Frank Zappa Burnt Weeny Sandwich 180 LP
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Reissued On All Analogue 180g Vinyl!
Mastered By Bernie Grundman From 1970 1/4" Stereo Safety Master Tape!
Pressed At Pallas!
Burnt Weeny Sandwich is reissued on 180-gram audiophile black vinyl via Zappa
Records/UMe. Supervised by the ZFT, the record was specially mastered for this
release by Bernie Grundman with all analog production and cut directly from the
1970 ¼" stereo safety master tape in 2018. Unavailable on vinyl for more than
three decades, the LP includes the original album's black and white poster,
which has never been reproduced in any of the album's CD editions.
Named for one of Zappa's favorite quick snacks, essentially a hot dog roasted
over a flame and stuck between two pieces of bread, Burnt Weeny Sandwich was
released in 1970 following Hot Rats. The album was recorded by Zappa and one of
the original incarnations of his legendary combo the Mothers of Invention, whose
lineup Zappa disbanded just prior to this album's release. Perhaps suggestive of
its gastronomic title, the record is structured like a sandwich: it is bookended
by a pair of doo wop covers of the Four Deuces' "WPLJ" and Jackie & the
Starlites' "Valarie," which harks back to Zappa's earliest musical influences,
and filled with an array of stylistically diverse songs that focus on structured
and tightly arranged compositions featuring virtuosic performances by Zappa and
his expert ensemble.
Combining studio material and live recordings, the largely instrumental album
includes "Theme from Burnt Weeny Sandwich," "Holiday In Berlin Full-Blown," the
two-part "Igor's Boogie" and the complex, multi-part near 20-minute centerpiece
"Little House I Used to Live In." With portions recorded at London’s Royal
Albert Hall in June 1969, "the song's extended improvisations," Ultimate Classic
Rock remarked in their retrospective review, "provided an epic send-off to the
beloved Mothers, in all of their eclectic audaciousness under the leadership and
in the service of Zappa's singular vision. The recording even contains a snippet
of heated repartee between Zappa and an audience member that spawned his famous
critique of all the flower children present: 'Everybody in this room is wearing
• 180g Vinyl
• Mastered by Bernie Grundman
• All analog production
• Cut from 1970 1/4" stereo safety master tape
• Original album's black & white poster - previously unavailable in CD editions
• Pressed at Pallas in Germany
• Gatefold jacket
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
8. Little House I Used To Live In