Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch

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Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch
Released May 1982
See also:
IINK,Patio, KUR
Chalk Pie
The Frank Zappa E.P.
Specialized Digital Audio Gratification

Players

Tracks

LP

Side One

  1. No Not Now (5:50)
  2. Valley Girl (4:58) [actually 4:50]
  3. I Come From Nowhere (6:20)

Side Two

  1. Drowning Witch (12:01)
  2. Envelopes (2:44)
  3. Teen-age Prostitute (2:40)
Current CD
  1. No Not Now (5:51)
  2. Valley Girl (4:50)
  3. I Come From Nowhere (6:09)
  4. Drowning Witch (12:03)
  5. Envelopes (2:45)
  6. Teen-age Prostitute (2:42)
1986 CD, coupled with The Man From Utopia
Cassette (UK edition)

Side One

  1. No Not Now (5:51)
  2. Valley Girl (4:50)
  3. I Come From Nowhere (6:17)

Side Two

  1. Drowning Witch (12:04)
  2. Envelopes (2:46)
  3. Teen-age Prostitute (2:40)

Release Notes

Liner Notes

Background Information

"...the title of the album is going to be Drowning Witch. A long time ago there was this guy called Roger Price who did this cartoon called Droodles and one of the pictures in the book was called 'Drowning Witch.' Right now we're in the process of trying to locate this guy to get permission to use the picture because this book came out in the '50s. I want to use the original picture."
— Frank Zappa, Record Review magazine interview, 1982.
1953 Droodle by Roger Price

Conceptual Continuity

Versions

ZFT # Version # # discs Format Catalog # Release
(YYYY-MM-DD)
EAN.UCC-13
(barcode)
Artwork Comment
35 1.1
Original
Stereo
1 LP Barking Pumpkin
FW 38066
1982-05-03 None   US edition.
1 CS Barking Pumpkin
FWT 38066
1982-05-03 None   US edition.
1 LP CBS
CBS 85804
1982-06[1] None   UK edition. Some first copies had a bonus 7" promotional single named The Frank Zappa E.P.
1 CS CBS
CBS 40-85804
1982-06[1] None   UK edition.
1 LP CBS/Sony
25AP 2362
 ? None   Japanese edition.
1 LP EMI/Fame
5318 51 2608141
 ? None   Argentinian edition, titled Barco Llegando Demasiado Tarde Para Salvar A Una Bruja Ahogándose.
1 CS EMI/Fame
15318 51 2608144
 ? None   Argentinian edition, titled Barco Llegando Demasiado Tarde Para Salvar A Una Bruja Ahogándose.
1 LP EMI
EMC 3501
1986-02[1]     UK 2nd edition.
1 CS EMI
TCEMC 3501
1986-02[1]     UK 2nd edition.
1 CD EMI
CDP 7 90074 2
 ? 0077779007424   UK edition, coupled with The Man From Utopia. Matrix # CDP 7 90074 2 · ·MASTERED· ·BY NIMBUS·
1 LP Fame
FA 3180
1987-06[1]     UK 3rd edition.
1 CS Fame
TCFA 3180
1987-06[1]     UK 3rd edition.
1.2
Original
Stereo

(I Come From Nowhere is shortened)
1 CD Barking Pumpkin
D2 74235
1991 0013347423524   US edition.
1 CS Barking Pumpkin
D4 74235
1991 0013347423548   US edition.
1 LP Zappa
ZAPPA 42
 ? 5016583604219   UK edition.
1 CD Zappa
CDZAP 42
1991-08[1] 5016583604226   UK/French edition, AAD. Matrix # ZAP CD 42 MPO 01 @
1 CS Zappa
TZAPPA 42
1991 5016583604240   UK edition.
1 CD Barking Pumpkin/MSI
MSI 80046
 ?     Japanese edition.
1 CD Intercord
i.r.s. 970742
 ?     German edition.
1 CD Rykodisc
RCD 10537
1995-05-02 0014431053726   US edition. Matrix # IFPI L502 IFPI 8732 DISCTRONICS RCD 10537 01
1 CD VideoArts
VACK 5088
1995-06-25 4988112406858   Japanese edition.
1 CD VideoArts
VACK 5223
1996-04-15? 4988112408234   Japanese edition = Rykodisc RCD 10537 repackaged with an obi strip and extra liner notes in Japanese
1 CD VideoArts
VACK 1243
2002-05-29 4988112413283   Japanese edition, mini-album papersleeve.
1.2
Original
Stereo

(I Come From Nowhere is shortened)
1 CD Zappa/UMe
ZR 3865
2012-09-25 0824302386521   US edition, manufactured and distributed by UMe[2].
1 CD Zappa/UMG Intl
0238652
2012-09-25 0824302386521   EU edition = Zappa/UMe ZR 3865, manufactured in Germany.

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Martin C. Strong, 2004, The Great Rock Discography, p. 1722.
  2. Email announcement by the ZFT on July 31st, 2012.

See Also