December 21, 2005 Playlist

R = Listener Request

FRANK ZAPPA's 65th Birthday!

The Mothers (feat. Flo & Eddie) - Call Any Vegetable (live 1971)
The Mothers (feat. Flo & Eddie) - Once Upon A Time (live 1971)
The Mothers (feat. Flo & Eddie) - Lonesome Electric Turkey (live 1971)
The Mothers (feat. Flo & Eddie) - Peaches en Regalia (live 1971)
Frank Zappa & the Mothers - Cheepnis (live 1974)
The Mothers - Zomby Woof
Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart & the Mothers - Muffin Man (live 1975)
Frank Zappa - Stinkfoot
The Mothers of Invention - My Guitar (Wants To Kill Your Mama) (b-side version)
The Mothers of Invention - Trouble Coming Every Day (R)
Frank Zappa / The Mothers (feat. Flo & Eddie) - What Will This Evening Bring Me This Morning?
Frank Zappa & the Mothers - Sofa No. 2
The Mothers of Invention - Dog Breath In The Year Of The Plague -->
The Mothers of Invention - The Legend of the Golden Arches -->
The Mothers of Invention - Louie Louie -->
The Mothers of Invention - The Dog Breath Variations
The Mothers of Invention - What's The Ugliest Part of Your Body? -->
The Mothers of Invention - Absolutely Free -->
The Mothers of Invention - Flower Punk
The Mothers of Invention - Stuff Up The Cracks
The Mothers of Invention - Agency Man (1967 unfinished studio outtake)
The Mothers of Invention - Plastic People (live c. 1965-66)
The Mothers of Invention - Rock Around The Clock / Sandwich Song (rehearsal tape 1964)
The Mothers of Invention - How Could I Be Such A Fool? (rehearsal tape 1965)
The Mothers of Invention - Boogie For Berkeley (rehearsal tape 1968)
The Mothers of Invention - You Didn't Try To Call Me -->
The Mothers of Invention - Petroushka (Stravinsky) / Bristol Stomp (The Dovels) / Baby Love (The Supremes) -->
The Mothers of Invention - Big Leg Emma (live in Sweden 1967)
The Mothers of Invention - Holiday In Berlin, Full Blown / Aybe Sea
Frank Zappa - Lumpy Gravy (excerpt)
Frank Zappa - N-Lite
The Mothers of Invention - Toads of the Short Forest
The Mothers - Blessed Relief
Frank Zappa - Little Umbrellas
The Mothers - Montana

Frank Vincent Zappa (Dec 21, 1940 - Dec 4, 1993)

Note on artist credits:

From 1966 to 1969 Frank Zappa was the leader of "The Mothers of Invention", and all albums from this period were originally credited as such (with the exception of 1967's "Lumpy Gravy" LP which is credited to "Frank Zappa.") From 1970-1973, Zappa and his revolving cast of backup musicians alternated releasing albums under the names "Frank Zappa" and the simplified moniker "The Mothers." In 1974-75 Zappa released a couple albums using the hybrid name "Frank Zappa and the Mothers", then finally from 1976 on all of his records were simply credited to "Frank Zappa." The artist names used on this week's playlist follow the names used on the original LP releases.

However because Zappa maintained ownership of his master recordings (with the exception of the "200 Motels" soundtrack), all of the various albums released over the years under permutations of "The Mothers (of Invention)" have since been reissued on CD under the name "Frank Zappa."

Here is a partial list of some of the key Mothers from the 1966-75 period:

  • Frank Zappa (lead guitar, vocals, compositions & arrangements 1966-75)
  • Roy Estrada (bass & falsetto vocals 1966-69)
  • Jimmy Carl Black AKA "The Indian of the group" (drums 1966-69)
  • Ray Collins (lead vocals 1966-68)
  • Jim "Motorhead" Sherwood (roadie / tambourine & baritone sax 1966-69)
  • Bunk & Buzz Gardner (reeds 1967-69)
  • Don Preston (keyboards & electronics 1967-72)
  • Ian Underwood (keyboards & reeds 1967-74)
  • Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman AKA "Flo & Eddie" (lead vocals 1970-71)
  • Aynsley Dunbar (drums 1970-74)
  • George Duke (keyboards & vocals 1970-75)
  • Ruth Underwood (xylophone & percussion 1972-75)
  • Napoleon Murphy Brock (vocals, sax, flute 1973-75)
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