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The Hot Rats Sessions
20 december 2019
officiële release - 115

2019 cd-versie
disc 1
  1. Piano Music (Section 1)
This is Take 8, an alternate performance of what became known as “Piano Intro to Little House I Used To Live In” found on "Burnt Weeny Sandwich".
  2.  Piano Music (Section 3)
Contains the theme from “Peaches En Regalia” and the Master Take of “Aybe Sea” (Burnt Weeny Sandwich)
  3. Peaches En Regalia (Prototype)
  4. Peaches En Regalia (Section 1, In Session)
  5. Peaches En Regalia (Section 1, Master Take)
  6. Peaches En Regalia (Section 3, In Session)
  7. Peaches En Regalia (Section 3, Master Take)
  8. Arabesque (In Session)
  9. Arabesque (Master Take)
Released in edited form as “Toads Of The Short Forest” on "Weasels Ripped My Flesh" in 1970
10.  Dame Margret's Son To Be A Bride (In Session)
This song was re-recorded on 7-30-69 and eventually repurposed as "Lemme Take You To The Beach" first issued on "Studio Tan" in 1978

disc 2
  1. It Must Be A Camel (Part 1, In Session)
  2. It Must Be a Camel (Part 1, Master Take)
  3. It Must Be a Camel (Intercut, In Session)
  4. It Must Be a Camel (Intercut, Master Take)
  5. Natasha (In Session)
  6. Natasha (Master Take)
Released as “Little Umbrellas” on "Hot Rats" in 1969
  7. Bognor Regis (Unedited Master)
Unreleased Track. Frank re-worked this track over the years, using it as the basics for an early version of "Conehead". In the process, he erased original source material. This mix reflects what survived along with some crafty insertion from a vintage 2-track mix for completion.
  8.  Willie The Pimp (In Session)
  9. Willie The Pimp (Unedited Master Take)
10. Willie The Pimp (Guitar OD 1)
11. Willie The Pimp (Guitar OD 2)

disc 3
Basic Track Sessions
1. Transition (Section 1 - In Session)
2. Transition (Section 1 - Master Take)
3. Transition (Section 2 - Intercut - In Session)
4. Transition (Section 2 - Intercut - Master Take)
5. Transition (Section 3 - Intercut - In Session)
6. Transition (Section 3 - Intercut - Master Take)
Released in edited form as “Twenty Small Cigars” on "Chunga’s Revenge" in 1970.
7. Lil’ Clanton Shuffle (Unedited Master)
Re-mixed and released in edited form on "The Lost Episodes" in 1998
8. Directly From My Heart To You (Unedited Master)
Released in edited form on “Weasels Ripped My Flesh” in 1970
9. Another Waltz (Unedited Master)
Portions released in edited form as “Little House I Used To Live In” on "Burnt Weeny Sandwich" in 1970

disc 4
Basic Track Sessions
1. Dame Margret’s Son To Be A Bride (Remake)
Eventually utilized for "Lemme Take You To The Beach" on "Studio Tan" in 1978. Because of this song getting repurposed later, original tracks were wiped by FZ in favor of new ones. All that's left is the original bass & drums.
2. Son Of Mr. Green Genes (Take 1)
3. Son Of Mr. Green Genes (Master Take)
4. Big Legs (Unedited Master Take)
Released in edited form as "The Gumbo Variations" on "Hot Rats" in 1969
5. It Must Be a Camel (Percussion Tracks)
Percussion overdubs recorded at Sunset Sound Studios, August 1969
6. Arabesque (Guitar OD Mix)
Guitar Overdubs recorded at Sunset Sound Studios, August 1969 Released in edited form as “Toads Of The Short Forest” on "Weasels Ripped My Flesh" in 1970
7. Transition (Full Version)
Guitar Overdubs recorded at Sunset Sound Studios, August 1969. Released in edited form as “Twenty Small Cigars” on "Chunga’s Revenge" in 1970.
8. Piano Music (Section 3 - OD Version)
Overdubs recorded at TTG Studios, 7-21-69 Contains the theme from “Peaches En Regalia” (c)1969, and the Master Take of “Aybe Sea” released on "Burnt Weeny Sandwich" in 1969.

disc 5
From The Vault - Part 1
Hot Rats - 1987 Digital Re-Mix. Re-Mixed from the original multi-track masters with added material from the original sessions
  1. Peaches En Regalia
  2. Willie The Pimp
  3. Son Of Mr. Green Genes
  4. Little Umbrellas
  5. The Gumbo Variations
  6. It Must Be A Camel
  7. The Origin Of Hot Rats 1987- FZ with Peter Occhiogrosso
  8. Hot Rats Vintage Promotion Ad #1
  9. Peaches En Regalia (Mono Single Master)
10. Hot Rats Vintage Promotion Ad #2
11. Little Umbrellas (1969 Mono Single Master)
12. Lil' Clanton Shuffle (1972 Whitney Studios Mix)

Disc 6
From The Vault - Part 2
  1. Little Umbrellas (Cucamonga Version)
  2. Little Umbrellas (1969 Mix Outtake)
  3. It Must Be A Camel (1969 Mix Outtake
  4. Son Of Mr. Green Genes (1969 Mix Outtake)
  5. More Of The Story Of Willie The Pimp
  6. Willie The Pimp (Vocal Tracks)
  7. Willie The Pimp (1969 Quick Mix)
  8. Dame Margret's Son To Be A Bride (1969 Quick Mix)
  9. Hot Rats Vintage Promotion Ad #3
10. Bognor Regis (1970 Record Plant Mix)
11. Peaches En Regalia (1969 Rhythm Track Mix)
12. Son Of Mr. Green Genes (1969 Rhythm Track Mix)
13. Little Umbrellas (1969 Rhythm Track Mix)
14. Arabesque (Guitar Tracks)
15. Hot Rats Vintage Promotion Ad #4

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Frank Zappa: guitar, octave bass, percussion
Ian Underwood: piano, organus maximus, flute, all clarinets, all saxes
with
Captain Beefheart: vocal on Willie the Pimp
Suger Cane Harris: violin on Willie the Pimp & the Gumbo Variations
Jean-Luc Ponty: violin on It Must Be a Camel
John Guerin: drums on Willie the Pimp, Little Umbrellas, It Must Be a Camel
Paul Humphrey: drums on Son of Mr. Green Genes & the Gumbo Variations
Ron Selico: drums on Peaches en Regalia
Max Bennett: bass on all tracks, except:
Shuggy Otis: bass on Peaches en Regalia
John Balkin: bass
Don Preston: piano, organ
Jimmy Carl Black: drums
Annie Zannus: vocals
Cynthia Dobson: vocals

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This Movie for Your Ears
was produced and directed by Frank Zappa
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dedicated to Dweezil, Bub & Gil
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NEW BOXED SET INCLUDES UNRELEASED BASIC TRACKS, RARE AND UNEDITED MIXES, WORK MIXES, RELEVANT NUGGETS FROM ZAPPA’S VAULT, NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN PHOTOS FROM THE RECORDING SESSIONS AND PHOTO SHOOT THAT PRODUCED THE HOT RATS COVER, AND UNIQUE “ZAPPA LAND” BOARD GAME

Los Angeles – October 10, 2019 – Fifty years ago today, Frank Zappa’s inimitable, groundbreaking first solo album, Hot Rats, was released, putting the songwriter and musician on the map as a virtuosic guitarist and changing the course of music forever with its conceptual, compositional and technological innovations. Self-described as a “movie for your ears,” the mostly instrumental 1969 album was a new musical avenue for Zappa following the dissolution of his band The Mothers Of Invention as he melded the sophistication of jazz with the attitude of rock and roll to create a highly influential masterpiece widely hailed today as a pioneering album of jazz-rock fusion.

On December 20, just one day before what would have been Frank Zappa’s 79th birthday, Zappa Records and UMe will celebrate Hot Rats and the legendary composer’s highly prolific 1969 period with a mammoth six-disc boxed set titled, The Hot Rats Sessions. This expansive new collection documents and compiles every composition recorded during several days in July 1969 when Zappa recorded Hot Rats and a wealth of other material that ended up being used throughout multiple releases during his lifetime. Filled with an abundance of rare and unedited mixes, work mixes, relevant Vault nuggets and complete basic tracks mixed from the original multi-track master tapes by Craig Parker Adams and mastered by Bob Ludwig in 2019, the collection provides a fascinating look into the making of this classic album, and includes essentially every musical entity that was recorded during these iconic sessions.

Overseen by the Zappa Trust and produced by Ahmet Zappa and Zappa Vaultmeister, Joe Travers, The Hot Rats Sessions will be available in a 6CD boxed set and digitally, including Apple Digital Master. This creatively fertile time in Zappa’s career is visually brought to life through a beautiful 28-page booklet featuring striking never-before-seen images of the recording sessions by Bill Gubbins, photographs of the master tapes and tape boxes, and stunning outtakes from original Hot Rats cover photographer, Andee Nathanson’s shoot with Miss Christine. Nathanson provides the collection’s new cover image and several unreleased photos, all from the same photo shoot, captured on Infrared film which gave the original album its otherworldly look. Nathanson vividly details the shoot in the liner notes which also includes essays by Zappa collaborator Ian Underwood and Vaultmeister Travers and an appreciation from “The Simpsons” creator and lifelong Zappa fan, Matt Groening, who recounts his first time listening to Hot Rats as a teenager: “From the opening moments of that unforgettable drum fill, I was transported. The kaleidoscopic, calliopean, dare-I-say-callipygian, mini-masterpiece ‘Peaches En Regalia’ elevated my scrawny body into the air, spun me around like a propeller beanie, and melted my brain.”

The Hot Rats Sessions also includes a one-of-a-kind “Zappa Land” board game where fans are tasked with helping Frank get back to the studio to finish Hot Rats. All boxes preordered via Zappa.com will come with an instant grat download of the unreleased outtake, “It Must Be A Camel” (1969 Mix Outtake). Listen to the track and preorder The Hot Rats Sessions now: https://UMe.lnk.to/HotRats50th

Two exciting new vinyl releases will also be issued to celebrate the 50th anniversary: the original Hot Rats album will be pressed on limited edition translucent hot pink 180-gram vinyl featuring the 1969 mix mastered from the original analog master tapes by Bernie Grundman in 2008 and pressed at Pallas in Germany, and a limited edition 10” picture disc Peaches En Regalia EP will be released in conjunction with Record Store Day’s Black Friday on November 29. The EP has rare mono mixes on Side A of “Peaches En Regalia” and “Little Umbrellas,” intended in 1969 as a promotional single, and the 1969 unreleased rhythm track mixes from the forthcoming boxed set on the flipside.

Hot Rats was composed, arranged, and produced by Zappa who played guitar on all tracks and delivered extraordinary solos throughout. One of the best-selling albums of his career, the six-song record is made up of five instrumentals, including one of his most beloved works, “Peaches En Regalia.” Frequent Zappa collaborator Don Van Vliet aka Captain Beefheart provides his unmistakable vocals to lone non-instrumental, the skronky blues-rock number, “Willie The Pimp.” Star musicians on these sessions include multi-instrumentalist Ian Underwood, violinists Don “Sugarcane” Harris and Jean Luc Ponty, bassist Max Bennett, drummers Jon Guerin (Max and Jon played together in the famed fusion outfit L.A. Express), Paul Humphrey and Ron Selico, R&B pioneer Johnny Otis and his 15-year-old son, Shuggie Otis who lays down some astounding, ahead of his time bass lines on “Peaches En Regalia” and several other tracks.

The Hot Rats Sessions offers a riveting and revealing fly-on-the-wall experience by showcasing the genesis and evolution of the Hot Rats songs as well as tracks that would be featured on Zappa’s acclaimed albums, Burnt Weeny Sandwich, Weasels Ripped My Flesh, Studio Tan and Chunga’s Revenge. Hot Rats was the first record to be recorded on a prototype 16-track tape machine and this new technology, along with Zappa’s overdub techniques, further inspired him to create and innovate. The first three and a half discs of the set are dedicated to the basic track recording sessions recorded at T.T.G. Studios in Hollywood, California on July 18, 28, 29 and 30th, and allows listeners the opportunity to experience what it would be like to be in the studio as Zappa perfected these compositions. His intense work ethic is on full display and a newfound respect is gained for the choices he made when creating the final masterwork.

The fifth and sixth discs of the set presents the original Hot Rats album with Zappa’s 1987 digital re-mix along with an assortment of extras such as vintage promotional audio ads for the album, the mono singles of “Peaches En Regalia” and “Little Umbrellas” and rare mixes of more than a dozen tracks. The Hot Rats Sessions is rife with unreleased session material and also includes the first-ever official release of “Bognor Regis,” and several unedited masters of songs like “Peaches En Regalia,” “Twenty Small Cigars,” “Toads Of The Short Forest,” “Lil’ Clanton Shuffle” and “Directly From My Heart To You.”

The Hot Rats Sessions provides an awe-inspiring snapshot of an especially productive time for Zappa, who in the year 1969 alone, outside of his own projects, produced Captain Beefheart’s outsider classic, Trout Mask Replica and the one and only album for The GTO’s, toured and had his second child. With this new, exciting deep dive, fans can explore one of Zappa’s most revered records like never before and experience how it coalesced to become one of the greatest albums of all time.


Gail was er blij mee lijkt het. Nu wij ook?
Aangekondigd één dag voor de officiële 50e verjaardag van Hot Rats op 15 oktober. Per ongeluk was de set al in de Zappa-winkel geplaatst. In deze tijd is iedereen dan meteen op de hoogte. Maar dat maakt ons niet minder blij, want ik - en met mij heel wat andere Zappanaten - hebben jaren op deze set gewacht.
Er zijn al leuke bijzonderheden, zoals 'Natasha', een track die later muteerde in Little Umbrellas. Maar dan als grote verrassing een Little Umbrellas uit de Cucamonga-periode.
We zullen het gaan zien én horen! Die disc 5, tracks 1-6 lijken een oude bekende te zijn; de Ryko-variant, maar eerst maar eens luisteren.
De release staat gepland één dag voor Zappa's verjaardag. Dat roept vragen op, maar of die nu zo belangrijk zijn?

dutch text 2019 Paul Lemmens © pics etc. ZFT/UMe