Over-Nite Sensation

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Over-Nite Sensation
Released September 1973
See also:
IINK, Patio, KUR
The Old Masters, Box III
Apostrophe/Overnite DVD

Players

Tracks

LP

Side One

  1. Camarillo Brillo (4:01)
  2. I'm The Slime (3:35)
  3. Dirty Love (3:00)
  4. Fifty-Fifty (6:08)

Side Two

  1. Zomby Woof (5:11)
  2. Dinah-Moe Humm (6:05)
  3. Montana (6:37)
Current CD
  1. Camarillo Brillo (3:59)
  2. I'm The Slime (3:35)
  3. Dirty Love (2:59)
  4. Fifty-Fifty (6:10)
  5. Zomby Woof (5:10)
  6. Dinah-Moe Humm (6:03)
  7. Montana (6:33)
1986 CD,
coupled with Apostrophe (')

Release Notes

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.
Re-mix: Kerry McNab.
Technicians: Paul Hof, Jay "Dunt" Sloatman, Kanzas J. Canzus.
Cover illustration: David B. McMacken.
Graphics: Cal Schenkel.
Photography: Emerson-Loew.

Liner Notes

Background Information

Dave McMacken on the cover art content and concept:

"I listened to a truly bizarre take of the scene that Zappa imagined. In fantastic detail, he proceeded to tell me the story of Over-Nite Sensation and that the cover painting was to be done in a formal, realistic "Dutch Master" style, with the objects in the painting to be portrayed as visual elements from the story.

The painting captures a moment in the life of a band roadie on tour, with "Over-Nite Sensation" being a reference to the horniness of bands on the road. The space we're looking at is in a true perspective, but they're in a mirror and the object on the viewer's side are in reverse. Our focal object is a grapefruit, the symbol of a sexual object, and the grapefruit's been penetrated, with "cum" oozing out of it. The fire extinguisher symbolizes the completion of the act of intercourse, and even the frame is a sexual fantasy, starting off in gold and going to rot. All of the other items - the Holiday Inn, the food, maps and oozing TV - represent the doldrums of being on the road." [1]

Conceptual Continuity

On the far right of the larger canvas of the 200 Motels (triptych)[2] by Dave McMacken there is a floating disembodied hand apparently pointing at Jesus Christ and Adolf Hitler in bondage gear, he later re-used a similar disembodied hand motif on the Overnite Sensation sleeve [3].

Versions

ZFT # Version # # discs Format Catalog # Release
(YYYY-MM-DD)
EAN.UCC-13
(barcode)
Artwork Comment
17 1.1
Original
Stereo
1 LP Warner DiscReet
MS 2149
1973-09-07 None   US edition.
1 CS Warner DiscReet
CRX 2149
 ? None   Canadian edition.
1 LP Warner DiscReet
K 41000
 ? None   UK edition.
1 LP Warner DiscReet
DIS 41 000
  None   Dutch & German editions. (MS-2149) is also printed on the Dutch label.
1 LP Warner-Pioneer DiscReet
P-8380D
  None   Japanese edition.
1 LP Warner DiscReet
41000 B
  None   French edition. N° 41 000 (31628) & (31629) are printed on the labels, B 41 000 (MS 2149) on the back cover. Matrix #
Face A: 2 upside down MS 2149 31628-2 1C =41000 A logo A
Face B: 2 upside down MS 2149 31629-2 1D =41000 B logo A
1 LP Warner DiscReet/Music-Hall
50-14.356
  None   Argentinian edition.
1.2
Discrete
Quadraphonic
1 Quadradisc LP Warner DiscReet
MS4 2149
1973 None   US edition.
1 Quad-8 Tape Reprise
REP L9M 2149
 ? None   US edition.
1 7" R-R,
7½ IPS
DiscReet
DISQ 2149-QF
1973? None   US edition.
1.3a
Censored
Version
1 LP Warner Reprise
HRES 291-54
  None Censored artwork. Spanish edition, Dinah-Moe Humm replaced by Eat That Question.
1.3b
Censored
Version
1 LP Warner Reprise
HRES 291-54
  None Censored artwork. Spanish edition, Dinah-Moe Humm replaced by Magdalena.
1.4
Remastered
Quadraphonic
1 LP Barking Pumpkin
BPR 9999-3
1987-12-30     Included in The Old Masters, Box III set.
1 CD Rykodisc
RCD 40025
1986-09 0014431002526   US edition, coupled with Apostrophe (').
1 CS Barking Pumpkin
D4 74221
1989-10-11? 0013347422145   US edition, XDR. Titled Overnight Sensation.
1 CD VideoArts
VACK 5034
1994-10-26 4988112405769   Japanese edition, coupled with Apostrophe (').
1 CD Rykodisc
RCD 10518
1995-04-18 0014431051821   US edition. Matrix # IFPI L503 IFPI 8724 DISCTRONICS RCD 10518 01
1 CD Warner Music Argentina/ Rykodisc
1443-10518-2
1995? 0014431051821   Argentinian edition.
1 CD BMG/Rykodisc
D108635/RCD 10518
1995? D108635
(code 39)
  US edition.
1 CS Rykodisc
RAC 10518
1995-04-18 0014431051845   US edition.
1 CD VideoArts
VACK 5107
1995-09-25 4988112407718   Japanese edition.
1 CD Festival/Rykodisc
D31428
1995 9399603142820   Australian edition = RCD 10518.
1 CD VideoArts
VACK 5242
1996-05-30? 4988112408425   Japanese edition.
1 CD VideoArts
VACK 1217
2001-10-24 4988112412736   Japanese edition, mini-album papersleeve.
1 CD Rykodisc
RCD 10590
2005-07-19 0014431059025   = VideoArts VACK 1217, the barcode is a sticker, the Ryko reference is not printed.
1 CD VideoArts
VACK 1322
2008-05-21 4988112417663   Japanese edition,
mini-album papersleeve.
1.5
Remixed
from
Discrete
Quadraphonic
1 CS Zappa
TZAPPA 36
 ? 5016583603649?   UK edition.
1 CD Zappa
CDZAP 18
1990-03 5016583601829   UK edition, coupled with Apostrophe ('). U.M.R.K. DIGITAL REMIX.
Unknown 1 MD Rykodisc
RMD 40025
1992 or later 0014431002588   Coupled with Apostrophe (').
1.6
Remastered
Original Stereo
1 CD Zappa/UMe
ZR 3850
2012-08-28 0824302385029   US edition, manufactured and distributed by UMe[4].
Source: Original 1973 Analog Master. Mastered by Bob Ludwig, Gateway Mastering, 2012.
1 CD Zappa/UMG Intl
0238502
2012-08-28 0824302385029   EU edition = Zappa/UMe ZR 3850, manufactured in Germany. Matrix # 4 x Universal logo IFPI L127 08243 023 850-2 01 + 52991194 MADE IN GERMANY BY EDC A IFPI 0113
1 CD Zappa/Universal Music Japan
UICY-75365
2012-11-28 4988005737632   Japanese edition, audiophile SHM-CD, mini-album papersleeve with an obi strip and liner notes in Japanese.
1 LP
(180 g)
Zappa/UMe
ZR 3850-1
2013-06-18 0824302385012   US edition. Source: Original 1973 Analog Master. Mastered by Chris Bellman, Bernie Grundman Mastering, 2013.
1 LP
(180 g)
Zappa/UMG Intl
0238501
2013-06-18 0824302385012   EU edition = Zappa/UMe ZR 3850-1, manufactured in Germany.
Matrix # (bold characters are stamped)
Side1: -27809- P. USA FVZ-2013-2-A WWW.ZAPPA.COM GB
Side2: -27809- P. USA FVZ-2013-2-B WWW.ZAPPA.COM GB

Notes

  1. http://rockpopgallery.typepad.com/rockpop_gallery_news/2010/04/uncovered-interview-overnite-sensation-by-dave-mcmacken.html
  2. http://www.ratzandcompany.com/shop-online-1/frank-zappas-200-motels-triptych
  3. http://www.ratzandcompany.com/shop-online-1/copy-of-frank-zappas-200-motels-2
  4. Email announcement by the ZFT on July 31st, 2012.

See also