200 Motels - 50th Anniversary (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Remastered) Frank Zappa

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Label: Frank Zappa Catalog

Genre: Rock

Subgenre: Modern Rock

Artist: Frank Zappa

Album including Album cover Booklet (PDF)

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  • Disc 1:
  • 1Semi-Fraudulent / Direct-From-Hollywood Overture01:59
  • 2Mystery Roach02:33
  • 3Dance Of The Rock & Roll Interviewers00:48
  • 4This Town Is A Sealed Tuna Sandwich (Prologue)00:56
  • 5Tuna Fish Promenade02:30
  • 6Dance Of The Just Plain Folks04:39
  • 7This Town Is A Sealed Tuna Sandwich (Reprise)00:59
  • 8The Sealed Tuna Bolero01:40
  • 9Lonesome Cowboy Burt03:51
  • 10Touring Can Make You Crazy02:53
  • 11Would You Like A Snack?01:23
  • 12Redneck Eats03:03
  • 13Centerville02:31
  • 14She Painted Up Her Face01:42
  • 15Janet's Big Dance Number01:18
  • 16Half A Dozen Provocative Squats01:57
  • 17Mysterioso00:48
  • 18Shove It Right In02:32
  • 19Lucy's Seduction Of A Bored Violinist & Postlude04:00
  • 20I'm Stealing The Towels02:14
  • 21Dental Hygiene Dilemma05:12
  • 22Does This Kind Of Life Look Interesting To You?03:00
  • 23Daddy, Daddy, Daddy03:11
  • 24Penis Dimension04:35
  • 25What Will This Evening Bring Me This Morning03:27
  • Disc 2:
  • 26A Nun Suit Painted On Some Old Boxes01:09
  • 27Magic Fingers03:55
  • 28Motorhead's Midnight Ranch01:30
  • 29Dew On The Newts We Got01:10
  • 30The Lad Searches The Night For His Newts00:41
  • 31The Girl Wants To Fix Him Some Broth01:10
  • 32The Girl's Dream00:55
  • 33Little Green Scratchy Sweaters & Courduroy Ponce01:01
  • 34Strictly Genteel (The Finale)11:23
  • 35Road Ladies (Alternate Mix)04:10
  • 36What Will This Morning Bring Me This Evening (Demo)02:45
  • 37What Kind Of Girl Do You Think We Are? (Demo)04:52
  • 38Bwana Dik (Demo)03:06
  • 39Daddy, Daddy, Daddy (Demo)03:02
  • 40Do You Like My New Car? (Demo)03:12
  • 41Magic Fingers (Demo)02:46
  • 42Phyllis & Aynsley01:54
  • 43What Will This Evening Bring Me This Morning (Demo (Alternate Mix))04:03
  • 44Tell Me You Love Me (Demo (Mix Outtake))03:08
  • 45Road Ladies (Demo (Alternate Take))04:30
  • 46What Will This Morning Bring Me This Evening (Demo (Studio Outtakes))02:26
  • 47What Will This Morning Bring Me This Evening (Demo (Alternate Take, Incomplete))02:50
  • 48"Aynsley Dunbar, Ladies & Gentlemen" (Demo)00:46
  • 49Magic Fingers (Demo (Version B - Mix Outtake))02:54
  • 50What Will This Evening Bring Me This Morning (Demo (Mix Outtake))03:04
  • 51Tell Me You Love Me (Demo (Alternate Take))03:35
  • Disc 3:
  • 52Scene 1-2: Semi-Fraudulent / Direct-From-Hollywood Overture (Dialog Protection Reel)02:02
  • 53Scene 3: “What’s The Deal?” (Dialog Protection Reel)02:00
  • 54Mystery Roach (Dialog Protection Reel)03:32
  • 55Scene 32: “It’s A Good Thing We Get Paid To Do This…” (Dialog Protection Reel)02:16
  • 56Scene 14: What’s The Name Of Your Group? I (Dialog Protection Reel)00:58
  • 57Scene 32: “We Haven’t Formed The Group Yet” (Dialog Protection Reel)01:27
  • 58Scene 15: What’s The Name Of Your Group? II (Dialog Protection Reel)01:42
  • 59Scene 17: “When Do We Get Paid?” (Dialog Protection Reel)05:13
  • 60Scene 18: Went On The Road (Dialog Protection Reel)01:42
  • 61Scene 19-20: “Special Delivery” (Dialog Protection Reel)03:12
  • 62Scene 21: Centerville (Dialog Protection Reel)02:09
  • 63Scene 21: Janet & Lucy (Dialog Protection Reel)00:45
  • 64Scene 22: This Town Is A Sealed Tuna Sandwich (Prologue) (Dialog Protection Reel)00:57
  • 65Scene 23 - 24: Tuna Fish Promenade (Dialog Protection Reel)02:30
  • 66Scene 28: The Sealed Tuna Bolero (Dialog Protection Reel)01:41
  • 67Scene 29: Lonesome Cowboy Burt (Dialog Protection Reel)03:51
  • 68Scene 30: JCB & Rance (Dialog Protection Reel)02:29
  • 69Scene 21: Larry The Dwarf (Dialog Protection Reel)02:12
  • 70Scene 81: Magic Fingers (Dialog Protection Reel)03:54
  • 71Scene 47: Larry The Dwarf in the Hotel Room (Dialog Protection Reel)02:31
  • 72Scene 33: The Lad Searches The Night For His Newts (Dialog Protection Reel)00:32
  • 73Scene 40-41: The Girl Wants To Fix Him Some Broth (Dialog Protection Reel)02:05
  • 74Scene 42: Little Green Scratchy Sweaters & Courduroy Ponce (Dialog Protection Reel)01:01
  • 75Scene 45: A Nun Suit Painted On Some Old Boxes (Dialog Protection Reel)01:08
  • 76Scene 57: The Perverted Nun (Dialog Protection Reel)03:28
  • 77Scene 87: “Penis!” (Dialog Protection Reel)03:01
  • 78Scene 58: She Painted Up Her Face (Dialog Protection Reel)01:44
  • 79Scene 60: Janet’s Big Dance Number (Dialog Protection Reel)01:14
  • 80Scene 61: Half A Dozen Provocative Squats (Dialog Protection Reel)01:55
  • 81Scene 62: Lucy’s Seduction Of A Bored Violinist (Dialog Protection Reel)01:21
  • 82Scene 63: Shove It Right In (Dialog Protection Reel)02:32
  • 83Scene 67: “I Am Bwana Dik!” (Dialog Protection Reel)01:47
  • 84Scene 68-69: What Will This Morning Bring Me This Evening (Dialog Protection Reel)02:39
  • 85Scene 77: Daddy, Daddy, Daddy (Dialog Protection Reel)03:19
  • Disc 4:
  • 86Scene 90: Biff Debris & Jeff (Dialog Protection Reel)04:39
  • 87Scene 84-85: Penis Dimension (Dialog Protection Reel)04:39
  • 88Scene 32: Mystery Roach (Acoustic)/“Yeah? Well Fine!” (Dialog Protection Reel)01:21
  • 89Scene 71: What Will This Evening Bring Me This Morning (Dialog Protection Reel)01:40
  • 90Scene 92: Jeff Flips Out/I’m Stealing The Room (Dialog Protection Reel)02:55
  • 91Scene 100: Strictly Genteel (Dialog Protection Reel)05:02
  • 92Scene 100: 200 Motels Finale (Dialog Protection Reel)10:12
  • 93"I Was Gonna Make A Movie One Time…"00:20
  • 94200 Motels Movie Ad #100:26
  • 95What’s The Name Of Your Group? (FZ Edit)02:59
  • 96200 Motels Movie Ad #200:57
  • 97FZ On Ringo Starr00:16
  • 98Ringo Starr on 200 Motels02:59
  • 99200 Motels Movie Ad #300:54
  • 100Motorhead's Midnight Ranch (Mix Outtake)01:31
  • 101Looking For Newts03:21
  • 102"They Are Only In It For The Money"01:09
  • 103200 Motels Movie Ad #400:27
  • 104200 Motels Commercial Session Outtakes10:42
  • 105Does This Kind Of Life Look Interesting To You? (Mix Outtake 1)02:26
  • 106"I Shall Ruin All The Tapes"00:25
  • 107Janet's Big Dance Number (Basic Tracks)01:20
  • 108Martin Lickert Voice-Over00:22
  • 109Touring Can Make You Crazy (Mix Outtake)02:53
  • 110Penis Dimension (Instrumental Alternate Take)02:13
  • 111Centerville (Mix Outtake)02:51
  • 112Mystery Roach (Alternate Master)03:26
  • 113Magic Fingers (Mix Outtake)02:58
  • 114200 Motels Movie Ad #500:55
  • Disc 5:
  • 115What Is 200 Motels?02:58
  • 116Theodore Bikel Voice-Over00:32
  • 117Semi-Fraudulent / Direct-From-Hollywood Overture (Mix Outtake)02:10
  • 118What’s The Name Of Your Group? (Complete Sequence, Pt 1)03:43
  • 119What’s The Name Of Your Group? (Complete Sequence, Pt 2)02:45
  • 120What’s The Name Of Your Group? (Complete Sequence, Pt 3)02:14
  • 121Can I Help You With This Dummy?02:05
  • 122Pianos for The Pleated Gazelle01:16
  • 123Synth Tracks I01:29
  • 124Would You Like A Snack? (Alternate Take)02:10
  • 125Howard Kaylan/Mark Volman Voice-Over00:16
  • 126Centerville (Rough Mix)02:54
  • 127This Town Is A Sealed Tuna Sandwich (Prologue) (Mix Outtake)00:56
  • 128Tuna Fish Promenade (Mix Outtake)02:31
  • 129The Sealed Tuna Bolero (Alternate Take)01:41
  • 130Lonesome Cowboy Burt (Mix Outtake)03:53
  • 131Naval Aviation In Art?02:17
  • 132Redneck Eats/The Restaurant Scene (Basic Tracks)03:50
  • 133Mystery Roach (Basic Tracks)04:02
  • 134I Have Seen The Pleated Gazelle06:16
  • 135Dew On The Newts We Got (Rough Mix)01:12
  • 136The Lad Searches The Night For His Newts (Rough Mix)00:51
  • 137Motorhead's Midnight Ranch (Rough Mix)02:03
  • 138The Girl Wants To Fix Him Some Broth (Rough Mix, Alternate Ending)01:12
  • 139The Girl's Dream (Rough Mix)00:56
  • 140Little Green Scratchy Sweaters & Courduroy Ponce (Rough Mix)01:16
  • 141Scene 43: A Cardboard Box00:39
  • 142Scene 4400:50
  • 143A Nun Suit Painted On Some Old Boxes (Rough Mix)01:10
  • 144She Painted Up Her Face (Compressed Mix)01:42
  • 145The Secret Stare (Compressed Mix)03:25
  • 146Half A Dozen Provocative Squats (Compressed Mix)01:56
  • 147Lucy's Seduction Of A Bored Violinist (Basic Tracks)01:32
  • 148Shove It Right In (Compressed Mix)02:33
  • 149Postlude (Basic Tracks)03:08
  • 150What Will This Evening Bring Me This Morning (Mix Outtake)04:07
  • Disc 6:
  • 151Daddy, Daddy, Daddy (Alternate Take)03:16
  • 152Magic Fingers (Alternate Take)03:42
  • 153Penis Dimension (Basic Tracks)04:40
  • 154Scene 8601:28
  • 155Scene 87 (Alternate Take)03:16
  • 156Synth Tracks II01:58
  • 157I'm Stealing The Towels (Basic Tracks, Alternate Take)02:15
  • 158Scene 94 - "He’s Always Watching Me"00:34
  • 159Dental Hygiene Dilemma, Pt. 1 (Basic Tracks)06:21
  • 160Does This Kind Of Life Look Interesting To You? (Mix Outtake 2)00:53
  • 161Dental Hygiene Dilemma, Pt. 2 (Basic Tracks)02:44
  • 162Strictly Genteel (Basic Tracks)08:05
  • 163200 Motels Finale (Alternate Take)03:16
  • 164200 Motels Finale (Master Take Basic Tracks / Unedited Ending)05:59
  • 165Movie Theater Skit (Commercial Session Outtake)01:29
  • 166200 Motels Album Ad #101:01
  • 167Script Rehearsal Trim02:50
  • 168Lonesome Cowboy Burt (In Rehearsal, 1969)02:56
  • 169Lonesome Cowboy Burt (In Rehearsal, 1970)03:38
  • 170200 Motels Album Ad #200:31
  • 171Penis Dimension (Jingle Music)00:18
  • 172TV Hype (Commercial Session Outtake)06:36
  • 173200 Motels Movie Ad #600:11
  • Total Runtime07:17:12

Info for 200 Motels - 50th Anniversary (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Remastered)

Frank Zappa’s 200 Motels 50th Anniversary Edition, the Zappa Trust and UMe are giving another glimpse into some of the extraordinary unreleased and rare material unearthed from FZ’s vault that will be available on the monstrous new six-album set that boasts a new remaster of the original soundtrack, demos, studio outtakes, work mixes, interviews and movie ads, along with newly discovered dialog reels, revealing an early audio edit of the film. Also included in the collection is a wealth of never-before-heard audio documentary material surrounding the project.

Available today is an exciting, previously unreleased alternate version of “Magic Fingers (Version B, Mix Outtake),” from the demo sessions, recorded in August 1970 at Whitney Studios, and featured on album 2 alongside a handful of outtakes and alternate takes of other soundtrack standouts like “Tell Me You Love Me,” “Road Ladies,” “What Will This Morning Bring Me This Evening,” and “What Will This Evening Bring Me This Morning.” “Magic Fingers (Version B, Mix Outtake)” starts off like the original but then takes a wild detour halfway through, trading Zappa’s extended guitar workout for a rollicking mix of rock and roll motifs crammed into an exhilarating three minutes.

This latest outtake comes on the heels of the recently released non-music track, “What Is 200 Motels,” culled from the 200 Motels commercial and trailer recording session, recorded in November 1971, and featuring Frank Zappa, Howard Kaylan, Mark Volman and Jim Pons parodying a news interview about the surrealistic documentary film. This track, available on album 5: 200 Motels – Alternates and Outtakes,

followed the October release of “Mystery Roach” (Dialog Protection Reel) taken from Disc 3, which houses the “Dialog Protection Reels.” Found in the Vault, these work in progress tracks reveal an early version of the movie. The music mixes are in mono and were created before Zappa went into Whitney Studios for over-dubbing and sweetening.

Fully authorized by the Zappa Trust and produced by Ahmet Zappa and Zappa Vaultmeister Joe Travers, the expansive 200 Motels 50th Anniversary Edition is a definitive super deluxe six-album set of the beloved, yet hard to find, soundtrack that has been lovingly assembled in celebration of the film and soundtrack’s golden anniversary. The packaging replicates the original booklet updated with revealing new liner notes from Pamela Des Barres, Ruth Underwood and Joe Travers, as well as Patrick Pending’s essay from the 1997 reissue, and is chock full of motion picture artwork, stills and images, from the film and its making, many which have never been seen before. This must-have collector’s release will also include a custom “200 Motels” keychain and Do-No-Disturb motel door hanger and a full-size replica of the original movie poster. Years in the making, all the audio was meticulously identified and transferred over several years as Travers dug through the Vault to create a new high resolution 96K/24B digital patchwork stereo master from the original analog tapes. The Vault material was mastered by John Polito in 2021.

Album 1 and 2 feature the remastered soundtrack with the second half of the second disc consisting of demos and demo outtakes; two of the many highlights from these sessions include unreleased alt mixes and alt takes of the Chunga’s Revenge tunes, “Road Ladies” and “Tell Me You Love Me.” Discs 3 and 4 contain the “Dialog Protection Reels,” which reveal an early version of the movie, while Disc 5 and 6 present unreleased outtakes, alternates and historical nuggets sequenced in the order of the original shooting script, the way Zappa originally envisioned before he ran into time and budget constraints. These illuminating discs reveal Zappa’s original intent for the film for the first time.

Released in October 1971, Frank Zappa’s “200 Motels” was a miraculous feat, a cinematic collision of the venerated musician and composer’s kaleidoscopic musical and visual worlds that brought together Zappa and his band, The Mothers, Ringo Starr as Zappa – as “a large dwarf” – Keith Moon as a perverted nun, Pamela Des Barres in her acting debut, noted thespian Theodore Bikel, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and an incredible assortment of characters (both on screen and off) for a “surrealistic documentary” about the bizarre life of a touring musician. A heady, psychedelic stew of low and high brow art forms, the film, written by Zappa and co-directed by him and Tony Palmer, mixed together irreverent comedic skits, madcap satire, eye-popping animation and virtuosic on-screen musical performances from both The Mothers and the RPO for a fascinating and free-wheeling multimedia extravaganza. Shot in just 10 days with a budget of around $650,000 from distributor United Artists, “200 Motels” was one of the first movies to be filmed entirely on videotape and Zappa and crew pushed the envelope of the burgeoning new medium’s possibilities, mostly notably through its use of spectacular – and at the time – state-of-the-art visual effects. Described by Zappa as “at once a reportage of real events and an extrapolation of them… other elements include ‘conceptual by-products’ of the extrapolated ‘real event’ … In some ways the contents of the film are autobiographical,” “200 Motels” was hailed by the Los Angeles Times as a “a stunning achievement” with “just the right touch of insanity,” and the “Zaniest piece of filmusical fantasy-comedy since The Beatles' ‘A Hard Day's Night’” by Daily Variety.

The music, and its corresponding soundtrack, was equally diverse, a wild pastiche of avant garde rock and orchestral compositions interspersed with dialog from the film. Up until that time, compositions like the finale piece, “Strictly Genteel,” were some of the most ambitious material ever written and recorded by Zappa. The band in the film and on the soundtrack consisted of Frank Zappa (guitar & bass), Mark Volman (vocals & special material), Howard Kaylan (vocals & special material), Ian Underwood (keyboards & winds), Aynsley Dunbar (drums), George Duke (keyboards & trombone), Martin Lickert (bass), Jimmy Carl Black (vocals), and Ruth Underwood (orchestra drum set), not to mention the aforementioned Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. In true Zappa fashion as he wrote in the album’s original liner notes, “This music is not in the same order as in the movie. Some of this music is in the movie. Some of this music is not in the movie. Some of the music that’s in the movie is not in the album. Some of the music that was written for the movie is not in the movie or the album. All of this music was written for the movie, over a period of 4 years. Most of it (60%) was written in motels while touring.”

Putting together this 50th anniversary edition was a labor intensive process that bore fruit at nearly every turn as Travers dug through Zappa’s expansive archives to put together this exhaustive edition. As Travers writes in the liners, “During this search and seizure mission, I was able to unearth a multitude of audio treasures from a very large number of tapes. Original demos, session outtakes, alternate mixes and versions, and even dialog reels that captured an edit of the film that predates the final assembly which eventually made it to theaters everywhere in 1971.” Amongst the gems discovered include a number of ¼-inch reel-to-reel tapes that were made at Trident Studios during February of ’71, which contain rough mixes of nearly everything that was recorded on multi-track. As Travers explains, “they reflect raw performances, as they happened before FZ would get a hold of the multi-track masters and bring them to Whitney Studios in Glendale for over-dubs and sweetening. The Trident tapes allow us to hear music that did not make the film, or the final soundtrack album. They also helped us to reconstruct pieces of music like ‘The Pleated Gazelle’ or ‘What’s The Name Of Your Group?’ into their full sequences per the score. Over the years, even Frank himself forgot the sheer amount of music that actually did get recorded. All of the archiving for this 50th Anniversary set has produced incredible amounts of content that we would never had known existed otherwise.”

Frank Zappa, guitar, bass
Jimmy Carl Black, vocals
George Duke, keyboards, trombone
Mark Volman, vocals („Special Material“)
Howard Kaylan, vocals („Special Material“)
Jim Pons, voice (Voice Of The Bad Conscience)
Ian Underwood, keyboards, woodwind instruments
Aynsley Dunbar, drums
Martin Lickert, bass
Ruth Underwood, orchestra drum set
Theodore Bikel, narrator
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Elgar Howarth, conductor
The Top Score Singers
Classical Guitar Ensemble

Remastered by Bernie Grundman

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