Understanding America

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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 3/5 stars[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[edit]

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[edit]

  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. 

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