Over-Nite Sensation is the first album where Frank Zappa began to show commercial potential. The album is very short. The playing time is only minutes but what sweet minutes that are. Over-Nite Sensation is without a doubt one of the most entertaining albums I have ever heard.
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Indeed, that enjoyment, also evident in the silly wordplay, suggests that Zappa is throwing his juvenile crassness in the face of critical expectation, asserting his right to follow his muse even if it leads him into blatant stupidity ironic or otherwise.
Fed up with the lack of financial means his career had brought him so far, in Zappa took a new approach to his albums, that was much more in line with what the general public expected of a rock artist. Instead of the recent albums, most of them either instrumental or bizarre story telling pieces, Zappa adapted the normal compiling of an album: a set of songs with lyrics, limited in size, without lengthy soloing.
Besides that he took more sight of the spotlights by starting to sing most of his songs himself as far as his voice allowed him to do so. Because he had a limited vocal range, the more versatile parts still had to be sung by others. This, with a lot of deviation allowed, remained the course for the coming years. Apart from being commercially successfull, Zappa personally also seemed to be fond of these albums.
Most of their tracks exist in live variants as well and he kept including songs from these two albums in every tour since they premiered. During the recording sessions, Tina brought Ike into the studio to hear the highly difficult middle section of "Montana" which had taken the Ikettes a few days to learn and master. Ike listened to the tape and responded "What is this shit?
Ike later insisted that Zappa not credit the Ikettes on the released album.
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