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Meat Light: The Uncle Meat Project/Object

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If you were paying close attention to the UMG-released Zappa titles, you may have noticed that Uncle Meat was one of the few pre-1982 albums that wasn't reissued using the original master tapes for the first time (all the Ryko masters were altered by Zappa). Meat Light remedies that by finally releasing the Uncle Meat original vinyl mix, remastered from the original master tapes for the very first time on CD. The results are stunning. The album literally sounds better than it ever has, with a crisp clarity to all the instruments, even on the most dense tracks. This alone would justify purchase for most Zappa fanatics...but wait! There's more! Who knew there was ANOTHER Uncle Meat?!? Yes, disc two and part of disc three present "Uncle Meat: Original Sequence." Many of the tracks are exactly the same, but with different sequencing and some completely unreleased material, all segued together with some additional contributions from the Apostolic Vlorch Injector (responsible for the blasts of noise on Uncle Meat and We're Only in It for the Money). "Whiskey Wah" and "The Whip" are previously unreleased guitar solos. "King Kong" doesn't end the set; it's the end of "Side 2" (of four), and it doesn't include the part that was recorded on a flatbed diesel at a Miami Pop Festival. "Cops & Buns" was included on The Lost Episodes, but in an edited form. Some of the other spoken bits ("Our Bizarre Relationship," "If We'd Been Living in California...") have just a little bit of extra material on them, providing a bit of further insight. "Mr. Green Genes" has a slightly different mix with some additional organ and vocals. The "Original Sequence" closes with "Cruisin' for Burgers"...but that's not the end of Meat Light! "A Bunch of Stuff" seems to be a spoken intro to the film Uncle Meat. Tracks like "Tango" and "More Beer" are just short cues. The single version of "Dog Breath" is a gas: no main vocals/lyrics -- just prominent (and awesome!) backing vocals with extra guitar and saxophone mixed in. "The String Quartet" is a medley of Uncle Meat tunes that was often performed live by the Mothers, but this sounds like a studio version. "Electric Aunt Jemima" is a different, more modern-sounding mix, while "Exercise 4" is an unused further elaboration of the "Uncle Meat Variations." The alternate mix of "Mr. Green Genes" has a different vocal mix and cool keyboards added. "Echo Pie" takes Jimmy Carl Black's displeasure in "If We'd Been Living in California" and kicks it up a notch or five. "1/4 Tone Unit" is a short, pretty chamber ensemble piece, "Sakuji's March" is a short percussion piece, and "No. 4" is a scored piece with some amazing double piano followed by double marimba. The extended version of "Prelude to Uncle Meat" adds about a minute and a half to the standard version, along with some interesting extra guitar at the end. "My Guitar (Proto 1)" is a ripping instrumental with FZ jamming on the "My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama" riff. Hearing the guitar from "Nine Types of Industrial Pollution" played at the original speed is extremely interesting. You can hear Frank playing acoustic guitar over a faint, slowed-down drum track. It's rare to hear Zappa play acoustic guitar at all, and his playing here is quite different than what he's normally known for. The live version of "Uncle Meat" sounds great. The instrumental version of "Dog Breath" is a bit more refined and not quite as raucous as the single version...until the guitar solo! Meat Light closes with an alternate mix of "The Dog Breath Variations." This is a set fans have been waiting for for years. The sound is a huge improvement over all previous Uncle Meat CDs and the additional material is all excellent. Uncle Meat is arguably Zappa's most avant-garde, most dense, most wide-ranging, and one of his most difficult albums for some. It's also one of his very best and Meat Light really does justice to this masterpiece.
© Sean Westergaard /TiVo

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1
Uncle Meat: Main Title Theme (Original Version)
00:01:57

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Joe Travers, Producer - Gail Zappa, Producer

℗ 1969 Zappa Family Trust

2
The Voice Of Cheese (Original Version)
00:00:27

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Joe Travers, Producer - Gail Zappa, Producer

℗ 1969 Zappa Family Trust

3
Nine Types Of Industrial Pollution (Original Version)
00:06:03

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Joe Travers, Producer - Gail Zappa, Producer

℗ 1969 Zappa Family Trust

4
Zolar Czackl (Original Version)
00:00:55

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Joe Travers, Producer - Gail Zappa, Producer

℗ 1969 Zappa Family Trust

5
Dog Breath, In The Year Of The Plague (Original Version)
00:03:59

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Joe Travers, Producer - Gail Zappa, Producer

℗ 1969 Zappa Family Trust

6
The Legend Of The Golden Arches (Original Version)
00:03:28

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Joe Travers, Producer - Gail Zappa, Producer

℗ 1969 Zappa Family Trust

7
Louie Louie (Live At Royal Hall, London/1969)
00:02:19

Richard Berry, ComposerLyricist - Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist - Joe Travers, Producer - Gail Zappa, Producer

℗ 1969 Zappa Family Trust

8
The Dog Breath Variations (Original Version)
00:01:50

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Joe Travers, Producer - Gail Zappa, Producer

℗ 1969 Zappa Family Trust

9
Sleeping In A Jar (Original Version)
00:00:51

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Joe Travers, Producer - Gail Zappa, Producer

℗ 1969 Zappa Family Trust

10
Our Bizarre Relationship (Original Version)
00:01:05

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Joe Travers, Producer - Gail Zappa, Producer

℗ 1969 Zappa Family Trust

11
The Uncle Meat Variations (Original Version)
00:04:46

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Joe Travers, Producer - Gail Zappa, Producer

℗ 1969 Zappa Family Trust

12
Electric Aunt Jemima (Original Version)
00:01:47

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Joe Travers, Producer - Gail Zappa, Producer

℗ 1969 Zappa Family Trust

13
Prelude To King Kong (Original Version)
00:03:39

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Joe Travers, Producer - Gail Zappa, Producer

℗ 1969 Zappa Family Trust

14
God Bless America (Live At The Whisky A Go Go/1969)
00:01:11

Irving Berlin, ComposerLyricist - Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist - Joe Travers, Producer - Gail Zappa, Producer

℗ 1969 Zappa Family Trust

15
A Pound For A Brown On A Bus (Original Version)
00:01:29

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Joe Travers, Producer - Gail Zappa, Producer

℗ 1969 Zappa Family Trust

16
Ian Underwood Whips It Out (Live In Copehnagen/1969)
00:05:08

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Joe Travers, Producer - Gail Zappa, Producer

℗ 1969 Zappa Family Trust

17
Mr. Green Genes (Original Version)
00:03:13

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Joe Travers, Producer - Gail Zappa, Producer

℗ 1969 Zappa Family Trust

18
We Can Shoot You (Original Version)
00:02:03

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Joe Travers, Producer - Gail Zappa, Producer

℗ 1969 Zappa Family Trust

19
If We'd All Been Living In California... (Original Version)
00:01:14

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Joe Travers, Producer - Gail Zappa, Producer

℗ 1969 Zappa Family Trust

20
The Air (Original Version)
00:02:57

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Joe Travers, Producer - Gail Zappa, Producer

℗ 1969 Zappa Family Trust

21
Project X (Original Version)
00:04:49

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Joe Travers, Producer - Gail Zappa, Producer

℗ 1969 Zappa Family Trust

22
Cruising For Burgers (Original Version)
00:02:17

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Joe Travers, Producer - Gail Zappa, Producer

℗ 1969 Zappa Family Trust

23
King Kong (Mothers In A Studio Version)
00:00:51

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Joe Travers, Producer - Gail Zappa, Producer

℗ 1969 Zappa Family Trust

24
King Kong (Dom DeWild Version)
00:01:19

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Joe Travers, Producer - Gail Zappa, Producer

℗ 1969 Zappa Family Trust

25
King Kong (Motorhead Version)
00:01:45

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Joe Travers, Producer - Gail Zappa, Producer

℗ 1969 Zappa Family Trust

26
King Kong (Gardner Varieties Version)
00:06:14

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Joe Travers, Producer - Gail Zappa, Producer

℗ 1969 Zappa Family Trust

27
King Kong (Good Humor Trucks Version)
00:00:37

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Joe Travers, Producer - Gail Zappa, Producer

℗ 1969 Zappa Family Trust

28
King Kong (Live At The Miami Pop Festival/1969)
00:07:23

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Joe Travers, Producer - Gail Zappa, Producer

℗ 1969 Zappa Family Trust

DISC 2

1
Dog Breath, In The Year Of The Plague
00:02:56

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Dick Kunc, Producer

℗ 1969 Zappa Family Trust

2
The Legend Of The Golden Arches
00:03:17

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Dick Kunc, Producer

℗ 1969 Zappa Family Trust

3
The Voice Of Cheese
00:00:27

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Dick Kunc, Producer

℗ 1969 Zappa Family Trust

4
Whiskey Wah
00:01:35

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Dick Kunc, Producer

℗ 1969 Zappa Family Trust

5
Nine Types Of Industrial Pollution
00:06:04

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Dick Kunc, Producer

℗ 1969 Zappa Family Trust

6
Louie Louie (Live At The Royal Albert Hall, London/1969)
00:02:28

Richard Berry, ComposerLyricist - Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist - Dick Kunc, Producer

℗ 1969 Zappa Family Trust

7
The Dog Breation Variatons
00:01:52

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Dick Kunc, Producer

℗ 1969 Zappa Family Trust

8
Shoot You Percussion Item
00:01:28

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Dick Kunc, Producer

℗ 1969 Zappa Family Trust

9
The Whip
00:05:04

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Dick Kunc, Producer

℗ 1969 Zappa Family Trust

10
The Uncle Meat Variations
00:04:47

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Dick Kunc, Producer

℗ 1969 Zappa Family Trust

11
King Kong
00:10:46

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Dick Kunc, Producer

℗ 1969 Zappa Family Trust

12
Project X Minus .5
00:01:48

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Dick Kunc, Producer

℗ 1969 Zappa Family Trust

13
A Pound For A Brown On The Bus
00:01:30

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Dick Kunc, Producer

℗ 1969 Zappa Family Trust

14
Electric Aunt Jemima
00:01:47

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Dick Kunc, Producer

℗ 1969 Zappa Family Trust

15
Prelude To King Kong
00:03:40

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Dick Kunc, Producer

℗ 1969 Zappa Family Trust

16
God Bless America (Live At The Whiskey A Go Go/1968)
00:01:11

Irving Berlin, ComposerLyricist - Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist - Dick Kunc, Producer

℗ 1969 Zappa Family Trust

17
Sleeping In A Jar
00:00:51

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Dick Kunc, Producer

℗ 1969 Zappa Family Trust

18
Cops & Buns
00:05:57

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Dick Kunc, Producer

℗ 1969 Zappa Family Trust

19
Zolar Czakl
00:00:48

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Dick Kunc, Producer

℗ 1969 Zappa Family Trust

DISC 3

1
We Can Not Shoot You
00:01:17

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1968 Zappa Family Trust

2
Mr. Green Genes
00:03:13

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1968 Zappa Family Trust

3
Poo Yeahrg
00:00:32

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2016 Zappa Family Trust

Album Description

If you were paying close attention to the UMG-released Zappa titles, you may have noticed that Uncle Meat was one of the few pre-1982 albums that wasn't reissued using the original master tapes for the first time (all the Ryko masters were altered by Zappa). Meat Light remedies that by finally releasing the Uncle Meat original vinyl mix, remastered from the original master tapes for the very first time on CD. The results are stunning. The album literally sounds better than it ever has, with a crisp clarity to all the instruments, even on the most dense tracks. This alone would justify purchase for most Zappa fanatics...but wait! There's more! Who knew there was ANOTHER Uncle Meat?!? Yes, disc two and part of disc three present "Uncle Meat: Original Sequence." Many of the tracks are exactly the same, but with different sequencing and some completely unreleased material, all segued together with some additional contributions from the Apostolic Vlorch Injector (responsible for the blasts of noise on Uncle Meat and We're Only in It for the Money). "Whiskey Wah" and "The Whip" are previously unreleased guitar solos. "King Kong" doesn't end the set; it's the end of "Side 2" (of four), and it doesn't include the part that was recorded on a flatbed diesel at a Miami Pop Festival. "Cops & Buns" was included on The Lost Episodes, but in an edited form. Some of the other spoken bits ("Our Bizarre Relationship," "If We'd Been Living in California...") have just a little bit of extra material on them, providing a bit of further insight. "Mr. Green Genes" has a slightly different mix with some additional organ and vocals. The "Original Sequence" closes with "Cruisin' for Burgers"...but that's not the end of Meat Light! "A Bunch of Stuff" seems to be a spoken intro to the film Uncle Meat. Tracks like "Tango" and "More Beer" are just short cues. The single version of "Dog Breath" is a gas: no main vocals/lyrics -- just prominent (and awesome!) backing vocals with extra guitar and saxophone mixed in. "The String Quartet" is a medley of Uncle Meat tunes that was often performed live by the Mothers, but this sounds like a studio version. "Electric Aunt Jemima" is a different, more modern-sounding mix, while "Exercise 4" is an unused further elaboration of the "Uncle Meat Variations." The alternate mix of "Mr. Green Genes" has a different vocal mix and cool keyboards added. "Echo Pie" takes Jimmy Carl Black's displeasure in "If We'd Been Living in California" and kicks it up a notch or five. "1/4 Tone Unit" is a short, pretty chamber ensemble piece, "Sakuji's March" is a short percussion piece, and "No. 4" is a scored piece with some amazing double piano followed by double marimba. The extended version of "Prelude to Uncle Meat" adds about a minute and a half to the standard version, along with some interesting extra guitar at the end. "My Guitar (Proto 1)" is a ripping instrumental with FZ jamming on the "My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama" riff. Hearing the guitar from "Nine Types of Industrial Pollution" played at the original speed is extremely interesting. You can hear Frank playing acoustic guitar over a faint, slowed-down drum track. It's rare to hear Zappa play acoustic guitar at all, and his playing here is quite different than what he's normally known for. The live version of "Uncle Meat" sounds great. The instrumental version of "Dog Breath" is a bit more refined and not quite as raucous as the single version...until the guitar solo! Meat Light closes with an alternate mix of "The Dog Breath Variations." This is a set fans have been waiting for for years. The sound is a huge improvement over all previous Uncle Meat CDs and the additional material is all excellent. Uncle Meat is arguably Zappa's most avant-garde, most dense, most wide-ranging, and one of his most difficult albums for some. It's also one of his very best and Meat Light really does justice to this masterpiece.
© Sean Westergaard /TiVo

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