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Over-Nite Sensation

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Editors’ Notes

Ending the Flo and Eddie era of the Mothers of Invention, Zappa found a new angle. 1973's Over-Nite Sensation and the follow-up, 1974's Apostrophe(') — recorded at the same sessions but credited as a Zappa solo album — include many of the songs that would comprise Zappa's concert favorites. "Montana" and "Dinah-Moe Humm" were, arguably, the best known on the album, and feature Zappa's tongue-deeply-in-cheek narration. The emphasis on sexual taboos and his hypercritical societal observations made his music uncomfortable for folks not accustomed to Zappa's bark and bite. "Dirty Love" is nasty funk and nastier wordplay. "I'm the Slime" takes on TV, which in the 21st century sounds a bit more obvious than it did in 1973. Tina Turner and the Ikettes appeared uncredited, while Zappa stalwarts George Duke, Ian Underwood and Sal Marquez provide the tight and inventive musical bedding. Lyrically, Zappa may have skirted certain lines of decency, but musically he was uncontroversially a great instrumentalist whose music was finding new language to speak.

Customer Reviews


Too cool!


Not to mention Fifty-Fifty - Jean-Luc Ponty riffs out, followed by a blazing solo by Frank, where he takes it to a whole other level - one of the best guitar solos of this period, and a preview of virtuosity yet to come.

Zappa's Back!

Finally I get to add Zappa back into my collection! Nothing like fz to put things into perspective. Today's musicians can learn from one of the greatest.


Born: December 21, 1940 in Baltimore, MD

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Composer, guitarist, singer, and bandleader Frank Zappa was a singular musical figure during a performing and recording career that lasted from the 1960s to the '90s. His disparate influences included doo wop music and avant-garde classical music; although he led groups that could be called rock & roll bands for much of his career, he used them to create a hybrid style that bordered on jazz and complicated, modern serious music, sometimes inducing orchestras to play along. As if his music were not...
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