Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch


Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch

Infobox Album |
Name = Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch
Type = Album
Artist = Frank Zappa


Released = May 3, 1982
Recorded = September 1981 early 1982
Genre = Hard rock, comedy rock, progressive rock, art rock
Length = 34:18
Label = Barking Pumpkin Records
Producer = Frank Zappa
Reviews = *Allmusic Rating|3|5 [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:g04gtq0ztu47~T1 link]
Last album = "You Are What You Is"
(1981)
This album = "Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch"
(1982)
Next album = "The Man from Utopia"
(1983)

"Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch" is an album by Frank Zappa, released in May 1982 and digitally remastered in 1991. It features five tracks composed by Zappa, and one song, "Valley Girl", co-written with Moon Unit Zappa, his daughter, who provided the spoken monologue mocking some of the Valley girls at her school including "Gag me with a spoon!".

The cover art for the album shows the classic Droodle (from which the album gets its name), whose shapes also suggest the letters 'ZA', as in 'Zappa'.

The song "Drowning Witch" is one of the most complex instrumentals that Zappa ever wrote, featuring musical quotations from "The Rite of Spring" by Stravinsky and the Dragnet TV theme.

The original LP release contained a note that reads "This album has been engineered to sound correct on JBL 4311 speakers or an equivalent. Best results will be achieved if you set your pre-amp tone controls to the flat position with the loudness control in the off position. Before adding any treble or bass to the sound of the album, it would be advisable to check it out this way first. F.Z."

The LP also featured a "letter from FZ" advertising the "Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar" box set, which had previously only been made separately in Europe and, at the time "Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch" was released, was being made available for the first time in the U.S.

Track listing

ide one

# "No, Not Now" - 5:50
# "Valley Girl" - 4:49
# "I Come from Nowhere"- 6:13

ide two

# "Drowning Witch" - 12:03
# "Envelopes" - 2:46
# "Teen-Age Prostitute" - 2:43

Personnel

* Frank Zappa – Lead Guitar, Vocals
* Steve Vai – Guitar (credited as "Facemeltingly Epic")
* Ray White – Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
* Tommy Mars – Keyboards
* Bobby Martin – Keyboards, Sax, Vocals
* Ed Mann – Percussion
* Scott Thunes – Bass on "Drowning Witch", "Envelopes", "Teen-age Prostitute", and "Valley Girl"
* Arthur Barrow – Bass on "No Not Now" and the first part of "I Come From Nowhere"
* Patrick O'Hearn – Bass on the guitar solo in "I Come From Nowhere"
* Chad Wackerman – Drums
* Roy Estrada – Vocals
* Ike Willis – Vocals
* Bob Harris – Vocals
* Lisa Popeil – Vocals
* Moon Unit Zappa – Vocal on "Valley Girl"

Charts

Album

"Billboard" (North America)

ingles

External links

* [http://www.lukpac.org/~handmade/patio/vinylvscds/drowning_witch.html Release information]

References


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