The Zappa Family Trust is excited to announce a new 2-CD set released via iTunes and Universal Music Enterprises Tuesday, October 30.
Understanding America is one of only three compilation albums produced and titled by FZ himself. (Mothermania is another and was also released on CD for the first time on October 30). The album is a compilation including edits from/pieces of existing songs in the Zappa primary album releases, but also includes some brand new content including “Porn Wars Deluxe” which is a newly constructed song that Zappa put together but has never been released. The rest of the album has unique versions of the existing songs.
A message from the Utility Muffin Research Kitchen (Frank Zappa’s proximate Laurel Canyon studio) proclaims: “This work is about love, peace, justice and the American way. It’s about compassion and responsibility. It’s about ethics and honor. It’s about time and it is about money. And bogus pomp and circumstance. Predictions and politics. It is the low-down on high altitudes. Check out the menu for yourself and you will see that the main ingredients, each in their own persuasion and marinating well into the next century, have been carefully skewered and roasted to the peak of perfection by the Master chef, author of one of the all time great cook books, Understanding America. Oh, and finally, it is about Music. Put some in your cauldron and please, don’t forget to vote!”
Understanding America can be ordered here.