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Frank Zappa "The Old Masters"

Updated on September 23, 2015

Barking Pumpkin Records BRP 7777 Box # ZM1-02890

The Old Masters Box One is a seven-LP box set by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, which was the first in a series. Originally five box sets were planned, but only three were issued. This, the first box set consisted of the first five albums by Zappa which include, Freak Out!, Absolutely Free, We're Only In It For The Money, Lumpy Gravy and Cruising With Ruben and the Jets all originally released between 1966 and 1968 plus a bonus "Mystery Disc" consisting of previously unissued material that at the time was unavailable elsewhere and was pulled from the same era and earlier. Only the first and second Old Masters box sets featured a Mystery Disc.

Frank Zappa was one of the most accomplished composers of the rock era; his music combines an understanding of and appreciation for such contemporary classical figures as Stravinsky, Stockhausen, and Varèse with an affection for late-'50s doo wop rock & roll and a facility for the guitar-heavy rock that dominated pop in the '70s. But Zappa was also a satirist whose reserves of scorn seemed bottomless and whose wicked sense of humor and absurdity have delighted his numerous fans, even when his lyrics crossed over the broadest bounds of taste. Finally, Zappa was perhaps the most prolific record-maker of his time, turning out massive amounts of music on his own Barking Pumpkin label and through distribution deals with Rykodisc and Rhino

The Mothers of Invention "Freak Out!" 1966

Mothers Of Invention "Freak Out" Barking Pumpkin Records BPR 7777 The Old Masters Box One 12"  Vinyl Record Albums
Mothers Of Invention "Freak Out" Barking Pumpkin Records BPR 7777 The Old Masters Box One 12" Vinyl Record Albums | Source

"Hungy Freaks, Daddy"

"Wowie Zowie"

Freak Out! is the debut album by American experimental rock band The Mothers of Invention, released June 27, 1966 on Verve Records. Though often cited as one of rock music's first concept albums, the real unifying theme of the album is not musical, but a satirical attitude based on frontman Frank Zappa's unique perception of American pop culture. It was also one of the earliest double albums in the history of rock music. The album was produced by Tom Wilson, who signed The Mothers, formerly a bar band called the Soul Giants, to a record deal in the belief that they were a white blues band. The album features vocalist Ray Collins, along with bass player Roy Estrada, drummer Jimmy Carl Black and guitar player Elliot Ingber, who would later join Captain Beefheart's Magic Band under the name Winged Eel Fingerling. The band's original repertoire consisted entirely of cover songs. When Zappa joined the band, he not only changed their name but also expanded its music to include a wide range of original material. The musical content of Freak Out! ranges from rhythm and blues, doo-wop and standard blues-influenced rock to orchestral arrangements and avant-garde sound collages.

Track List Side A 1. Hungry Freaks, Daddy - 3:32 -- 2. I Ain't Got No Heart - 2:34 -- 3. Who Are the Brain Police? - 3:25 -- 4. Go Cry on Somebody Else's Shoulder - 3:43 -- 5. Motherly Love - 2:50 -- 6. How Could I Be Such a Fool? - 2:16

Track List Side B 1. Wowie Zowie - 2:55 -- 2. You Didn't Try to Call Me - 3:21 -- 3. Any Way the Wind Blows - 2:55 -- 4. I'm Not Satisfied - 2:41 -- 5. You're Probably Wondering Why I'm Here - 3:41

Track List Side C 1. Trouble Every Day - 5:53 -- 2. Help I'm a Rock - 8:37 a. Okay To Tap Dance b. In Memoriam, Edgar Varèse -- 3. It Can't Happen Here

Track List Side D 1. The Return of the Son of Monster Magnet (Unfinished Ballet in Two Tableaux) - 12:22 a. Ritual Dance of the Child-Killer -- 2. Nullis Pretii

The Mothers of Invention "Absolutely Free" 1967

Frank Zappa Mothers of Invention Absolutely Free Barking Pumpkin Records BPR 7777 The Old Masters Box One 12" Vinyl Record Albums
Frank Zappa Mothers of Invention Absolutely Free Barking Pumpkin Records BPR 7777 The Old Masters Box One 12" Vinyl Record Albums | Source

"Duke Of Prunes"

Absolutely Free (1967) is the second album by The Mothers of Invention, led by Frank Zappa. Absolutely Free is once again a display of complex musical composition and with political and social satire. The band had been augmented since Freak Out! by the additions of saxophone player Bunk Gardner, keyboardist Don Preston, guitarist Jim Fielder and drummer Billy Mundi. However, Fielder quit the group before the album was released. His name was removed from the album credits. For this album, the emphasis is on interconnected movements, as each side on the original vinyl LP composes a mini-suite. It also features one of the most famous songs of Zappa's early career, "Brown Shoes Don't Make It," a track which has been described as being "an entire musical compressed down to 8 minutes.

Track List Side A Suite No. 1: Absolutely Free (1st in a Series of Underground Oratorios)1. Plastic People - 3:42 -- 2. The Duke of Prunes - 2:13 -- 3. Amnesia Vivace - 1:01 -- 4. The Duke Regains His Chops - 1:52 -- 5. Call Any Vegetable - 2:15 -- 6. Invocation & Ritual Dance of the Young Pumpkin - 7:00 -- 7. Soft-Sell Conclusion - 1:40

Track List Side B Suite No. 2: The M.O.I. American Pageant (2nd in a Series of Underground Oratorios) 1. America Drinks - 1:52 -- 2. Status Back Baby - 2:54 -- 3. Uncle Bernie's Farm - 2:10 -- 4. Son of Suzy Creamcheese - 1:34 -- 5. Brown Shoes Don't Make It - 7:30 -- 6. America Drinks and Goes Home - 2:46

Frank Zappa "Lumpy Gravy" 1968

Frank Zappa Mothers of Invention Lumpy Gravy Barking Pumpkin Records BPR 7777 The Old Masters Box One 12" Vinyl Record Albums
Frank Zappa Mothers of Invention Lumpy Gravy Barking Pumpkin Records BPR 7777 The Old Masters Box One 12" Vinyl Record Albums | Source

Lumpy Gravy is the first solo album by Frank Zappa, originally released in 1967, but not generally available until May 1968. Zappa was credited as conductor on the album cover and he described the contents as "a curiously inconsistent piece, which started out to be a BALLET, but probably didn't make it." The album consists of pieces of Zappa's orchestral music interspersed with surreal spoken dialogues and linked with many odd sound effects and musical fragments. The title was inspired by an advertisement for Loma Linda Gravy Mix. In later years Zappa claimed Lumpy Gravy and Joe's Garage among his proudest achievements.

Track List Side A 1. Lumpy Gravy, Part One - 15:48

Track List Side B 1. Lumpy Gravy, Part Two - 15:51

The Mothers of Invention "We're Only In It For the Money"

Frank Zappa Mothers of Invention We're Only In It For The Money Barking Pumpkin Records BPR 7777 The Old Masters Box One 12" Vinyl Record Albums
Frank Zappa Mothers of Invention We're Only In It For The Money Barking Pumpkin Records BPR 7777 The Old Masters Box One 12" Vinyl Record Albums | Source

We're Only in It For the Money is an experimental rock album by Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention. It bridged styles as diverse as doo-wop and avant-garde sound collage, and peaked at #30 on North America's Billboard Music Charts pop albums chart. The album satirizes many aspects of 1960s culture, lampooning the hippies, the conservative establishment, and everything in between.

Track List Side A 1. Are You Hung Up? (1:23) -- 2. Who Needs the Peace Corps? (2:34) -- 3. Concentration Moon (2:42) -- 4. Mom & Dad (2:16) -- 5. Bow Tie Daddy (1:22) -- 6. Harry, You're a Beast (1:22) -- 7. What's the Ugliest Part of Your Body? (1:03) -- 8. Absolutely Free (3:26) -- 9. Flower Punk (3:57) -- 10. Hot Poop (0:26)

Track List Side B 1.. Nasal Retentive Calliope Music (2:00) -- 2. Let's Make the Water Turn Black (1:54) -- 3. The Idiot Bastard Son (3:27) -- 4. Lonely Little Girl (1:10) -- 5. Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance (1:33) -- 6. What's the Ugliest Part of Your Body? (Reprise)(1:03) -- 7. Mother People (2:30) -- 8. The Chrome Plated Megaphone of Destiny (6:30)

The Mothers of Invention "Cruising With Ruben and the Jets"

Frank Zappa The Mothers of Invention Cruising with Ruben and the Jets Barking Pumpkin Records BPR 7777 The Old Masters Box One 12" Vinyl Record Albums
Frank Zappa The Mothers of Invention Cruising with Ruben and the Jets Barking Pumpkin Records BPR 7777 The Old Masters Box One 12" Vinyl Record Albums | Source

"Jelly Roll Gum Drop"

Cruising With Ruben & The Jets is an album by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, released in 1968, and controversially reissued in an alternate mix with newly recorded bass and percussion in 1984. The album is fashioned as a simultaneous parody of and tribute to the doo-wop music Frank and many of the Mothers grew up with and worked on. The album has been described as a collision of high and low art, with Stravinsky-style chord changes and unusual tempos applied to purposely trite and banal teenage pop love songs. The backing vocals at the end of Fountain of Love sing the opening melody from Stravinsky's Rite of Spring.

Track List Side A 1. Cheap Thrills (Zappa) - (2:20) -- 2. Love of My Life (Zappa) - (3:17) -- 3. How Could I Be Such a Fool (Zappa) - (3:33) -- 4. Deseri (Buff, Collins) - (2:04) -- 5. I'm Not Satisfied (Zappa) - (3:59) -- 6. Jelly Roll Gum Drop (Collins) - (2:17) -- 7. Anything (Collins,Zappa) - (3:00)

Track List Side B 1. Later That Night (Zappa) - (3:04) -- 2. You Didn't Try to Call Me (Zappa) - (3:53) -- 3. Fountain of Love (Zappa) - (2:57) -- 4. No. No. No. (Zappa) - (2:27) -- 5. Anyway The Wind Blows (Zappa) - (2:26) -- 6. Stuff Up The Cracks (Zappa) - (4:29)

"Frank Zappa Mystery Disc"

Frank Zappa Mothers of Invention Mystery Disc Barking Pumpkin Records BPR 7777 Vinyl Record Album The Old Masters Box One
Frank Zappa Mothers of Invention Mystery Disc Barking Pumpkin Records BPR 7777 Vinyl Record Album The Old Masters Box One | Source

Zappa Claus "Christmas Greetings Card"

Frank Zappa - Zappa Claus "Christmas Greetings Card" Old Masters Box Set Insert
Frank Zappa - Zappa Claus "Christmas Greetings Card" Old Masters Box Set Insert | Source

Zappa Claus "Christmas Greetings Card" Old Masters Box Set Insert - Inside Card

Frank Zappa - Zappa Claus "Christmas Greetings Card" Old Masters Box Set Insert - inside
Frank Zappa - Zappa Claus "Christmas Greetings Card" Old Masters Box Set Insert - inside | Source

Frank Zapppa BBC Documentary 1993

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I was a HUGE Zappa fan back in the day..... saw him live in Milwaukee and had all his albums.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      This is a great Zappa box set!!

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      hlkljgk 8 years ago from Western Mass

      love zappa!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Me luvva the Zappa. Great lens. 5*'s.

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      PlayGuitarToday 7 years ago

      Love the pics of the albums. My buddy in college had all of em, brings back good memories... He still loves Zappa

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      Moe Wood 7 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      I only know one song by Frank (but I used to have one of his son's albums) and I used to drive my mother crazy singing it. Such a repetitive song --> can't for the life of me think of it now.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Zappa, Can't be topped. I Miss Him.

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      KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

      Well done ... I'm featuring this on my Frank & Moon "Valley Girl" lens.

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      joanv334 6 years ago

      Love Zappa! Thanks for sharing.

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      fulltimehockeymom 5 years ago

      Love Frank Zappa. Saw him at the Fox Theater in Atlanta back in 89 before he passed.

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      Fox Music 22 months ago

      Cool fulltimehockeymom -- I Was Lucky Enough To See Frank Zappa at the Milwaukee Auditorium in 77 - Keep It In the Groove !!

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