Label: Bizarre Records - 2MS 2024,Bizarre Records - 2024 • Format: 2x, Vinyl LP, Album, Promo • Country: US • Genre: Jazz, Rock • Style: Musique Concrète, Avantgarde, Fusion, Doo Wop, Experimental, Parody
Uncle Meat is the fifth studio album by The Mothers of Inventionreleased as a double album in The album also served as a soundtrack album to a proposed science fiction film which would not be completed, though a direct-to-video film containing test footage from the project was released by Frank Zappa in The music is diverse in style, drawing from orchestraljazzblues and rock music.
Uncle Meat was a commercial success upon release, and has been highly acclaimed for its innovative recording and editing techniques, including experiments in manipulation of tape speed and overdubbingand its diverse sound. Frank Zappa, who had been interested in film since high school, decided to develop a film vehicle for the Mothers of King Kong (As Played By 3 Deranged Good Humor Trucks) - The Mothers Of Invention* - Uncle Meat , entitled Uncle Meat.
The proposed film would combine elements of science fiction and road stories inspired by the band's sexual escapades. Zappa stated, "It's all one album. All the material in the albums is organically related and if I had all the King Kong (As Played By 3 Deranged Good Humor Trucks) - The Mothers Of Invention* - Uncle Meat tapes and I could take a razor blade and cut them apart and put it together again in a different order it still would make one piece of music you can listen to.
Then I could take that razor blade and cut it apart and reassemble it a different way, and it still would make sense. I could do this twenty ways. The material is definitely related. According to artist Cal Schenkel"I started working on the story of Ruben and the Jets that is connected with the Uncle Meat story, which is this old guy turns this teenage band into these dog snout people We started that before it actually became Ruben and the Jets.
That came out of my love for comics and that style, the anthropomorphic animalsbut also it was part of a running story line. For the recording sessions, Zappa utilized 12 track recording technology, as well as a variety of techniques which realized his vision, including a large number of overdubsplaying unconventional instruments through studio effects, and speeding up or slowing down recordings for artistic effect.
Somebody would just hand it to them and they wouldn't question it. It was my campaign in those days to do things that would shake people out of that complacency, or that ignorance and make them question things.
Despite not actually playing on Uncle Meatbeing recorded prior to his arrival, future Mothers rhythm guitarist and Little Feat founder Lowell George is featured in the album's artwork and booklet. Uncle Meat featured a variety of music styles, including orchestral symphoniesfree jazzbluesdoo wop and rock and roll. The rock and roll version features three verses with the first chorus being delivered by opera singer Nelcy Walker, and the second chorus featuring sped up vocals.
After the third verse, the song becomes an avant garde orchestral piece performed by percussion, keyboards and instruments that, according to the album liner notes "sound like trumpets but are actually clarinets played through an electric device made by Maestro with a setting labeled Oboe D'Amore and sped up a minor third with a V. In addition to the studio recordings, Sonccollay - Conjunto Arcoiris - Fiesta En Mi Tierra Meat featured live recordings made at the Royal Albert Hallincluding a recording of Don Preston playing " Louie Louie " on the Albert Hall pipe organ, at the end of which Zappa announces it as having Marie - Ray Charles - MP3 Collection performed by the " London Philharmonic Orchestra ".
The doo wop-influenced "Electric Aunt Jemima" refers to Zappa's guitar amplifier, equating it with the advertising character Aunt Jemima. It gives me a certain amount of satisfaction. Six variations of the melody appear as the album's finale, with the first establishing its simple melody, the second being a Fender Rhodes Electric Piano solo by Preston, the third showcasing a saxophone solo by Motorhead Sherwoodand the fourth featuring Bunk Gardner playing a soprano saxophone through various electronic effects that emulate the sound of a contrabassoon doubling his solo lines.
Two more variations conclude the piece, which include a live recorded performance featuring a saxophone solo by Ian Underwood and then finally ending with a version with sped up gongs, overblown saxophones and other instruments. Uncle Meat was released as a double album by Bizarre and Reprise Recordssubtitled, "Most of the music from the Mothers' movie of the same name which we haven't got enough money to finish yet.
Contemporary reviews of the album were highly favorable, recognizing it as an important album in Zappa's discography. 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. Ina completed Uncle Meat film was released on home video, and the Uncle Meat album was subsequently reissued as a double CD which included a song recorded in"Tengo Na Minchia Tanta", sung in Sicilian and Italian by Massimo Bassoli, who identifies the song as being translated as "I've Got a Big Bunch Of Dick", and over 40 minutes' worth of soundbites and dialogue from the film.
The track listing programs the new tracks at the beginning of the second disc, placing the material between the album's original third and fourth sides. The original vinyl mix was reissued in as part of the Meat Light audio documentary box set. Album — Billboard United States. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the album.
For the film, see Uncle Meat film. The Mothers of Invention. Experimental jazz King Kong (As Played By 3 Deranged Good Humor Trucks) - The Mothers Of Invention* - Uncle Meat doo wop avant-garde. The Words and Music of Frank Zappa. Retrieved T.R.N.E.
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