200 Motels

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200 Motels
Released October 1971
See also:
IINK, Patio, KUR
200 Motels (The Film)
The True Story Of 200 Motels
Half A Dozen Provocative Squats
Sneak Preview
200 Motels 50th Anniversary Edition
200 Motels - The Suites

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 (YouTube)

Release Notes

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

Liner Notes

Background Information

Conceptual Continuity

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 1971-10-04 None   US edition.
2 LP United Artists 1971-10[1] None   UK edition.
2 LP United Artists 1971 None   German edition. Sides 1/2/3/4 also have (UAS 9956 A/B/C/D)
2 LP Liberty Records 1971? None   Italian edition.
2 LP United Artists
UAS 29.218/9
1971?     French edition.
2 LP United Artists, distribution United Artists/EMI 1971     French edition.
2 LP Liberty 1971?     French edition.
1.2
Original
Stereo
Censored
Version
2 LP United Artists/Festival 1972     Australian edition, does not include Penis Dimension.
1? CS United Artists/Festival
?
1972     Australian edition, does not include Penis Dimension.
2 LP United Artists/Festival
LL 65477788
1975     Australian edition, does not include Penis Dimension.
1.1
Original
Stereo
2 LP MCA
MCA2-4183
1989-01[1]     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.
1.3
Remastered
Original
Stereo

without
Bonus
Tracks
2 LP
(180 g)
Zappa/UMe
ZR3846-1B
2016-08-26 00602438384044   Worlwide edition, pressed in Germany by Optimal Media. Source: 1971 Analog Tape Safety Masters Digital Transfer. Mastered by Bernie Grundman, Bernie Grundman Mastering, 2021.
2 LP
(180 g)
Zappa/UMG Intl
ZR3846-1R
2021-12-17 0602438384068   EU edition, red vinyl, pressed in Germany by Optimal Media. Source: 1971 Analog Tape Safety Masters Digital Transfer. Mastered by Bernie Grundman, Bernie Grundman Mastering, 2021.
2 CD Zappa/UMe
ZR 3846-2J
2021-12-17 0602438287055   US edition.
2 CD Zappa/UMG Intl
ZR 3846-2J
2021-12-17 0602438287055   EU edition.
2 CD Zappa/Universal Music Japan
UICY-16054
2021-12-17 4988031497456   Japanese edition, audiophile SHM-CD.
n/a Hi-res
96 kHz/24-bit
lossless codecs[2]
Zappa/UMG Recordings, Inc.
No catalog number
2021 n/a   Digital download available from Amazon Music, Apple Music (ALAC), Qobuz and Tidal (lossy MQA).
n/a CD-quality
44.1 kHz/16-bit
lossless[2] and lossy codecs[3]
Zappa/UMG Recordings, Inc.
No catalog number
2021 n/a   Digital download available from Amazon Music, Apple Music (AAC), Deezer, Qobuz and Tidal.

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 Martin C. Strong, 2004, The Great Rock Discography, p. 1721.
  2. 2.0 2.1 AIFF, ALAC, FLAC, WAV, and WMA
  3. 128 & 320 kbps AAC, MP3, and WMA

In 2008 a Dutch magazine Wah-Wah asked some people which record they would like to take to a desert island - for some unexplained reason. The Dutch poet Daniël Dee chose this one.

See Also