Sunday, May 13, 2018

Frank Zappa’s Burnt Weeny Sandwich Vinyl Reissue

Frank Zappa’s Burnt Weeny Sandwich
After reissuing the extensive Frank Zappa catalog of albums on CD through Universal Music, the Zappa Family Trust has turned its eye towards making a quick buck by exploiting an acquiescent audience by reissuing long out-of-print Zappa titles on vinyl. On June 22, 2018 Zappa Records and UMe will release the Mothers of Invention’s 1970 album Burnt Weeny Sandwich on 180-gram audiophile black vinyl.

With supervision from the Zappa Family Trust (hey Ahmet!), this vinyl reissue of Burnt Weeny Sandwich was mastered by Bernie Grundman using analog production and cut directly from the original ¼” stereo safety master tape. The album has been unavailable on vinyl for over 30 years, when it was included as part of the Old Masters Box Two box set. The reissue features frequent Zappa cover artist Cal Schenkel’s oddball artwork and includes a reproduction of the original LP’s black & white poster. A limited edition color vinyl version will be made available for sale at a later date.

Burnt Weeny Sandwich combines studio and live recordings, a technique that Zappa would pursue throughout the remainder of his career. The album includes several notable Mothers performances, including covers of the doo-wop classics “WPLJ” and “Valarie” as well as the Zappa originals “Little House I Used to Live In” and “Igor’s Boogie” (parts one and two). In my book Frank Zappa Buying Guide, I wrote of the album, “Burnt Weeny Sandwich was the first posthumous Mothers’ album, and the first to mix studio and live tracks into a single work...Altogether, Burnt Weeny Sandwich holds up well in spite of its Frankenstein-styled construction, mostly due to the talent involved (Lowell George, Sugarcane Harris, Ian Underwood, several Mothers) in making the original recordings.”

Check out the album’s track list below and then get thee over to and order a copy of the vinyl reissue…

Burnt Weeny Sandwich track listing:

Side One
2. Igor’s Boogie, Phase One
3. Overture to a Holiday in Berlin
4. Theme from Burnt Weeny Sandwich
5. Igor’s Boogie, Phase Two
6. Holiday In Berlin, Full Blown
7. Aybe Sea

Side Two
8. Little House I Used To Live In
9. Valarie

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