The Hot Rats Sessions

The Hot Rats Sessions

(Frank Zappa, 6 CDs, Zappa Records/UME ZR20032, December 20, 2019)

disc 1

  1. Piano Music (Section 1) 2:13
  2. Piano Music (Section 3) 5:42
  3. Peaches En Regalia (Prototype) 5:57
  4. Peaches En Regalia (Section 1, In Session) 10:49
  5. Peaches En Regalia (Section 1, Master Take) 2:05
  6. Peaches Jam—Part 1 6:28
  7. Peaches Jam—Part 2 10:30
  8. Peaches En Regalia (Section 3, In Session) 6:57
  9. Peaches En Regalia (Section 3, Master Take) 2:07
  10. Arabesque (In Session) 7:01
  11. Arabesque (Master Take) 6:57
  12. Dame Margret's Son To Be A Bride (In Session) 4:30

disc 2

  1. It Must Be A Camel (Part 1, In Session) 8:22
  2. It Must Be A Camel (Part 1, Master Take) 2:17
  3. It Must Be A Camel (Intercut, In Session) 3:53
  4. It Must Be A Camel (Intercut, Master Take) 4:02
  5. Natasha (In Session) 4:04
  6. Natasha (Master Take) 3:12
  7. Bognor Regis (Unedited Master) 10:59
  8. Willie The Pimp (In Session) 2:20
  9. Willie The Pimp (Unedited Master Take) 15:14
  10. Willie The Pimp (Guitar OD 1) 14:46
  11. Willie The Pimp (Guitar OD 2) 6:18

disc 3

  1. Transition (Section 1, In Session) 6:17
  2. Transition (Section 1, Master Take) 2:25
  3. Transition (Section 2, Intercut, In Session) 1:50
  4. Transition (Section 2, Intercut, Master Take) 2:43
  5. Transition (Section 3, Intercut, In Session) 2:29
  6. Transition (Section 3, Intercut, Master Take) 2:13
  7. Lil' Clanton Shuffle (Unedited Master) 12:43
  8. Directly From My Heart To You (Unedited Master) 10:18
  9. Another Waltz (Unedited Master) 27:56

disc 4

  1. Dame Margret's Son To Be A Bride (Remake) 3:54
  2. Son Of Mr. Green Genes (Take 1) 8:16
  3. Son Of Mr. Green Genes (Master Take) 10:47
  4. Big Legs (Unedited Master Take) 32:42
  5. It Must Be A Camel (Percussion Tracks) 1:48
  6. Arabesque (Guitar OD Mix) 6:57
  7. Transition (Full Version) 6:22
  8. Piano Music (Section 3, OD Version) 5:41

disc 5

  1. Peaches En Regalia 3:39
  2. Willie The Pimp 9:17
  3. Son Of Mr. Green Genes 9:00
  4. Little Umbrellas 3:04
  5. The Gumbo Variations 16:57
  6. It Must Be A Camel 5:18
  7. The Origin Of Hot Rats 0:35
  8. Hot Rats Vintage Promotion Ad #1 1:02
  9. Peaches En Regalia (1969 Mono Single Master) 3:32
  10. Hot Rats Vintage Promotion Ad #2 1:01
  11. Little Umbrellas (1969 Mono Single Master) 3:05
  12. Lil' Clanton Shuffle (1972 Whitney Studios Mix) 12:42

disc 6

  1. Little Umbrellas (Cucamonga Version) 2:00
  2. Little Umbrellas (1969 Mix Outtake) 3:10
  3. It Must Be A Camel (1969 Mix Outtake) 5:23
  4. Son Of Mr. Green Genes (1969 Mix Outtake) 10:39
  5. More Of The Story Of Willie The Pimp 1:24
  6. Willie The Pimp (Vocal Tracks) 2:07
  7. Willie The Pimp (1969 Quick Mix) 14:29
  8. Dame Margret's Son To Be A Bride (1969 Quick Mix) 3:46
  9. Hot Rats Vintage Promotion Ad #3 0:52
  10. Bognor Regis (1970 Record Plant Mix) 8:11
  11. Peaches En Regalia (1969 Rhythm Track Mix) 4:24
  12. Son Of Mr. Green Genes (1969 Rhythm Track Mix) 10:40
  13. Little Umbrellas (1969 Rhythm Track Mix) 3:11
  14. Arabesque (Guitar Tracks) 6:57
  15. Hot Rats Vintage Promotion Ad #4 0:59

Original recordings produced by Frank Zappa
Original 1969 recording engineers:
T.T.G. Studios—Jack Hunt, Cliff Goldstein
Sunset Sound Studios—Brian Ingoldsby
Whitney Studios—Dick Kunc

FZ—guitars, octave bass, percussion, keyboards, voice
Ian Underwood—keyboards, woodwinds
Captain Beefheart—vocals
Don "Sugarcane" Harris—violin, organ, vocals
Johnny Otis—keyboards
Don Preston—keyboards
Jean-Luc Ponty—violin
Buzz Gardner—trumpet
Bunk Gardner—sax
John Balkin—bass
Shuggie Otis—bass
Max Bennett—bass
Roy Estrada—bass
Art Tripp—drums
Ron Selico—drums
John Guerin—drums
Jimmy Carl Black—drums
Paul Humphrey—drums
+
Lowell George—rhythm guitar (live 1969)
Motorhead Sherwood—baritone sax (live 1969)
Annie Zannus—voice (NYC, 1969)
Cynthia Dobson—voice (NYC, 1969)

Produced for release by Ahmet Zappa & Joe Travers
Analog tape hi-res transfers by Joe Travers
1970 mix by FZ & Stan Agol, Record Plant, Los Angeles, CA
1972 mix by FZ with Barry Keene, Whitney Studios
1987 digital re-mixes by Bob Stone, UMRK
2019 mixes by Craig Parker Adams at Winslow Ct. Studios
Mastered by Bob Ludwig, Gateway Mastering, 2019

Cover photo & additional infrared photos—Andee Nathanson
Sessions photography—Bill Gubbins
Tape & tape box photography—Michael Mesker
Art direction & design—Michael Mesker
Hot Rats Board Game by Fantoons Animation Studio
Project manager—Melanie Starks
Liner notes by Matt Groening, Ian Underwood, Andee Nathanson, & Joe Travers with Ruth Underwood

 

disc 1

1. Piano Music (Section 1) 2:13

T.T.G. Studios, Los Angeles, CA
July 18, 1969

Ian Underwood—piano

Rolling. Rolling, Take 7.

2. Piano Music (Section 3) 5:42

includes Peaches En Regalia and Aybe Sea

T.T.G. Studios, Los Angeles, CA
July 18, 1969

Ian Underwood—piano

 

3. Peaches En Regalia (Prototype) 5:57

T.T.G. Studios, Los Angeles, CA
July 28, 1969

FZ—guitar
Ian Underwood—organ
Buzz Gardner—trumpet
Bunk Gardner—sax
John Balkin—bass
Art Tripp—drums

. . . up two?
FZ: Yeah.
One, two . . . ta-da-da . . .

We're rolling. This would be Tune #1, Take 1

One, two . . .

We're rolling. Take 2.

One, two . . .

We're rolling. 3.

One, two . . .

We're rolling. 4. 4?

We're rolling, Take 4. 4.

One, two . . .

We're rolling, Take 6. Take—

One, two . . .

We're rolling. Take 7.

4. Peaches En Regalia (Section 1, In Session) 10:49

T.T.G. Studios, Los Angeles, CA
July 28, 1969

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

We're rolling. "Peaches En Regalia," Take 1, Take 1— Section 1.

One, two . . .

FZ: No. Faster, faster.

We're rolling. 2. 2.

One, two . . .

FZ: Again.

Still rolling. Take 3. Take 3.

Rolling. Take 5.

FZ: Why don't you fill like crazy all the way through that introduction? You know. Answer those bass figures.

Take 5.

One, two . . .

6.

One, two . . .

FZ: Again. Listen, instead of doing those rolls on the beginning coming in round, why don't you do like uh, a pass. On the last two beats of the bar. Just like, one, two, tiddle-diddle-diddle tiddle-diddle-diddle bomp, and they come in like that.

Take 7.

One, two . . .

Hold it, hold it, phew!

We're rolling, "Peaches En Regalia," Take 8. 8.

Rolling. Take 8.

One, two, three . . .

Still rolling. Take 9. 9.

FZ: Much better. More feel! Get loose! Okay?

Rolling. Take 9. 9.

One, two, three . . .

FZ: Do another start. Do another, fancier start.

Take 10.

One, two, three . . .

FZ: Another one, please.

11. 11.

We're rolling, 11. 11.

One, two, three . . .

FZ: Get that part, Shuggie.

We're rolling. This would be take 12. 12.

One, two, three . . .

12 1/2. We're rolling.

One, two, three . . .

FZ: Now that was a good start. Do it again.

We're rolling. 14.

We're rolling. 14.

Two, three . . .

FZ: Marvelous!

15. 15.

One, two, three . . .

FZ: Another one, please.

We're rolling, 16.

One, two, three . . .

One . . .

We're rolling. This would be 18. 18.

FZ: Get that groove going!

One, two, three . . .

5. Peaches En Regalia (Section 1, Master Take) 2:05

T.T.G. Studios, Los Angeles, CA
July 28, 1969

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

 

6. Peaches Jam—Part 1 6:28

T.T.G. Studios, Los Angeles, CA
July 28, 1969

Ian Underwood—piano
Don "Sugarcane" Harris—violin
Johnny Otis—tack piano
Shuggie Otis—bass
Ron Selico—drums

 

7. Peaches Jam—Part 2 10:30

T.T.G. Studios, Los Angeles, CA
July 28, 1969

FZ—guitar
Ian Underwood—piano
Don "Sugarcane" Harris—violin
Johnny Otis—tack piano
Shuggie Otis—bass
Ron Selico—drums

 

8. Peaches En Regalia (Section 3, In Session) 6:57

T.T.G. Studios, Los Angeles, CA
July 28, 1969

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

We're rolling. "Peaches," Part 3, Take 1. Take 1.

Rolling.

One, two, three, four . . .

FZ: Again. Ron, you gotta play that fill in there, so— Gotta play that fill in there so there's a big difference between that fill section and when the vamp starts again . . . As craze as you can make it.

Rolling. Take 3.

One, two, three . . .

We're rolling. 4.

One, two, three, four . . .

5. Take 5.

One, two, three . . .

FZ: Again.

We're rolling. Take 6. 6.

FZ: That rhythm is ta-da-da-dah ta-dah ta-dah . . . It's okay, do it the third time, so it's got a build for the fade.

Rolling. Take 6.

FZ: Yeah.

Take 6.

One, two, three . . .

FZ: Again, please. Again, please.

This would be Take 7.

FZ: A little clink on the piano there.

Take 7.

FZ: Ron, please, when you— after that fill bring the volume down just a little bit for when the piano comes back in.

7.

One, two, three . . .

Take 8.

One, two, three . . .

FZ: Okay. That's enough on this one.

We're rolling. Take 9. Take 9.

One, two, three . . .

FZ: One more, please.

Still rolling. 10. 10.

One, two, three . . .

9. Peaches En Regalia (Section 3, Master Take) 2:07

T.T.G. Studios, Los Angeles, CA
July 28, 1969

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

FZ: Okay. That— That's the one. Thank you. I'll show you the next—

10. Arabesque (In Session) 7:01

T.T.G. Studios, Los Angeles, CA
July 28, 1969

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

FZ: Hold now. Hello?

We're rolling. This is the "Arabesque." Take 1. Take 1.

Rolling. Take 1.

One, two, three, two . . .

FZ: Okay. One more. Hello . . . No, don't worry, I cancelled the march . . . [...] brighter. Keep the time real tight.

Rolling. Take 2. Right.

One, two, three, two . . .

FZ: Hello.

We're rolling. Take 3.

Rolling. Take 8.

One . . . One . . . two . . .

FZ: Okay. Hold it. Hold it. We're just—

Rolling.
We're in 9. 9.

One . . . two . . .

We're rolling. 10. 10. Take 10.

One . . . two . . .

FZ: Come on. Get vicious.

Take 11.

FZ: Special metal teeth on this one.

Still rolling. This would be Take 12.

FZ: And watch that chord at the cadence on second [...].

One . . . two . . .

11. Arabesque (Master Take) 6:57

T.T.G. Studios, Los Angeles, CA
July 28, 1969

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

 

12. Dame Margret's Son To Be A Bride (In Session) 4:30

T.T.G. Studios, Los Angeles, CA
July 28, 1969

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

This is "Dame Margret's . . ."
FZ: Son.
"Son To Be A Bride." Take 1. Take 1.

FZ: Again, please.

We're rolling. Take 2. 2.

One, two, three, four . . .

FZ: Again, please. Keep— Come on, keep it bright.

We're rolling. Take 3.

FZ: Get disinterested in spots.

[...]

One, two, three . . .

disc 2

1. It Must Be A Camel (Part 1, In Session) 8:22

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

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

We're rolling.

"It Must Be A Camel." Take 1. Take 1.

We're rolling. 2.

One, two, three, one, two . . .

One . . .

Take 3.

Three, one, two . . .

FZ: Another one, please . . . Hello! One more, please.

Still rolling, this would be 4. 4.

You know, [...] before we go into the 4/4.
FZ: Yes.
You want me to fill it between those?
FZ: Hit 'em and them fill.
Right.
FZ: And also, you can fill more during the melody. And I can dig some pass— in the eight section all way around. Withing the first eight bars especially.

We're rolling. Take 4.

Oh, wait, there's one more thing, uh, before the—

Still 4. 4.

One, two, three, two, three . . .

FZ: Again, please. Hello. John?
John: Yeah.
FZ: Passes. You know, should be like, uh, 32nd note raging monstrosity, you know, like, uh, destroy the mood completely.
John: Right.
FZ: Okay?
John: Yeah.

Rolling. 5. Take 5.

One, two, three, four, five . . .

FZ: Hello?

Rolling. Take 6. Take 6.

FZ: Those, those fills are good. You can go even more so.
John: Okay.

Three . . .
Rolling. Take 6.
. . . four, five . . .

FZ: Again. Hello? Just make sure when you come off you get right down tight to the beat.
John: Oh, you— Okay.

Take 7. Good old 7.

One, two, three, four, five . . .

FZ: Another start.

Take 8.

Two, three, four, five . . .

FZ: Ah . . .

Rolling. This would be Take 9. 9.

FZ: What? This is the atmospheric glide. You want— You want it removed?
Yeah . . .

Rolling. Take 9. 9.

FZ: On the Top 40 of Saudi Arabia, "It Must Be A Camel."

Take 9.

One, two, three, four, five . . .

2. It Must Be A Camel (Part 1, Master Take) 2:17

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

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

FZ: Hold it. Hello. It sounds marvelous—

3. It Must Be A Camel (Intercut, In Session) 3:53

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

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

FZ: Intercut. Five bars before the bridge.

FZ: One more, please. Hello. Hello! Another one, please. Ah, do it— Play a different kind of beat during that— Same place. Do something on the ride cymbal, please.

Intercut. 4.

One, two, three . . .

FZ: Are you kidding me? Hmh hmh hmh . . .

Intercut. 5. 5.

FZ: You're on.

Two, three . . .

4. It Must Be A Camel (Intercut, Master Take) 4:02

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

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

 

5. Natasha (In Session) 4:04

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

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

We're rolling. This is "Natasha." Take 1. Take 1.

One, two, one, two, three . . .

This is Take 2. 2.

One, two, one, two, three . . .

Rolling. 3. 3.

One, two, one, two, three . . .

FZ: Again. Ian, a little bit less stiff on the, on the chords. Try to listen to John a little bit more and make it groove along.

Rolling. Take 4. 4.

One, two, one, two, three . . .

6. Natasha (Master Take) 3:12

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

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

 

7. Bognor Regis (Unedited Master) 10:59

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

One, two, three, four . . .

8. Willie The Pimp (In Session) 2:20

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

Tune 2. Take 1.

Tune 2. Take 1.

Tune 2. Take 1.

Tune 2. Take 1.

9. Willie The Pimp (Unedited Master Take) 15:14

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

 

10. Willie The Pimp (Guitar OD 1) 14:46

Basic tracks:

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

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

 

11. Willie The Pimp (Guitar OD 2) 6:18

Basic tracks:

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

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

 

disc 3

1. Transition (Section 1, In Session) 6:17

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

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

We're rolling. "Transition." Take 1. Take 1.

One, two, three, two, three . . .

FZ: Another one.

We're rolling. Take 2. 2.

Yeah, when we get through that, we do the whole thing again.

Rolling. Take 2.

One . . . two . . .

FZ: Marvelous introduction.

We're rolling. Take 3. 3.

One, two, three, two, three . . .

We're rolling. 4.

FZ: Ian, might you play the other [...].

[...] we're rolling the continuation from the old 6. "Transition." Take 6.

One, two, three, two, two . . .

FZ: Again, please.

We're rolling. Take 7. 7.

One, two.

Take 8.

Attention [...].

FZ: Girdle rides up, girdle rides down.

Rolling. Take 8.

[...]

One, two, three, two, two . . .

John Guerin: We got it, Frank.
FZ: Good. I like that roll thing that you do at the end of the intro. It sounds good, don't destroy it.
John Guerin: Okay.

Take 10.

John Guerin: Oh, I just killed— It's the first time I ever killed a fly with my brushes, man.
You don't kill it, it's moving, man.
John Guerin: Oh. Got it.
Right.
John Guerin: Okay.
FZ: Only one?
John Guerin: Right.

We're rolling. Take 10.

One, two, three, two, two . . .

FZ: Again.

This would be Take 11. 11.

One, two . . .

This would be 12 1/2.

One, two, three, two, two . . .

FZ: Could you start again, please. The juncture between the introduction and the first downbeat of the melody was just a little lumpy, you know.
John Guerin: Gravy.
FZ: Let— Yeah. Let the introduction taper off so it's a— there's a slight separation. In case anything goes wrong, it gives me a chance to cut on one of the other introductions.

We're rolling. Take 14.

One, two, three, two, two . . .

2. Transition (Section 1, Master Take) 2:25

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

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

FZ: Hold it. We now we'll do—

3. Transition (Section 2, Intercut, In Session) 1:50

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

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

Stand by, gentlemen. This would be Intercut, to Take 14.

How many bars before—?
Four.

Two, three, two, two . . .

Intercut 2.

One, two, three, two, two . . .

FZ: Do another one, please, and when you get to that "dah-dah-dah-daah" make the left hand really— a little fatter . . . A little darker . . . No, wrong chord. "Dah-dah-dah" . . . You had that weird thing dangling the chord that sounded good . . .

This would be Intercut 3.

One, two, three, two, two . . .

Ian: Hey, Frank, that should be a little lighter.

We're rolling. Intercut 4.

One, two, three, two, two . . .

4. Transition (Section 2, Intercut, Master Take) 2:43

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

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

We've [...] in the bolero.
Yeah, that was quite good.

5. Transition (Section 3, Intercut, In Session) 2:29

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

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

FZ: Watch those chords, Ian. Some of them are a little bit weird.

This would be . . .

FZ: I want it to be tackled since I've been playing for seven hours, but . . .

We're rolling. Intercut 4.

One, two, three, two, two . . .

We're rolling. 5. 5.

One . . . One, two, three, two, two . . .

FZ: This tempo was [...] out to what you've been doing. It's a shade of the t—

Rolling. This would be Intercut 7.

One, two, three, two, two, three . . .

Intercut 8.

One, two, three, two, two . . .

6. Transition (Section 3, Intercut, Master Take) 2:13

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

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

 

7. Lil' Clanton Shuffle (Unedited Master) 12:43

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

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

 

8. Directly From My Heart To You (Unedited Master) 10:18

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

FZ—guitar
Don "Sugarcane" Harris—violin, vocals
Don Preston—organ
Roy Estrada—bass
Jimmy Carl Black—drums

We're rolling. "Directly From My Heart To You." Take 1.

Two . . .

Take 1.

One, two, three . . .

Direct
Directly from my heart to you
Direct
Directly from my heart to you
Oh, you know that I love you
That's why I feel so blue

Oh, I pray
Our love would last away
I pray
That our love would last away
Yeah, we'd be so happy together
But you're so far away

Well, I need
I need you by my side
Well, I need
Yes, I need you by my side
Oh, I'd loved you little darlin'
Your love I could never hide

9. Another Waltz (Unedited Master) 27:56

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

FZ—guitar
Don "Sugarcane" Harris—violin
Don Preston—piano
Roy Estrada—bass
Jimmy Carl Black—drums

 

disc 4

1. Dame Margret's Son To Be A Bride (Remake) 3:54

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

Max Bennett—bass
Paul Humphrey—drums

Rolling. 4. 4.

2. Son Of Mr. Green Genes (Take 1) 8:16

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

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

We're rolling. This is "Mr. Green . . . Genes." Take 1.

One, two, three, four . . .

3. Son Of Mr. Green Genes (Master Take) 10:47

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

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

Take 2.

Rolling. Take 3.

One, two, three . . .

4. Big Legs (Unedited Master Take) 32:42

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

FZ—guitar
Ian Underwood—sax, organ
Don "Sugarcane" Harris—organ, violin
Max Bennett—bass
Paul Humphrey—drums

Stand by. We're rolling. This is called "Big Legs." Take 1.
"Big Legs." Take 1.
FZ: Big legs and little socks.
Take 1 and rolling.
Here we go.
FZ: Oh. Hold the tape.
Rolling. Take 1.
FZ: Don't worry about it. Here we go.
Rolling. Take 1.

FZ: Do another one.

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 . . .

And that sure was a lot of "Big Legs."

5. It Must Be A Camel (Percussion Tracks) 1:48

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

FZ—percussion overdubs

 

6. Arabesque (Guitar OD Mix) 6:57

Basic tracks:

T.T.G. Studios, Los Angeles, CA
July 28, 1969

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

Overdubs:

Sunset Sound Studios, Los Angeles, CA
August 25-26, 1969

FZ—guitars

 

7. Transition (Full Version) 6:22

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 25-26, 1969

FZ—guitar

 

8. Piano Music (Section 3, OD Version) 5:41

includes Peaches En Regalia and Aybe Sea

Basic track:

T.T.G. Studios, Los Angeles, CA
July 18, 1969

Ian Underwood—piano

Overdubs:

T.T.G. Studios, Los Angeles, CA
July 21, 1969

FZ—acoustic guitars
Ian Underwood—woodwinds, harpsichord

 

disc 5

1. Peaches En Regalia 3:39

UMRK, 1987
Bob Stone—digital re-mix engineer

 

2. Willie The Pimp 9:17

UMRK, 1987
Bob Stone—digital re-mix engineer

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

UMRK, 1987
Bob Stone—digital re-mix engineer

 

4. Little Umbrellas 3:04

UMRK, 1987
Bob Stone—digital re-mix engineer

 

5. The Gumbo Variations 16:57

UMRK, 1987
Bob Stone—digital re-mix engineer

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 5:18

UMRK, 1987
Bob Stone—digital re-mix engineer

 

7. The Origin Of Hot Rats 0:35

FZ, interviewed by Peter Occhiogrosso, 1987

FZ: That's where I got the idea for the Hot Rats album—the title for the Hot Rats album. There is a recording that I picked up in Europe that had—I think it was "The Shadow Of Your Smile," with Archie Shepp playing on it. And he played this solo—it just sounded to me immediately like there was this fucking army of preheated rats screaming out of his saxophone. That's what it sounded like.

8. Hot Rats Vintage Promotion Ad #1 1:02

includes Peaches En Regalia

Hi there, kids. The name of this song is called "Peaches En Regalia." It tells the story of a bowl of peaches that lives in the Royal Garden Hotel, across the street from the Kensington Market in London.

"Peaches En Regalia." That's one of six rock & roll concertos from an album called Hot Rats. Hot Rats is a new album on Bizarre/Reprise. The music is written and performed by Frank Zappa. In spite of that fact, we think you should obtain it.

9. Peaches En Regalia (1969 Mono Single Master) 3:32

 

10. Hot Rats Vintage Promotion Ad #2 1:01

includes Little Umbrellas

Hi there, kids. The name of this song is "Little Umbrellas." Well, it tells the story of a bowl of umbrellas that lives in the Royal Garden Hotel, across the street from the Kensington Market in London.

"Little Umbrellas." One of six amazing rock & roll concertos from an album called Hot Rats. Hot Rats is a new album on Bizarre/Reprise. The music on Hot Rats is written and performed by Frank Zappa. Now please don't be put off by this fact. Try to be objective. Buy the record anyway.

11. Little Umbrellas (1969 Mono Single Master) 3:05

 

12. Lil' Clanton Shuffle (1972 Whitney Studios Mix) 12:42

Basic tracks:

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

FZ—guitar
Don "Sugarcane" Harris—violin
Max Bennett—bass
John Guerin—drums

Overdubs:

prob. Whitney Studios, 1972
Engineer: Barry Keene

FZ—guitar

Mix:

Whitney Studios, 1972
Mixed by FZ with Barry Keene

 

disc 6

1. Little Umbrellas (Cucamonga Version) 2:00

Pal Studio/Studio Z, Cucamonga, CA
c. 1961-1964

 

2. Little Umbrellas (1969 Mix Outtake) 3:10

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
FZ—guitar

FZ: "Miniscule Umbrellas," #1.

3. It Must Be A Camel (1969 Mix Outtake) 5:23

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

FZ: Are you rolling? "This Must Be A Camel."

4. Son Of Mr. Green Genes (1969 Mix Outtake) 10:39

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

FZ: "Son Of Mr. Green Genes."

5. More Of The Story Of Willie The Pimp 1:24

NYC, NY
c. August, 1969

Annie Zannus—voice
Cynthia Dobson—voice
FZ—voice

FZ: I want you to go into intimate detail about Willie The Pimp.

Annie: Willie The Pimp. The famed person who first said, "Son-of-a-bitch! [...], son-of-a-bitch stupid bastard!" Wearing the clothes.

FZ: Quickly—

Cynthia: Loony socks, white shorts, skinny dumpy legs, and a big fat stomach, and a big cigar hanging out his mouth, straw hat, and sitting down, and he says, "Son-of-a-bitch!"

Annie: Willie, who sits on his ch— in front the TV set all day and night, goes down to 42nd St. and pimps around there unknown to his wife and grateful children—

Cynthia: Tell him about the Lido Hotel.

Annie: The Lido Hotel, where he sometimes hangs out with some prostitutes, and, when he—

Cynthia: No, we were gonna call, we were gonna call uh, a lady—no, we were gonna call Willie and tell him we're a beautiful lady, measure— measurements 36-24-36, tell us meet— meet us at uh, in front of the Lido Hotel, and then—

Annie: A well known prostitute house.

Cynthia: And then he will be expecting this beautiful blonde to come by, and he'll be standing in front of the Lido Hotel—

Annie: When his wife walks by.

Cynthia: And we walk by, and then he just won't know what to do, and, he, "Son-of-a-bitch, get away from here!"

6. Willie The Pimp (Vocal Tracks) 2:07

T.T.G. Studios, Los Angeles, CA
July 29, 1969
Mixed by Craig Parker Adams in 2019

Captain Beefheart—vocals

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 RITZ
HOT SOOTS
HOT ZITZ

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

7. Willie The Pimp (1969 Quick Mix) 14:29

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

 

8. Dame Margret's Son To Be A Bride (1969 Quick Mix) 3:46

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

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

 

9. Hot Rats Vintage Promotion Ad #3 0:52

includes Igor's Boogie

Arena, Philadelphia, PA
March 2, 1969
Recorded by Dick Kunc

FZ—guitar
Lowell George—rhythm guitar
Ian Underwood—keyboards, woodwinds
Don Preston—keyboards
Motorhead Sherwood—baritone sax
Bunk Gardner—sax
Buzz Gardner—trumpet
Roy Estrada—bass
Art Tripp—drums
Jimmy Carl Black—drums

Frank Zappa took a heavy trip recently. Got into some new things. Turned into his own good vibes. Got heavy behind his own mind. Went deep into inner space and found . . . Hot Rats. An album almost too psychedelic, almost too spiffy to listen to. On Reprise/Bizarre, where the other Mothers are also heavy on your head.

FZ: We'll see you later.

10. Bognor Regis (1970 Record Plant Mix) 8:11

Record Plant, Los Angeles, CA, 1970
Mix engineers: FZ & Stan Agol

 

11. Peaches En Regalia (1969 Rhythm Track Mix) 4:24

FZ: Can you still hear me? Can the machine hear me? Bingo bungo bongo?

12. Son Of Mr. Green Genes (1969 Rhythm Track Mix) 10:40

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

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

FZ: "Green Genes" rhythm track.

Rolling. Take 3.

One, two, three . . .

13. Little Umbrellas (1969 Rhythm Track Mix) 3:11

FZ: Watch me now! Hah!

14. Arabesque (Guitar Tracks) 6:57

Sunset Sound Studios, Los Angeles, CA
August 25-26, 1969
Mixed by Craig Parker Adams in 2019

FZ—guitars

 

15. Hot Rats Vintage Promotion Ad #4 0:59

includes The Gumbo Variations

FZ: Another one!

Hot Rats is a new album on Bizarre/Reprise. Now we're not gonna tell you who made it yet because most people think that his music is ugly and too weird and wish they have nothing whatever to do with him and the craze minority he represents, okay? You can see if we tell you who made this Hot Rats album right off you'd push the button to another station [...]. Okay. Nevertheless Hot Rats is really a good album—it has a lot of pictures all over it, and if you hold the outside cover, which is a pink infrared closeup of Miss Christine of the GTO's under a yellow light it turns black & white mysteriously right there in your hand. Now in spite of this fact, we feel that it's imperative that you obtain Hot Rats. We hope that you will discover the work of this exciting composer, this, this daring arranger, this, this reasonably competent guitar player—who must unfortunately remain anonymous during this commercial.

 

All compositions by Frank Zappa except as noted
Site maintained by Román García Albertos
http://www.donlope.net/fz/
Transcription for new material by Román with corrections from Patrick Buzby and Charles Ulrich
Further corrections by Veniero Rizzardi
The parts on Hot Rats (1969) and other original albums are printed this way
The parts on Hot Rats (CD, 1987) and other CDs are printed this way
This page updated: 2020-07-25