Over-Nite Sensation

Zappa Records
Release date
18 Dec 2012
Running length
7 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Camarillo Brillo 3:53 39,759
2 I'm the Slime 2:34 80,195
3 Dirty Love 2:40 91,540
4 Fifty-Fifty 6:11 17,985
5 Zomby Woof 5:39 33,075
6 Dinah-Moe Humm 7:15 22,388
7 Montana 5:48 35,134

About this album

Over-Nite Sensation is an album by Frank Zappa, released in 1973 (see 1973 in music). It was recorded in March – June 1973 at these studios: Bolic Sound in Inglewood, Whitney, in Glendale, and Paramount in Los Angeles. The album was released in both the 2-channel stereo and 4-channel quadraphonic formats.

The album is considered a turning point in Zappa’s career, since its approach to music is very different from what he had done before. It was a more accessible sound - his first album to go gold - with a series of relatively straightforward songs, though not without Zappa’s typical musical challenges. Zappa manages to craft in 3-to-6-minute structures complicated progressive jazz-rock arrangements, as well as some funk and other styles. The lyrics tend toward parody, being either about sex (“Dirty Love”, “Camarillo Brillo”, “Zomby Woof” and the paradigmatic example of “Dinah-Moe Humm”) or social commentary (“I’m the Slime”, a bash on TV programming) and others (“Fifty-Fifty”, “Montana”).

Over-Nite Sensation and the following album Apostrophe (‘), recorded with the same group of musicians, are the subject of a Classic Albums series documentary from Eagle Rock Entertainment, released on DVD May 1, 2007.

Side one
“Camarillo Brillo” – 3:59
“I’m the Slime” – 3:34
“Dirty Love” – 2:58
“Fifty-Fifty” – 6:09

Side two
“Zomby Woof” – 5:10
“Dinah-Moe Humm” – 6:01
“Montana” – 6:35


Frank Zappa – guitar, vocals on all tracks except “Fifty-Fifty” and most of “Zomby Woof”
George Duke – synthesizer, keyboards
Bruce Fowler – trombone
Tom Fowler – bass

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  • m1a100

    Slowly becoming one of my favorite Zappa albums.

    10 Jun 12:49am Reply
  • avantish

    Ricky Lancelotti!!!!!!!!!

    26 Jun 2013 Reply
  • crownanchor


    29 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Zombiewoolf

    Here I'm is, the ZOMBY WOOF!

    6 Dec 2012 Reply
  • petross85


    2 Sep 2012 Reply
  • luisritx

    He is the greatest american genious in the XX century.

    11 Jul 2011 Reply
  • mike51a

    nothing in this world could have prepared 'us' for the music & lyrical content of this album. The world has NOT been the same since (personal opinion).

    5 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Nowitzki15002


    24 Jan 2010 Reply
  • BurningRemnant

    This is genius. I was hooked on first listen, but now I'm certain. This is a masterpiece. My first contact with Zappa's music, but I'm going to check the whole catalog of his. It will be fun, I bet

    23 Oct 2009 Reply
  • Nobantu

    Best ever! George Duke at his best! The Underwoods at their best! And a great Jean-Luc Ponty! And I'm still searching for that movie I saw in the 80s! Grandios!!

    3 Oct 2009 Reply
  • yiffyskunk420

    a perfect album. flawless.

    20 Jul 2009 Reply
  • Fade2611

    The guitar solos and drums on this album are amazing. Another Zappa masterpiece.

    30 Apr 2009 Reply
  • Quicksand227

    genius album

    17 Mar 2008 Reply
  • PmF

    I LOVE that one!

    9 Aug 2007 Reply

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