Recorded at Bolic Sound, Inglewood, CA; Whitney, Glendale, CA; and Paramount Studios, LA, CA, March-June, 1973
Released September 1973
Produced, arranged & conducted by Frank Zappa
Engineers: Barry Keene, Terry Dunavan, Fred Borkgren & Steve Desper
Cover illustration: David B. McMacken
Re-mix: Kerry McNab
Graphics: Cal Schenkel
Technicians: Paul Hof, Jay "Dunt" Sloatman, Kanzas J. Canzus.
After the jazzy works of Waka/Jawaka and TheGrand Wazoo, Zappa introduced this album, which is nothing like it's predecessors. Zappa had been around for a time by 1973 with quite reduced success commercially, but that would all change with the "Over-Nite Sensation" album. This would be Zappa's first album to go gold in the U.S. and would in fact get some airplay on radio stations.
Over-Nite Senastion changes in tempo, key, cadence. Amazes at each turn.
Tina Turner and the Ikettes sing on it. During the time Zappa was recording this album, Ike and Tina Turner with the Ikettes were recording in the same studio. Zappa want back-up vocalists and was amazed that Tina and the Ikettes were ready to do the job. The story goes that Ike Turner forbade Frank to credit them on the elpee notes simply because he didn't want people to think that they'd sing for anybody but him….ok, this seems to be a little awkward....
The album is short and sweet; only 34 minutes in total, nothing longer than six and a half minutes, but most tracks are Zappa classics such as the hilarious though very naughty »Dinah-Moe-Hum«, the spectacular complexities of »Zombie Woof »and his put down of rubbish TV and the way it can be used to manipulate people with »I'm TheSlime«.
Over-Nite Sensation and Apostrophe (') are the subject of a Classic Albums series documentary from Eagle Rock Entertainment, released on DVD May 1, 2007.
Ensemble of performers is nothing short of breathtaking, with the return of the masterful Jean-Luc Ponty and the sheer brilliance of George Duke…with..
..Frank Zappa (guitar, vocals)
Tom Fowler (bass)
Bruce Fowler (trombone)
Tina Turner, Lynn & Debbie, uncredited (backing vocals)
Ian Underwood (flute, clarinet, alto & tenor sax)
Sal Marquez (trumpet, vocals)
Ralph Humphrey (drums)
Ruth Underwood (percussion)
Kin Vassy, uncredited (backing vocals)
Ricky Lancelotti (backing vocals)
1. "Camarillo Brillo" 4:01
2. "I'm the Slime" 3:35
3. "Dirty Love" 3:00
4. "Fifty-Fifty" 6:08
1. "Zomby Woof" 5:11
2. "Dinah-Moe Humm" 6:05
3. "Montana" 6:37
"I'm the Slime," "Dirty Love," "Zomby Woof," "Dinah-Moe Humm," "Montana"...you'll discover these tracks around the "You Can'tDo That On Stage Anymore" series, as well as elsewhere.
Discography-Over-Nite Sensation Reviewed by Klemen Hlupič on 05:20 Rating: