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Over-Nite Sensation

Frank Zappa, Frank Zappa & the MothersAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (August 28, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Zappa Records
  • ASIN: B008I34ZG6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,576 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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Official Release #17
Originally Released: September 1973
Produced, arranged & conducted by: FZ

The Mothers:
FZ: guitar & vocals
Ralph Humphrey: drums
Sal Marquez: trumpet & vocals
George Duke: keyboards & synthesizer
Tom Fowler: bass
Bruce Fowler: trombone
Ruth Underwood: marimba, vibes & percussion
Ian Underwood: flute, clarinet, alto & tenor sax
Jean-Luc Ponty: violin & baritone violin

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96 of 97 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
"Over-nite Sensation" was a blatant tongue-in-cheek title for this recording because Frank Zappa knew that was exactly what this recording would become in his catalogue: an overnight sensation. And that's what it did, became Zappa's best selling and most popular album at the time of its release, gathering him an entire new group of fans to both ridicule and entertain. It was also a logical step in Zappa's evolution as both a musician and composer.
Often panned by many Zappaphiles as being too commercial, the album nonetheless contains some of Zappa's most brilliant satire as well as some of his tightest compositions. If you are new to Zappa, or are just moderately familiar with some of his tunes, this is the album to begin with. But don't be fooled by the seemingly simple riffs and hooks employed in these songs. As singer Ricky Lancelotti chants on Fifty-fifty: "I figure the odds be fifty-fifty that I just might have something to say!" Because in this album Zappa takes his most succinct stab at popular culture. His satire on America's pop culture was so cunning that he even managed to gain a guest appearance on Saturday Night Live on NBC and played "The Slime", a scathing commentary on the innane content of today's (and yesterday's) television programming. Talk about irony!
But perhaps what makes this recording so exceptional is the tight musicianship of the players, and the exceptional skill displayed by the players. Zappa's guitar solos on Zomby Woof and Montana still give me shivers up and down my spine, and despite being 42, I still have to crank the volume when these tunes come on.
Out of Zappa's entire catalogue, this was his most brilliant and most complete package. He had many other fine recordings, but none quite repeat the brilliance this release had. If I could give it six stars I would, just to set it apart from the others that I rate with five stars.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The over-nite sensation - accessible... March 11, 2003
By Samhot
Format:Audio CD
...but that still doesn't say too much, as this still contains traces of Frank Zappa's absurd humor laced with complex, virtuosic and tasteful musicianship, but more succint and balanced. You can find a nice serving of jazz, country, classical and rock on some of these tracks.

"Camarillo Brillo" starts the disc off in a tasteful country-rock fashion. Frank's guitar playing in particular is tasty. Also, in my humble opinion, he does a good job on his vocals. To take it a step further, I think Frank had a decent enough voice to hold a good note, without needing to resort to hiding his vocal insecurities behind the façade of a comedic vocalist. That's just my hunch, but I could be wrong. Many may think I'm crazy for thinking all of that, but, that's fine. "I'm The Slime" many people may know, as it opens with a fabulous guitar solo. Funny, but somewhat accurate lyrics on what effect television can have on the mind. "Dirty Love" is a short, playful number. "50/50" (or Fifty-Fifty) is a hilarious number featuring the screechy and grating vocals of Ricky Lancelotti. Should provide many listeners with an appreciation for absurd humor plenty of laughs. There's also an extended instrumental jam section near the end. Frank in general is playing some accomplished guitar solos. "Zomby Woof" features some bizarre, mind-twisting musicianship. To say it's impressive would be an understatement. "Dinah-Moe Humm" is the controversial track on the album. While funny, it can be considered downright nasty and offensive, as the sexual lyrics are fairly graphic. "Montana" is the number discussing a guy moving to Montana and raising a crop of dental floss. Not sure what the significance of this was, but I do find it funny, as well as enjoying the unpredictable twists and turns, musically speaking.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Frank doin' his thing March 22, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I don't believe, as other reviewers have stated, Zappa set out to make a blatenly commercial album with Overnite Sensation. This was the inevitable direction the band had been heading since 1970 (in Zappa terms that can & does mean a 6-8 album span). The songs were still indescribable as anything but Zappa compositions, still retained the fresh originality that he brought to almost everything he touched and contained more wit (and wisdom) than most of Zappa's recordings since the early Mothers of Invention records. At this stage, Zappa could afford to hire better musicians and of course better production facilities were available which tended to give this album a glossy veneer that previous albums didn't have (although Zappa always strived for the best in both production and musicianship). Overnite Sensation is definitely a great jump off point for the uninitiated, as is Sheikyerbouti or Apostrophe, but I don't necessisarily think fans of those albums are going to like Grand Wazoo or Uncle Meat. I have friends who like the unexpurgated Zappa but could care less for his instrumental and compositional recordings and I have friends that are vice versa, and I also know people (myself included)who love and appreciate his work as a whole. What I am trying to say in a wordy way is, commericiality, when applied to Zappa's music is in the eye of the beholder. Most fans of top 40 music are not going think this commercial at all, but Zappa fans may think it so because it has more conventional song structures and such. I tend to think of later recordings such as Joe's Garage and Tinseltown Rebellion as having more commercial potential than this. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Classic.
Published 12 days ago by MJM55
5.0 out of 5 stars Still makes me happy.
First Zappa record I ever owned. Still makes me happy.
Published 27 days ago by Bob Stenecker
5.0 out of 5 stars CD format, brand new
Not much to say, it is brand new. One of Frank's best albums in my opinion. Getting annoyed with this rating asking me to keep adding words.
Published 1 month ago by tcb59
3.0 out of 5 stars Need to work on providing a quicker response time to customer...
Album as described. Not as responsive as I would expect, as It took several days to respond to my inquiries and I almost cancelled as a result of this lack of response to my... Read more
Published 1 month ago by twistnshout
5.0 out of 5 stars Zappa at his best?
Add "Flo & Eddie" from the old Turtles band and the result is a collection of brilliantly eccentric and humorous ditties poking fun at society and its quirky inhabitants. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dano
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his very best!
Classic Zappa....The social commentary (I am The Slime)...the great guitar work and brilliant arrangements make this one of his best.
Published 2 months ago by Robert bjork
5.0 out of 5 stars Overnight Sensation
I don't own a lot of Zappa albums though the ones I do own I think are very good. I'm not as familiar with Zappa as much as Humble Pie or Black Sabbath for example, but as a guitar... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Reuben E. Marks Jr.g
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this item.
Love this item. Please don't force your customers to write more than they want just to fill a word quota. It is very annoying.
Published 4 months ago by G
5.0 out of 5 stars Zappa, the genius that keeps on giving!
I owned this album 1973 &had memorized it then.
It felt great to it again in full and sing loudly with it again like when I was a kid. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Lisa
2.0 out of 5 stars Great Album. Poor Vinyl.
This is truly the album that made Zappa into (regrettably my many) a household name. The Barking Pumpkin vinyl album is very poor quality--very muddled and boomy. Read more
Published 6 months ago by dbx820
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