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

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Official Release #4

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.

A thorough explanation of the differences between vinyl and CD versions of this album can be found here: http://www.lukpac.org/~handmade/patio/vinylvscds/money.html

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 (88)

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
VCB 85045 The Mothers Of Invention* We're Only In It For The Money(8-Trk, Album) Verve Records VCB 85045 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
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 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
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
S/VLP 9199, SVLP.9199 The Mothers Of Invention* We're Only In It For The Money(LP, Album) Verve Records, Verve Records S/VLP 9199, SVLP.9199 UK 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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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) 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-5045X, V-5045 The Mothers Of Invention* We're Only In It For The Money(LP, Album, Mono, Promo) Verve Records, Verve Records V-5045X, V-5045 US 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
710 012 The Mothers Of Invention* We're Only In It For The Money(LP, Album, Promo, Gat) Verve Records 710 012 Germany 1968 Sell This Version
V6-5045X The Mothers Of Invention* We're Only In It For The Money(LP, Album, RE, Bla) 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
SKAO-91457, SKAO 91457, SMAS 91459, V6 5045X The Mothers Of Invention* We're Only In It For The Money(LP, Album, Club, Gat) Verve Records, Verve Records, Verve Records, Verve Records SKAO-91457, SKAO 91457, SMAS 91459, V6 5045X US 1969 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
SMV-1115 The Mothers Of Invention* We're Only In It For The Money(LP, Album, Promo, Gat) Verve Records SMV-1115 Japan 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, 2317-034 The Mothers Of Invention* We're Only In It For The Money(LP, Album, RP, How) Verve Records, Verve Records 2317 034, 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 5045 The Mothers Of Invention* We're Only In It For The Money(LP, Album, RE, Non) 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
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
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, Ame) 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, Dis) 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, Dol) Ryko Analogue RAC 10503 US 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
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, TP) Record Technology Incorporated 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, VACK 1206 The Mothers Of Invention* We're Only In It For The Money(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Pap) Rykodisc, Rykodisc VACK-1206, VACK 1206 Japan 2001 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, Rykodisc 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 Europe 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, Gat) 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
BPR1232 The Mothers Of Invention* We're Only In It For The Money(LP, Album, Mono, Ltd, Pic, RE) Zappa Records BPR1232 US 2018 Sell This Version
BPR1232 The Mothers Of Invention* We're Only In It For The Money(LP, Album, Mono, Ltd, Pic, RE) Zappa Records BPR1232 US 2018 Sell This Version
BPR1232 The Mothers Of Invention* We're Only In It For The Money(LP, Album, Mono, Ltd, Pic, RE) Zappa Records BPR1232 US 2018 Sell This Version
BPR1232 The Mothers Of Invention* We're Only In It For The Money(LP, Album, Mono, Ltd, Pic, RE, Gat) Zappa Records BPR1232 UK & Europe 2018 Sell This Version
BPR1232 The Mothers Of Invention* We're Only In It For The Money(LP, Album, Mono, Ltd, Pic, RE, Mis) Zappa Records BPR1232 US 2018 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
3113-065, 3113065 The Mothers Of Invention* We're Only In It For The Money(Cass, Album, RE) Verve Records, Verve Records 3113-065, 3113065 UK 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
V6/5045, V6 5045 The Mothers Of Invention* We're Only In It For The Money(LP, Album, Gat) Verve Records, Verve Records V6/5045, V6 5045 US Unknown Sell This Version
526.404.549, V6-5045X, V/V6 5045X The Mothers Of Invention* We're Only In It For The Money(LP, Album, M/Print, Unofficial, Gat) Not On Label (Frank Zappa), Verve Records (2), Verve Records (2) 526.404.549, V6-5045X, V/V6 5045X Brazil Unknown Sell This Version
V6 5045X The Mothers Of Invention* We're Only In It For The Money(LP, Album, RE) Verve Records (2) V6 5045X UK Unknown Sell This Version
2317 034, 2317-034 The Mothers Of Invention* We're Only In It For The Money(LP, Album, RE, Unofficial) Verve Records (2), Verve Records (2) 2317 034, 2317-034 UK Unknown Sell This Version
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FL-1592 The Mothers We're Only In It For The Money(LP, Album, Unofficial) First Record FL-1592 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
EU 301 The Mothers We're Only In It For The Money(LP, Album, Unofficial) 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
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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
5045x, No. 0882 The Mothers Of Invention* We're Only In It For The Money(PlayTape, EP, Mono) Verve Records, Playtape 5045x, No. 0882 US Unknown Sell This Version

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pedero

pedero

January 11, 2020
referencing We're Only In It For The Money, LP, Album, Gat, V6-5045X, V6-5045
Looking to buy a sleeve. If you have a sleeve but no record, contact me and I'll buy it from you.
Cashman124

Cashman124

February 20, 2019
referencing We're Only In It For The Money, LP, Album, Gat, V6-5045X, V6-5045
The Mothers and Zappa's best album ever made. Nothing will ever come close to this masterpiece.
ThisIs_ReadyMade

ThisIs_ReadyMade

December 20, 2018
referencing We're Only In It For The Money, LP, Album, Gat, V6-5045X, V6-5045
Sounds amazing 50 years after it was pressed. Crystal clear, everything is EQ'ed perfectly. If you can find this pressing, buy it.
lostandfrowned

lostandfrowned

December 1, 2018
referencing We're Only In It For The Money, LP, Album, Mono, Ltd, Pic, RE, BPR1232
Opened mine only to find both sides of the record have the same side 1 picture of the title on the floor drum. Both sides say side one. Must have been break time for the quality control team.
aJerryCornelius

aJerryCornelius

December 1, 2018
referencing We're Only In It For The Money, LP, Album, Mono, Ltd, Pic, RE, BPR1232
Sounds fantastic, looking for a copy which doesn't SKIP ...Hotcha
jeffn66

jeffn66

November 30, 2018
referencing We're Only In It For The Money, LP, Album, Mono, Ltd, Pic, RE, BPR1232
Is this the Uncensored, the Censored, the Highly Censored, etc? Does Concentration Moon contain the VU putdown?
jon.torrez.3

jon.torrez.3

November 28, 2018
referencing We're Only In It For The Money, LP, Album, Mono, Ltd, Pic, RE, BPR1232

Not as noisy as you'd expect from a picture disc. I've only had an earlier stereo pressing to compare this to, but the mono-mix sounds fantastic. My disc did have some warping, though. It's a cool thing to own but I'll be more stoked for the standard black reissue as my go-to play copy.
MEllODrOnE

MEllODrOnE

November 25, 2018
referencing We're Only In It For The Money, LP, Album, Mono, Ltd, Pic, RE, BPR1232
How does this sound? Would consider getting it if the picture disc sounds ok.
zappa01_de

zappa01_de

November 25, 2018
referencing We're Only In It For The Money, LP, Album, Mono, Ltd, Pic, RE, BPR1232
4 different US versions of the picture disc were published!
facelift

facelift

November 25, 2018
referencing We're Only In It For The Money, LP, Album, Mono, Ltd, Pic, RE, BPR1232
When will the other versions of the picture disc from Black Friday Record Store Day be added to discogs? I have a completely different variation then the ones listed.