The "Intro Rap" track on the CD is not on the vinyl. The 1995 Ryko CD has better cover/booklet artwork than previous CDs.
ESSENTIAL VERSIONS FOR COMPLETISTS: Any CD (they have a bonus track). Obsessive completists will note that the vinyl contains a count-off not on the CD. [completist's guide]
Relation to SHEIK YERBOUTI
From Dan Watkins:
From Robert Cloos:
From Bernie Fox:
The original vinyl was a picture disc, probably packaged in a partially see-through cover, so you could see the picture; the original CD just had a standard disc and a different cover. The 1995 CD restored the artwork.
From Knut Skogstad:
From Dan Watkins:
A remaster of the original CD. The 1995 CD has a picture of the original vinyl picture disc on the cover, instead of the different cover on the original CD. Official Ryko statement: "New master. New timing sheet. Restored artwork - à la the original vinyl picture disc." [full statement]'
Starting in 2001, Video Arts Music released a limited-edition series (2000 copies each) of Zappa CDs in paper sleeves - miniature LP sleeves. There was nothing special about this series other than the covers, which were very well done - inserts and "bonuses" were reproduced, the albums that originally had gatefold covers got little miniature gatefolds, and cover track lists were exactly as on the corresponding LPs, even in cases where the CD has bonus tracks or a different track order. Included in this series were some entries that never had "proper" LP issues, i.e. Läther. Additionally, some rarities--like the "green/gold" cover of Chunga's Revenge--were reproduced as special items in this run.
We need to stress that the sound quality of these discs matches the US Ryko issues, which they are clearly derived from. These are collectors items, not new remastered editions.
Late-2012-update: It appears as if the Japanese may be warming up the mini-LP ovens for a new batch based on the 2012 UMe remasters. We'll let you know if this happens.
From Scott Richardson:
A bootleg album called Nothing Succees Like Success has album tracks Baby Snakes and three bonus tracks: "Ancient Armaments", the flip side of the "I Don't Wanna Get Drafted" single, and two radio spots. Read all about it in the Son of the alt.fan.frank-zappa Bootleg FAQ.
Baby Snakes is actually the "soundtrack album" from a film called BABY SNAKES, which was released to theatres in 1979, and has also been available on video tape. It is a lot longer than the album, and contains much more music.
From Richard Fox (quote provided by Vladimir Sovetov):
(Two different versions of the BABY SNAKES film have been released on video: a long version and a short version. The long version is three and a half hours (210 minutes) and the short version is much much shorter. The longer version has recently been released on DVD)
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