Frank Zappa Classic Albums: Apostrophe (') & Over-Nite Sensation

2007 • 0h 50m

Frank Zappa is an American composer and musician of such breadth and prolific output—60 albums—that fans differ constantly about the contenders for his Classic Album. What is agreed is that in over 30 years of work, Zappa’s records embraced Rock, Jazz, Funk, Blues, Doo-Wop, and Classical influences, and lyrically most were tinged with sufficient degrees of humor, satire, and wry political observation and exuded excellent musicianship with faultless production. The two albums which encapsulate this cornucopia of musicality perfectly are Over-nite Sensation (1973) and Apostrophe (') (1974).

As his son, Dweezil Zappa, tells us in this film, "This is where you go to find every aspect of Frank's music squeezed into two perfectly formed records." They were also the most commercially successful albums he released. By use of interviews, musical demonstration, rare and unseen archive footage and home movies, and live performances, the program tells the story behind the conception and recording of these groundbreaking albums.

We will discover how Frank Zappa created both the albums with the help of a crack team of musicians including, George Duke, Napoleon Murphy Brock, Ian and Ruth Underwood, and Bruce Fowler and Engineer Kerry McNabb. Frank's wife, Gail, and children Dweezil, Moon, and Ahmet throw essential light onto living with a musical genius. Musician, actor, and fan, Billy Bob Thornton, Alice Cooper, and guitarists Steve Vai and Warren Cucurullo add insight to Frank as a musician, composer, and bandleader and Zappa Plays Zappa re-create some of the classic tracks from these albums.