Zappa fans prepare to freak out! 50th anniversary edition of Over-Nite Sensation to include 57 unreleased and rare tracks

By Steve Newton

Dedicated followers of much-missed musical maestro Frank Zappa have just been given a reason to get a little jiggy.

Universal Music announced today that an 88-track, five-disc “Super Deluxe Edition” of Zappa’s 1973 Mothers of Invention album, Over-Nite Sensation, will be released on November 3.

It will include four CDs and a Blu-Ray audio disc with outtakes, alternative edits, and unedited bonus vault masters, plus two previously unreleased shows recorded at the Hollywood Palladium and Detroit’s Cobo Hall.

For you vinyl freaks out there, the 50th anniversary release will also be available as a triple-LP on clear vinyl with four-colour splatter.

As well as Zappa on guitar and vocals, the package includes performances by George Duke (keyboard and synthesizer), Jean Luc-Ponty (violin and baritone violin), Sal Marquez (trumpet and vocals), Ian Underwood (flute, clarinet, tenor and alto sax), Bruce Fowler (trumpet), Tom Fowler (bass), Ruth Underwood (marimba, vibes, and percussion), Ralph Humphrey (drums), Ricky Lancelotti (vocals), and Tina Turner and the Ikettes (backing vocals).

“Over-Nite Sensation indeed opened new commercial doors for Frank Zappa,” reads the promotional bumph sent out from Universal today, “but the maestro himself would not be sucked down into the corporate conformity ooze as he continued following his own muse all throughout the 1970s, and beyond.

“This 50th anniversary edition of Over-Nite Sensation puts an expanded stamp on all the visceral, tall-in-the-saddle tales recounting the finer points of dental floss farming, mindless video drones, and poncho-wearing lotharios–all of it acting as a pretext for what was to come, not to mention cementing the odds that Zappa still had lots more to say.”



CD 1

Over-Nite Sensation – The Album

  1. Camarillo Brillo
  2. I’m The Slime
  3. Dirty Love
  4. Fifty-Fifty
  5. Zomby Woof
  6. Dinah-Moe Humm
  7. Montana

Bonus Session Masters

  1. Wonderful Wino (Complete Edit)*
  2. Inca Roads (1973 Version, 2023 Mix)*
  3. RDNZL (1973 Mix)*
  4. For The Young Sophisticate (Dolby EQ Copy)
  5. I’m The Slime (Single Version)
  6. Montana (Single Edit With Intro)

Bonus Vault Sensations

  1. Inca Roads (Bolic Take-Home Mix)*
  2. RDNZL (Take 2)*
  3. X-Forts (Echidna’s Arf (Of You))*


CD 2

Bonus Vault Sensations


  1. Camarillo Brillo (Alternate Mix)*
  2. Face Down (I’m The Slime – Demo)*
  3. I’m The Slime (Basic Track Outtake)*
  4. Dirty Love (Session Rehearsal)*
  5. Dirty Love (With Quad Guitar)*
  6. Fifty-Fifty – Pipe Organ Intro Improvisations*
  7. Fifty-Fifty (Basic Tracks, Take 7)*
  8. Dinah-Moe Humm (Session Rehearsal)*
  9. Dinah-Moe Humm (Bolic Take-Home Mix)*
  10. Montana (Bolic Take-Home Mix)*

Live In Hollywood, California, Hollywood Palladium – March 23, 1973

  1. Montana*
  2. Dupree’s Paradise (Intro)*
  3. Dupree’s Paradise*


CD 3

Live In Hollywood, California, Hollywood Palladium – March 23, 1973


  1. Cosmik Debris*
  2. “The Dynamic Sal Marquez!”*
  3. Big Swifty*
  4. “…The Successor To Willie The Pimp”*
  5. The Curse Of The Zomboids (I’m The Slime)*
  6. Don’t You Ever Wash That Thing?*
  7. FZ & The Percussion Section*
  8. Palladium Jam – Part 1*
  9. Palladium Jam – Part 2*


CD 4

Live In Detroit, Michigan, Cobo Hall – May 12, 1973

  1. Cobo Hall ’73 Band Intros And Sound Check*
  2. Exercise #4*
  3. Dog Breath*
  4. The Dog Breath Variations*
  5. Uncle Meat*
  6. Fifty-Fifty*
  7. Inca Roads*
  8. FZ Introduces the Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow Medley*
  9. Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow*
  10. Nanook Rubs It*
  11. St. Alfonzo’s Pancake Breakfast*
  12. Father O’Blivion*
  13. St. Alfonzo’s Pancake Breakfast (Reprise)*
  14. Join The March*
  15. Cosmik Debris*
  16. Medley: King Kong/Chunga’s Revenge/Son Of Mr. Green Genes*



Over-Nite Sensation – The Album

Dolby Atmos* / Dolby TrueHD 5.1* / Dolby TrueHD 1973 Quadraphonic / 24-bit/192kHz Stereo / 24-bit/96kHz Stereo

  1. Camarillo Brillo
  2. I’m The Slime
  3. Dirty Love
  4. Fifty-Fifty
  5. Zomby Woof
  6. Dinah-Moe Humm
  7. Montana

* Previously unreleased

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