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The Mothers of Invention
Over-Nite Sensation


4.0
excellent

Review

by Kingadamx USER (18 Reviews)
January 16th, 2005 | 12 replies


Release Date: 1973 | Tracklist


At this point in time the Mothers was no longer a specific band. It just happened to be whomever was playing or touring with Frank Zappa. On this particular album Frank takes the lead vocals himself. This is not my favorite Frank Zappa album but it is not a bad album. Released in 1973, this album includes much humor having to do with sex (Dinah-Moe Humm, Camarillo Brillo), the media (I'm The Slime), and dental floss (Montana). But on this album Frank happened to have an all star cast of musicians including Tina Turner and The Ikettes on backing vocals. If you like Apostrophe then you would probably enjoy this album. I happen to enjoy Apostrophe more but that's just me.

1. Camarillo Brillo - This is one of the best cuts on the album. It has some good lead guitar work that seems to stand out the most. The verse is very mellow and has some backing horns which goes excellent with the mood of the song. The chorus is probably the only part of the song I dislike. It just seems to not fit the rest of the song but still works well. This is one of my favorite 70s Zappa songs.
Rating: 5/5

2. I'm The Slime - The guitar intro to this song is so gritty that it fits the song perfect. The verse is very dark and has Frank singing about television corrupting minds. The Chorus is great which features Tina Turner and the Ikettes. The ending guitar solo is great, it has a wah effect on it.
Rating: 4/5

3. Dirty Love - This is a fairly decent song, but not one of my favorites on the album. It has a good guitar solo and a pretty good rhythm but seems like it is lacking something. The final chorus "The Poodle Bites, The Poodle Chews It" just seems stupid to me.
Rating: 2.5/5

4. Fifty-Fifty - This is a very strange song that finds someone else in Frank's band, I believe Sal Marquez, singing the lead part. The vocals get annoying at the end of the chorus. The Interlude is really what makes the song. There are some great solos by the synthesizer, the violin, and the guitar. If I were Frank I would have just made this song all instrumental.
Rating: 3.5/5

5. Zombie Woof - A pretty exciting intro leads into a dark guitar riff under Frank's deep voice. The band as a whole is just excellent in this song. This is just a very strange and outlandish song as a whole. The guitar solo as always is creative and ingenius. The song is fairly humorous but the album gets funnier on the last two songs.
Rating: 3/5

6. Dinah-Moe Humm - This song is about a man betting a girl $40 that he could make her come. The chorus just fits perfect with Tina Turner and the Ikettes singing "I got a spot that gets me hot, and you ain't been to it". The lyrics in this song are priceless, "So I pulled on her hair, got her legs in the air, and asked her if she had any cooties in there". In the interlude Frank mentions his famous "Zircon encrusted Tweezers". The last line of the song leaves the final message that maybe he did make her come. "I think I heard some Dinah-Moe Humm".
Rating: 4/5

7. Montana - This is a Frank Zappa classic about moving to Montana to become a dental floss tycoon. The intro is very fast paced and moves into a drum fill and then slows the tempo down as Frank tells how he plans to raise his dental floss. The guitar solo after the chorus is one of my favorite Frank Zappa guitar solos (Besides Muffin Man). Even if you don't love the album you would probably enjoy this song, the songwriting is just priceless. I wish I could write songs as creative as Frank.
Rating: 5/5

Well, this may not be Frank's finest hour but it is worth checking out. This is my 2nd Favorite Zappa album from the 70s, my first being Live at the Fillmore 1971. The album as a whole is not as strong as the few good songs on the album in my opinion so you would probably be better off downloading a few of the songs on the album instead. Still, not a bad album.



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Zappa
July 16th 2004


355 Comments


I find that this is an album of growth for Frank's guitar playing. Nothing before this one has his signature sound so fully developed. You hear elements of his sound brewing on "Hot Rats," but I think he is stylistically more focused and comfortable here than on Hot Rats. Aside from that, some of the songs here are just mighty fine. The only song I'm not too fond of is "Dirty Love," and my favorites are probably the middle two (tracks 4 and 5). This is a good indicator of the style that would be perfected on "Roxy & Elsewhere" and "One Size Fits All," and it's also the first time you can hear Frank completely comfortable in his own unique guitar playing style. A great album for Zappa neophytes, and one that even long time fans will occasionally return to.

4/5.

AfroMan
July 16th 2004


101 Comments


What's the best Zappa album then, in your opinion?

Zappa
July 16th 2004


355 Comments


In mine? "Freak Out!"

Zappa
July 16th 2004


355 Comments


Here's my top ten (all tied for best, basically):

Freak Out!
We're Only In It For The Money
Hot Rats
Weasels Ripped My Flesh
Roxy & Elsewhere
One Size Fits All
Zappa In New York
Joe's Garage, Acts I, II, and III
Jazz From Hell
Civilization Phaze III

Kingadamx
July 16th 2004


120 Comments


My Top 10 Frank Zappa Albums are:
1. Freak Out
2. Live at the Fillmore East 1971
3. Hot Rats
4. Over-nite Sensation
5. Absolutely Free
6. Chunga's Revenge
7. We're Only In It For The Money
8. Apostrophe(')
9. Zoot Allures
10. Weasels Ripped My Flesh

Dark Hero
July 16th 2004


160 Comments


i like this album, my favorite track is i'm the slime.

owlandtree
July 17th 2004


47 Comments


This is my favorite Zappa band line-up. I have a good amount of live material from this era(72'-75'). This album is one of the most "commercial" of his along with Apostrophe and shiek yerbouti. Recommend; You can't do that on stage anymore #2(?) has a lot of great magic-caught-on-album stuff. Piquantique, from the Beat the Boots box set #1(live in stockholm, with Jean-Luc Ponty). Of course Roxy and Elsewhere. My personal fav from that era; One Size Fits All. Overnite Sensation is a great album because it's ZAPPA. Even though this is the album that prompted all of the aged-misinformed stoners say "Zappa was on drugs. He's funny." It is not one of my top 20 Zappa albums. 3/5 stars.

Zappa
July 17th 2004


355 Comments


[QUOTE=owlandtree]This is my favorite Zappa band line-up. I have a good amount of live material from this era(72'-75'). This album is one of the most "commercial" of his along with Apostrophe and shiek yerbouti. Recommend; You can't do that on stage anymore #2(?) has a lot of great magic-caught-on-album stuff. Piquantique, from the Beat the Boots box set #1(live in stockholm, with Jean-Luc Ponty). Of course Roxy and Elsewhere. My personal fav from that era; One Size Fits All. Overnite Sensation is a great album because it's ZAPPA. Even though this is the album that prompted all of the aged-misinformed stoners say "Zappa was on drugs. He's funny." It is not one of my top 20 Zappa albums. 3/5 stars.[/QUOTE]

Yes, all of those are great albums. Piquantique is hurting for sound quality, but the music is great. I like to call YCDTOSA Volume 2 "Roxy 2," because it's a lot of the same material, but was performed later, and is thus tighter and the songs are performed at faster tempos. I basically agree with what you said, but I'm not sure I can call this my favorite lineup. I am very fond of the '88 touring band the '68-70 Mothers of Invention, and the '76 band featured on "Zappa In New York." I also would say that I prefer "Roxy & Elsewhere" to "One Size Fits All."

the_misery_chick
July 8th 2005


76 Comments


Montana was the first Frank Zappa song that I heard and I loved it!!! I heard it a few
months back - my Mum played it to me and I was hooked. I think that he was a
great songwriter and a fabulous guitarist. More teenagers should hear him and stop
listening to Crazy Frog.
ADINGDINGDINGDING!!!
I heard Montana and a couple of others on Best Of Frank Zappa, but not all the Over
- Nite Sensation tracks were on there: I may have to persuade my parents to convert
their vinyl of it on to CD for me. ;) "Hey Muuuum!!! CONVERT OVER - NITE
SENSATION TO CD FOR ME!!! I'LL GET A*s IN ALL MY GCSEs! ILL FIND RELIGION! I'LL
BE GOOD SOMETIMES!!! This Message Edited On 07.11.05

the_misery_chick
October 20th 2005


76 Comments


hehe

AnyColour74
August 24th 2006


1054 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

just discovered this. its great. montana kicks ass.

manosg
Staff Reviewer
January 11th 2013


12314 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm not the biggest Zappa fan but I respect him as an artist and I like this album. Dirty Love and

Dinah-Moe Humm are my favorite songs.

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