Celebrating 50 Years of Frank Zappa's "Over-Nite Sensation"

Celebrating 50 Years of Frank Zappa’s “Over-Nite Sensation”

In 1973, the world was introduced to a masterpiece: Frank Zappa’s “Over-Nite Sensation.” This album, a favorite entry point into Zappa’s vast musical realm, is now being celebrated with a grand 50th-anniversary Super Deluxe Edition.

After the success of his 1972 albums, “Waka/Jawaka” and “The Grand Wazoo,” Zappa was eager to experiment further. “Over-Nite Sensation” was the result, marking a significant shift in his musical direction. Not only did it feature Zappa more prominently as a vocalist and the sole guitarist, but it also introduced a fresh sound that would eventually earn the album a gold certification in 1976.

Fast forward to today, and “Over-Nite Sensation” remains a pivotal work in Zappa’s discography. To honor its 50th anniversary, Zappa Records/UMe is releasing an expanded edition on November 3. This edition, boasting 88 tracks, includes 57 previously unreleased tracks and mixes. Fans can expect to hear unreleased live concert recordings from 1973, a Blu-ray with Dolby Atmos and 5.1 surround sound mixes, and Zappa’s original Quadraphonic mix.

For vinyl enthusiasts, two separate releases are on the horizon: a 2LP 180-gram black audiophile vinyl reissue and a limited edition 3LP deluxe color vinyl version. Digital aficionados aren’t left out either, with all 88 tracks available in both hi-res and standard-res digital formats.

One of the highlights of this release is the inclusion of a previously unreleased take of “Fifty-Fifty.” This instrumental version showcases the sheer musical prowess of Zappa and his band.

The band that brought “Over-Nite Sensation” to life was a blend of jazz and classical musicians, creating a unique sound that Zappa masterfully directed. Guest vocalists, including the legendary Tina Turner and The Ikettes, added a distinctive flavor to the album.

In 1973, Zappa and The Mothers embarked on a tour, introducing audiences to new compositions and reimagined classics. This anniversary edition provides a glimpse into those live performances, capturing the energy and innovation of Zappa and his band.

As we celebrate 50 years of “Over-Nite Sensation,” it’s clear that Zappa’s legacy remains influential and enduring. This Super Deluxe Edition is a testament to his genius, ensuring that new generations can experience the magic of Frank Zappa.

FRANK ZAPPA: OVER-NITE SENSATION 50th ANNIVERSARY EDITIONS
Tracklists

4CD + 1BLU-RAY AUDIO SUPER DELUXE EDITION
CD 1
Over-Nite Sensation – The Album
1. Camarillo Brillo
2. I’m The Slime
3. Dirty Love
4. Fifty-Fifty
5. Zomby Woof
6. Dinah-Moe Humm
7. Montana

Bonus Session Masters
8. Wonderful Wino (Complete Edit)*
9. Inca Roads (1973 Version, 2023 Mix)*
10. RDNZL (1973 Mix)*
11. For The Young Sophisticate (Dolby EQ Copy)
12. I’m The Slime (Single Version)
13. Montana (Single Edit With Intro)

Bonus Vault Sensations
14. Inca Roads (Bolic Take-Home Mix)*
15. RDNZL (Take 2)*
16. X-Forts (Echidna’s Arf (Of You))*

CD 2
Bonus Vault Sensations
Continued
1. Camarillo Brillo (Alternate Mix)*
2. Face Down (I’m The Slime – Demo)*
3. I’m The Slime (Basic Track Outtake)*
4. Dirty Love (Session Rehearsal)*
5. Dirty Love (With Quad Guitar)*
6. Fifty-Fifty – Pipe Organ Intro Improvisations*
7. Fifty-Fifty (Basic Tracks, Take 7)*
8. Dinah-Moe Humm (Session Rehearsal)*
9. Dinah-Moe Humm (Bolic Take-Home Mix)*
10. Montana (Bolic Take-Home Mix)*

Live In Hollywood, California, Hollywood Palladium – March 23, 1973
11. Montana*
12. Dupree’s Paradise (Intro)*
13. Dupree’s Paradise*

CD 3
Live In Hollywood, California, Hollywood Palladium – March 23, 1973
Continued
1. Cosmik Debris*
2. “The Dynamic Sal Marquez!”*
3. Big Swifty*
4. “…The Successor To Willie The Pimp”*
5. The Curse Of The Zomboids (I’m The Slime)*
5. Don’t You Ever Wash That Thing?*
6. FZ & The Percussion Section*
7. Palladium Jam – Part 1*
8. Palladium Jam – Part 2*

CD 4
Live In Detroit, Michigan, Cobo Hall – May 12, 1973
1. Cobo Hall ’73 Band Intros And Sound Check*
2. Exercise #4*
3. Dog Breath*
4. The Dog Breath Variations*
5. Uncle Meat*
6. Fifty-Fifty*
7. Inca Roads*
8. FZ Introduces the Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow Medley*
9. Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow*
10. Nanook Rubs It*
11. St. Alfonzo’s Pancake Breakfast*
12. Father O’Blivion*
13. St. Alfonzo’s Pancake Breakfast (Reprise)*
14. Join The March*
15. Cosmik Debris*
16. Medley: King Kong/Chunga’s Revenge/Son Of Mr. Green Genes*

BLU-RAY AUDIO
Over-Nite Sensation – The Album
Dolby Atmos* / Dolby TrueHD 5.1* / Dolby TrueHD 1973 Quadraphonic / 24-bit/192kHz Stereo / 24-bit/96kHz Stereo
1. Camarillo Brillo
2. I’m The Slime
3. Dirty Love
4. Fifty-Fifty
5. Zomby Woof
6. Dinah-Moe Humm
7. Montana
* Previously unreleased

2LP – 45 RPM VINYL EDITION
LP One – Side 1
1. Camarillo Brillo
2. I’m The Slime

LP One – Side 2
1. Dirty Love
2. Fifty-Fifty

LP Two – Side 3
1. Zomby Woof
2. Dinah-Moe Humm

LP Two – Side 4
1. Montana

3LP DELUXE EDITION
Over-Nite Sensation – The Album
LP One – Side 1 (45 rpm)
1. Camarillo Brillo
2. I’m The Slime

LP One – Side 2 (45 rpm)
1. Dirty Love
2. Fifty-Fifty

LP Two – Side 3 (45 rpm)
1. Zomby Woof
2. Dinah-Moe Humm

LP Two – Side 4 (45 rpm)
1. Montana

Vault Sensations
LP Three – Side 5 (33-1/3 rpm)
1. Wonderful Wino (Complete Edit)*
2. Inca Roads (1973 Version, 2023 Mix)*
3. RDNZL (1973 Mix)*
4. For The Young Sophisticate (Dolby EQ Copy)
5. I’m The Slime (Single Version)

LP Three – Side 6 (33-1/3 rpm)
1. Montana (Live in Hollywood, California – March 23, 1973)*
2. Face Down (I’m The Slime Demo)*
3. Camarillo Brillo (Alternate Mix)*
4. Dirty Love (With Quad Guitar)*

* Previously unreleased

DOLBY ATMOS – DIGITAL
Over-Nite Sensation – The Album
1. Camarillo Brillo
2. I’m The Slime
3. Dirty Love
4. Fifty-Fifty
5. Zomby Woof
6. Dinah-Moe Humm
7. Montana

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