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Fraternity of Man


Fraternity Of Man is the band that forms the link between Frank Zappa & The Mothers, Lowell George & The Factory, Little Feat, and Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band. In his short period of existence between these ancestors, relatives and descendants, the band managed to record two albums, “Fraternity Of Man” in 1968, and “Get It On” in 1969, before fragmenting.

Elliot Ingber had joined the fifth line-up of the Mothers in time to participate in the recording of their first album “Freak Out!” in August 1966, the landmark double album produced by Tom Wilson. According to Zappa, he had to fire Ingber at the end of 1966, and in the course of 1967 the guitarist linked up with Warren Klein, Martin Kibbee and Richard Hayward, who had been three quarters of The Factory.
Along with fourth member Lowell George, The Factory had been recording (with Zappa producing) in the latter half of 1966 and early 1967 (see the Edsel Records CD by Lowell George & The Factory “Lightning Rod Man” - edcd 377). With the inclusion of Lawrence “Stash” Wagner (rather than George) on lead vocals, Fraternity Of Man set about their first album with Tom Wilson in the producer’s chair.

“Fraternity Of Man” was released on Abc Records in 1968 and featured a cover of “Oh No I Don’t Believe Tt” by Zappa (which he had yet to release himself), and “Don’t Bogart Me” which was subsequently featured in the film “Easy Rider” and its huge-selling soundtrack album, issued in 1969.

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