Frank Zappa left a momentous amount of recorded legacy behind. But it was his early stuff with The Mothers that left the strongest appreciation for his ascendant work. It all began in 1966 with his beloved Freak Out! album. Recording in a creative frenzy, Frank Zappa and The Mothers released more than ten albums in a short period of 4-5 years. In 1971, Zappa and The Mothers released a film, 200 Motels, and accompanied it with a soundtrack.

 

On November 19, the Zappa Trust will reissue 200 Motels in a lavish 6CD Box complete with the original album remastered, a large collection of demos, alternates, outtakes, interviews, dialog reels, and tons more. A 64-page hard bound book is packed in along with a keychain, a “Do Not Disturb” motel door hanger, and a full-size replica of the movie poster. The original album was remastered in 96kHz/24-bit from the original analog tapes.

The album will be celebrated primarily by the 6CD Box. But a 2CD package will be released with the original album remastered. A 2LP 180g-weight Black vinyl set is planned as well as a limited edition 2LP 180g-weight Red vinyl exclusive. The set will also be available as DD in standard and Hi-resolution Audio. A Dialog Protection Reel version of “Mystery Roach” pulled from the remaster can be heard below.

200 Motels (50th Anniversary Edition) – Frank Zappa and The Mothers

CD1 (Original Album)
01 Semi-Fraudulent / Direct-From-Hollywood Overture
02 Mystery Roach
03 Dance Of The Rock & Roll Interviewers
04 This Town Is A Sealed Tuna Sandwich (Prologue)
05 Tuna Fish Promenade
06 Dance Of The Just Plain Folks
07 This Town Is A Sealed Tuna Sandwich (Reprise)
08 The Sealed Tuna Bolero
09 Lonesome Cowboy Burt
10 Touring Can Make You Crazy
11 Would You Like A Snack?
12 Redneck Eats
13 Centerville
14 She Painted Up Her Face
15 Janet’s Big Dance Number
16 Half A Dozen Provocative Squats
17 Mysterioso
18 Shove It Right In
19 Lucy’s Seduction Of A Bored Violinist & Postlude
20 I’m Stealing The Towels
21 Dental Hygiene Dilemma
22 Does This Kind Of Life Look Interesting To You?
23 Daddy, Daddy, Daddy
24 Penis Dimension
25 What Will This Evening Bring Me This Morning

CD2 (Original Album/ Demo Sessions and Outtakes)
01 A Nun Suit Painted On Some Old Boxes
02 Magic Fingers
03 Motorhead’s Midnight Ranch
04 Dew On The Newts We Got
05 The Lad Searches The Night For His Newts
06 The Girl Wants To Fix Him Some Broth
07 The Girl’s Dream
08 Little Green Scratchy Sweaters & Courduroy Ponce
09 Strictly Genteel (The Finale)
200 Motels Demos, 2nd Movement – Rock Music
10 Road Ladies (Alternate Mix)
11 What Will This Morning Bring Me This Evening
12 What Kind Of Girl Do You Think We Are?
13 Bwana Dik
14 Daddy, Daddy, Daddy
15 Do You Like My New Car?
16 Magic Fingers
17 Phyllis & Aynsley
18 What Will This Evening Bring Me This Morning (Alternate Mix)
Demo Sessions/Outtakes
19 Tell Me You Love Me (Mix Outtake)
20 Road Ladies (Alternate Take)
21 What Will This Morning Bring Me This Evening (Studio Outtakes)
22 What Will This Morning Bring Me This Evening (Alternate Take, Incomplete)
23 “Aynsley Dunbar, Ladies & Gentlemen”
24 Magic Fingers (Version B, Mix Outtake)
25 What Will This Evening Bring Me This Morning (Mix Outtake)
26 Tell Me You Love Me (Alternate Take)

CD3 (Dialog Protection Reels – 200 Motels)
01 Scene 1-2: Semi-Fraudulent/Direct-From-Hollywood Overture
02 Scene 3: “What’s The Deal?”
03 Mystery Roach
04 Scene 32: “It’s A Good Thing We Get Paid To Do This…”
05 Scene 14: What’s The Name Of Your Group? I
06 Scene 32: “We Haven’t Formed The Group Yet”
07 Scene 15: What’s The Name Of Your Group? II
08 Scene 17: “When Do We Get Paid?”
09 Scene 18: Went On The Road
10 Scene 19-20: “Special Delivery”
11 Scene 21: Centerville
12 Scene 21: Janet & Lucy
13 Scene 22: This Town Is A Sealed Tuna Sandwich
14 Scene 23-24: Tuna Fish Promenade
15 Scene 28: The Sealed Tuna Bolero
16 Scene 29: Lonesome Cowboy Burt
17 Scene 30: JCB & Rance
18 Scene 21: Larry The Dwarf
19 Scene 81: Magic Fingers
20 Scene 47: Larry The Dwarf In The Hotel Room
21 Scene 33: The Lad Searches The Night For His Newts
22 Scene 40-41: The Girl Wants To Fix Him Some Broth
23 Scene 42: Little Green Scratchy Sweaters & Courduroy Ponce
24 Scene 45: A Nun Suit Painted On Some Old Boxes
25 Scene 57: The Perverted Nun
26 Scene 87: “Penis!”
27 Scene 58: She Painted Up Her Face
28 Scene 60: Janet’s Big Dance Number
29 Scene 61: Half A Dozen Provocative Squats
30 Scene 62: Lucy’s Seduction Of A Bored Violinist
31 Scene 63: Shove It Right In
32 Scene 67: “I Am Bwana Dik!”
33 Scene 68-69: What Will This Morning Bring Me This Evening
34 Scene 77: Daddy, Daddy, Daddy

CD4 (Dialog Protection Reels – 200 Motels/ Bonus Swill)
01 Scene 90: Biff Debris & Jeff
02 Scene 84-85: Penis Dimension
03 Scene 32: Mystery Roach (Acoustic) / “Yeah? Well Fine!”
04 Scene 71: What Will The Evening Bring Me This Morning
05 Scene 92: Jeff Flips Out / I’m Stealing The Room
06 Scene 100: Strictly Genteel
07 Scene 100: 200 Motels Finale
Bonus Swill: Part 1
08 “I Was Gonna Make A Movie One Time…”
09 200 Motels Movie Ad #1
10 What’s The Name Of Your Group? (FZ Edit)
11 200 Motels Movie Ad #2
12 FZ on Ringo Starr
13 Ringo Starr on 200 Motels
14 200 Motels Movie Ad #3
15 Motorhead’s Midnight Ranch (Mix Outtake)
16 Looking For Newts
17 “They Are Only In It For The Money”
18 200 Motels Movie Ad #4
19 200 Motels Commercial Session Outtakes
20 Does This Kind Of Life Look Interesting To You? (Mix Outtake)
21 “I Shall Ruin All The Tapes”
22 Janet’s Big Dance Number (Basic Tracks)
23 Martin Lickert Voice-Over
24 Touring Can Make You Crazy (Mix Outtake)
25 Penis Dimension (Instrumental Alternate Take)
26 Centerville (Mix Outtake)
27 Mystery Roach (Alternate Master)
28 Magic Fingers (Mix Outtake)
29 200 Motels Movie Ad #5

CD5 (Alternates and Outtakes)
01 What Is 200 Motels?
02 Theodore Bikel Voice-Over (Alternate Take)
03 Semi-Fraudulent/Direct-From-Hollywood Overture (Mix Outtake)
04 What’s The Name Of Your Group? (Complete Sequence, Part I)
05 What’s The Name Of Your Group? (Complete Sequence, Part II)
06 What’s The Name Of Your Group? (Complete Sequence, Part III)
07 Can I Help You With This Dummy?
08 Pianos For The Pleated Gazelle
09 Synth Tracks I
10 Would You Like A Snack? (Alternate Take)
11 Howard Kaylan/Mark Volman Voice-Over
12 Centerville (Rough Mix)
13 This Town Is A Sealed Tuna Sandwich (Prologue, Mix Outtake)
14 Tuna Fish Promenade (Mix Outtake)
15 The Sealed Tuna Bolero (Alternate Take)
16 Lonesome Cowboy Burt (Mix Outtake)
17 Naval Aviation In Art?
18 Redneck Eats/The Restaurant Scene (Basic Tracks)
19 Mystery Roach (Basic Tracks)
20 I Have Seen The Pleated Gazelle
21 Dew On The Newts We Got (Rough Mix)
22 The Lad Searches The Night For His Newts (Rough Mix)
23 Motorhead’s Midnight Ranch (Rough Mix)
24 The Girl Wants To Fix Him Some Broth (Rough Mix, Alternate Ending)
25 The Girl’s Dream (Rough Mix)
26 Little Green Scratchy Sweaters And Courduroy Ponce
27 Scene 43: A Cardboard Box
28 Scene 44
29 A Nun Suit Painted On Some Old Boxes (Rough Mix)
30 She Painted Up Her Face (Compressed Mix)
31 The Secret Stare
32 Half A Dozen Provocative Squats (Compressed Mix)
33 Lucy’s Seduction Of A Bored Violinist (Basic Tracks)
34 Shove It Right In (Compressed Mix)
35 Postlude (Basic Tracks)
36 What Will This Evening Bring Me This Morning (Mix Outtake)

CD6 (Alternates and Outtakes)
01 Daddy, Daddy, Daddy (Alternate Take)
02 Magic Fingers (Alternate Take)
03 Penis Dimension (Basic Tracks)
04 Scene 86
05 Scene 87 (Alternate Take)
06 Synth Tracks II
07 I’m Stealing The Towels (Basic Tracks, Alternate Take)
08 Scene 94: “He’s Always Watching Me”
09 Dental Hygiene Dilemma (Part I, Basic Tracks)
10 Does This Kind Of Life Look Interesting To You? (Mix Outtake)
11 Dental Hygiene Dilemma (Part II, Basic Tracks)
12 Strictly Genteel (Basic Tracks)
13 200 Motels Finale (Alternate Take)
14 200 Motels Finale (Basic Tracks, Unedited Ending)
Bonus Swill: Part 2
15 Movie Theater Skit (Commercial Session Outtake)
16 200 Motels Album Ad #1
17 Script Rehearsal Trim
18 Lonesome Cowboy Burt (In Rehearsal 1969)
19 Lonesome Cowboy Burt (In Rehearsal 1970)
20 200 Motels Album Ad #2
21 Penis Dimension Jingle Music
22 TV Hype (Commercial Session Outtake)
23 200 Motels Movie Ad # 6

By MARowe

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