The Mothers of Invention are honest about it : ‘We’re Only in It for the Money’ (1968)

‘We’re Only in It for the Money’ by The Mothers of Invention is their third studio album released on March 4, 1968 by Verve Records.

Track Listing : 1.Are You Hung Up? (Frank Zappa) – 01:23 . 2.Who Needs The Peace Corps? (Frank Zappa) – 02:34 . 3.Concentration Moon (Frank Zappa) – 02:22 . 4.Mom & Dad (Frank Zappa) – 02:16 . 5.Telephone Conversation (Frank Zappa) – 00:48 . 6.Bow Tie Daddy (Frank Zappa) – 00:33 . 7.Harry, You’Re A Beast (Frank Zappa) – 01:22 . 8.What’S The Ugliest Part Of Your Body? (Frank Zappa) – 01:03 . 9.Absolutely Free (Frank Zappa) – 03:24 . 10.Flower Punk (Frank Zappa) – 03:03 . 11.Hot Poop (Frank Zappa) – 00:26 . 12.Nasal Retentive Calliope Music (Frank Zappa) – 02:03 . 13.Let’S Make The Water Turn Black (Frank Zappa) – 02:01 . 14.The Idiot Bastard Son (Frank Zappa) – 03:18 . 15.Lonely Little Girl (Frank Zappa) – 01:09 . 16.Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance (Frank Zappa) – 01:35 . 17.What’S The Ugliest Part Of Your Body? (Reprise) (Frank Zappa) – 00:57 . 18.Mother People (Frank Zappa) – 02:32 . 19.The Chrome Plated Megaphone Of Destiny (Frank Zappa) – 06:25

Musicians : Frank Zappa – Guitar, Piano, Lead Vocals . Jimmy Carl Black – Trumpet, Drums, Vocals, & Indian Of The Group . Roy Estrada – Electric Bass, Vocals . Bunk Gardner – All Woodwinds . Billy Mundi – Drums, Vocals . Don Preston – Keyboards . Euclid James “Motorhead” Sherwood – Baritone Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Road Manager . Suzy Creamcheese – Telephone Voice . Ian Underwood – Piano, Woodwinds . Pamela Zarubica – Vocals . Eric Clapton – Male Speaking Part In (1 – 12) . Gary Kellgren – Interstitial Spoken Segments . Spider Barbour – Vocals . Dick Kunc – “Cheerful Interruptions” Vocal . Vicki Kellgren – Additional Telephone Vocals . Sid Sharp – Conductor On (9 – 18 – 19)

Production : Produced By Frank Zappa . Gary Kellgren – Engineer . Dick Kunc – Engineer, Remixing

Package : Jerrold Schatzberg – Photography . Cal Schenkel – Artwork

Recorded March 14–16; August 2–9; October 1967 At Capitol Studios, La; Mayfair And Apostolic Studios, Nyc.

Released On March 4, 1968 By Verve Records.

(Source Frank Zappa – American composer)

All with all this is a really classis. Containing as well pop parodies, strange instrumentals, hard critics against police and commercialised hippiedom and things, absurd Zappa-songs, many see it as the very best Zappa production, which of course is arguable, because Zappa made so much great albums with so much different styles, but it is definitively one of better Zappa productions and very good I think to get into Zappa, as his songs are quite catchy here and there on the album, although they’re definitively real Zappa gems. […]

Robert Christgau
No, it wasn’t like this; most of the naive teens who lost-and-found themselves in the Haight were sweeter and smarter than the “phony hippies” he lacerates with such hopeless contempt. […]

Ultimate Classic Rock
When the Beatles began adding symphonic flourishes to their music and wrapping the entire package in a hazy kaleidoscopic hue, Zappa – never one to suffer fools or foolish hippie idealism easily – reacted the best way he knew how: with his music. […]


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