|Released September 1973|
IINK, Patio, KUR
The Old Masters, Box III
- Frank Zappa (guitar, vocals)
- George Duke (keyboards, synthesizer)
- Bruce Fowler (trombone)
- Tom Fowler (bass)
- Ralph Humphrey (drums)
- Sal Marquez (trumpet, vocals)
- Jean-Luc Ponty (violin, baritone violin)
- Tina Turner, Lynn & Debbie, uncredited (backing vocals)
- Ian Underwood (flute, clarinet, alto & tenor sax)
- Ruth Underwood (percussion)
- Kin Vassy, uncredited (backing vocals)
- Ricky Lancelotti (backing vocals)
coupled with Apostrophe (')
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 McNabb.
Technicians: Paul Hof, Jay "Dunt" Sloatman, Kanzas J. Canzus.
Cover illustration: David B. McMacken.
Graphics: Cal Schenkel.
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." 
On the far right of the larger canvas of the 200 Motels (triptych) 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 .
|ZFT #||Version #||# discs||Format||Catalog #||Release
|1||LP||Warner Brothers DiscReet||1973-09-07||None||US edition.|
|1||LP||Warner DiscReet||?||None||UK edition.|
|1||LP||Warner DiscReet||None||Dutch & German editions. (MS-2149) is also printed on the Dutch label.|
|1||LP||Warner-Pioneer DiscReet||None||Japanese edition.|
|1||LP||Warner DiscReet||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||None||Argentinian edition.|
|1||Quadradisc LP||Warner DiscReet||1973||None||US edition.|
REP L9M 2149
|1||LP||Warner Reprise||None||Censored artwork.||Spanish edition, Dinah-Moe Humm replaced by Eat That Question.|
|1||LP||Warner Reprise||None||Censored artwork.||Spanish edition, Dinah-Moe Humm replaced by Magdalena.|
|1||LP||Barking Pumpkin Records||1987-12-30||Included in The Old Masters, Box III set.|
|1986-09||0014431002526||US edition, coupled with Apostrophe (').|
|1989-10-11?||0013347422145||US edition, XDR. Titled Overnight Sensation.|
|1994-10-26||4988112405769||Japanese edition, coupled with Apostrophe (').|
|1995-04-18||0014431051821||US edition. Matrix # IFPI L503 IFPI 8724 DISCTRONICS RCD 10518 01|
|1||CD||Warner Music Argentina/ Rykodisc
|1995||9399603142820||Australian edition = RCD 10518.|
|2001-10-24||4988112412736||Japanese edition, mini-album papersleeve.|
|2005-07-19||0014431059025||= VideoArts VACK 1217, the barcode is a sticker, the Ryko reference is not printed.|
|1990-03||5016583601829||UK edition, coupled with Apostrophe ('). U.M.R.K. DIGITAL REMIX.|
|1992 or later||0014431002588||Coupled with Apostrophe (').|
|2012-08-28||0824302385029||US edition, manufactured and distributed by UMe.|
Source: Original 1973 Analog Master. Mastered by Bob Ludwig, Gateway Mastering, 2012.
|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
|2012-11-28||4988005737632||Japanese edition, audiophile SHM-CD, mini-album papersleeve with an obi strip and liner notes in Japanese.|
|2013-06-18||0824302385012||US edition. Source: Original 1973 Analog Master. Mastered by Chris Bellman, Bernie Grundman Mastering, 2013.|
Side2: -27809- P. USA FVZ-2013-2-B WWW.ZAPPA.COM GB
|US limited edition (500 copies), orange in clear vinyl, manufactured and distributed by Newbury Comics.|
- Email announcement by the ZFT on July 31st, 2012.
- Same gatefold sleeve as the 2013 US edition with same catalog number ZR 3850-1 and barcode 824302385012. The upper sticker mentions ZR3850C and the lower sticker ZR3850C ST03
- Twitter announcement by Newbury Comics on December 21st, 2017.
- In the 1994 film Le Péril jeune In one scene Over-Nite Sensation is shown to pupils in a classroom. In another scene the Zappa toilet poster can be seen hanging on a wall and the song Dirty Love is used on the soundtrack.