Hot Rats

Hot Rats

(Frank Zappa, LP, Bizarre/Reprise RS 6356, October 10, 1969)

  1. Peaches En Regalia 3:37
  2. Willie The Pimp 9:16
  3. Son Of Mr. Green Genes 9:00
  4. Little Umbrellas 3:03
  5. The Gumbo Variations 16:57
  6. It Must Be A Camel 5:16

T.T.G., LA; Sunset Sound, LA; Whitney Studios, Glendale
July-August, 1969

Produced by Frank Zappa
Engineers:
Dick Kunc—Whitney Studios
Jack Hunt—T.T.G.
Cliff Goldstein—T.T.G.
Brian Ingoldsby—Sunset Sound

Photo: Andee Nathanson
Cover design: Cal Schenkel
Interior design: John Williams

FZ—guitar, octave bass, percussion
Ian Underwood—piano, organus maximus, all clarinets, all saxes

 

1. Peaches En Regalia 3:37

Basic track:

T.T.G. Studios, LA, CA
July 28, 1969

Ian Underwood—piano
Shuggie Otis—bass
Ron Selico—drums

Overdubs:

Sunset Sound Studios, LA, CA
August 26, 1969

Whitney Studios, Glendale, CA
c. August 28-30, 1969

FZ—guitars, octave bass, percussion
Ian Underwood—woodwinds, organ, organus maximus

 

2. Willie The Pimp 9:16

Basic tracks:

T.T.G. Studios, Los Angeles, CA
July 29, 1969

FZ—guitar
Ian Underwood—tack piano
Don "Sugarcane" Harris—violin
Max Bennett—bass
John Guerin—drums

Overdubs:

T.T.G. Studios, Los Angeles, CA
July 29, 1969

FZ—guitar
Captain Beefheart—vocal

prob. Sunset Sound, Los Angeles, CA and/or Whitney Studios, Glendale, CA
c. August 25-30, 1969

FZ—percussion

I'm a little pimp with my hair gassed back
Pair a khaki pants with my shoe shined black

Got a little lady . . . walk the street
Tellin' all the boys that she cain't be beat

Twenny dollah bill (I can set you straight)
Meet me onna corner boy 'n don't be late

Man in a suit with a bow-tie neck
Wanna buy a grunt with a third party check

Standin' onna porch of the Lido Hotel
Floozies in the lobby love the way I sell:
HOT MEAT
HOT RATS
HOT CATS
HOT RITZ
HOT ROOTS
HOT SOOTS

HOT MEAT
HOT RATS
HOT CATS
HOT ZITZ
HOT ROOTS
HOT SOOTS

3. Son Of Mr. Green Genes 9:00

Basic tracks:

T.T.G. Studios, Los Angeles, CA
July 30, 1969

FZ—guitar
Ian Underwood—piano
Max Bennett—bass
Paul Humphrey—drums

Overdubs:

Sunset Sound, Los Angeles, CA and/or Whitney Studios, Glendale, CA
c. August 25-30, 1969

Ian Underwood—woodwinds, keyboards
FZ—percussion

 

4. Little Umbrellas 3:03

Basic tracks:

T.T.G. Studios, Los Angeles, CA
July 29, 1969

Ian Underwood—piano
Max Bennett—bass
John Guerin—drums

Overdubs:

Sunset Sound, Los Angeles, CA and/or Whitney Studios, Glendale, CA
c. August 25-30, 1969

Ian Underwood—woodwinds, keyboards

 

5. The Gumbo Variations 16:57

Sugar Cane Harris—violin
Paul Humphrey—drums
Max Bennett—bass

Take 2.
How many bars?
FZ: Uh . . . Why don't you count it off?
Alright.
FZ: You start— You three start together on this.
Alright.
One . . . Two . . . One, two . . .

6. It Must Be A Camel 5:16

Basic tracks:

T.T.G. Studios, Los Angeles, CA
July 29, 1969

Ian Underwood—piano
Max Bennett—bass
John Guerin—drums

Overdubs:

Sunset Sound, Los Angeles, CA
August 25, 1969

FZ—guitars
Ian Underwood—woodwinds, keyboards

prob. Whitney Studios, Glendale, CA
August 28-30, 1969

FZ—percussion
Jean-Luc Ponty—violin

 

 

All compositions by Frank Zappa except as noted
Site maintained by Román García Albertos
http://www.donlope.net/fz/
Lyrics from the album booklet
with corrections and additions from St. Alphonzo's Pancake Homepage
Further corrections and additions by Román and Patrick Neve
The parts on the 1987 CD mix not on the original vinyl are printed this way
This page updated: 2020-07-25