Understanding America

Understanding America
Compilation album by Frank Zappa
Released October 31, 2012
Recorded 1966-1988
Genre Rock, avant-garde
Length 142:13
Label Zappa
Catalog Number: ZR 3892[1]
Producer Frank Zappa
Frank Zappa chronology
Carnegie Hall
(2011)
Understanding America
(2012)
Road Tapes, Venue #1
(2012)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic [2]
Critics At Large (very favourable)[3]

Understanding America is a compilation album by Frank Zappa. It was compiled and mastered by Zappa before his death in 1993 and released posthumously in 2012.

Track listing

All songs written and composed by Frank Zappa. 
Disc one
No. Title Original release Length
1. "Hungry Freaks, Daddy"   From the album Freak Out! (1966) 3:38
2. "Plastic People"   From the album Absolutely Free (1967) 3:42
3. "Mom & Dad"   Remix of a track from the album We're Only in It for the Money (1968) 2:17
4. "It Can't Happen Here"   From the album Freak Out! (1966) 3:07
5. "Who Are the Brain Police?"   From the album Freak Out! (1966) 3:33
6. "Who Needs the Peace Corps?"   Remix of a track from the album We're Only in It for the Money (1968) 2:35
7. "Brown Shoes Don't Make It"   From the album Absolutely Free (1967) 7:29
8. "Concentration Moon"   Remix of a track from the album We're Only in It for the Money (1968) 2:17
9. "Trouble Every Day"   From the album Freak Out! (1966) 5:08
10. "You're Probably Wondering Why I'm Here"   From the album Freak Out! (1966) 3:36
11. "We're Turning Again"   From the album Frank Zappa Meets the Mothers of Prevention (1985) 4:55
12. "Road Ladies"   From the album Chunga's Revenge (1970) 4:08
13. "What Kind of Girl Do You Think We Are?"   From the album Fillmore East – June 1971 (1971) 4:33
14. "Camarillo Brillo"   From the album Over-Nite Sensation (1973) 3:53
15. "Find Her Finer"   From the album Zoot Allures (1976) 3:34
16. "Dinah-Moe Humm"   From the album Over-Nite Sensation (1973) 6:02
17. "Disco Boy"   From the album Zoot Allures (1976) 4:19
18. "200 Years Old"   From the album Bongo Fury (1975) 4:30
Disc two
No. Title Original release Length
1. "I'm the Slime"   From album Over-Nite Sensation (1973) 2:35
2. "Be in My Video"   From the album Them or Us (1984) 3:37
3. "I Don't Even Care" (Zappa, Watson) From some versions of the album Frank Zappa Meets the Mothers of Prevention (1985) 3:48
4. "Can't Afford No Shoes"   From the album One Size Fits All (1975) 2:38
5. "Heavenly Bank Account"   From the album You Are What You Is (1981) 3:16
6. "Cocaine Decisions"   From the album The Man from Utopia (1983) 2:52
7. "Dumb All Over"   From the album You Are What You Is (1981) 4:03
8. "Promiscuous"   From the album Broadway the Hard Way (1988) 2:03
9. "Thing-Fish Intro"   From the album Thing-Fish (1984) under the title "Prologue" 2:56
10. "The Central Scrutinizer"   From the album Joe's Garage, Act I (1979) 2:50
11. "Porn Wars Deluxe"   Previously Unreleased 25:51
12. "Tinsel Town Rebellion"   From the album Tinseltown Rebellion (1981) 3:43
13. "Jesus Thinks You're a Jerk"   From the album Broadway the Hard Way (1988) 9:18

Notes and references

  1. ^ "Zappa.com > FZ Official Discography > Understanding America (2012)". zappa.com. Retrieved 12 October 2014. 
  2. ^ Lymangrover, Jason. Understanding America at AllMusic
  3. ^ Courrier, Kevin (10 March 2013). "Critics At Large: American Composer: Frank Zappa's Understanding America". criticsatlarge.ca. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 

External links

  • Official page for the album on the Zappa website
  • Indepth look at what's really on this album
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