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Uncle Meat [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Frank Zappa, Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention, The Mothers of Invention Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (2 Oct 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: ADA Global
  • ASIN: B0000009S1
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,103 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Uncle Meat
2. The Voices Of Cheese
3. Nine Types Of Industrial Pollution
4. Zolar Czakl
5. "Dog Breath, In The Year Of The Plague"
6. The Legend Of The Golden Arches
7. Louie Louie
8. The Dog Breath Variations
9. Sleeping In A Jar
10. Our Bizarre Relationship
See all 22 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Uncle Meat Film Excerpt Part 1
2. Tengo Na Minchia Tanta
3. Uncle Meat Film Excerpt Part II
4. King Kong Itself
5. King Kong II
6. King Kong III
7. King Kong IV
8. King Kong V
9. King Kong VI

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'd give it 27 stars if I could 23 Jan 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is my favourite of the early Mothers albums. It's mostly instrumental, and what lyrics there are are dismissed on the album cover as being "private jokes that nobody except the members of the band ever laugh at". It works superbly though, and I never get tired of listening to this one. Highlights are the free form guitar solo on "Nine types of industrial pollution", the dense orchestration on "The Uncle Meat Variations" and the beatiful melodies and playing on "Dog Breath" and the mighty "King Kong" in all of their ramifications. There are some wicked little songs (they could be FZ's version of pop music) which he would carry on playing right through his career - "Cruisin' for burgers", "Sleeping in a jar" and "Mr. Green Genes" among them. Ryko's CD reissue also contains 40 minutes of dialogue and noises from the "Uncle Meat" film - I haven't seen it, but on this evidence I have to say it sounds pretty dreadful - and also a song from the early 80s called "Tengo na minchia tanta" which is pretty dire too - but don't worry about that; it's the actual album you should be interested in. I've got all FZ's albums and this one easily makes the top five.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All human musical life is here 28 Sep 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
If FZ was a multifarious talent influenced by multifarious musical sources, then this is the multifarious musical result. This cd (originally a soundtrack for a yet-to-be-completed film of the same name) has everything the specialist fan needs and the beginner ought to have in order to get to know the underlying mystery of The Man With The Funny Moustache. Beautiful tunes, crazy tunes, no tunes at all (but still beautiful)feature on this release. Tapes of the band, tapes of 'phone calls (The Voice of Suzy Creamcheese) orchestral manoeuvres in the light of experience (not in the dark)are interspersed with doo-wop songs about being busted, neat guitar solos, atonal arrangements, pachuco love songs and several versions of King Kong (his great jazz theme, also avilable on 'Lost Episodes')- one apparently played by an ice cream truck. Typically of FZ, like all Serious Artists, many regular themes are revisited or anticipated on this collection. Mr. Green Genes, from his very popular 'Hot Rats',is here, with words! Sing along! Eat your shoes (even eat the box you bought'em in!). Listen, smile, laugh, ponder. Enjoy. Buy. I first heard this music when I was in my teens shortly after it was originally released. I still lisen to it today. The only reason I'm buying the cd is I wore out the original two lp release with repeated playing. See how long your cd lasts. And tell your friends.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Master at Work 31 Oct 2003
Format:Audio CD
Seminal Zappa album. A major influence. If you only buy 1 Zappa record this must be it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zappa / Mothers greatest achievement. 3 Jun 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is one of Zappa's real monsters, a truly great album that is arguably his masterwork. It's the most complex album he ever did, and many of the themes on this album were revamped for orchestra years later. And "King Kong" is here - 18 sublime minutes of pure unbridled Mothers majesty! There really isn't any way to describe Uncle Meat in a way that will prepare the listener. An amazing aural collage of chamber music, avant garde instrumentals, dialogue, rock, jazz, musique concrete, and of course doo-wop!!! One of the most bizarre records in popular music, the original release in 1968 was four sides of vinyl, covering many genres and styles. Musicianship is outstanding throughout. The CD is expanded to include a lengthy film dialogue excerpt and one song not on the original album.

Even though Zappa was the group's spearhead, it's obvious that this particular group's sound and image were unique, even in the Zappa canon. At the time, despite what he said later, he needed the original Mothers Of Invention. The mood, sound, and creativity would not have been the same if performed by the sort of session musicians Zappa later employed. There is typical Mothers-style humour here too, as with them playing the Whiskey-A-Go-Go in Los Angeles, a kazoo-accompanied "God Bless America," and the treatment they gave to "Louie Louie" at the Royal Albert Hall, desecrating the "mighty, majestic Albert Hall pipe organ" in the process. Some serious pieces offset this, such as "Project X," and "Legend Of The Golden Arches," "Dog Breath, In The Year Of The Plague," and of course the aforementioned definitive treatment of "King Kong" - no later lineup ever played it with the fire of this original band performance. Uncle Meat may take a little concentrated listening, but once you enter you're unlikely to want to leave...
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A briliant, if slightly fragmented album. 4 Dec 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The compositional genius of Frank Zappa, one of the most underrated artists of the century, is shown in this brilliant album. There is everything here, from far out and weird compositions (uncle meat theme) to 50s doo-wop (The air). A track worth mentioning is the brilliant King Kong, which shows off the best of the Mothers improvisation skills. Buy it, if you like Frank Zappa.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
By Mark Grindell VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
I was simply amazed. It was 1977, not really so long after I had, with considerable trepidation, found and bought "one size fits all", which I was relieved to discover had no rude lyrics. You see, I had little choice in this, like some kids in the 70's, I lived in a happy, though somewhat strict home. The cover for THIS one though... I sneaked in the living room and bolted upstairs and tucked it into the usual hiding place.
Then put it on. I reckon you shoud have been a fly on the wall. I just about went nuts. Two whole sides, no, nix that, four ENTIRE sides of the most astonishing music I had ever clapped my ears on. Oh, I don't know.
If I could have written something along the lines of discovering a secret garden, I would. I had secretly hoped that music like this would exist, and suddenly there it was - the crazy musique concrete (that I used to listen to at full volume with headphones on), the strange childrens music with vibraphones and xylophones, telling stories about a land with mysterious golden arches, and what else? I don't tell, though I dreampt about it once.
The most amazing thing is that while I write this, just the memory is making goosepimples appear on the back of my neck. Alas for days gone by, what wonders!
Dog breath in the year of the plague.... Fuzzy dice? Bongos in the back? To a kid in Yorkshire, uncertain and suspicious, this just seemed like dada, stimulating and weird... Fuzzy Dice? Great! That's just about exactly what a song about dog breath SHOULD have in it. Well 30 years and older and wiser, this is a love song no less, a fond reminiscence about days gone by with a clapped out chevrolet, sunny days driving to the middle of a hot nowhere with friends.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Mothers!
Great to actually own a copy at last ( never got round to buying it first time round) bit puzzled as to why I got charged for the "Autorip" though.
Published 3 months ago by W P MILLS
5.0 out of 5 stars i love it
this came right on time was a new edition of the cd and was packaged well. i would reccomend this company to anyone wanting any cds or anything else they sell
Published 10 months ago by John evans
1.0 out of 5 stars Deeply disappointed, guess problem from buying outside UK????
Don't hate the music, great album, BUT the CD. Disc 1 scratched despite being factory sealed, poor quality control at manufacturer. Read more
Published 12 months ago by magicern
5.0 out of 5 stars Fz and the Mothers at his best
This has always been my favourite FZ & the Mothers LP since I first heard in 1968 at my friend Spud's house. Read more
Published on 14 Jun 2010 by P. Bamford
5.0 out of 5 stars Prime Cut
This record is quite simply stunning for so many reasons that time and review space will not permit.This a double album of(mostly}instrumental music from FZ and MOI. Read more
Published on 16 April 2010 by Ashley P
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for MOI/Zappa fans and newcomers to Zapparobilia
I loved this album when it came out on vinyl. It was my favourite along with We're Only In It For The Money. Read more
Published on 2 Mar 2010 by Lodestone
4.0 out of 5 stars Prima mi carucha
This is a mixture of music recorded live and(mostly)in the studio in New York in 1967.The MOI are now in their prime,and the range of styles they play is amazing-remember though,as... Read more
Published on 13 Jun 2007 by Franz Bieberkopf
3.0 out of 5 stars Zappa's chrysalis stage
Between the satirical vocal albums (Freak Out, Absolutely Free, We're only in it for the money) and the jazz influenced albums that showcase Zappa's prowess on the guitar (Hot... Read more
Published on 20 Mar 2003
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