200 Motels

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Players

Tracks

LP

Side One

  1. Semi-Fraudulent/Direct-From-Hollywood Overture (1:59)
  2. Mystery Roach (2:33)
  3. Dance Of The Rock & Roll Interviewers (0:48)
  4. This Town Is A Sealed Tuna Sandwich (prologue) (0:56)
  5. Tuna Fish Promenade (2:30)
  6. Dance Of The Just Plain Folks (4:39)
  7. This Town Is A Sealed Tuna Sandwich (reprise) (0:59)
  8. The Sealed Tuna Bolero (1:40)
  9. Lonesome Cowboy Burt (3:51)

Side Two

  1. Touring Can Make You Crazy (2:53)
  2. Would You Like A Snack? (1:23)
  3. Redneck Eats (3:03)
  4. Centerville (2:31)
  5. She Painted Up Her Face (1:42)
  6. Janet's Big Dance Number (1:18)
  7. Half A Dozen Provocative Squats (1:57)
  8. Mysterioso (0:48)
  9. Shove It Right In (2:32)
  10. Lucy's Seduction Of A Bored Violinist & Postlude (4:00)

Side Three

  1. I'm Stealing The Towels (2:14)
  2. Dental Hygiene Dilemma (5:12)
  3. Does This Kind Of Life Look Interesting To You? (3:00)
  4. Daddy, Daddy, Daddy (3:11)
  5. Penis Dimension (4:35)
  6. What Will This Evening Bring Me This Morning (3:27)

Side Four

  1. A Nun Suit Painted On Some Old Boxes (1:09)
  2. Magic Fingers (3:55)
  3. Motorhead's Midnight Ranch (1:30)
  4. Dew On The Newts We Got (1:10)
  5. The Lad Searches The Night For His Newts (0:41)
  6. The Girl Wants To Fix Him Some Broth (1:10)
  7. The Girl's Dream (0:55)
  8. Little Green Scratchy Sweaters & Courduroy Ponce (1:01)
  9. Strictly Genteel (The Finale) (11:09) - related to Strictly Genteel
CD

Disc One

  1. Semi-Fraudulent/Direct-From-Hollywood Overture (1:59)
  2. Mystery Roach (2:32)
  3. Dance Of The Rock & Roll Interviewers (0:48)
  4. This Town Is A Sealed Tuna Sandwich (prologue) (0:56)
  5. Tuna Fish Promenade (2:30)
  6. Dance Of The Just Plain Folks (4:40)
  7. This Town Is A Sealed Tuna Sandwich (reprise) (0:59)
  8. The Sealed Tuna Bolero (1:41)
  9. Lonesome Cowboy Burt (3:57)
  10. Touring Can Make You Crazy (2:52)
  11. Would You Like A Snack? (1:23)
  12. Redneck Eats (3:02)
  13. Centerville (2:31)
  14. She Painted Up Her Face (1:42)
  15. Janet's Big Dance Number (1:18)
  16. Half A Dozen Provocative Squats (1:58)
  17. Mysterioso (0:48)
  18. Shove It Right In (2:33)
  19. Lucy's Seduction Of A Bored Violinist & Postlude (4:02)

Disc Two

  1. I'm Stealing The Towels (2:14)
  2. Dental Hygiene Dilemma (5:11)
  3. Does This Kind Of Life Look Interesting To You? (2:59)
  4. Daddy, Daddy, Daddy (3:12)
  5. Penis Dimension (4:37)
  6. What Will This Evening Bring Me This Morning (3:32)
  7. A Nun Suit Painted On Some Old Boxes (1:09)
  8. Magic Fingers (3:53)
  9. Motorhead's Midnight Ranch (1:29)
  10. Dew On The Newts We Got (1:09)
  11. The Lad Searches The Night For His Newts (0:41)
  12. The Girl Wants To Fix Him Some Broth (1:10)
  13. The Girl's Dream (0:54)
  14. Little Green Scratchy Sweaters & Courduroy Ponce (1:00)
  15. Strictly Genteel (The Finale) (11:11) - related to Strictly Genteel
Bonus Tracks
200 MOTELS PROMOTIONAL RADIO SPOTS:
  1. CUT 1 "Coming Soon!..." (0:55)
  2. CUT 2 "The Wide Screen Erupts..." (0:58)
  3. CUT 3 "Coming Soon!..." (0:31)
  4. CUT 4 "Frank Zappa's 200 Motels..." (0:13)
  5. Magic Fingers (Single Edit) (2:56)
ENHANCED TRACK: Original Theatrical Trailer (31.3MB MPG file )

Release Notes

Recorded February - March 1971.
Cover illustration: David B. McMacken

Liner Notes

Background Information

Conceptual Continuity

On the far right of the larger canvas of the 200 Motels (triptych)[1] by Dave McMacken there is a floating disembodied hand apparently pointing at Jesus Christ and Adolf Hitler in bondage gear, he later re-used a similar disembodied hand motif on the Overnite Sensation sleeve [2].

Versions

ZFT # Version # # discs Format Catalog # Release
(YYYY-MM-DD)
EAN.UCC-13
(barcode)
Artwork Comment
12 1.1
Original
Stereo
2 LP United Artists
UAS 9956
1971-10-04 None   US edition.
2 LP United Artists
UDF 50003
1971-10[3] None   UK edition.
2 LP United Artists
UAS 29 218/9 XD
1971 None   German edition. Sides 1/2/3/4 also have (UAS 9956 A/B/C/D)
2 LP Liberty
3C 154-92854/55
1971? None   Italian edition.
2 LP United Artists
UAS 29.218/9
1971?     French edition.
2 LP United Artists, distribution Pathé Marconi/EMI
UAS 29.218/9
1971     French edition.
2 LP Liberty
UAS 29.218/9
1971?     French edition.
1.2
Original
Stereo
Censored
Version[4]
2 LP United Artists/Festival
SUAL 93426
1972[5]     Australian edition, does not include Penis Dimension.
1? CS United Artists/Festival
?
1972[5]     Australian edition, does not include Penis Dimension.
2 LP United Artists/Festival
LL 65477788
1975[5]     Australian edition, does not include Penis Dimension.
1.1
Original
Stereo
2 LP MCA
MCA2-4183
1989-01[3]     US edition.
2 CD Rykodisc
RCD 10513/14 ADV
1997 None   US promotion, Sneak Preview.
2 CD Rykodisc
RCD 10513/14
1997-10-14 0014431051326   US edition, CD2 is an enhanced CD, sales stopped between 2002 and 2008.
Matrix #
CD1: IFPI L481 IFPI 8150 DADR 12UR1<0910>RCD10513
CD2: IFPI L481 IFPI 8117 CD-ROM DADR 12XP1<0910>RCD10514
1 CS Rykodisc
RAC 10513/14
1997-10-14 0014431051340   US edition.
2 CD VideoArts
VACK 5380/1
1997-10-29 4988112409743   Japanese edition, CD2 is an enhanced CD, sales stopped between 2002 and 2008.

Notes

  1. http://www.ratzandcompany.com/shop-online-1/frank-zappas-200-motels-triptych
  2. http://www.ratzandcompany.com/shop-online-1/copy-of-frank-zappas-200-motels-2
  3. 3.0 3.1 Martin C. Strong, 2004, The Great Rock Discography, p. 1721.
  4. For details on censorship, see dedicated page at Zappa In Australia by Murry Saunders.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Murry Saunders, Zappa In Australia.

See Also