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Released: April 11 1975


  1. Why Don’t You Do Me right
  2. Who Needs The Peace Corps
  3. Concentration Moon
  4. Mom And Dad
  5. Bow Tie Daddy
  6. Harry You’re A Beast
  7. What’s The Ugliest Part Of Your Body
  8. Absolutely Free
  9. Cheap Thrills
  10. Excerpt From Lumpy Gravy
  11. Wowie Zowie
  12. Flower Punk
  13. Later That Night
  14. Let’s Make The Water Turn Black
  15. Lonely Little Girl
  16. Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance
  17. What’s The Ugliest Part Of Your Body (reprise)
  18. America Drinks
  19. Status Back Baby
  20. Uncle Bernie’s Farm
  21. Son Of Suzy Creamcheese
  22. Big Leg Emma

10 thoughts on “Transparency”

  1. Perhaps the only original thing on this record (since Big Leg Emma and Why Don’tcha Do Me Right were reissued on the Absolutely Free CD) are heavily censored edits of We’re Only In It For The Money cuts. A complete waste of money, issued without Zappa’s knowledge or permission. Ignore this issue and buy the albums (Freak Out!, Absolutely Free, We’re Only In It For The Money, Lumpy Gravy, and Crusing With Ruben & The Jets) instead – on much better sounding CD editions from Rykodisc.

  2. For the little story,it was just a souvenir from my childhood and while i put a finger on it again i fell so strange (what’s up?Is it…!)Yes! enfin ou déja du rock évolué!!!intelligent et vibrant comme si on était directement branché dessus! on n’en fait plus ou bien…avec pink floyd c’est bien lui le meilleur…& il est alone!’core mieux! bonne écoute!!

  3. Well, I appreciate the Ruben tracks. But this stupid compilation contains the 90% of We’re Only In it For The Money and it’s censored. Blueargh! It’s a nice rarity, however!

  4. This thing sucks. From a point of rarity, it’s okay. But from the point of the music fan and knowing the versions of WOIIFTM, this think is horrid. It WOULD be best just to buy the CDs (or albums, given the time period) and make a reel-to-reel/tape/CD for yourself.

  5. Can’t argue with the complaints, but this is the first FZ album I bought (age 11), after which my musical tastes were never the same. Still, if you’re on a fan site, there’s no need to own this collection as there is nothing unique or collectable on it.

  6. Many years ago, around 1980 i got a tape with transparency on it from a french friend. It was one of my first FZ LPs/cassettes.

    I loved it so much and was very sad that it was not possible for me to buy it after the tape had broken.

    So i’m happy now to know all the FZ CDs on which, the different songs are published. Thx a lot!

  7. Hey fans, while this album is an unauthorized compilation, please note that the “Excerpt from Lumpy Gravy” is a unique edit and mix that is UNAVAILABLE ELSEWHERE. It is from the original version of Lumpy Gravy recorded for Capitol before Zappa added the dialog and musique concrete. If you can find this LP, it is worth having for this unique track.

  8. No it’s not the Capitol mix, it’s definitely from the Verve version. Though it’s an unique edit!

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