Frank Zappa - Uncle Meat

Double Album 2LP Black Vinyl Records Remastered Audio

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Uncle Meat is the fifth studio album by American experimental rock band Frank Zappa And The Mothers Of Invention, originally released in April 1969 via Reprise Records and Bizarre Records.

It was potentially easy to overlook Zappa's melodic gifts on albums past, but on Uncle Meat, he thrusts them firmly into the spotlight; what few lyrics there are, Zappa says in the liner notes, are in-jokes relevant only to the band.

So, Uncle Meat became the point at which Zappa began to establish himself as a composer and he would return to many of these pieces repeatedly over the course of his career.

Taken as a whole, Uncle Meat comes off as a hodgepodge, with centrepieces scattered between variations on previous pieces, short concert excerpts, less-realized experiments, doo wop tunes, and comedy bits; the programming often feels as random as the abrupt transitions and tape experiments held over from Zappa's last few projects.

Despite the absence of a conceptual framework, the unfocused sprawl of Uncle Meat is actually a big part of its appeal. It's exciting to hear one of the most creatively fertile minds in rock pushing restlessly into new territory, even if he isn't always quite sure where he's going.

However, several tracks hint at the jazz-rock fusion soon to come, especially the extended album closer “King Kong”; it's his first unequivocal success in that area, with its odd time signature helping turn it into a rhythmically kinetic blowing vehicle.

Though some might’ve missed the gleeful satire of Zappa's previous work with the Mothers, Uncle Meat's continued abundance of musical ideas places it among his most intriguing works.

Check out the tracks: “The Uncle Meat Variations”; “Dog Breath In The Year Of The Plague” and “Electric Aunt Jemima”.

This double LP housed in a gatefold sleeve with remastered audio and reproduced artwork is pressed in Europe on black vinyl.

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Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Uncle Meat: Main Title Theme

1:54

A2

The Voice Of Cheese

0:27

A3

Nine Types Of Industrial Pollution

5:56

A4

Zolar Czaki

0:57

A5

Dog Breath, In The Year Of The Plague

5:51

A6

The Legend Of The Golden Arches

1:24

A7

Louie Louie

2:28

A8

The Dog Breath Variations

1:36

B1

Sleeping In A Jar

0:49

B2

Our Bizarre Relationship

1:05

B3

The Uncle Meat Variations

4:40

B4

Electric Aunt Jemima

1:53

B5

Prelude To King Kong

3:24

B6

God Bless America

1:22

B7

A Pound For A Brown On The Bus

1:29

B8

Ian Underwood Whips It Out

5:08

C1

Mr. Green Genes

3:10

C2

We Can Shoot You

1:48

C3

If We’d All Been Living In California…

1:29

C4

The Air

2:57

C5

Project X

4:47

C6

Cruising For Burgers

2:19

D1

King Kong (As Played By The Mothers In A Studio)

0:53

D2

King Kong (It’s Magnificence As Interpreted By Dom DeWild)

1:15

D3

King Kong (As Motorhead Explains It)

1:44

D4

King Kong (The Gardner Varieties)

6:17

D5

King Kong (As Played By 3 Deranged Good Humor Trucks)

0:29

D6

King Kong (Live On A Flat Bed Diesel In The Middle Of A Race Track At A Miami Pop Festival)

7:22

SKU 824302383919
Record Label Zappa Records
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number ZAPPA 0238391
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 16 December 2013
Original Release Date (Year) 21 April 1969
Barcode # 824302383919
Shipping Weight 0.6200kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000986m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition Double Album 2LP Records, Black Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, 12 Page Full Colour Booklet, Remastered Audio, Reissue, Official Release #6
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Progressive Rock
Genre Rock
Genre Experimental
Genre Jazz Rock
Format VINYL LP

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