Classic Albums: Frank Zappa – Apostrophe/Over-Nite Sensation

May 31, 2011 by  
Filed under Music, Top Story

You can`t find any of Frank Zappa`s classic albums on itunes. Some kind of contract agreements must be up? I don`t know…I will have to research this. However, you can find (on itunes) a documentary produced by Eagle Rock Entertainment and released on DVD on May 1, 2007. It`s title is: Classic Albums: Frank Zappa – Apostrophe/Over-Nite Sensation. These were Frank`s most popular records and were released in 1973 and 1974.

I believe I saw Frank Zappa at the Armadillo World Headquarters for this period of Apostrophe and Over-Nite Sensation. I`m going to have to look that up too. Just saw some footage of Frank doing Montana, and I could swear it`s at the Armadillo. All that`s been documented but I`ll need to do some digging to verify. Good to see Ruth Underwood again after many years.

I remember all the songs still, but it`s been many years. Excerpts of Cosmik Debris and St. Alfonzo`s Pancake Breakfast stand out (at this moment). The first part of the documentary covers his early career, including Freak Out. One scene has the riots in America, cities burning against Trouble Every Day playing in the background. There`s the Varese influence, Stravinsky, Johnny Guitar, doo-wap…writing dots on paper! How was Frank able to do all of this music writing? “Oh I went to the library.”