Several months prior to the release of the Lumpy Money Project/Object: An FZ Audio Documentary (2009), this single-CD sampler was distributed to various media outlets as a promotional device to herald the package's imminent arrival. Compiled by Frank Zappa and the Zappa Family Trust archivist Joe Travers -- OMORP (or promo spelled backwards) -- gathers a dozen meaty musical nuggets for a 30-minute taster from the full-length package that clocks in at just under three-and-a-half hours. Lumpy Money combines the best outtakes and out of print mixes of Zappa's self-declared master works: We're Only in It for the Money (1968) and Lumpy Gravy (1968). Chronologically, the "Primordial" Lumpy Gravy -- which was released for a very brief time on Capitol Records -- bookends OMORP with the first and final movements -- "Lumpy Gravy (Primordial) I Sink Trap" and "Lumpy Gravy (Primordial) IX Teen-Age Grand Finale," respectively. In between are the CD debut of "Absolutely Free" and "Concentration Moon" from their 1968 monaural mixes. The "Lumpy Gravy (Excerpt -- 1984 UMRK Digital Remix)" was devised -- but ultimately unused -- for Zappa's Old Masters, Box One (1985) anthology, while "Lonely Little Girl -- The Single" is fascinating as it features a sizable chunk of the song "Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance" as well. The generically titled "Section 8, Take 22" is one of several revelatory selections that spotlights Zappa's creative modular style as there are elements that would resurface throughout the familiar versions of Lumpy Gravy and We're Only in It for the Money. "'What's Happening of The Universe'" and "Creationism" are spoken word pieces; the former from an interview with the artist and the latter another audio obstruct from which Zappa would craft and (at times) reformulate his ever malleable sonic structures. Caveat Emptor to potential consumers as some unscrupulous entrepreneurs began selling bootleg CD-R copies on various internet-based auction web sites for exorbitant sums.
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AllMusic Review by Lindsay Planer