Over-Nite Sensation

by Frank Zappa

(1973) Rykodisc #RCD 10518

Personnel FZ, Tom & Bruce Fowler, Ralph Humphrey, Sal Marquez, Ruth & Ian Underwood, George Duke, Jean-Luc Ponty
Description FZ's 17th album in his vast discography, and one of his finest.
Posted By Anthony Holden (9426)
Directory Recordings: Rock/Pop
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On 7/23/2001, Ga Thomas (1904) posted:
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I think you really either have to hate Zappa or love him. And this album made me love him. An album like this could not get made today. It is too good.
On 7/13/2001, Robert Silvia (1575) posted:
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This is the Album that sucked me in.. after I heard Zomby Woof and 50/50 I went nuts and started buying anything that had Zappa somewhere on it. If youve never had a chance to here Zappa go a buy this album you can thank me later.
On 7/4/2001, Anthony Holden (9426) posted:
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Frank Zappa, with and without The Mothers, went on to record some of the most brilliant, scatological, scathing, iconoclastic music of the century, and in a variety of forms, including doo-wop, psychedelic, jazz, free form and classical (his orchestral compositions have been conducted by Zubin Mehta and Pierre Boulez). Determinedly non-commercial, he enjoyed only a cult following until 1973, when Over-nite Sensation produced great tunes like "Zomby Woof", "Dinah-Moe-Hum", and "Montana," a song about a dental-floss tycoon.

Over-nite Sensation begins with "Camarillio Brillo", a classic pop song with some of the best lyrics Zappa's ever written--and that is saying something ... "She said she was a magic mama/and she could throw a mean tyro/then carried on without a comma/that she was someone I should know," -- just a clever tune, folks.

"I'm the Slime" is a creepy, low-key paranoia about the influence of the TV, with Frank cast as the invention in question ... "I'm the tool of the government and industry too/I am destined to rule and regulate you".

"Dirty Love" & "50/50", follow next, with great FZ guitar work in the latter.

"Zomby Woof" is one of my favourite FZ songs, and IMO, his best guitar solo.

The CD finishes with 2 classics, "Dinah-Moe Humm" and "Montana".

The whole record is pretty short and non-epic, making it a great jumping-on point for people who don't know Zappa and not familiar with his other work.

Highly recommended !!