Classic Albums: Apostrophe (')/Over-Nite Sensation

First known airing:
December 8, 2006
NRK 1, Norway
50 min.

Includes footage from:
Music heard:



Directed and Edited by Matthew Longfellow

Isis Productions/Eagle Rock Entertainment
© 2007 Her Majesty, The Scarlet Pimpernal

Zappa Plays Zappa:
Dweezil Zappa—guitar
Steve Vai—guitar
Napoleon Murphy Brock—vocals/saxophone/flute
Joe Travers—drums/backing vocals
Billy Hulting—mallets/percussion
Jamie Kime—guitar
Aaron Arntz—keyboards/trumpet/backing vocals
Scheila Gonzalez—saxophone/flute/keyboards/backing vocals
Pete Griffin—bass
Glynn Wood—engineer

Other known airings:

April 21, 2007
SBS, Australia

April 16, 2009
Canvas TV, Belgium

Notes & Comments

Table Of Contents
Time Date & Place Characters
0:00:32-0:00:46 c. 1974 FZ
0:00:46-0:00:57 December 12, 1973—Bolic Sound, Inglewood, CA FZ, Bruce Fowler, Linda Sims, Debbie Wilson, George Duke, Tom Fowler, Ralph Humphrey
0:01:47-0:02:17 December 12, 1973—Bolic Sound, Inglewood, CA FZ, Barry Keene?, three unidentified technicians (filming & studio crew), Ruth Underwood, George Duke
0:04:21-0:04:40 c. 1973-1974—On Tour Tom Fowler, Ralph Humphrey, Napoleon Murphy Brock, George Duke, Chester Thompson, Ruth Underwood...
0:05:33-0:06:14 c. 1974 FZ
0:12:18-0:12:26 c. 1974 FZ
0:13:14-0:13:51 c. 1973-1974—On Tour George Duke, Tom Fowler, Napoleon Murphy Brock, Ruth Underwood, Chester Thompson, Ralph Humphrey, Bruce Fowler...
0:14:26-0:14:39 c. 1973-1974—On Tour Napoleon Murphy Brock, George Duke, Bruce Fowler, Jeff Simmons?, Ruth Underwood, Ralph Humphrey, Chester Thompson...
0:14:53-0:15:00 c. 1973-1974—On Tour FZ, Ruth Underwood, Chester Thompson, George Duke...
0:21:24-0:21:42 December 12, 1973—Bolic Sound, Inglewood, CA Napoleon Murphy Brock, FZ, George Duke, Tom Fowler, Chester Thompson, Linda Sims, Debbie Wilson, Bruce Fowler
0:21:44-0:22:18 December 12, 1973—Bolic Sound, Inglewood, CA FZ, Barry Keene?, Tom Fowler, Ralph Humphrey, Bruce Fowler, Napoleon Murphy Brock, Ruth Underwood
0:22:18-0:22:57 c. 1974 FZ
0:23:57-0:24:04 c. 1974 FZ
0:24:04-0:24:17 c. 1973-1974—Paramount Recording Studios, LA, CA? Kerry McNabb
0:25:09-0:25:35 c. 1974 FZ
0:29:40- c. 1974 FZ
0:36:26-0:36:49 c. 1974 FZ
0:39:36-0:39:45 c. October-November 1976 Bianca, FZ, Terry Bozzio
0:48:39- c. 1974 FZ

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Jakob Sandøy (December 8, 2006)

A new Zappa documentary airs on NRK 1 tonight at 00.15.
It lasts 50 min.

Here's some info about it in Norwegian :

Frank Zappa—grenseløs artist (t)

Frank Zappa var gitartist, sanger, komponist og produsent. I denne dokumentaren, som er en del av serien Classic Albums, ser vi nærmere på albumene "Freak Out!" "Hot Rats", "Apostrophe " og "Over-nite Sensation". Vi møter venner, familie, musikere, produsenter og musikkjournalister som forteller om mannen og hans musikk—i tillegg til arkivklipp med Frank Zappa selv. Samproduksjon med NRK. (16:9 bredformat)

Chris West, January 3, 2007

It turns out to be a programme in the Classic Albums series, focusing on Over-nite Sensation and Apostrophe'. It's a truly wonderful programme. They've raided the Zappa vault and unearthed footage of those sessions with the Ikettes, as well as chunks of the Roxy video (mainly Montana) and even a brief clip of Bianca singing Dirty Love. In between Dweezil talks about the music and plays bits of the original master tracks, playing several bits (such as backing vocals) that didn't make the album.


DVD Release

May 1, 2007 (USA); April 30, 2007 (UK)
Eagle Rock
97 min.

Eagle Rock Entertainment (March 1, 2007):

Release on: 05/01/2007

Pinnacle Vision


Apostrophe (')/Over-Nite Sensation

This is where you go to find every aspect of Franks music squeezed into two perfectly formed records. Dweezil Zappa.This new addition to Eagle Visions acclaimed Classic Albums series focuses on Frank Zappas early seventies albums Over-nite Sensation (1973) and Apostrophe() (1974). Together they encapsulate Zappas extraordinary musical diversity and were also the two most commercially successful albums that he released in his prolific career. As ever the programme uses interviews, musical demonstrations, rare archive and home movie footage plus live performances to tell the story behind the conception and recording of these groundbreaking albums.

DVD Details:
Additional interviews and demonstrations not included in the broadcast version.Full live performances of Montana from the Roxy in 1973 and Im The Slime from Saturday Night Live in 1976.New full live performance of Camarillo Brillo by Zappa Plays Zappa done specially for this DVD.


Release Date 30.04.2007
Running Time 98 mins
Cat. Number EREDV625


Sergio Martorelli (June 9, 2007)

The Brazilian cover to Classic Albums: Apostrophe(')/Over-Nite Sensation

Brazilian Classic Albums

Additional informant: Chris West

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