1969 Frank Zappa – Hot Rats

Hot Rats is the second solo album by Frank Zappa, released in October 1969. It was Zappa’s first recording project after the dissolution of the Mothers of Invention.

It features the work of several artists in addition to Zappa, including one former member of the Mothers of Invention, Captain Beefheart, and Don “Sugarcane” Harris. Five of the six songs are instrumental; the other, “Willie the Pimp”, features vocals by Beefheart. In his original sleeve notes, Zappa described the album as “a movie for your ears”.


1  Peaches En Regalia (Frank Zappa) 03:38
2  Willie The Pimp (Frank Zappa) 09:17
3  Son of Mr Green Genes (Frank Zappa) 09:00
4  Little Umbrellas (Frank Zappa) 03:04
5  The Gumbo Variations (Frank Zappa) 16:57
6  It Must Be A Camel (Frank Zappa) 05:15



BassFrank Zappa
GuitarFrank Zappa
OrganIan Underwood
PianoIan Underwood
ClarinetIan Underwood
FluteIan Underwood
SaxIan Underwood

Other Musicians

1 Peaches En Regalia

BassShuggie Otis
DrumsRon Selico

2 Willie The Pimp

BassMax Bennett
DrumsJohn Guerin
ViolinDon Harris
VocalsCaptain Beefheart

3 Son of Mr Green Genes

BassMax Bennett
DrumsPaul Humphrey

4 Little Umbrellas

BassMax Bennett
DrumsJohn Guerin

5 The Gumbo Variations

BassMax Bennett
DrumsPaul Humphrey
ViolinDon Harris

6 It Must Be A Camel

BassMax Bennett
DrumsJohn Guerin
ViolinJean-Luc Ponty

Liner Notes

Producer – Frank Zappa
Directed By – Frank Zappa
Engineer – Brian Ingoldsby, Cliff Goldstein, Jack Hunt, Dick Kunc, Dick Kunc

Design – Cal Schenkel, John Williams
Photography By – Ed Caraeff, Bruce Linton

Distributed By – Warner Bros. – Seven Arts Records
Engineered At – T.T.G. Studios
Engineered At – Whitney Recording Studios
Engineered At – Sunset Sound