Frank Zappa

200 Motels

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AllMusic Review by Richie Unterberger

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 Stream
1 Frank Zappa feat: The Mothers of Invention / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 01:59 Amazon
2 Frank Zappa feat: The Mothers of Invention / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 02:32 Amazon
3 Frank Zappa feat: The Mothers of Invention / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 00:48 Amazon
4 Frank Zappa feat: The Mothers of Invention / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 00:55 Amazon
5 Frank Zappa feat: The Mothers of Invention / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 02:29 Amazon
6 Frank Zappa feat: The Mothers of Invention / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 04:40 Amazon
7 Frank Zappa feat: The Mothers of Invention / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 00:58 Amazon
8 Frank Zappa feat: The Mothers of Invention / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 01:40 Amazon
9 Frank Zappa feat: The Mothers of Invention / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 03:56 Amazon
10 Frank Zappa feat: The Mothers of Invention / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 02:52 Amazon
11 Frank Zappa feat: The Mothers of Invention / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 01:23 Amazon
12 Frank Zappa feat: The Mothers of Invention / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 03:02 Amazon
13 Frank Zappa feat: The Mothers of Invention / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 02:31 Amazon
14 Frank Zappa feat: The Mothers of Invention / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 01:41 Amazon
15 Frank Zappa feat: The Mothers of Invention / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 01:18 Amazon
16 Frank Zappa feat: The Mothers of Invention / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 01:57 Amazon
17 Frank Zappa feat: The Mothers of Invention / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 00:48 Amazon
18 Frank Zappa feat: The Mothers of Invention / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 02:32 Amazon
19 Frank Zappa feat: The Mothers of Invention / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 04:01 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Frank Zappa feat: The Mothers of Invention / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 02:14 Amazon
2 Frank Zappa feat: The Mothers of Invention / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 05:11 Amazon
3 Frank Zappa feat: The Mothers of Invention / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 02:59 Amazon
4 Frank Zappa feat: The Mothers of Invention / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 03:11 Amazon
5 Frank Zappa feat: The Mothers of Invention / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 04:37 Amazon
6 Frank Zappa feat: The Mothers of Invention / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 03:32 Amazon
7 Frank Zappa feat: The Mothers of Invention / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 01:08 Amazon
8 Frank Zappa feat: The Mothers of Invention / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 03:53 Amazon
9 Frank Zappa feat: The Mothers of Invention / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 01:28 Amazon
10 Frank Zappa feat: The Mothers of Invention / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 01:09 Amazon
11 Frank Zappa feat: The Mothers of Invention / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 00:41 Amazon
12 Frank Zappa feat: The Mothers of Invention / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 01:10 Amazon
13 Frank Zappa feat: The Mothers of Invention / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 00:54 Amazon
14 Frank Zappa feat: The Mothers of Invention / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 01:00 Amazon
15 Frank Zappa feat: The Mothers of Invention / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 11:10 Amazon
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Frank Zappa feat: The Mothers of Invention 00:55 Amazon
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Frank Zappa feat: The Mothers of Invention 00:57 Amazon
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Frank Zappa feat: The Mothers of Invention 00:31 Amazon
19
Frank Zappa feat: The Mothers of Invention 00:13 Amazon
20 Frank Zappa feat: The Mothers of Invention / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 02:58 Amazon
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