|CD 1||CD 2|
|Hungry Freaks, Daddy||I'm the Slime|
|Plastic People||Be in My Video|
|Mom & Dad||I Don't Even Care|
|It Can't Happen Here||Can't Afford No Shoes|
|Who Are the Brain Police?||Heavenly Bank Account|
|Who Needs the Peace Corps?||Cocaine Decisions|
|Brown Shoes Don't Make It||Dumb All Over|
|Trouble Every Day||Thing-Fish Intro|
|You're Probably Wondering Why I'm Here||The Central Scrutinizer|
|We're Turning Again||Porn Wars Deluxe|
|Road Ladies||Tinsel Town Rebellion|
|What Kind of Girl Do You Think We Are?||Tinsel Town Rebellion|
|Camarillo Brillo||Jesus Thinks You're a Jerk|
|Find Her Finer|
|200 Years Old|
|Total Time: 2 hours, 22 minutes, 17 seconds|
This is another album that I probably don't have in the correct place in the "timeline" of my reviews, but it's close enough for government work. The only reason I own this one is for Porn Wars Deluxe, and I wasn't even enthusiatic enough about that song to buy the disc myself. I put it on my 2012 Christmas wish list and got it as a gift from my parents.
This two-disc collection's new mix of "Porn Wars" is over twice as long as the original on the Mothers of Prevention album, but it turns out the additional 13 minutes is mostly just longer clips of senators talking and excerpts from other Zappa songs, particularly early Mothers of Invention songs like Bow Tie Daddy. There's a bit of extended audio collage, looping and tape manipulation here and there, but overall "Porn Wars Deluxe" is really not worth the price of admission. Plus, since Frank was trying to make a statement, he cobbled together a lot of his social commentary tracks that don't necessarily make for great listening on a "best of" collection. For example the 10 minute or so stretch just before Porn Wars Deluxe is pretty forgettable.
To add insult to injury, the versions of many of the songs used are from the mid-80s when Zappa was tinkering with his old recordings, overdubbing the bass and drums, speeding up vocals, etc. If I understand things right, Frank put this compilation together during that period when he was remixing a lot of his albums for their initial release on CD, but then he decided not to release it. Probably a wise move. I doubt I'll be listening to this one too many more times.