The Mothers Of Invention
Frank Zappa ♦ The Mothers 

Special Note Regarding Credits And The Like As Pertains To Frank Zappa Produced Records

A Frank Zappa record (in the early days, at least) was a multi-media experience. Listening to the music also required you to read the album covers for clues (and jokes). Frank was the master of ceremonies at all times. Anyway, I've tried to include what was easily translatable to this little project. Personel are listed as they appear on the albums (supplemented occasionally). And then there's the back cover to Mothermania. But to get the full enjoyment, go out and buy the damn records and see what's there.

An important part of these albums was the artwork by Cal Schenkel . Learn more about Cal & Frank at The Music Aficionada: Cal Schenkel's Album Covers part 1: the 1960s .

Gotta Start Somewhere...

The Steve Allen Show: "clean-cut Frank Zappa, musical bicyclist ," 3/4/63,
Frank pimps How's Your Bird and chats with and plays a bicycle with notorious rock 'n' roll hater Steve-o. Stop whatever you are doing, pass the pipe and watch this now! Maybe be too weird for work (TWFW).

Baby Ray & The Ferns
How's Your Bird / The World's Greatest Sinner
Zappa (2:10) / Zappa (2:25)
Donna 1378, 4/63

Note: Frank and friends (including Ray Collins) made a bunch of 45s in the early 60s. Read more here .

Freak Out!
Verve V6-5005-2X
6/27/66 BB RS500 [UK: 3/67]
Back Cover

Inside Cover

Hot-Spots Map

UK Back Cover

Mishmash on single record—full 2-record set in Dec 67
UK Labels - spot the changes?

Side One
Hungry Freaks, Daddy Zappa 3:27
I Ain't Got No Heart Zappa 2:30
Who Are the Brain Police? Zappa 3:22
Go Cry On Somebody Else's Shoulder Collins-Zappa 3:31
Motherly Love Zappa 2:45
How Could I Be Such A Fool Zappa 2:12
Side Two
Wowie Zowie Zappa 2:45
You Didn't Try To Call Me Zappa 3:17
Any Way The Wind Blows Zappa 2:52
I'm Not Satisfied Zappa 2:37
You're Probably Wondering Why I'm Here Zappa 3:37
Side Three
Trouble Every Day Zappa 6:16
Help, I'm A Rock (Suite In Three Movements)
   1st Movement: Okay To Tap Dance
   2nd Movement: In Memoriam, Edgar Varese
   3rd Movement: It Can't Happen Here
Zappa 8:37
Side Four
The Return Of The Son Of Monster Magnet
 (Unfinished Ballet In Two Tableaus))
   I. Ritual Dance Of The Child Killers
   II. Nullis Pretii (No Commercial Potential)
Zappa 12:17
Frank Zappa-lead guitar, keyboards, vocals
Ray Collins-lead vocalist, harmonica, tambourine, finger cymbals, bobby pin & tweezers
Elliot Ingber-alternate lead & rhytm guitar with clear white light
Roy Estrada-bass & guitarron, boy soprano
Jim Black-drums (also sings in some foreign language)
The Mother's Auxiliary:
Gene Estes, Eugene DiNovi, Neil Le Vang, John Rotella, Kurt Reher, Raymond Kelley, Paul Bergstrom, Emmet Sargeant, Joseph Saxon,
Edwin V Beach, Arthur Maebe, George Price, John Johnson, Carol Kaye, Virgil Evans, David Wells, Kenneth Watson, Plas Johnson,
Roy Caton, Carl Franzoni, Vito, Kim Fowley (featured on hypophone), Benjamin Barrett, David Anderle
§Cover Design-Jack Anesh; Cover Photo-Ray Leong
Produced by: Tom Wilson

Note: Album was sliced up for first UK release (March 67). They'd finally get the complete 2-record set in December 67—See BRG notes.

How Could I Be Such A Fool? / Help, I'm A Rock, Third Movement: It Can't Happen Here³
Zappa (2:12) / Zappa (3:12)
Verve 10418, 6/66

Trouble Comin' Every Day³ / Who Are The Brain Police?
Zappa (2:28) / Zappa (3:22)
Verve 10458, 11/66

Why Don't You Do Me Right?¹ / Big Leg Emma¹
Zappa (2:38) / Zappa (2:32)
Verve 10513, 4/67


Absolutely Free
Verve V6-5013
5/26/67 BB [UK: 10/67]
Full Cover

Inside Cover

UK Back Cover

Brits didn't get gatefold artwork until 1972
Side One: "Absolutely Free"
Plastic People Zappa 3:40
The Duke Of Prunes Zappa 2:12
Amnesia Vivace Zappa 1:01
The Duke Regains His Chops Zappa 1:45
Call Any Vegetable Zappa 2:19
Invocation And Ritual Dance Of The Young Pumpkin Zappa 6:57
Soft-Sell Conclusion & Ending Of Side #1 Zappa 1:40
Side Two: "The M.O.I. American Pagent"
America Drinks Zappa 1:52
Status Back Baby Zappa 2:52
Uncle Bernie's Farm Zappa 2:09
Son Of Suzy Creamcheese Zappa 1:33
Brown Shoes Don't Make It Zappa 7:26
America Drinks & Goes Home Zappa 2:43
Frank Zappa-guitar, keyboards, vocals
Ray Collins-vocals
Don Preston-keyboards
Roy Estrada-bass
Jimmy Carl Black-drums
Billy Mundi-drums
Bunk Gardner-woodwinds
Jim Sherwood-soprano & baritone sax
Don Ellis-horn
John Rotella-percussion
Pamela Zarubica [Susy Creamcheese]-vocals
§Cover Photo & Artwork-Alice Ochs
Produced by: Tom Wilson

Note: A libretto was offered with first issues (see inside photo), they are extremely rare .

Ray Collins, "I wanted to make beautiful music"
 Like Neil & Dave, he's in-and-out, quiting for good in late summer 68.

Lumpy Gravy
Capitol STAO-2719 (4-track tape)
8/7/67 (withdrawn)
Capitol Cover

Program One
Sink Trap
Gum Joy
Up & Down
Local Butcher
Program Two
Gypsy Airs
Hunchy Punchy
Foamy Soaky
Let's Eat Out
Teen-Age Grand Finale

Note: Zappa wrote, arranged and conducted this work played by The Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Symphony Orchestra. He
thought that since he didn't play or claim the artist role, he was clear by his MGM contract. MGM thought otherwise and filed
suit to prevent the release (Capitol had already released some 4-track tapes). So, Frank took the tapes back and expanded
the work. Complete Details

9/23/1967: Royal Albert Hall, London
Louie, Louie anyone?
Lonely Little Girl² / Mother People
Zappa (2:44) / Zappa (2:30)
Verve 10570, 11/67


We're Only In It For The Money
Verve V6-5045
3/4/68 BB RS500 [UK: 6/68] UK
Full Cover

Inside Cover

Money Cut Outs insert

Compare with Sgt Pepper cut outs!
Side One
Are You Hung Up? Zappa 1:23
Who Needs The Peace Corps? Zappa 2:34
Concentration Moon Zappa 2:32
Mom And Dad Zappa 2:16
Bow Tie Daddy Zappa 1:22
Harry, You're A Beast Zappa 1:22
What's The Ugliest Part Of Your Body? Zappa 1:03
Absolutely Free Zappa 3:26
Flower Punk Zappa 3:57
Hot Poop Zappa :16
Side Two
Nasal Retentive Calliope Music Zappa 2:00
Let's Make The Water Turn Black Zappa 1:54
The Idiot Bastard Son Zappa 3:27
Lonely Little Girl Zappa 1:10
Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance Zappa 1:33
What's The Ugliest Part Of Your Body? (reprise) Zappa 1:03
Mother People Zappa 2:30
The Chrome Plated Megaphone Of Destiny Zappa 6:30
Frank Zappa-guitar, keyboards, vocals, concept
Ian Underwood-piano, woodwinds, wholesome
Roy Estrada-electric bass, vocals, asthma
Jimmy Carl Black-Indian of the group, drums, trumpet, vocals
Billy Mundi-drums, vocal, yak & black lace underwear
Bunk Gardner-all woodwinds, mumbled weirdness
Don Preston-retired
Euclid James Motorhead Sherwood-road manager, soprano & baritone saxophone, all purpose weirdness & teen appeal (we need it desperately)
Suzy Creamcheese-telephone
Dick Barber-snorks
Pamela Zarubica [Suzy Creamcheese]-vocals
Spider Barbour-vocals
Dick Kunc-"cheerful interruptions" vocal
Eric Clapton-Male speaking part in Are You Hung Up? and Nasal Retentive Calliope Music.
Gary Kellgren-"the one doing all the creepy whispering" (i.e., interstitial spoken segments)
Vicki Kellgren-additional telephone vocals
§Packaging Concept-Nifty, Tough & Bitchen Youth Market Consultants
Produced by: Frank Zappa

Note: Reviewed by Barret Hansen (AKA Dr Demento) in Rolling Stone #8 (4/6/68)
Read more sbout the cover design @ wiki .

The Monkees: "The Monkees Blow Their Minds," 3/11/68,
Frank and Wool Hat switch identities and beat a car to the dulcet sounds of "Mother People."

Lumpy Gravy
Verve V6-8741
5/13/68 BB [UK: 10/68]
Back Cover

Inside Cover

Side One
Lumpy Gravy - Part I Zappa 15:45
Side Two
Lumpy Gravy - Part II Zappa 15:56
Frank Zappa conducting The Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
§Album Art-Cal Schenkel
Produced by: Frank Zappa

Note: For detailed personel list, see this Discogs entry.

Miami Pop Festival(5/18/68)
 ➜ Live: 7/23/68, The Whisky A Go Go; released 2024: Live At The Whisky A Go Go 1968 
This was a five-hour event, per this ad
5 Hour Show At The Whisky


Cruising With Ruben & The Jets
Verve V6-5055
12/2/68 BB [UK: 2/69]
Back Cover

Inside Cover

Repro Inserts

Cool ad in Billboard, Jan 4, 1969

UK Back Cover

Brits didn't get gatefold artwork until 1972
Side One
Cheap Thrills Zappa 2:20
Love Of My Life Zappa 3:17
How Could I Be Such A Fool? Zappa 3:33
Deseri Buff-Collins 2:04
I'm Not Satisfied Zappa 3:59
Jelly Roll Gum Drop Zappa 2:17
Anything Collins 3:00
Side Two
Later That Night Zappa 3:04
You Didn't Try To Call Me Zappa 3:53
Fountain Of Love Collins-Zappa 2:57
"No No No" Zappa 2:27
Any Way The Wind Blows Zappa 2:56
Stuff Up The Cracks Zappa 4:29
Frank Zappa-low grumbles, oo-wah and lead guitar
Ray Collins-lead vocals
Roy Estrada-high weazlings, dwaedy-doop & electric bass
Jimmy Carl Black & Arthur Dyer Tripp III-lewd pulsating rhythm
Ian Underwood & Don Preston-redundant piano triplets
Jim Motorhead Sherwood-baritone sax & tambourine
Bunk Gardner & Ian Underwood-tenor and alto saxes
§Cover Art-Cal Schenkel
Produced by: Frank Zappa

Notes: Ray Collins comes back to sing lead on this great doo-wop classic
Some original issues included inserts on how to do your hair & how to dance. Japanese repros are at note 3.
The text in the balloon reads:
Is this The Mothers Of Invention recording under a different name in a last ditch attempt
to get their cruddy music on the radio?

Deseri / Jelly Roll Gumdrop
Buff-Collins (2:04) / Zappa (2:17)
Verve 10632, 12/68

as by Ruben & The Jets
Any Way The Wind Blows / Jelly Roll Gumdrop
Zappa (2:56) / Zappa (2:17)
Verve 10632, 12/68


Note: Frank finally breaks out of his onerous Verve contract and forms Bizarre/Straight Records (not just an imprint for Verve),
where he could nuture upcoming artists whose commercial potential was questionable  . . . 

Verve V6-5068
3/24/69 BB [UK: 4/69]
Back Cover

Inside Cover

UK Back Cover

Side One
Brown Shoes Don't Make It Zappa 7:26
Mother People(New uncensored Mono Mix) Zappa 1:41
Duke Of Prunes Zappa 5:09
Call Any Vegetable(edited) Zappa 4:31
The Idiot Bastard Son(New Mono Mix & Edit) Zappa 2:26
Side Two
It Can't Happen Here(New Stereo Mix & Edit) Zappa 3:13
You're Probably Wondering Why I'm Here(New Stereo Mix) Zappa 3:37
Who Are the Brain Police?(New Stereo Mix) Zappa 3:22
Plastic People Zappa 3:40
Hungry Freaks, Daddy(New Stereo Mix) Zappa 3:27
America Drinks And Goes Home Zappa 2:43
Frank Zappa-everything
Mothers of various kinds
§Cover Art-Cal Schenkel
Produced by: Frank Zappa

Note: Zappa personally mixed and sequenced the album. Disowned it when it was released just before his new record on
Bizarre/Reprise, Uncle Meat. Oh, the back cover? It's German coverage of a riot.


Uncle Meat
Bizarre 2MS-2024
4/21/69 BB [UK: 9/69]
Back Cover

Inside Cover

Booklet Cover

Side One
Uncle Meat: Main Title Theme Zappa 1:54
The Voice Of Cheese Zappa :27
400 Days Of The Year† Zappa 5:56
Zolar Czakl Zappa :57
Dog Breath, In The Year Of The Plague Zappa 5:51
The Legend Of The Golden Arches Zappa 1:24
Louie Louie (1) Berry 2:28
The Dog Breath Variations Zappa 1:36
Side Two
Sleeping In A Jar Zappa :49
Our Bizarre Relationship Zappa 1:05
The Uncle Meat Variations Zappa 4:40
Electric Aunt Jemima Zappa 1:53
Prelude To King Kong Zappa 3:24
God Bless America (2) Zappa 1:22
A Pound For A Brown On The Bus Zappa 1:29
Ian Underwood Whips It Out (3) Zappa 5:08
Side Three
Mr Green Genes Zappa 3:10
We Can Shoot You Zappa 1:48
"If We'd All Been Living In California..." Zappa 1:29
The Air Zappa 2:57
Project X Zappa 4:47
Cruising For Burgers Zappa 2:19
Side Four
King Kong Itself (As Played By The Mothers In A Studio) Zappa :53
King Kong (Its Magnificence As Interpreted By Dom DeWild) Zappa 1:15
King Kong (As Motorhead Explains It) Zappa 1:44
King Kong (The Gardner Varieties) Zappa 6:17
King Kong (As Played By 3 Deranged Good Humor Trucks) Zappa :29
King Kong (The Underwood Ramifications)(4) Zappa 7:22

1  At the Royal Albert Hall in London [Sept 23, 1967]
2  Live At The Whiskey A Go-Go [c July 23, 1968]
3  Live Onstage in Copenhagen [October 1, 1967]]
4  Live on a flat bed diesel in the middle of a race track at a Miami Pop Festival [May 18, 1968]

Frank Zappa-guitar, percussion, keyboards, vocals
Ray Collins-swell vocals
Jimmy Carl Black-drums, droll humor, poverty
Roy Estrada-electric bass, cheeseburgers, Pachuto falsetto
Don (Dom De Wild) Preston-electric piano, tarot cards, brown rice
Billy (The Oozer) Mundi-drums on some pieces before he quit to join 'Rhinoceros'
Bunk (Sweetpants) Gardner-piccolo, flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, soprano sax, alto sax, tenor sax, bassoon (all of these electric and/or non-electric depending)
Ian Underwood-electric organ, piano, harpsichord, celeste, flute, clarinet, alto sax, baritone sax, special assistance, copyist, industrial relations & teen appeal
Artie (With the Green Mustache) Tripp-drums, timpani, vibes, marimba, xylophone, wood blocks, bells, small chimes, cheerful outlook & specific enquiries
Euclid James (Motorhead/Motorishi) Sherwood-pop star, frenetic tenor sax stylings, tambourine, choreography, obstinance & equipment setter-upper when
  he's not hustling local groupies
Pamela Zarubica as Suzy Creamcheese [uncredited]
Nelcy Walker-soprano vocal (Dog Breath, The Uncle Meat Variations) [uncredited]
§Cover Art-Cal Schenkel
Produced by: Frank Zappa

Note: Album came with 12-page booklet—see it @ 45worlds .
†On the album cover it's Nine Types Of Industrial Pollution (and became the standard title)
That's Jimmy Carl Black esplainin to Frank the money sitiation

Denver Pop Festival(6/27/69)
Newport Jazz Festival(7/5/69)
Laurel Pop Festival(7/12/69)
Atlantic City Pop Festival(8/3/69)
After the Aug 19th concert in Toronto, Frank disbands the original Mothers. His comments about the guys not playing up to their potential caused bad blood, although years later some would appear with their old boss.
Medium Cool(8/27/69)
Mothers music to The Litter on stage!
My Guitar¹ / Dog Breath¹
Zappa (3:07) / Zappa (2:56)
Bizarre/Reprise 0840, 9/69

both sides different takes from Weasels/Uncle Meat versions

Hot Rats
Bizarre RS-6356
10/10/69 BB [UK: 2/70] T20
Back Cover

Inside Cover

Side One
Peaches en Regalia Zappa 3:58
Willie The Pimp Zappa 9:25
Son Of Mr Green Genes Zappa 8:58
Side Two
Little Umbrellas Zappa 3:09
The Gumbo Variations Zappa 12:55
It Must Be A Camel Zappa 5:15
Frank Zappa-guitar, octave bass, percussion, keyboards, vocals
Ian Underwood-organus maximus, piano, flute, clarinets, saxophones
Captain Beefheart-vocals (Willie The Pimp)
Lowell George-guitar
Max Bennett-bass
Shuggie Otis-bass (Peaches en Regalia)
Ron Selico-drums (Peaches en Regalia)
John Guerin-drums (Willie The Pimp, Little Umbrellas, It Must Be A Camel)
Paul Humphrey-drums (Son Of Mr Green Genes, The Gumbo Variations)
Don "Sugarcane" Harris-violin (Willie The Pimp, The Gumbo Variations)
Jean-Luc Ponty-violin (It Must Be A Camel)
§Cover Photo-Ed Caraeff
Produced by: Frank Zappa

Notes: That's Miss Christine [Christine Frka] of The GTO's
Fabulous Cal Schenkel artwork fills the gatefold, and
Jean-Luc Ponty recorded an album with Frank the next year. Check it out:
 King Kong: Jean-Luc Ponty Plays The Music Of Frank Zappa 

Music Power & European Music Revolution, Festival Actuel: "Zappa joins Pink Floyd ," 10/25/69,
Frank jams on Interstellar Overdrive. Nobody involved remembered this. Read about it at Best Classic Bands
Peaches En Regalia³ / Little Umbrellas
Zappa (3:39) / Zappa (3:04)
Bizarre 0889, 1/70


Burnt Weeny Sandwich
Bizarre RS-6370
2/9/70 BB [UK: 3/70] T20
Back Cover

Inside Cover

First Issue Poster (~3 feet wide!)

Side One
WPLJ Four Deuces 3:02
Igor's Boogie, Phase One Zappa :40
Overture To A Holiday In Berlin Zappa 1:29
Theme From Burnt Weeny Sandwich Zappa 4:35
Igor's Boogie, Phase Two Zappa :35
Holiday In Berlin, Full Blown Zappa 6:27
Aybe Sea(piano solo by Ian Underwood) Zappa 2:46
Side Two
Little House I Used To Live In(see below for solos) Zappa 21:52
Valarie Jackie & The Starlighters 3:15
Frank Zappa-guitar, organ, keyboards, vocals
Ian Underwood-guitar, piano, harpsichord, woodwinds
Lowell George-guitar, vocals, Pachuco rap (WPLJ)
Roy Estrada-bass, vocals
Jimmy Carl Black-percussion, drums
Art Tripp-drums
Jim Sherwood-guitar, vocals, wind
Don Preston-bass, piano, keyboards
Bunk Gardner-horn, woodwinds
Buzz Gardner-trumpet
John Balkin-bass (WPLJ), string bass (Overture To A Holiday In Berlin)
Don "Sugarcane" Harris-violin (Little House I Used To Live In)
Gabby Furggy [Janet Ferguson]-vocals (WPLJ)
§Cover Art-Cal Schenkel
Produced by: Frank Zappa

Note: Recorded between 1967 and 1969
As noted on the label: Solos for Little House: piano-Underwood, violin-Harris, piano-Preston, organ-Zappa
Frank credited the groups for the lead and closing tracks. The actual songwriters were:
WPLJ - Dobard-McDaniels and Valarie - was by Starlites, with the group claiming composer credits

Note: At the end of Little House (after Frank sorta promises Brown Shoes next), he says: "Everybody in this room is wearing a uniform
and don't kid yourself." This was in response to audience members protesting security at the venuue, Royal Albert Hall (5/6/69).

WPLJ / My Guitar¹
Four Deuces (3:02) / Zappa (3:07)
Bizarre/Reprise 0892, 2/70


Weasels Ripped My Flesh
Bizarre MS-2028
8/10/70 BB [UK: 9/70] UK
Back Cover

September 1956 cover inspiration

Painting by Wil Hulsey
Bizarre German Cover

Side One
Didja Get Any Onya?† Zappa 3:44
Directly From My Heart To You Penniman 5:17
Prelude To The Afternoon Of A Sexually Aroused Gas Mask† Zappa 3:35
Toads Of The Short Forest Zappa 4:48
Get A Little† Zappa 2:35
Side Two
The Eric Dolphy Memorial Barbecue Zappa 6:53
Dwarf Nebula Processional March And Dwarf Nebula Zappa 2:12
My Guitar Wants To Kill Your Mama Zappa 3:35
Oh No Zappa 1:46
The Orange County Lumber Truck† Zappa 3:18
Weasels Ripped My Flesh† Zappa 2:05
Frank Zappa-guitar, keyboards, vocal (My Guitar Wants To Kill Your Mama)
Ray Collins-vocal (Oh No)
Lowell George-guitar, vocal (Didja Get Any Onya?)
Don Preston-organ, piano, electronic effects
Roy Estrada-bass, vocals
Jimmy Carl Black-drums
Art Tripp-drums
Bunk Gardner-sax
Buzz Gardner-trumpet, flugel horn
Don "Sugarcane" Harris-electric violin, vocal (Directly From My Heart To You)
Motorhead Sherwood-sax, snorks
Ian Underwood-sax
§Cover Art-Neon Park
Produced by: Frank Zappa

Note: †1968-69 live recordings (see Wiki fr details)
Oh No and Dwarf Nebula... recorded in NYC late 67-early 68.
Neon Park's cover painting was based on a 1956 adventures magazine cover (see note 2) and read more @ wiki .

Howard Kaylan & Mark Volman (& Jim Pons) from The Turtles as The Phlorescent Leech & Eddie
Aynsley Dunbar gives up solo career to join Frank.

Chunga's Revenge
Bizarre MS-2030
10/23/70 BB [UK: 11/70] UK
Back Cover

Inside Cover

UK Cover

Side One
Transylvania Boogie Zappa 5:01
Road Ladies Zappa 4:11
Twenty Small Cigars Zappa 2:17
The Nancy And Mary Music†
   part 1
   part 2
   part 3
Zappa 2:42
Side Two
Tell Me You Love Me Zappa 2:43
Would You Go All The Way? Zappa 2:30
Chunga's Revenge Zappa 6:16
The Clap(FZ only—all percussion) Zappa 1:24
Rudy Wants To Buy Yez A Drink Zappa 2:45
Sharleena Zappa 4:07
Frank Zappa-guitar, percussion, drums, harpsichord, keyboards, tom-tom, vocals, wood block, temple blocks, boobams
Ian Underwood-organ, guitar, piano, saxophone, pipe organ
George Duke-organ, trombone, piano, sound effects, vocals
Jeff Simmons-bass, guitar, vocals
Max Bennett-bass
Aynsley Dunbar-drums
The Phlorescent Leech & Eddie-vocals [Howard Kaylan & Mark Volman]
John Guerin-drums (Twenty Small Cigars)
Don "Sugarcane" Harris-organ (Chunga's Revenge)
§Cover Design & Illustration-Cal Schenkel; Cover Photo-Phil Franks
Produced by: Frank Zappa

Note: †Live at the Tyrone Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis [July 5, 1970]

Tell Me You Love Me / Would You Go All The Way For The USA?
Zappa (2:43) / Zappa (2:30)
Bizarre/Reprise 0967, 11/70


Fillmore East—June 1971
Bizarre MS-2042
8/2/71 BB [UK: 8/71]
Back Cover

Cal Schenkel's ad

Side One
Little House I Used to Live In Zappa 4:58
The Mud Shark Zappa 5:16
What Kind of Girl Do You Think We Are? Zappa 4:51
Bwana Dik Zappa 2:27
Latex Solar Beef Zappa 4:22
Willie the Pimp, Pt 1 Zappa 2:50
Side Two
Willie the Pimp, Pt 2 Zappa 1:54
Do You Like My New Car? Zappa 7:49
Happy Together Bonner-Gordon 2:57
Lonesome Electric Turkey Zappa 2:34
Peaches en Regalia Zappa 3:22
Tears Began to Fall Zappa 3:50
Frank Zappa-guitar, dialogue
Mark Volman-vocals, dialogue
Howard Kaylan-vocals, dialogue
Ian Underwood-winds, keyboards, vocals
Bob Harris-keyboards, vocals
Don Preston-mini moog
Jim Pons-bass, vocals, dialogue
Aynsley Dunbar-drums
§Cover Art-Cal Schenkel
Produced by: Frank Zappa

Note: Recorded live at the Fillmore East, 6/5-6/71
John & Yoko appeared at this show and recordings were released on Lennon's Some Time In New York in 1972

What's My Line?: "Frank Zappa, mystery guest ," 9/23/71,
In bold color, Frank is quizzed by Timmy's mom, the Match Game sex peddler, somebody's grandma, and Soupy Sales (all blindfolded). Frank pimps 200 Motels. Pass the pipe.

200 Motels
United Artists UAS-9956
10/4/71 BB [UK: 10/71]
Back Cover

Inside Cover

Booklet Cover

And you get a swell poster!

Side One
Semi-Fradulent/Direct-From-Hollywood Overture Zappa 1:59
Mystery Roach Zappa 2:33
Dance Of The Rock & Roll Interviewers Zappa :48
This Town Is a Sealed Tuna Sandwich (prologue) Zappa :56
Tuna Fish Promenade Zappa 2:30
Dance Of The Just Plain Folks Zappa 4:39
This Town Is a Sealed Tuna Sandwich (reprise) Zappa :59
The Sealed Tuna Bolero Zappa 1:40
Lonesome Cowboy Burt Zappa 3:51
Side Two
Touring Can Make You Crazy Zappa 2:53
Would You Like A Snack? Zappa 1:23
Redneck Eats Zappa 3:03
Centerville Zappa 2:31
She Painted Up Her Face Zappa 1:42
Janet's Big Dance Number Zappa 1:18
Half A Dozen Provacative Squats Zappa 1:57
Mysterioso Zappa :48
Shove It Right In Zappa 2:32
Lucy's Seduction Of A Bored Violinist & Postlude Zappa 4:00
Side Three
I'm Stealing The Towels Zappa 2:14
Dental Hygiene Dilemma Zappa 5:12
Does This Kind Of Life Look Interesting To You? Zappa 3:00
Daddy, Daddy, Daddy Zappa 3:11
Penis Dimension Zappa 4:35
What Will This Evening Bring Me This Morning? Zappa 3:27
Side Four
A Nun Suit Painted On Some Old Boxes Zappa 1:09
Magic Fingers Zappa 3:55
Motorhead's Midnight Ranch Zappa 1:30
Dew On The Newts We Got Zappa 1:10
The Lad Searches The Night For His Newts Zappa :41
The Girl Wants To Fix Him Some Broth Zappa 1:10
The Girl's Dream Zappa :55
Little Green Scratchy Sweaters & Corduroy Ponce Zappa 1:01
Strictly Genteel (The Finale) Zappa 11:09
Frank Zappa-guitar, bass, vocals
Mark Volman-vocals, special material
Howard Kaylan-vocals, special material
Ian Underwood-keyboards, woodwind
George Duke-keyboards, trombone
Martin Lickert-bass
Aynsley Dunbar-drums
Ruth Underwood-drums
Jimmy Carl Black-vocals
Jim Pons-voices
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Elgar Howarth
The Top Score Singers conducted by David van Asch
Classical guitar ensemble supervised by John Williams
Narrated by Theodore Bikel
§Cover Art & Poster-Dave McMacken; Album & Book Design-Cal Schenkel
Produced by: Frank Zappa

Note: The movie premiered in NYC on Nov 10, 1971 and then disappeared for years
Record came with 16-page booklet and poster—see them @ 45worlds .

Tears Began To Fall / Junier Mintz Boogie¹
Zappa (2:50) / Zappa (2:53)
Bizarre/Reprise 1052, 11/71

as by Frank Zappa And The Mothers Of Invention, first released as by Junier Mintz (Straight/Reprise 1027)
Magic Fingers³ / Daddy, Daddy, Daddy
Zappa (2:57) / Zappa (3:11)
United Artists 50857, 11/71

Both sides: from the movie 200 Motels
200 Motels


Seinfeld stole "Yadda, yadda, yadda" from Frank!

Poor Billy—he just wanted to go to New York (with his wife, Ethel) to be on The Tonight Show! Curses, Studebaker Hoch!

This album has a special place in my heart. Played it late one Sunday night on a college radio station. Towards the end of the piece, the student Station Manager called—all upset about the ending. Poor southern lad! Just might play it now. Oh, and this is where Jerry and his loser friends stole "their" most famous catch phrase!

The other side ain't bad, either.

Yes, that's Frank's broken leg sticking out the car window (alluding to the Dec 71 incident at The Rainbow Theatre in London, when he was pushed off stage by a deranged Brit (not gonna call it a fan).

Just Another Band from L A
Bizarre MS-2075
3/26/72 BB [UK: 6/72]
Back Cover

Inside Cover

Side One
Billy The Mountain Zappa 24:42
Side Two
Call Any Vegetable Zappa 7:22
Eddie, Are You Kidding? Kaylan-Seiter-Volman-Zappa 3:10
Magdalena Kaylan-Zappa 6:25
Dog Breath Zappa 3:41
Frank Zappa-guitar, vocals
Howard Kaylan, Mark Volman-vocals
Ian Underwood-winds, keyboards, vocals
Don Preston-keyboards, mini-Moog synthesizer
Jim Pons-bass, vocals
Aynsley Dunbar-drums
§Cover Art-Cal Schenkel; Burger-Sherm Thompson
Produced by: Frank Zappa

Note: Recorded live at the Pauley Pavilion, UCLA, Los Angeles, August 7, 1971


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