Frank ZappaHot Rats

Label:Bizarre Records – RS 6356, Reprise Records – RS 6356
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo, Gatefold Santa Maria Pressing
Style:Fusion, Jazz-Rock, Avantgarde


A1Peaches En Regalia
BassShuggy Otis*
DrumsRon Selico
A2Willie The Pimp
BassMax Bennett
DrumsJohn Guerin
Lyrics ByFrank Zappa
ViolinSugar Cane Harris*
Vocals [Vocal]Captain Beefheart
A3Son Of Mr. Green Genes
BassMax Bennett
DrumsPaul Humphrey
B1Little Umbrellas
BassMax Bennett
DrumsJohn Guerin
B2The Gumbo Variations
BassMax Bennett
DrumsPaul Humphrey
ViolinSugar Cane Harris*
B3It Must Be A Camel
BassMax Bennett
DrumsJohn Guerin
ViolinJean-Luc Ponty

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See also: The 1B/1A USA Bizarre labels pressing with 'Zapped' promo liners; Frank Zappa - Hot Rats

Recorded 16 track August through September 1969.

*Although Peaches En Regalia is listed as having a time of 3:58, in reality has only 3:38.

Runouts are etched.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Pressing Plant ID: S
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A label bracketed): 30,926
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B label bracketed): 30,927
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A variant 1): RS 6356 A 1̶7̶5̶2̶0̶ 30926
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B variant 1): RS 6356 B 1̶7̶5̶2̶1̶ 30927
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A variant 2): RS-6356-A(30926)-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B variant 2): RS 6356 B 30927
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A variant 3): S RS-6356-A 1̶7̶5̶2̶0̶ 30826-1B A 14
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B variant 3): RS-6356-B S 1̶7̶5̶2̶1̶ 30927-1A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A variant 4): RS 6356 A 30926
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B variant 4): RS 6356 B 1̶7̶5̶2̶1̶ 30927
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A variant 5): S RS-6356-A 1̶7̶5̶2̶0̶ 30826-1B A 11
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B variant 5): S RS-6356-B S 1̶7̶5̶2̶1̶ 30927-1A A5

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Hot Rats (LP, Album, Reissue, Gatefold)Reprise RecordsREP 44078Portugal1969
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Hot Rats (LP, Album)Bizarre Records, Reprise RecordsRSLP 6356UK1969
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Hot Rats (LP, Album, Gatefold Santa Maria Pressing)Bizarre Records, Reprise Records, Warner Bros. - Seven Arts RecordsRS 6356US1969
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Hot Rats (LP, Album, Tri-Color Labels, Gatefold)Bizarre Records, Reprise RecordsRS 6356Canada1969
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Hot Rats (LP, Album, Stereo, Gatefold)Reprise Records, Bizarre RecordsRS 6356Germany1969



  • willothomas's avatar
    Anyone need a spare OG jacket? I've got an extra with a totally chewed disc.
    • KeeganScott67's avatar
      Simply phenomenal, what a beautiful piece of art this was from Zappa.
      • glassman2255's avatar
        A delicious treat for open ears. The musical themes flow from soothing to upbeat. Simply one of his best.
        • spinz.vinyl's avatar
          This is the first time we hear Zappa departing from the doo-wop and sixties social commentary of the early Mothers and developing into the genius we now know him as. I look at Hot Rats and Uncle Meat as the beginning of that departure. Ian Underwood's piano on It Must Be A Camel is just beautiful. A lot of people will say this is Zappa's best record. I definitely think it's his most accessible and therefore a great place to start for new listeners.

          Hot Rats kicks off a period of creativity for Zappa that, in my opinion, is unmatched by any other recording artist. From here you can go to Burnt Weenie Sandwich, Chunga's Revenge, Weasels Ripped My Flesh or any number of early seventies Zappa that, for me, represent the best of Zappa's collosal catalogue.
          • oimels's avatar
            I echo the comments already made here - this is in my opinion Zappa's best album - it's up there with top jazz albums, yeah I just said that, get over it. It's a precursor to prog rock, jazz fusion, just wow. Thank you Frank Zappa for leaving us with this.
            • aliska.verdu's avatar
              This album is beautifully bizarre. The jam session is raw, filled with talent and skill, and perfectly displays Zappa’s brilliance. Must have for any collection. 10/10.
              • bpwlogan's avatar
                it's probably his best solo album. A movie for your ears for sure!
                • lonebreaka's avatar
                  Simply a masterpiece. Don't pretend to know about jazz fusion if have never listened to this monument and founder of the genre
                  • Todd1968's avatar
                    A beautiful pressing! The Zappa reissues continue to impress. If all you have is a cd copy of this release, you are in for a nice surprise.
                    • raider_records's avatar
                      This is Frank's best album in my humble opinion, nothing short of a masterpiece


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