Offered for sale is a still sealed copy of the scarce 1971 compilation LP The Worst of the Mothers by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention.
About this copy: This copy of The Worst of the Mothers is an original 1971 stereo pressing on the MGM label. As such, the record is presumably new and unplayed. The shrink wrap is fully intact except for small breaks at the corners. Two corners are bent. There are no punch holes, saw marks or cut corners.
A nice copy of a record that’s surprisingly hard to find.
Background: Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention released four critically acclaimed but poor-selling LPs on the Verve label in the late 1960s. Zappa had a number of issues with the label involving the production of his albums, and when the band’s contract expired in 1970, the band left Verve for Warner Brothers.
As the band went on to greater success at Warner, Verve and parent label MGM released three compilation LPs to try to sell the older material to new buyers and to capitalize on the band’s success – The Mothers of Invention, XXXX of the Mothers, and The Worst of the Mothers.
All sold poorly, with The Worst of the Mothers being the best-selling of the three. That’s a modest victory; the album peaked at #201 on the American Billboard albums chart, and as such, is quite hard to find today.
The Worst of the Mothers contains 10 tracks, with one from Absolutely Free and the remainder divided about equally between tracks from Freak Out! and We’re Only In It For the Money.