The Mothers of Invention – Uncle Meat
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.
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.
Featuring :Artie (With the Green Mustache) Tripp, Billy (The Oozer) Mundi, Bunk (Sweetpants) Gardner, Don (Dom De Wild) Preston, Euclid James (Motorhead/Motorishi) Sherwood, Frank Zappa, Ian Underwood, Jimmy Carl Black, Nelcy Walker, Pamela Zarubica as Suzy Creamcheese, Ray Collins, Roy Estrada, Ruth Komanoff, The Mothers of InventionShare this article: Facebook,