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We're Only in it for the Money [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: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • ASIN: B0000009RX
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,899 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Are You Hung Up?
2. Who Needs The Peace Corps?
3. Concentration Moon
4. Mom and Dad
5. Telephone Conversation
6. Bow Tie Daddy
7. "Harry, You Are A Beast"
8. What's The Ugliest Part Of Your Body?
9. Absolutely Free
10. Flower Punk
11. Hot Poop
12. Nasal Retentive Calliope Music
13. Let's Make The Water Turn Black
14. The Idiot Bastard Son
15. Lonely Little Girl
16. Take Your Clothes Off When you Dance
17. What's The Ugliest Part Of Your Body? (Reprise)
18. Mother People
19. The Chrome Plated Megaphone Of Destiny

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The Mothers of Invention answer the sentiments of the suits, the suburb dwellers and flower children of the 1960s with a big fat raspberry. Considered by many to be the Mothers' (and some would say Zappa's) best album, We're Only In It For The Money deals with harsh subject matter in a seemingly glib and light-hearted fashion (eventually a Zappa trademark), sparing no targets with catchy melodies and high-pitched vocals. Zappa applies the same aggressive studio techniques he did on Lumpy Gravy, creating a jarring collage of noise that still sounds avant-garde today. Highlights from this flawless album are numerous and include the hippy bashing "Who Needs the Peace Corps", the bedroom science of "Let's Make the Water Turn Black", the anthemic "Mother People", and the perfect payoff of "What's the Ugliest Part of Your Body?" Quite simply one of the best rock albums of all time. --Andrew Boscardin

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you must only own one Zappa album.... 28 May 2003
By G. Nunn
Format:Audio CD
...you are missing the point!
As a self-confessed Zappa bore who owns every CD he ever released (and maybe a few more he didn't!) I find it hard to recommend just one album. "We're Only It For The Money", however, should be in any 60's rock fan's collection as representative of the era while mocking the culture that grew up around in it. Zappa once claimed he was merely an anthropologist and on this album picks apart many of it's subjects.
The songs make fun of the hippy dream and in particular anyone who appeared to be hopping on the bandwagon (Flower Punk, Absolutely Free). Zappa also picks on the parents of flower children (Bow Tie Daddy, Mom & Dad) and the freaks and perverts who hung around them.
Despite his obvious cynicism Zappa wrote some of his best, and yes, even prettiest tunes for this album. A few numbers even reflect on the more serious social implications of the era. The final number, "The Chrome Plated Megaphone of Destiny" is a sound collage that pre-dates Zappa's more serious work he produced later in life.
So if you must only have one Zappa album "We're Only In It For The Money" is a good choice, or a good place to start...
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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius 13 Dec 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is it, kids: The ultimate stab at hippiedom, the flipside to SGT. PEPPER, the album that didn't leave a single pretense of the counterculture standing. Can it be mere coincidence that the '60s ended within a few years of this album's release?
From its Beatles parody cover design to the lyrical barbs on "Flower Punk" and "Who Needs the Peace Corps?," this was aptly described by Rolling Stone (who picked it as one of the top 100 albums from 1967-1987) as "perhaps the most mercilessly derisive raspberry ever flung at the rock scene by an actual participant therein." The finale, "The Chrome Plated Megaphone of Destiny" still stands as one of the more audacious pieces of composition in the Zappa catalogue.
When WE'RE ONLY IN IT FOR THE MONEY first appeared on CD in 1986, Zappa took the controversial step of technically spiffing up the music with new, digitally-recorded bass and drum tracks. Some fans responded with a resounding "Thanks, but no thanks." Here, the original Verve master has been restored.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How many times does one have to buy this???! 18 Sep 2003
By Jon B
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
By the time I got into Zappa, c1979, the original vinyl of this album was hard to come by. When I finally tracked down a copy I found it to be a work of total, hysterical genius. How disappointed I was with the original release on CD which was mastered from "damaged" tapes, and horribly mutilated with re-recorded rhythm track and BVs. It was sacreligious! And it stayed gathering dust on the shelf. Last year I heard that this had be re-released and restored to its original sonic perfection. And boy has it ever! It is a true joy to hear it now on CD as it was meant to be. Stands up there as one of the great albums of the 60s and of Zappa's career (but hey, I'm biased).
If you only have the inferior version (often melded with Lumpy Gravy onto 1CD) you NEED to get this. Essential and total genius.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unpleasant premonitions of Uncle Frank 30 April 2009
By Bob Sherunkle TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
You could enjoy this album simply as one of Zappa's many splendidly-crafted offerings and/or a clever pastiche/parody of Sergeant Pepper. It is certainly the latter in some ways; the cover itself is a superb take-off of the Pepper cover, and the music includes supposed hidden messages in backwards recordings, a "reprise" track towards the end, and nearly a minute's fade-out of the final chord.
However, there is much more to it. In little over half an hour, the album gives a pretty full picture of the progress of hippiedom:
-Thesis: the "grey despair of the ugly lives" of Middle Americans, and their teenage children's despair at having "a plastic Mom and Dad"
-Antithesis: the children reacting by becoming hippies, believing that they would be "absolutely free" and would be able to "take their clothes off when they danced" (two years before Woodstock). When Zappa, the arch-cynic, envisages "a time when everybody who is lonely will be free to sing and dance and love", it sounds as if he has for once succumbed to idealism.
-Synthesis: the rapid emergence of, on the one hand, plastic hippies, i.e. those who latched on to the movement as the latest fad ("my hair's looking good in the back"), and on the other a vicious Establishment backlash ("the cops have shot some girls and boys", three years before the Kent State University shootings)
[All quotes are from the album lyrics.]
Many of the notable albums of 1967 were produced by staring into the funhouse mirror of LSD, further distorted via a haze of marijuana. Zappa was, as always, straight (probably no accident that he chose "Straight" as the name of his record label).
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Its a timeless classic 11 Mar 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
When I first heard this back in 1990 I just thought it was quite weird and comical. However - I couldnt stop going back for more - and I must say it is now up there in my personal favourites of all time :) The attitude, the lyrics, the melodies and the musicians are all spot on. Zappa takes a massive stab at the plastic ness of society, of capitalism, and consumerism and at hippies; and he does it all in such a darn clever way. I must add however that the original vinyl version of this knocks spots off the cd. Zappa has added some tracks, and sound effects, and taken off the song that Beefheart sang on 'Why dont ya do me right' which ROCKS !!!! So, its a shame he messed around with it coz in my oppinion it loses a bity of the original vibe. But still, this is an essential addition to any decent music collection, and simply has to be experienced and appreciated.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoyed it.
Published 1 month ago by K T Carpenter
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice Cover, Shame About The Music
Interesting for its historical value, but it is too much of its time and with (what I consider from Zappa) mediocre music, I doubt if you would listen to this more than a couple... Read more
Published 2 months ago by David R. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars mothers , oh yes
along with 'freak out' this is an essential purchase 4 anybody who knows about gr8 tunes. so far ahead than anyone else apart from maybe captain beefheart, but he & zappa were... Read more
Published 7 months ago by jonny watts
5.0 out of 5 stars a masterpiece
I bought this album in the sixties after seeing the mothers on the new yo air BBC2 and I wasn't disappointed. Read more
Published 7 months ago by byrds0
5.0 out of 5 stars great album
I love Zappa and this is one of his best ever offerings.
Kenny's noomies will be with me for life
Published 7 months ago by Bill St.Vincent
3.0 out of 5 stars Great service from supplier, not so sure about my choice of product.
Probably not what I thought it was.
weird!!
What can you say about something that you wish you hadn't bought?
Published 12 months ago by Willy Whale
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album, one of FZs best.
Unlike other FZ purchase i.e. Uncle Meat, CD in excellent condition inc being factory sealed. Pleased with the product.Cheers this time.
Published 13 months ago by magicern
5.0 out of 5 stars Zappidy Doo Dah.
At first listen i was unsure about this recordFirstly the brevity of songs then the music,but;I now love it and play it whenever I can. Read more
Published 14 months ago by steven power
5.0 out of 5 stars zappa at his best
top of its time !!!!.one of zappa's best albums,he sticks it in to the hippy movement big time for sure !!
Published 15 months ago by douglas morrison
3.0 out of 5 stars Not much money in this nowadays!
This came highly recommended as an all time must have classic album. Maybe it was in its day but it sounds very outdated and contrived. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Janine's Dad
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