March-April, 1968 [Note: Sunset Sound Recorders in 1968]

A3 (later titled "Nine Types Of Industrial Pollution")
as "400 Days Of The Year" on label

Drummer Billy Mundi is credited as "...on some pieces before he quit to join Rhinoceros"
Special thanks to:
Ruth Komanoff who plays marimba and vibes with Artie on many of the tracks, and
Nelcy Walker the soprano voice with Ray & Roy on Dog Breath & The Uncle Meat Variations.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Disc 1, Runout, Side I): 30871 MS2024A -1A    T1
  • Matrix / Runout (Disc 1, Runout, Side IV): 30874 MS2024D -1A    T1
  • Matrix / Runout (Disc 2, Runout, Side II): 30872 MS2024B -1A    T1
  • Matrix / Runout (Disc 2, Runout, Side III): 30873 MS2024C -1A    T1
  • Rights Society: BMI

Other Versions (5 of 56) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
CDD ZAP3, CDDZAP 3 Frank Zappa Uncle Meat(2xCD, Album, RE, RM) Zappa Records, Zappa Records CDD ZAP3, CDDZAP 3 Europe 1987 Sell This Version
RCD 10506/07 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* - Uncle Meat(2xCD, Album, RE, RM, RP) Rykodisc RCD 10506/07 US Unknown Sell This Version
JPCD 2000141/42 Frank Zappa, The Mothers Of Invention* Frank Zappa, The Mothers Of Invention* - Uncle Meat(2xCD, Album, Unofficial) Not On Label (Frank Zappa) JPCD 2000141/42 Russia 2000 Sell This Version
RCD 10064/65 Frank Zappa Uncle Meat(2xCD, Album, RE, RM) Rykodisc RCD 10064/65 US 1987 Sell This Version
ZR 3839 Zappa*, The Mothers Of Invention* Zappa*, The Mothers Of Invention* - Uncle Meat(2xCD, Album, Unofficial) Zappa Records (2) ZR 3839 Russia 2012 Sell This Version


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June 20, 2015
This was a two LP version when it first came out but it was all put onto two regular length CD's: but there is only one standout actual music track and thats 'King Kong' coming in at 16:30 approximately total running time -and its in a bunch of parts like separate entities one after the other. Its a real burn from a musical point of view as if Frank Zappa was trying to berate people via the album-for buying the album. There are a whole bunch of Zappa "skits" (like small plays) strung together on the first three sides and the whole affair gets really old after about ten minutes of listening to two people repeating the phrase 'using a chicken to measure it' over and over again as if a conversation could be comprised of a series of meaningless questions and equally meaningless answers. Kind of a bummer I thought-maybe funny at first-but not after 30 minutes of it. This FZ communiqué from the often directionless counterculture he was part of won him a lot of strange people as fans but it also didn't win him many fans among the community of musicians. The guys in his band could play but they seemed to like to goof off more than anything. I think that this is the kind of record a lot of people would take back to where they bought it and ask for either a refund or an exchange when it first emerged. A rip off like that can hardly be said to be mocking blatant commerciality. FZ saw himself as a vanguard of creative genius-as if he represented "a kick in the pants of musical complacency"-but he was often the one being complacent. He did better albums later on-as in he was probably told to "shut up and play yer guitar" (the title of a later FZ work) or be 'set free from the burdens of being a recording artist.' Basically don't bother with this little piece of artsy-fartsy flotsam and jetsam unless you are a masochist. After being in the music business for decades FZ said that he didn't care if he influenced any subsequent generations of musicians. Probably because he had ultimately realized he wasn't really a positive influence.


March 30, 2011

Anyone else have a cover with the "sticker" on front? I just uploaded a photo of the "Sticker Variation" cover.