The Mothers

The Mothers

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The Mothers or The Mothers Of Invention.
Frank Zappa teamed with gigging R&B group 'The Soul Giants' in 1964. The band included vocalist Ray Collins, bassist Roy Estrada and drummer Jimmy Carl Black. Zappa emerged as their creative leader and the band became 'The Mothers' (as in mother-f**kers = good musicians). After signing to Verve Records this was appended to 'The Mothers Of Invention' at the insistence of the label. Until Zappa founded his own label the appendage was usually added in mock deference and the band were usually referred to as 'The Mothers'.

Guitarist Elliot Ingber then joined and, for much of their seminal 1960's albums, the group also included woodwind player Bunk Gardner, saxophonist Motorhead Sherwood, keyboardist Don Preston, multi-instrumentalist Ian Underwood and additional drummers Billy Mundi and Art Tripp. Most of these artists appeared on "Freak Out!" (1966), "Absolutely Free" and "We're Only In It For The Money" (1967), "Cruising With Ruben & the Jets" (1968) and "Uncle Meat" (1969).
During Zappa's jazz/classical rock period of 1969-1970, his works were augmented by violinists Don "Sugarcane" Harris and Jean-Luc Ponty, percussionist Ruth Underwood and drummers Aynsley Dunbar and John Guerin. Most of these artists appeared on "Uncle Meat", "Hot Rats", "Weasels Ripped My Flesh" and "Burnt Weeny Sandwich".

From 1970-72, Zappa formed a new line-up with former The Turtles members Flo & Eddie and bassist Jim Pons. Preston, Underwood and Dunbar remained in the line-up, along with additional keyboardist George Duke. This line-up was disbanded, after Zappa was pushed from the stage by a fan in 1972. (He could not tour for the next year). Two more jazz rock albums, "Waka Jawaka" and "The Grand Wazoo", were recorded with much of the previous jazz-rock group including Preston, Ian and Ruth Underwood, Dunbar, Ponty, Huerin and Duke. Trumpeter Sal Marquez was also added. Zappa and the band went back to vocal rock songs with jazz elements in 1973 on "Over-Nite Sensation", then 1974's "Apostrophe" and 1975's "One Size Fits All". Much of the same band remained, along with new members Bruce Lambourne Fowler (trombone), Tom Fowler (bass) and Napoleon M. Brock (saxophone). In 1975 Zappa called a halt to this backing band. By the late '70s an entirely new support band was formed, with only occasional participation from past members, including a re-appearance of Captain Beefheart. Beginning in the 80's, past 'Mothers' members Collins, Black, Gardner, Sherwood, Preston, Tom and Bruce Fowler occasionally played in a mock Zappa band, 'The Grandmothers'. In 1985 Zappa adroitly used 'The Mothers Of Prevention' in his assault on American censorship aspects of the music industry.
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The Mothers Discography Tracks

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The Mothers Of Invention* Freak Out! (Album) Verve Records, Verve Records US 1966 Sell This Version
The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free (Album) Verve Records, Verve Records US 1967 Sell This Version
The Mothers Of Invention* Cruising With Ruben & The Jets (Album) Verve Records, Verve Records US 1968 Sell This Version
The Mothers Of Invention* We're Only In It For The Money (Album) Verve Records, Verve Records Australia 1968 Sell This Version
The Mothers Of Invention* Uncle Meat (Album) Bizarre Records, Bizarre Records, Reprise Records US 1969 Sell This Version
none The Mothers / Methuselah The Mothers / Methuselah - The **** Of The Mothers / Matthew, Luke, Mark, And John(LP, Transcription) AFRTS none US 1969 Sell This Version
The Mothers Of Invention* Burnt Weeny Sandwich (Album) Bizarre Records, Reprise Records Germany 1970 Sell This Version
The Mothers Of Invention* Weasels Ripped My Flesh (Album) Bizarre Records Israel 1970 Sell This Version
The Mothers Fillmore East - June 1971 (Album) Bizarre Records, Reprise Records US 1971 Sell This Version
The Mothers The Grand Wazoo (Album) Bizarre Records, Reprise Records US 1972 Sell This Version
TC-PCS 7162 (IE 228 o 05138) John & Yoko* / Plastic Ono Band* With A Cast Of Thousands (6), Frank Zappa And The Mothers Of Invention* John & Yoko* / Plastic Ono Band* With A Cast Of Thousands (6), Frank Zappa And The Mothers Of Invention* - Live Jam(Cass, Album) Apple Records TC-PCS 7162 (IE 228 o 05138) UK 1972 Sell This Version
Las Mothers* Just Another Band From L.A. (Album) Bizarre Records Canada 1972 Sell This Version
Frank Zappa And The Mothers Frank Zappa And The Mothers - Over-Nite Sensation (Album) Discreet France 1973 Sell This Version
Zappa* / Mothers* Zappa* / Mothers* - Roxy & Elsewhere (Album) Discreet US 1974 Sell This Version
Zappa* / Beefheart* / Mothers* Zappa* / Beefheart* / Mothers* - Bongo Fury (Album) Discreet Spain 1975 Sell This Version
Frank Zappa and The Mothers Of Invention* Frank Zappa and The Mothers Of Invention* - One Size Fits All (Album) Discreet Portugal 1975 Sell This Version
RL 20-6 Zappa* / Beefheart* / Mothers* / Todd Rundgren's Utopia* Zappa* / Beefheart* / Mothers* / Todd Rundgren's Utopia* - Bongo Fury / Another Live(LP, Transcription) AFRTS RL 20-6 US 1976 Sell This Version
Frank Zappa / Mothers* Frank Zappa / Mothers* - Piquantique (Comp, Album) Essential, Castle Communications, FOO - EEE Records UK 1991 Sell This Version
Mothers Of Invention* 'Tis The Season To Be Jelly (Album, Comp) FOO - EEE Records US 1991 Sell This Version
Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention* Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention* - Unmitigated Audacity - Live At Notre Dame University May 12, 1974 (Album, Comp) Rhino Records (2), FOO - EEE Records UK 1991 Sell This Version
Frank's Mothers Of Invention* The Ark (Album, Comp) FOO - EEE Records Europe 1991 Sell This Version
Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention* Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention* - Playground Psychotics (Album) Zappa Records UK 1992 Sell This Version
R2 71017 Frank Zappa & The Mothers Frank Zappa & The Mothers - Disconnected Synapses(CD) FOO - EEE Records R2 71017 US 1992 Sell This Version
R2 71021 Frank Zappa 's Mothers* Frank Zappa 's Mothers* - Swiss Cheese/Fire!(2xCD, Comp, RE) FOO - EEE Records R2 71021 US 1992 Sell This Version
Zappa* / Mothers Of Invention* Zappa* / Mothers Of Invention* - Ahead Of Their Time (Album) Zappa Records Japan 1993 Sell This Version