Frank Zappa, Uncle Meat

Christopher R. Weingarten

By Christopher R. Weingarten

on 01.03.11 in Reviews

Uncle Meat

Frank Zappa

Uncle Meat was, as the note on the cover explained, “most of the music from the Mothers’ movie of the same name which we haven’t got enough money to finish yet.” Mostly instrumental, this hypothetical soundtrack is full of jittery guitar solos, coffeepot marimba torture, in-jokes and “Louie Louie” (again!) played on the Royal Albert Hall pipe organ. Rhythmically complex and compositionally “serious,” Uncle Meat was the last gasp of the song-based early LPs, and the earliest example of Zappa’s impossibly intricate scores, quickly establishing his role as “composer.”