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Frank Zappa|200 Motels (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

200 Motels (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Frank Zappa

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The soundtrack to Frank Zappa's strange early-'70s film 200 Motels was always doomed to be a peripheral entry in his discography. The movie's story was not easy to follow, and neither is the record (not that plot was ever a big focus of the production). It's typically wacky Zappa of the era, with unpredictable sharp turns between crunchy rock bombast, orchestration, and jazz/classical influences, as well as interjections of wacky spoken dialogue. Those who like his late-'60s/early-'70s work -- not as song-oriented as his first albums, in other words, but not as "serious" or as silly as his later records -- will probably like this fine, although it's not up to the level of Uncle Meat. It's funny in spots as well, especially the part where a disgruntled sideman gets tempted away from the band to do his own thing (a libretto that was, apparently, based on real-life incidents concerning Zappa sideman Jeff Simmons, who left during the project). On the other hand, there's a growing tendency to deploy the smutty, cheap humor that would soon dominate much of Zappa's work.
© Richie Unterberger /TiVo

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200 Motels (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Frank Zappa

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1
Semi-Fraudulent / Direct-From-Hollywood Overture
00:01:58

Theodore Bikel, Narrator - Mark Volman, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Howard Kaylan, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Frank Zappa, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Aynsley Dunbar, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - George Duke, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Elgar Howarth, Conductor - Ian Underwood, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - David Van Asch, Conductor, Chorus Conductor - The Mothers, MainArtist - Ruth Underwood, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Top Score Singers, Choir - Martin Lickert, Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1971 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Mystery Roach
00:02:33

Theodore Bikel, Narrator - Mark Volman, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Howard Kaylan, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Frank Zappa, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Aynsley Dunbar, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - George Duke, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Elgar Howarth, Conductor - Ian Underwood, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - David Van Asch, Conductor, Chorus Conductor - The Mothers, MainArtist - Ruth Underwood, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Top Score Singers, Choir - Martin Lickert, Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1971 UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Dance Of The Rock & Roll Interviewers
00:00:48

Theodore Bikel, Narrator - Mark Volman, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Howard Kaylan, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Frank Zappa, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Aynsley Dunbar, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - George Duke, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Elgar Howarth, Conductor - Ian Underwood, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - David Van Asch, Conductor, Chorus Conductor - The Mothers, MainArtist - Ruth Underwood, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Top Score Singers, Choir - Martin Lickert, Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1971 UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
This Town Is A Sealed Tuna Sandwich (Prologue)
00:00:55

Theodore Bikel, Narrator - Mark Volman, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Howard Kaylan, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Frank Zappa, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Aynsley Dunbar, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - George Duke, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Elgar Howarth, Conductor - Ian Underwood, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - David Van Asch, Conductor, Chorus Conductor - The Mothers, MainArtist - Ruth Underwood, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Top Score Singers, Choir - Martin Lickert, Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1971 UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Tuna Fish Promenade
00:02:29

Theodore Bikel, Narrator - Mark Volman, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Howard Kaylan, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Frank Zappa, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Aynsley Dunbar, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - George Duke, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Elgar Howarth, Conductor - Ian Underwood, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - David Van Asch, Conductor, Chorus Conductor - The Mothers, MainArtist - Ruth Underwood, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Top Score Singers, Choir - Martin Lickert, Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1971 UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Dance Of The Just Plain Folks
00:04:39

Theodore Bikel, Narrator - Mark Volman, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Howard Kaylan, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Frank Zappa, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Aynsley Dunbar, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - George Duke, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Elgar Howarth, Conductor - Ian Underwood, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - David Van Asch, Conductor, Chorus Conductor - The Mothers, MainArtist - Ruth Underwood, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Top Score Singers, Choir - Martin Lickert, Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1971 UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
This Town Is A Sealed Tuna Sandwich (Reprise)
00:00:59

Theodore Bikel, Narrator - Mark Volman, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Howard Kaylan, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Frank Zappa, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Aynsley Dunbar, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - George Duke, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Elgar Howarth, Conductor - Ian Underwood, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - David Van Asch, Conductor, Chorus Conductor - The Mothers, MainArtist - Ruth Underwood, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Top Score Singers, Choir - Martin Lickert, Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1971 UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
The Sealed Tuna Bolero
00:01:40

Theodore Bikel, Narrator - Mark Volman, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Howard Kaylan, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Frank Zappa, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Aynsley Dunbar, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - George Duke, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Elgar Howarth, Conductor - Ian Underwood, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - David Van Asch, Conductor, Chorus Conductor - The Mothers, MainArtist - Ruth Underwood, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Top Score Singers, Choir - Martin Lickert, Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1971 UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
Lonesome Cowboy Burt
00:03:51

Theodore Bikel, Narrator - Mark Volman, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Howard Kaylan, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Frank Zappa, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Aynsley Dunbar, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - George Duke, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Elgar Howarth, Conductor - Ian Underwood, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - David Van Asch, Conductor, Chorus Conductor - The Mothers, MainArtist - Ruth Underwood, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Carl Black, Vocals, Artist, AssociatedPerformer - Top Score Singers, Choir - Martin Lickert, Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1971 UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
Touring Can Make You Crazy
00:02:52

Theodore Bikel, Narrator - Mark Volman, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Howard Kaylan, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Frank Zappa, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Aynsley Dunbar, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - George Duke, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Elgar Howarth, Conductor - Ian Underwood, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - David Van Asch, Conductor, Chorus Conductor - The Mothers, MainArtist - Ruth Underwood, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Top Score Singers, Choir - Martin Lickert, Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1971 UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
Would You Like A Snack?
00:01:23

Theodore Bikel, Narrator - Mark Volman, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Howard Kaylan, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Frank Zappa, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Aynsley Dunbar, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - George Duke, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Elgar Howarth, Conductor - Ian Underwood, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - David Van Asch, Conductor, Chorus Conductor - The Mothers, MainArtist - Ruth Underwood, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Top Score Singers, Choir - Martin Lickert, Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1971 UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
Redneck Eats
00:03:02

Theodore Bikel, Narrator - Mark Volman, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Howard Kaylan, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Frank Zappa, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Aynsley Dunbar, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - George Duke, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Elgar Howarth, Conductor - Ian Underwood, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - David Van Asch, Conductor, Chorus Conductor - The Mothers, MainArtist - Ruth Underwood, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Top Score Singers, Choir - Martin Lickert, Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1971 UMG Recordings, Inc.

13
Centerville
00:02:31

Theodore Bikel, Narrator - Mark Volman, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Howard Kaylan, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Frank Zappa, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Aynsley Dunbar, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - George Duke, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Elgar Howarth, Conductor - Ian Underwood, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - David Van Asch, Conductor, Chorus Conductor - The Mothers, MainArtist - Ruth Underwood, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Top Score Singers, Choir - Martin Lickert, Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1971 UMG Recordings, Inc.

14
She Painted Up Her Face
00:01:41

Theodore Bikel, Narrator - Mark Volman, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Howard Kaylan, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Frank Zappa, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Aynsley Dunbar, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - George Duke, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Elgar Howarth, Conductor - Ian Underwood, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - David Van Asch, Conductor, Chorus Conductor - The Mothers, MainArtist - Ruth Underwood, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Top Score Singers, Choir - Martin Lickert, Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1971 UMG Recordings, Inc.

15
Janet's Big Dance Number
00:01:18

Theodore Bikel, Narrator - Mark Volman, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Howard Kaylan, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Frank Zappa, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Aynsley Dunbar, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - George Duke, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Elgar Howarth, Conductor - Ian Underwood, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - David Van Asch, Conductor, Chorus Conductor - The Mothers, MainArtist - Ruth Underwood, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Top Score Singers, Choir - Martin Lickert, Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1971 UMG Recordings, Inc.

16
Half A Dozen Provocative Squats
00:01:57

Theodore Bikel, Narrator - Mark Volman, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Howard Kaylan, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Frank Zappa, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Aynsley Dunbar, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - George Duke, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Elgar Howarth, Conductor - Ian Underwood, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - David Van Asch, Conductor, Chorus Conductor - The Mothers, MainArtist - Ruth Underwood, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Top Score Singers, Choir - Martin Lickert, Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1971 UMG Recordings, Inc.

17
Mysterioso
00:00:48

Theodore Bikel, Narrator - Mark Volman, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Howard Kaylan, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Frank Zappa, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Aynsley Dunbar, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - George Duke, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Elgar Howarth, Conductor - Ian Underwood, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - David Van Asch, Conductor, Chorus Conductor - The Mothers, MainArtist - Ruth Underwood, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Top Score Singers, Choir - Martin Lickert, Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1971 UMG Recordings, Inc.

18
Shove It Right In
00:02:31

Theodore Bikel, Narrator - Mark Volman, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Howard Kaylan, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Frank Zappa, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Aynsley Dunbar, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - George Duke, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Elgar Howarth, Conductor - Ian Underwood, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - David Van Asch, Conductor, Chorus Conductor - The Mothers, MainArtist - Ruth Underwood, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Top Score Singers, Choir - Martin Lickert, Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1971 UMG Recordings, Inc.

19
Lucy's Seduction Of A Bored Violinist & Postlude
00:03:59

Theodore Bikel, Narrator - Mark Volman, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Howard Kaylan, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Frank Zappa, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Aynsley Dunbar, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - George Duke, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Elgar Howarth, Conductor - Ian Underwood, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - David Van Asch, Conductor, Chorus Conductor - The Mothers, MainArtist - Ruth Underwood, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Top Score Singers, Choir - Martin Lickert, Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1971 UMG Recordings, Inc.

DISC 2

1
I'm Stealing The Towels
00:02:14

Theodore Bikel, Narrator - Mark Volman, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Howard Kaylan, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Frank Zappa, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Aynsley Dunbar, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - George Duke, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Elgar Howarth, Conductor - Ian Underwood, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - David Van Asch, Conductor, Chorus Conductor - The Mothers, MainArtist - Ruth Underwood, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Top Score Singers, Choir - Martin Lickert, Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1971 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Dental Hygiene Dilemma
00:05:12

Theodore Bikel, Narrator - Mark Volman, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Howard Kaylan, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Frank Zappa, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Aynsley Dunbar, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - George Duke, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Elgar Howarth, Conductor - Ian Underwood, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - David Van Asch, Conductor, Chorus Conductor - The Mothers, MainArtist - Ruth Underwood, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Top Score Singers, Choir - Martin Lickert, Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1971 UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Does This Kind Of Life Look Interesting To You?
00:02:59

Theodore Bikel, Narrator - Mark Volman, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Howard Kaylan, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Frank Zappa, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Aynsley Dunbar, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - George Duke, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Elgar Howarth, Conductor - Ian Underwood, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - David Van Asch, Conductor, Chorus Conductor - The Mothers, MainArtist - Ruth Underwood, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Top Score Singers, Choir - Martin Lickert, Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1971 UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Daddy, Daddy, Daddy
00:03:11

Theodore Bikel, Narrator - Mark Volman, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Howard Kaylan, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Frank Zappa, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Aynsley Dunbar, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - George Duke, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Elgar Howarth, Conductor - Ian Underwood, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - David Van Asch, Conductor, Chorus Conductor - The Mothers, MainArtist - Ruth Underwood, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Top Score Singers, Choir - Martin Lickert, Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1971 UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Penis Dimension
00:04:36

Theodore Bikel, Narrator - Mark Volman, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Howard Kaylan, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Frank Zappa, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Aynsley Dunbar, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - George Duke, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Elgar Howarth, Conductor - Ian Underwood, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - David Van Asch, Conductor, Chorus Conductor - The Mothers, MainArtist - Ruth Underwood, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Top Score Singers, Choir - Martin Lickert, Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1971 UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
What Will This Evening Bring Me This Morning
00:03:28

Theodore Bikel, Narrator - Mark Volman, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Howard Kaylan, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Frank Zappa, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Aynsley Dunbar, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - George Duke, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Elgar Howarth, Conductor - Ian Underwood, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - David Van Asch, Conductor, Chorus Conductor - The Mothers, MainArtist - Ruth Underwood, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Top Score Singers, Choir - Martin Lickert, Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1971 UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
A Nun Suit Painted On Some Old Boxes
00:01:09

Theodore Bikel, Narrator - Mark Volman, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Howard Kaylan, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Frank Zappa, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Aynsley Dunbar, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - George Duke, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Elgar Howarth, Conductor - Ian Underwood, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - David Van Asch, Conductor, Chorus Conductor - The Mothers, MainArtist - Ruth Underwood, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Top Score Singers, Choir - Martin Lickert, Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1971 UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Magic Fingers
00:03:54

Theodore Bikel, Narrator - Mark Volman, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Howard Kaylan, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Frank Zappa, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Aynsley Dunbar, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - George Duke, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Elgar Howarth, Conductor - Ian Underwood, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - David Van Asch, Conductor, Chorus Conductor - The Mothers, MainArtist - Ruth Underwood, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Top Score Singers, Choir - Martin Lickert, Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1971 UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
Motorhead's Midnight Ranch
00:01:29

Theodore Bikel, Narrator - Mark Volman, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Howard Kaylan, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Frank Zappa, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Aynsley Dunbar, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - George Duke, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Elgar Howarth, Conductor - Ian Underwood, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - David Van Asch, Conductor, Chorus Conductor - The Mothers, MainArtist - Ruth Underwood, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Top Score Singers, Choir - Martin Lickert, Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1971 UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
Dew On The Newts We Got
00:01:09

Theodore Bikel, Narrator - Mark Volman, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Howard Kaylan, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Frank Zappa, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Aynsley Dunbar, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - George Duke, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Elgar Howarth, Conductor - Ian Underwood, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - David Van Asch, Conductor, Chorus Conductor - The Mothers, MainArtist - Ruth Underwood, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Top Score Singers, Choir - Martin Lickert, Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1971 UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
The Lad Searches The Night For His Newts
00:00:41

Theodore Bikel, Narrator - Mark Volman, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Howard Kaylan, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Frank Zappa, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Aynsley Dunbar, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - George Duke, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Elgar Howarth, Conductor - Ian Underwood, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - David Van Asch, Conductor, Chorus Conductor - The Mothers, MainArtist - Ruth Underwood, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Top Score Singers, Choir - Martin Lickert, Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1971 UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
The Girl Wants To Fix Him Some Broth
00:01:10

Theodore Bikel, Narrator - Mark Volman, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Howard Kaylan, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Frank Zappa, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Aynsley Dunbar, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - George Duke, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Elgar Howarth, Conductor - Ian Underwood, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - David Van Asch, Conductor, Chorus Conductor - The Mothers, MainArtist - Ruth Underwood, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Top Score Singers, Choir - Martin Lickert, Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1971 UMG Recordings, Inc.

13
The Girl's Dream
00:00:55

Theodore Bikel, Narrator - Mark Volman, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Howard Kaylan, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Frank Zappa, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Aynsley Dunbar, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - George Duke, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Elgar Howarth, Conductor - Ian Underwood, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - David Van Asch, Conductor, Chorus Conductor - The Mothers, MainArtist - Ruth Underwood, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Top Score Singers, Choir - Martin Lickert, Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1971 UMG Recordings, Inc.

14
Little Green Scratchy Sweaters & Courduroy Ponce
00:01:01

Theodore Bikel, Narrator - Mark Volman, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Howard Kaylan, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Frank Zappa, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Aynsley Dunbar, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - George Duke, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Elgar Howarth, Conductor - Ian Underwood, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - David Van Asch, Conductor, Chorus Conductor - The Mothers, MainArtist - Ruth Underwood, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Top Score Singers, Choir - Martin Lickert, Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1971 UMG Recordings, Inc.

15
Strictly Genteel (The Finale)
00:11:22

Theodore Bikel, Narrator - Mark Volman, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Howard Kaylan, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Frank Zappa, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Aynsley Dunbar, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - George Duke, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Elgar Howarth, Conductor - Ian Underwood, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - David Van Asch, Conductor, Chorus Conductor - The Mothers, MainArtist - Ruth Underwood, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Top Score Singers, Choir - Martin Lickert, Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1971 UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album Description

The soundtrack to Frank Zappa's strange early-'70s film 200 Motels was always doomed to be a peripheral entry in his discography. The movie's story was not easy to follow, and neither is the record (not that plot was ever a big focus of the production). It's typically wacky Zappa of the era, with unpredictable sharp turns between crunchy rock bombast, orchestration, and jazz/classical influences, as well as interjections of wacky spoken dialogue. Those who like his late-'60s/early-'70s work -- not as song-oriented as his first albums, in other words, but not as "serious" or as silly as his later records -- will probably like this fine, although it's not up to the level of Uncle Meat. It's funny in spots as well, especially the part where a disgruntled sideman gets tempted away from the band to do his own thing (a libretto that was, apparently, based on real-life incidents concerning Zappa sideman Jeff Simmons, who left during the project). On the other hand, there's a growing tendency to deploy the smutty, cheap humor that would soon dominate much of Zappa's work.
© Richie Unterberger /TiVo

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