Credit: Heinrich Klaffs

Frank Zappa’s The Mothers of Invention will release 50th-anniversary box set

Frank Zappa’s The Mothers of Invention will be releasing a huge new 70-song box set which is guaranteed to take you back to a special time.

When, on Mother’s day in 1964, R&B group Soul Giants handed the creative baton to their enigmatic guitarist Frank Zappa something special happened. They became The Mothers of Invention.

In 1970 the band hit their peak as progressive rock pioneers and for seven hallowed months, The Mothers were the most sensational band on the planet. Now there will be a mammoth 50th-anniversary box set of releases to celebrate the famed line-up.

Frank Zappa’s estate has announced that to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the line-up which featured Aynsley Dunbar, Ian Underwood, Jeff Simmons, as well as Howard Kayla and Mark Volman of The Turtles using the aliases Flo & Eddie. The new box set will arrive on June 26th.

Zappa vault controller Joe Travers explained why the line-up was so important: “It’s no secret that Frank was excited about this group. The cast of characters and their personalities, musically and personally, made for a very eventful and humorous chapter in Zappa’s career. Frank had a blast with these guys. Their sound was unique, their humor was like no other and yet their time was ultimately short lived.”

The Mothers 1970 is a huge 70-song box set containing a plethora of demos, rarities and live recordings as well as previously unreleased songs. Including an early mix of ‘Sharleena’, a rarely heard take of ‘Wonderful Wino’ and the official release of Piknik, a heavily-bootlegged live performance.

It captures a moment in time surrounding Frank Zappa’s Chunga’s Revenge, where the group took part in a huge US and European tour. It captures the mercurial genius of the band and Zappa himself.

You can find the full tracklist below

The Mothers 1970

Disc 1 – Trident Studios, London, England June 21-22, 1970

  1. Red Tubular Lighter
  2. Lola Steponsky
  3. Trident Chatter
  4. Sharleena (Roy Thomas Baker Mix)
  5. Item 1
  6. Wonderful Wino (FZ Vocal)
  7. “Enormous Cadenza”
  8. Envelopes
  9. Red Tubular Lighter (Unedited Master)
  10. Wonderful Wino (Basic Tracks, Alt. Take)
  11. Giraffe – Take 4
  12. Wonderful Wino (FZ Vocal, Alt. Solo)

Disc 2 – Live Highlights Part 1 – Piknik VPRO June 18, 1970 / Pepperland September 26, 1970

  1. Introducing…The Mothers (Live on Piknik June 18, 1970)
  2. Wonderful Wino (Live on Piknik June 18, 1970)
  3. Concentration Moon (Live on Piknik June 18, 1970)
  4. Mom & Dad (Live on Piknik June 18, 1970)
  5. The Air (Live on Piknik June 18, 1970)
  6. Dog Breath (Live on Piknik June 18, 1970)
  7. Mother People (Live on Piknik June 18, 1970)
  8. You Didn’t Try To Call Me (Live on Piknik June 18, 1970)
  9. Agon (Live on Piknik June 18, 1970)
  10. Call Any Vegetable (Live on Piknik June 18, 1970)
  11. King Kong Pt. I (Live on Piknik June 18, 1970)
  12. Igor’s Boogie (Live on Piknik June 18, 1970)
  13. King Kong Pt. II (Live on Piknik June 18, 1970)
  14. What Kind Of Girl Do You Think We Are? (Live at Pepperland September 26, 1970)
  15. Bwana Dik (Live at Pepperland September 26, 1970)
  16. Daddy, Daddy, Daddy (Live at Pepperland September 26, 1970)
  17. Do You Like My New Car? (Live at Pepperland September 26, 1970)
  18. Happy Together (Live at Pepperland September 26, 1970)

Disc 3 – Live Highlights Part 2 – Hybrid Concert: Santa Monica August 21, 1970 / Spokane September 17, 1970

  1. “Welcome To El Monte Legion Stadium!” (Live)
  2. Agon (Live)
  3. Call Any Vegetable (Live)
  4. Pound For A Brown (Live)
  5. Sleeping In A Jar (Live)
  6. Sharleena (Live)
  7. The Air (Live)
  8. Dog Breath (Live)
  9. Mother People (Live)
  10. You Didn’t Try To Call Me (Live)
  11. King Kong Pt. I (Live)
  12. Igor’s Boogie (Live)
  13. King Kong Pt. II (Live)
  14. “Eat It Yourself…” (Live)
  15. Trouble Every Day (Live)
  16. “A Series Of Musical Episodes” (Live)
  17. Road Ladies (Live)
  18. “The Holiday Inn Motel Chain” (Live)
  19. What Will This Morning Bring Me This Evening? (Live)
  20. What Kind Of Girl Do You Think We Are? (Live)

Disc 4 – Live Highlights Part 3 – FZ Tour Tape Recordings

  1. “What’s The Deal, Dick?”
  2. Another M.O.I. Anti-Smut Loyalty Oath (Live)
  3. Paladin Routine #1 (Live)
  4. Portuguese Fenders (Live)
  5. The Sanzini Brothers (Live)
  6. Guitar Build ’70 (Live)
  7. Would You Go All The Way? (Live)
  8. Easy Meat (Live)
  9. “Who Did It?”
  10. Turn It Down! (Live)
  11. A Chance Encounter In Cincinnati
  12. Pound For A Brown (Live)
  13. Sleeping In A Jar (Live)
  14. Beloit Sword Trick (Live)
  15. Kong Solos Pt. I (Live)
  16. Igor’s Boogie (Live)
  17. Kong Solos Pt. II (Live)
  18. Gris Gris (Live)
  19. Paladin Routine #2 (Live)
  20. King Kong – Outro (Live)
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