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.
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.
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 :.Uncle Meat, A Pound for a Brown on the Bus, Artie (With the Green Mustache) Tripp, Artie Tripp, Billy Mundi, Bunk Gardner, Cruising for Burgers, Dog Breath, Don Preston, Electric Aunt Jemima, Euclid James Sherwood, Frank Zappa, God Bless America, Ian Underwood, Ian Underwood Whips It Out, If We'd All Been Living in California, in the Year of the Plague, Irving Berlin, Jimmy Carl Black, Louie Louie, Main Title Theme, Mr Green Genes, Nelcy Walker, Nine Types of Industrial Pollution, Our Bizarre Relationship, Pamela Zarubica as Suzy Creamcheese, Prelude to King Kong, Project X, Ray Collins, Richard Berry, Roy Estrada, Ruth Komanoff, Sleeping in a Jar, The Air, The Dog Breath Variations, The Legend of the Golden Arches, The Mothers of Invention, The Uncle Meat Variations, The Voice of Cheese, We Can Shoot You, Zolar CzaklShare this article: Facebook,