Beat Instrumental


Established in May 1963 as Beat Monthly. From #18 the title was changed to Beat Instrumental Monthly, and abbreviated to Beat Instrumental from #37. Emphasizing musical instruments and equipment (it billed itself as "The World's First Group & Instrumental Magazine"), Beat Instrumental was among the first to publish interviews with musicians discussing their gear. The magazine also defined pop music more widely than many of its contemporaries. Later on, the magazine made seamless transitions from pop to rock and prog-rock. (BeatBooks)

1966 December

No. 44


The 'Unbelievably Awful' Mothers of Invention
By Pete Green, p 39

THE guy representing the Mothers of Invention in America sent me a copy of their "freak-out", psychedelic LP and said: "These Mothers are THE current 'happening' on Sunset Strip. Their appearance is unbelievably awful. The colouring on the album cover has been diffused and the outline of their features blurred to conceal the true horror of their physical impact". (read more)

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1967 April

No. 48


Freak Out - Mothers Of Invention VLP 9154 (review)
By ?, p 36

We've heard a great deal about the American two-album version. Here in Britain we've wound up with just one album containing 11 tracks. They are well chosen and are representative of a good, double discer.

The first thing you must decide before even dropping the needle into the freaky grooves is how you are going to take the record and what you hear on it. It should be regarded as a musical form of "Batman", and the same rules of attitude exist. If you take it seriously then you won't get any enjoyment from it, and will dismiss it as rubbish. But if, on the other hand, you retain your sense of humour, you'll like it. The whole record is a deliberate send-up of the trashy American pop scene with here and there, sexual connotations and some vague, social comment.

Musically, the album is well made and free-form passages can get under your skin. There is an excellent rock guitarist featured on the album.

Side One: Hungry Freaks Daddy; I Ain't Got No Heart; Who Are The Brain Police; Motherly Love; Wowie Zowie; You Didn't Try To Call Me; I'm Not Satisfied; You're Probably Wondering Why I', Here.

Side Two: Trouble Comin' Everyday; Help. I'm A Rock; The Return Of Monster Magnet.




1968 July

No. 63


We're Only In It For The Money - Mothers Of Invention Verve VLP 9199 (review)
By John Ford, p 37

Oh dear me, the Mothers are a naughty group. All dressed up in women's clothes for a crushing parallel of the "Sgt. Pepper" LP cover. But I don't think blue suits Frank Zappa, although his pinafore is a nice fit. And who is his hairdresser? If you're expecting a serious review, forget it when you see a selection of the titles. "What's The Ugliest Part Of Your Body", "Hot Poop", "The Idiot Bastard Son", etc., etc.




1968 December

No. 68


Lumpy Gravy - Frank Zappa Verve VLP 9223 (review)
By John Ford, p 40

Is it because nobody but Frank Zappa understands Frank Zappa, that his records are so astonishingly strange? Can he seriously be making records just for himself? There seems to be no apparent significance in anything he does on this LP. Example – "Where can I get sympathy?" Answer – "From your local drugstore". Then a lot of silly noises. When he's making music, he's brilliant, but it's the rest. If he's advocating anything, perhaps he should do it in a stronger voice. He has the intelligence to say what he wants to precisely, but he seems to be completely indirect, following a lot of paths to no obvious end. This album, says Zappa, started out as a ballet. I still don't understand it, and perhaps he doesn't either.




1969 June

No. 74


L.P. Reviews - Mothermania
By John Ford, p 44

Stateside Report - Zappa's Empire
p 21

Subtitled the Best of the Mothers' this album includes highspot tracxs from the Mothers' first two LP mainly, and for those who haven't bought them this record is just what you need. The prospect of a Mothers' Best album was a bit worrying, but the tracks work out of the context of the original albums. A lot of people are getting on the freaky/social comment kick and most of them do it very badly or else act as a safety valve for society's frustrations in the manner of Punch or Private Eye. But Zappa is bitter as well as funny, and he means business. Yes, it is you he's talking about.

p 3 p 20 p 21 p 44

Zappa’s empire
Frank Zappa is slowly building himself an empire, judging from the latest project he’s started in America. With Herb Cohen, Zappa has launched a new independent label called Straight Records. This label will be separate from the Zappa-Cohen Bizarre label, distributed by Warner Bros. which the Mothers are new recording on. Among the artists signed to Bizarre are Tim Buckley and Judy Henske. both formerly with Elektra. The Mothers’ new Bizarre album Uncle Meat, the soundtrack for their yet-unfinished film, has been released.

Source: Barry Monks


1969 July

No. 75


Father Of The Mothers
By M.H., pp 26-28

YOU might think that Frank Zappa is a fearsome fellow from the wild hairy being in photographs, the cutting nastiness of his songs and the god-like aura that surrounds him. It’s not his fault that he is regarded in this way – it’s the result of the publicity and unthinking adulation of some Mothers of Invention fans. In fact, he turns out to be a friendly, mild-mannered fellow, with a cutting tongue to be sure, but he doesn’t cut everything and everyone indiscriminately. (read more)

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1969 August

No. 76

L.P. Reviews - Uncle Meat
By John Ford, p 44

It’s impossible to give an adequate review of a Mothers double album in this space, but here’s something: recorded 18 months ago; shows Mothers moving to new ground, music not words to the fore; nearly all instrumental; if any “pop” artist has written a symphony it is Zappa and he is not a “pop” artist; includes Mothers rendition of Louie Louie on Albert Hall organ and a whole side on King Kong; most of the music from Zappa’s unfinished film Uncle Meat; words from Susie Creemcheese and Ian Underwood; God Bless America live at the Whiskey A Go Go; hear Mr. Green Genes; if you accept concepts such as “way out music” like the ads say, then this is way out; if not it is a natural progression from Lumpy Gravy (ignoring the sidestep of Ruben) and is near what the Mothers did on stage on their recent tour; if you can’t be bothered to sit and really listen to good music, then you should be bothered.

p 1 p 44

Source: Barry Monks


1970 May

No. 85


FZ featured on the cover and on page 56 short notice on Burnt Weeny Sandwitch. No other Zappa content.


1972 January

No. 105

Being Perfectly Frank
By Steve Turner, pp 22-24

Frank Zappa was staying at the London hotel which possesses the actual loo shown on his internationally famous poster. When I arrived at the reception area I phoned his room: "George Harrison and Friends Mortuary House", came the quick reply which at least assured me that I'd dialed the right number. It was some unscripted humour from Mark Volman and after a quick word with Frank he invited me up to the second floor. (read more

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