We're Only In It For The Money

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We're Only In It For The Money
Released March 1968
See also:
IINK, Patio, KUR
The Old Masters, Box I
Lumpy Money
Threesome No. 1
Money Demos

Players

The Mothers:

Also:

Overdubs on the 1984 remix:

Tracks

LP

Side One

  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 (0:16)

Side Two

  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)
Current CD
  1. Are You Hung Up? (1:24)
  2. Who Needs The Peace Corps? (2:34)
  3. Concentration Moon (2:22)
  4. Mom & Dad (2:16)
  5. Telephone Conversation (0:49)
  6. Bow Tie Daddy (0:33)
  7. Harry, You're a Beast (1:21)
  8. What's The Ugliest Part Of Your Body? (1:03)
  9. Absolutely Free (3:24)
  10. Flower Punk (3:03)
  11. Hot Poop (0:27)
  12. Nasal Retentive Calliope Music (2:03)
  13. Let's Make The Water Turn Black (2:01)
  14. The Idiot Bastard Son (3:19)
  15. Lonely Little Girl (1:10)
  16. Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance (1:33)
  17. What's The Ugliest Part Of Your Body? (Reprise) (1:02)
  18. Mother People (2:26)
  19. The Chrome Plated Megaphone Of Destiny (6:25)
1986 CD,
coupled with Lumpy Gravy

Release Notes

Originally released in September 1968.
Basic sessions: Mayfair Studios, NYC, August-September, 1967; Engineer: Gary Kellgren.
Final recordings & re-mix: Apostolic Studios, NYC, October, 1967; Engineer: Dick Kunc.
Orchestral segments: Capitol Studios, Hollywood, February, 1967.
Produced by Frank Zappa.
Executive producer: Tom Wilson.
Photography: Jerrold Schatzberg.
Fashions: Tiger Morse.
Plaster figures & all other artwork: Cal Schenkel.

Liner Notes

Background Information

Cover art: the "Money List!"

Conceptual Continuity

Alternate Covers

Initial release

Originally intended as the picture inside the cover but used (because MGM feared litigation by EMI) as the outer sleeve image for the initial release.

We're Only In It For The Money

Subsequent issues

Later releases would switch the cover images back as originally intended.

We're Only In It For The Money (MFSL
UDCD 764)

Versions

ZFT # Version # # discs Format Catalog # Release
(YYYY-MM-DD)
EAN.UCC-13
(barcode)
Artwork Comment
4 0
Demo
Acetate
1? LP   Unreleased None   Bootlegs do exist
(see Money Demos)
1.1
Original
Stereo,
Heavily
Censored[1]
1 LP MGM Verve
V6-5045X
1968-03-04 None   US edition. Blue Verve label. Matrix #
Side1: V6-5045 SIDE-1 MGS-1250-REV F 34 (stamped) ·
Side2: V6-5045 SIDE-2 MGS-1251-REV F 23 or 25 (stamped) ·
1 LP MGM Verve
SVLP 9199
1968-06 or[2]
1968-10
None   UK edition.
1.2
Original
Mono,
Heavily
Censored[1]
1 LP MGM Verve
V-5045
1968-03-04? None   US edition.
1 LP MGM Verve
VLP 9199
1968-06 or[2]
1968-10
None   UK edition.
1.3
Original
Stereo,
Partly
Censored[1]
1 LP MGM Verve
V6-5045X
 ? None   US 2nd edition. Blue or Black Verve label.
1 LP MGM Verve/Polydor
2317 034
1972-06[3] None   UK 2nd edition.
2.1
Important
Remix,
Uncensored[1]
1 LP Barking Pumpkin
BPR 7777-3
1985-04-19     Included in The Old Masters, Box I set.
1 CD Rykodisc
RCD 40024
1986 0144314002425?
0014431002427?
(not printed)
  US edition, AAD, coupled with Lumpy Gravy.
Matrix # 818 PUMPKIN RYK-CD40024 SOI01
1 CD Zappa
CDZAP 13
1988-12? 5016583601324   UK edition, coupled with Lumpy Gravy.
1 CD MSI
RCD 40024
1990     Japanese edition, AAD, coupled with Lumpy Gravy.
Includes "The Book of We're Only In It For The Money", coupled with "In der Strafkolonie" (by Franz Kafka).
1 CD VideoArts
VACK 5023
1994-10-26 4988112405264   Japanese edition, coupled with Lumpy Gravy.
1.3
Original
Stereo,
Partly
Censored[1]
1 CD Rykodisc
RCD 10503
1995-04-18 0014431050329   US edition. made from original edited master and other raw mix segments (for better sonics). 1993.
1 CS Rykodisc
RAC 10503
1995-04-18 0014431050343   US edition.
1 LP Rykodisc
RALP 10503
1995-05-02 0014431050312?   US edition.
1 CD VideoArts
VACK 5104
1995-09-25 4988112406988   Japanese edition.
1 CD VideoArts
VACK 5239
1996-05-24 4988112408395   Japanese edition = Rykodisc RCD 10503 repackaged with an obi strip and extra liner notes in Japanese
1 CD VideoArts
VACK 1206
2001-09-21 4988112412620   Japanese edition, mini-album papersleeve.
1 CD Rykodisc
RCD 40582/3
2002-03-21 None   Included in the Threesome No. 1 box set. Matrix # IFPI L502 IFPI 8736 DISCTRONICS RCD 10503 02
1 CD Rykodisc
RCD 10594
2005-07-19 0014431059421   = VideoArts VACK 1206, the barcode is a sticker, the Ryko reference is not printed.
1.3a[4][5]
Original
Stereo
Slight
Remaster,
Partly
Censored[1]
1 CD MFSL
UDCD 764
2005-08-23 0821797076463   24 Karat Gold CD.
Unknown 1 CD VideoArts
VACK 1320
2008-05-21 4988112417649   Japanese edition,
mini-album papersleeve.
2.2
Important
Remix,
Improved
Quality[6],
Uncensored[1]
1 CD Zappa
ZR 20008 (CD1)
2009-01-21 n/a   US edition, included in Lumpy Money.
Matrix # CD1: IFPI 4150 ZR200081 2A 01 V IFPI L245
1.4
Original
Mono,
Partly
Censored[1]
1 CD Zappa
ZR 20008 (CD2)
2009-01-21 n/a   US edition, included in Lumpy Money.
Matrix # CD2: IFPI 4121 ZR200082 2A 01 V IFPI L245
1.3
Original
Stereo,
Partly
Censored[1]
1 CD Zappa/UMe
ZR 3837
2012-07-31 0824302383728   US edition, manufactured and distributed by UMe[7].
Source: 1993 1630 Digital Master.
1 CD Zappa/UMG Intl
0238372
2012-07-31 0824302383728   EU edition = Zappa/UMe ZR 3837, manufactured in Germany.
1 CD Zappa/Universal Music Japan
UICY-75353
2012-11-28 4988005737526   Japanese edition, audiophile SHM-CD, mini-album papersleeve with an obi strip and liner notes in Japanese.
Unknown 1 LP
(180 g)
Zappa/UMe
ZR 3837-1
2016-12-09 0824302383711   US edition, pressed in Germany by Pallas-USA. Source: 1993 1630 Digital Master. Mastered by Bernie Grundman, Bernie Grundman Mastering, 2016.
1 LP
(180 g?)
Zappa/UMG Intl
ZR 3837-1
2016-12-09 0824302383711   EU edition = Zappa/UMe ZR 3837-1.

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 For details on censorship, see Phase 315 of WOIIFTM censorship by Harry de Swart.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Depending on the source, released June 1968 (Martin C. Strong, 2004, The Great Rock Discography, p. 1720) or October 1968 (Zappa Patio).
  3. Martin C. Strong, 2004, The Great Rock Discography, p. 1720.
  4. According to the Zappa Patio, the MFSL UDCD 764 Gold CD was made from the Ryko tapes but has a different equalization.
  5. "All [MFSL] releases are made from the first generation master tape and mastered at half-speed, allowing for an improved sound quality" — Wikipedia, MFSL article.
  6. Enhanced dynamic range and frequency response.
  7. Email announcement by the ZFT on July 31st, 2012.