Released on April 21, 1969 as a double album, ‘Uncle Meat’ is the fifth studio album by the Mothers of Invention. It was a commercial success upon release, and has been highly acclaimed for its innovative recording and editing techniques, including experiments in tape speed and overdubbing, and diverse sound.
Track Listing : 1.Uncle Meat: Main Title Theme (Frank Zappa) – 01:54 . 2.The Voice Of Cheese (Frank Zappa) – 00:27 . 3.Nine Types Of Industrial Pollution (Frank Zappa) – 05:56 . 4.Zolar Czakl (Frank Zappa) – 00:57 . 5.Dog Breath, In The Year Of The Plague (Frank Zappa) – 05:51 . 6.The Legend Of The Golden Arches (Frank Zappa) – 01:24 . 7.Louie Louie (Richard Berry) – 02:28 . 8.The Dog Breath Variations (Frank Zappa) – 01:36 . 9.Sleeping In A Jar (Frank Zappa) – 00:49 . 10.Our Bizarre Relationship (Frank Zappa) – 01:05 . 11.The Uncle Meat Variations (Frank Zappa) – 04:40 . 12.Electric Aunt Jemima (Frank Zappa) – 01:53 . 13.Prelude To King Kong (Frank Zappa) – 03:24 . 14.God Bless America (Irving Berlin) – 01:22 . 15.A Pound For A Brown On The Bus (Frank Zappa) – 01:29 . 16.Ian Underwood Whips It Out (Frank Zappa) – 05:08 . 17.Mr. Green Genes (Frank Zappa) – 03:10 . 18.We Can Shoot You (Frank Zappa) – 01:48 . 19.If We’D All Been Living In California (Frank Zappa) – 01:29 . 20.The Air (Frank Zappa) – 02:57 . 21.Project X (Frank Zappa) – 04:47 . 22.Cruising For Burgers (Frank Zappa) – 02:19
Musicians : The Mothers Of Invention – Band . Frank Zappa – Guitar, Low Grade Vocals, Percussion . Ray Collins – Vocals . Jimmy Carl Black – Drums . Roy Estrada – Electric Bass, Cheeseburgers . Don Preston – Electric Piano . Billy Mundi – Drums. Bunk Gardner – Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Soprano Sax, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Bassoon . Ian Underwood – Electric Organ, Piano, Harpsichord, Celeste, Flute, Clarinet, Alto Sax, Baritone Sax . Artie Tripp – Drums, Timpani, Vibes, Marimba, Xylophone, Wood Blocks, Bells, Small Chimes . Euclid James Sherwood – Pop Star, Frenetic Tenor Sax Stylings, Tambourine, Choreography . Ruth Komanoff – Marimba And Vibes . Nelcy Walker – Soprano Voice On (8) & (11) . Pamela Zarubica As Suzy Creamcheese – Vocals On (1 – 10)
Production : Produced By Frank Zappa . Jerry Hansen – Engineer . Euclid James Sherwood – Equipment Technician, Choreographer
Package : Cal Schenkel – Artwork Design . Roy Estrada – Prop Design
Recorded October 1967 – September 1968 At Apostolic Studios, Nyc.
ReleasedOn April 21, 1969 By Bizarre/Reprise.
(Source Uncle Meat Zappa.com)
Over four sides of vinyl* Zappa and the Mothers delivered a collage of music that was breathtaking in its diversity yet coherence, was punctuated by spoken word passages (Suzy Creamcheese, drummer Jimmy Carl Black complaining about the band not making any money), and they took advantage of the advances in studio technology to do numerous overdubs (up to 40 allegedly).
Not a great place to start with Frank Zappa but if you’re already a fan of the early mothers of invention work, this is definitely worth having. A massive medley of complicated instrumentals, doo-wop inspired Mothers of Invention bizarreness, spoken interludes, jazz, and general weirdness, Uncle Meat is fun and entertaining though a little scattered. Zappa’s creativity is in full force here which makes for lots of wonderful moments – the King Kongs, Dog Breath, and the title track are Zappa classics.
60 Seconds During the Year Everything ChangedGrudgingly, I gave the thing a listen. It was a double album: two discs (4 sides) of incomprehensibility. But, as the cover explained, it was supposed to be a soundtrack album for a movie that would never be made… so, well, okay, maybe that explained the long stretches of industrial noise. A few of the tracks were actually songs, with a beginning, a middle, and an end. The guitar playing was not bad in a few places.