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Over-Nite Sensation is an album by The Mothers, 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
Ralph Humphrey – drums
Ricky Lancelotti – vocals on "Fifty-Fifty" and "Zomby Woof"
Sal Marquez – trumpet, vocals on "Dinah-Moe-Humm"
Jean-Luc Ponty – violin, baritone violin
Ian Underwood– clarinet, flute, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone
Ruth Underwood – percussion, marimba, vibraphone
Kin Vassy – vocals on "I'm the Slime", "Dinah-Moe-Humm" and "Montana"
Tina Turner and the Ikettes - Backing vocals (uncredited)


Producer: Frank Zappa
Engineers: Fred Borkgren, Steve Desper, Terry Dunavan, Barry Keene, Bob Stone
Remixing: Kerry McNabb
Digital remastering: Bernie Grundman, Bob Stone
Arranger: Frank Zappa
Technician: Paul Hof
Cover design: Ferenc Dobronyi, Cal Schenkel
Illustrations: David McMacken

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