Frank Zappa

200 Motels

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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.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 1:59
2 2:32
3 0:48
4 0:55
5 2:29
6 4:40
7 0:58
8 1:40
9 3:56
10 2:52
11 1:23
12 3:02
13 2:31
14 1:41
15 1:18
16 1:57
17 0:48
18 2:32
19 4:01

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:14
2 5:11
3 2:59
4 3:11
5 4:37
6 3:32
7 1:08
8 3:53
9 1:28
10 1:09
11 0:41
12 1:10
13 0:54
14 1:00
15 11:10
16
0:55
17
0:57
18
0:31
19
0:13
20 2:58
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