Over-Nite Sensation

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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Love it or hate it, Over-Nite Sensation was a watershed album for Frank Zappa, the point where his post-'60s aesthetic was truly established; it became his second gold album, and most of these songs became staples of his live shows for years to come. Whereas the Flo and Eddie years were dominated by rambling, off-color comedy routines, Over-Nite Sensation tightened up the song structures and tucked sexual and social humor into melodic, technically accomplished heavy guitar rock with jazzy chord changes and funky rhythms; meanwhile, Zappa's growling new post-accident voice takes over the storytelling. While the music is some of Zappa's most accessible, the apparent ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Love it or hate it, Over-Nite Sensation was a watershed album for Frank Zappa, the point where his post-'60s aesthetic was truly established; it became his second gold album, and most of these songs became staples of his live shows for years to come. Whereas the Flo and Eddie years were dominated by rambling, off-color comedy routines, Over-Nite Sensation tightened up the song structures and tucked sexual and social humor into melodic, technically accomplished heavy guitar rock with jazzy chord changes and funky rhythms; meanwhile, Zappa's growling new post-accident voice takes over the storytelling. While the music is some of Zappa's most accessible, the apparent callousness and/or stunning sexual explicitness of "Camarillo Brillo," "Dirty Love," and especially "Dinah-Moe Humm" leave him on shaky aesthetic ground. Zappa often protested that the charges of misogyny leveled at such material missed out on the implicit satire of male stupidity, and also confirmed intellectuals' self-conscious reticence about indulging in dumb fun; however, the glee in his voice as he spins his adolescent fantasies can undermine his point. Indeed, that enjoyment, also evident in the silly wordplay, suggests that Zappa is throwing his juvenile crassness in the face of critical expectation, asserting his right to follow his muse even if it leads him into blatant stupidity ironic or otherwise. One can read this motif into the absurd shaggy-dog story of a dental floss rancher in "Montana," the album's indisputable highlight, which features amazing, uncredited vocal backing from Tina Turner and the Ikettes. As with much of Zappa's best '70s and '80s material, Over-Nite Sensation could be perceived as ideologically problematic if you haven't got the constitution for FZ's humor, but musically, it's terrific.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/19/2005
  • Label: Zappa Records
  • UPC: 014431059025
  • Catalog Number: 310590

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Camarillo Brillo (3:59)
  2. 2 I'm the Slime (3:34)
  3. 3 Dirty Love (2:58)
  4. 4 Fifty-Fifty (6:09)
  5. 5 Zomby Woof (5:10)
  6. 6 Dinah Moe Humm (6:01)
  7. 7 Montana (6:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Frank Zappa Primary Artist, Indexed Contributor, Guitar, Conductor, Keyboards, Vocals, Group Member
George Duke Synthesizer, Keyboards, Vocals, Group Member
Bruce Fowler Trombone, Group Member
Jean-Luc Ponty Violin, Keyboards, Baritone Violin, Group Member
Sal Marquez Trumpet, Vocals, Background Vocals, Group Member
Tom Fowler Bass, Group Member
Alex Dmochowski Bass
Ralph Humphrey Drums, Group Member
Ricky Lancelotti Vocals
Ian Underwood Clarinet, Flute, Guitar, Keyboards, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Wind, Group Member
Ruth Underwood Percussion, Keyboards, Marimbas, Vibes, Group Member
Kin Vassy Vocals, Announcer
Frank Zappa & the Mothers Track Performer
Technical Credits
Bob Stone Engineer
Fred Borkgren Engineer
Steve Desper Engineer
Terry Dunavan Engineer
Frank Zappa Arranger, Producer, Audio Production
Kerry McNabb Remixing
Cal Schenkel Illustrations, Cover Design
Barry Keene Engineer
David McMacken Illustrations, Cover Illustration
Ferenc Dobronyi Cover Design
Steve Alsberg Contributor
Marty Perellis Contributor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Album

    The minute I put this into my CD player and heard Camarillo Brillo, I knew it would be a great album. As usual, FZ makes a lot of references to California, and makes fun of many aspects of the time. Camarillo is about a Magic woman, and starts off the 'Is that a real ___, or a Sears ___' line, where he implies that some people aren't into that stuff (e.g. astrology) for real, but rather they do it because everyone else is. After that, he goes into I Am The Slime, which is a real good bluesy/funk tune. The version on Saturday Night Live is amazing. In general, this song is great, even maybe a little too short. It's basically about bad TV, and I think turning the US into zombies for the government. Some say the song is a pun, that Zappa is the slime, but I'm not sure of that. Dirty Love is a funny song about trying to show how some people like loving. Includes a hint of bestiality at the end. MST3K uses the 'poodle bites, poodle chews it' in an episode. Fifty-fifty is a good song, and shows FZ's admitted ugliness, and distaste for sappy love songs. Middle section is a great jam by Duke. Zomby Woof is a great tune, although in the studio not as much as live. Musically it's probably the most complicated...changing from 15/8 to 4/4 and others. There might be some other meaning to it, but it seems to be like a horror story, but with a funky bluesy beat, rather than some horror flick music. Dinah-Moe hum is probably the weakest song on the album, about trying to get a girl off. Montana is a very funny song, with images of FZ riding a pygmy pony, plucking dental floss out of the ground with tweezers. The best part is the end where the woman yells 'yippe-ti-oh-ti-aye.' It has that singing/talking stuff towards the end that he liked to do, doubled by Ruth Underwood. Middle section has a nice jam. Overall, it is a good album, and I suggest it for people that are a little more than just moderately interested in Zappa.

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