Burnt Weeny Sandwich
What to Get: The 2012 CD, which lacks the
reverb found on previous editions.
Summary: There are two basic versions: dry and with
additional reverb. Starting with the Old Masters LP in 1986, all
releases of "Burnt Weeny Sandwich" contained additional digital reverb. All pre-2012 CDs were the same,
and contained the extra reverb; the new 2012
dry like the original LP.
release except the
original vinyl (?) and the 2012 CD has a tiny error in "Little House I
Used to Live
In". This is apparently due to the LP production source tape used for
(all?) non-2012 reissues. The 1995 Ryko CD boasts extra cover/booklet
artwork; however, it loses some CD credits from the Barking Pumpkin
issue. (There was a rumour that "Little House I
Used to Live In" and "WPLJ" were shorter on the CD, but they're not.)
ESSENTIAL VERSIONS FOR COMPLETISTS: The original LP or 2012
CD. All earlier CDs had extra digital reverb, and insane completists
might want one. [completist's guide]
- Original vinyl (Bizarre RS6370
in the US, February 1970 (repressed in 1973); three-colour label
Reprise RSLP 6370 in the UK, March 1970 (repressed in September with
one-colour label, probably mustard); brown Reprise RS 6370 in Canada,
with and without gatefold cover)
- German vinyls (RS 6370 (one-colour label, believed to be
from 1970); WEA Reprise 44083)
- Italian vinyl (44 083 / RS 6370 - title in red on
front cover; blue Bizarre label)
- French vinyls (Reprise SRV6116, steamboat label, 1971,
single sleeve with the live picture from inside the US gatefold on back
cover; also Reprise 44083, 1971?)
- Greek vinyl
- Mexican vinyl (Gamma GX01-397)
- Imaginario Sandwich Quemado -
Argentine vinyl (Music Hall 14.011 - white-label promos also
- Australian vinyl (Reprise RS
6370, 1970 - white-label RS6370 test pressing reported by Steve
& Cindy Jones)
- New Zealand vinyl (Reprise
RS 6370, 1970, no gatefold cover)
- 8-track (Reprise 8RM 6370, US)
- Renumbered UK vinyl (Reprise K
44083, July 1971)
- 2 Originals of the Mothers of
Invention (Reprise 64 024) - Dutch and German double LP coupling
with Weasels Ripped My Flesh
- UK vinyl re-issue (Reprise K 64024, 1979)
- UK vinyl re-issue (Zappa Records ZAPPA 35, 1987)
- Zappa Records cassette (TZAPPA35)
- The Old Masters vinyl (Barking
Pumpkin BPR 8888-3, November 1986)
- Original CD (Barking Pumpkin D2
74329, October 1991, in the US; Zappa Records CDZAP35 in the UK,
- Barking Pumpkin D2 74239 CD, US, October 1991
- Original Japanese CD (VACK 5081)
- Russian CD (Dora JPCD 981453)
- 1995 CD (Ryko RCD 10509, May 2 1995;
VACK 5081 in Japan, renumbered
5216 in 1998)
- 1995 vinyl
- 180-gramme vinyl #1 (1997?)
- 180-gramme vinyl #2 (Simply Vinyl SVLP
25, June 1 1998, UK)
- Japanese paper-sleeve CD
(Ryko/VACK 1210, September 21 2001 - Bizarre inner sleeve/folder)
- 2012 UMe CD (Zappa Records ZR3842 July 31, 2012)
The first US edition seems to have included a bonus
two-sided, black & white, folds out to 4' by 10", with photos of
the Mothers and
a couple of Zappa, and says at the bottom on both sides "The Mothers Of
Sincerely Regret To Inform You".
MICHAEL GULA: Does anyone have insider info on why
the intro to "Little
House I Used to Live In" is messed up and whether the fault lies in the
studio tape or in the mastering?
GRAHAM CONNAH: How is it messed up?
MICHAEL PIERRY: There's a little warble, right at the beginning of
track, but not on the original vinyl release.
BIFFY THE ELEPHANT SHREW: Correct, not on the original
But the "warble" showed up on later vinyl pressings. I have a German
LP copy pressed around 1979 (judging by the other LPs advertised on the
sleeve ) which has the warble. This raises the
why a new master (with the flaw) was created sometime between 1970 and
MICHAEL GULA: It sounds worse than a warble. It sounds like the
and when they spliced it together, they overlapped the ends, shortening
chord. I'll never get used to hearing it that way.
JWB: This needs to be mastered from the original
tape ... not the later LP-EQ'd master that Frank obviously used.
From Erik Steaggles (2003):
Burnt Weeny Sandwich was originally released in the
UK on Reprise with
the catalogue number RSLP 6370. I have come across three different
with this number. The very first pressing was on the 3-colour steamboat
The matrix numbers read "RSLP 6370". The label credits "Igor's
Boogie Phase 1" as "Igor's Bookie Phase 1"!!!. The second
pressing was also on the 3-colour steamboat label. The label credits
corrected and the matrix numbers read "K 44083", which is the number
for the 1971 issue. This is definitely not a counterfeit because the
numbers are stamped. The third pressing is on the mustard steamboat
Confusing, eh?! I used to own the second pressing, which I sold when I
copy of the first pressing. The sound quality is the same on all three
pressings, there is no warble to the intro of "Little House I Used to
in". The only other copy I've seen of the first pressing sold on eBay
around £60, the other 2 pressings are worth £30 and £25 respectively.
1. W. P. L. J. (The Four Deuces) [Dobard]
2. El Boogie de Igor, Fase 1
3. Obertura para un Dia de Fiesta en Berlin
4. Tema de Burnt Weeny Sandwich
5. Dia de Fiesta en Berlin en Plena Ebullicion
6. Aybe Sea
7. La Casita Donde Yo Vivia
8. Valarie [Clarence Lewis / Bobby Robinson]
Imaginario Sandwich Quemado
Gasió's Argentine Discography:
Oddity: Ian Anderson (from Jethro Tull) is incorrectly
credited as playing the piano intro of side 2 instead of Ian Underwood.
Australian & New Zealand
From Collecting Frank Zappa
in Australia - Part
1: The Early Years, an article by Stuart Penny in it - The
Collectors Magazine, Issue #14 June-July-August 1995 (provided by Henry
Griggs, Sydney, Australia):
[a black & white back cover] awaited the
original NZ issue of Burnt Weeny Sandwich (Reprise RS 6370)
which, apart from its sturdy cover flaps, also featured a somewhat
smaller, strictly monochrome version of the "God! this is a tasty
little sucker!" rear cover photo. The Australian pressing (Reprise RS
6370), by contrast, boasted a full-colour gatefold sleeve, with only
the high-gloss finish giving any hint as to country of origin.
The four "programs", as 8-tracks had:
1. Little House I Used To Live In (Part 1)
2. Little House I Used To Live In (Part 2)
3. Valarie (Part 1)
4. Valarie (Part 2)
6. Igor's Boogie, Phase One
7. Overture to a Holiday in Berlin
8. Theme from Burnt Weeny Sandwich (Part 1)
9. Theme From Burnt Weeny Sandwich
8. Igor's Boogie, Phase Two
10. Holiday In Berlin, Full Blown
12. Aybe Sea
Renumbered UK Vinyl
From Record Collector magazine #118, June 1989 (quoted
In 1971 ... Kinney Corporation took over the entire Warner
Brothers organisation and all UK albums (and singles) were renumbered
with a "K" prefix Stocks of old covers were used up by adding "K"
number stickers to "RSLP" sleeves ...
Two Originals of the Mothers of
This is a
Dutch and German double issue of
the Burnt Weeny Sandwich and Weasels
Flesh albums, housed in a fold-out cover (by a "Patrick von
depicting a pistol shooting toothpaste. The inner spread replicates the
Weeny and Weasels Ripped My Flesh
covers, left and
right, but the Burnt Weeny cover has been modified: the word
"STEREO" has been stricken out with white paint, and the title is
printed in red
instead of black.
The Old Masters Vinyl
This is the first release to use the additional reverb that
would later be present on all non-2012 CDs.
The poster that came with the original vinyl (two-sided, black
& white, folds out
to 4' by 10", with photos of the Mothers and a couple of Zappa, and
says at the
bottom on both sides "The Mothers Of Invention Sincerely Regret To
was reproduced in miniature in the Old
Original CD (Barking Pumpkin/Zappa)
Not one of the original Ryko releases.
According to Neil in the UK, the CD has "much better sound
quality than the vinyl
album". According to Michael Gula, it has some "twittering"
reverb compared to the "dry" vinyl - see also the
"warble" discussion under the Original Vinyl
heading. There was a rumour that
"Little House I Used to Live In" and "WPLJ" were shorter on the CD, but
they're not. From Juha Sarkkinen:
At least the original CD (Zappa Records) had been remixed.
This is revealed by the ADD on the back cover. [Ed: The Zappa Records
series of discs frequently claimed remixes where none were apparent.
That said, can anybody confirm this?]
The original Barking Pumpkin CD is missing the original back
cover artwork of the LP, and it slightly crops some of the other shots
(the "tasty sucker" is amusingly remixed for the back cover, where the
thought bubble leads to the UPC code; it's also represented in its
normal state in the booklet). The 1995 CD
presents the artwork in a fold-out
booklet which better resembles the layout of the LP.
However, some information from the BP CD booklet is missing on
the 1995 CD. That information is as follows:
Digital EQ by Bob Stone, UMRK, 1990.
The 1995 CD re-issue is allegedly a sonically cleaner version
of the original
CD, and contains extra artwork: an inlay sheet behind the tray
which Cal Schenkel characterized as a "previously unused promo-photo by
Ed Caraeff of the ever-growing
Mothers (captured directly from the moldy contact sheet)".
The booklet in this release contains the teeny-tiny notation
"Digitally Remastered 1986." This is likely then a "tweaked" version of
the digital master used for the Old Masters release.
Official statement from Ryko: "New master. New timing sheet.
Cleaned up audible
garbage. [Ed: Anybody know what this refers to?] Restored artwork." [full statement]
1995 CD versus the Old CD
A quick'n'dirty comparison of the BP CD and the Ryko '95
revealed no differences on several tracks. What's this "audible
garbage" referring to, then?
Japanese Paper-Sleeve Version (2001-2002)
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.
In 1995, Ryko re-released this album not only on CD, but also
on vinyl. It is exactly
the same version as the 1995 CD in a copy of the
cover. Also re-issued was a We're Only In It for
the Money LP.
FACT: a company called Simply Vinyl re-released Burnt
Weeny Sandwich and Weasels Ripped My Flesh on 180-gramme
vinyl in the
UK in 1998. HOWEVER: there may have been another 180-gramme
these two albums in the UK in 1997, and we'll deal with these two
releases one at a time.
Here's what happened in September 1997. Tony Burke raised the
A mail order company advertising in this month's UK Record
Collector have Weasels Ripped My Flesh and Burnt
Weeny re-issues now availalble on 180-gramme re-issue deluxe
pressings with heavy-duty sleeves and original artwork at £14.99 UK.
Anyone know anything about these?
Biffy the Elephant Shrew chimed in:
The cover reproduction on Burnt Weeny Sandwich is
suspiciously poor - looks like a counterfeit. Note the white edges
along the thought balloon. Is any licensing info provided?
And Spence Chrislu at the UMRK
Beware. I know that they did not use the original masters
for these releases, so I'm sure it came from a CD or perhaps a
recording from another, lesser-quality vinyl. We've also never
authorized anyone to re-issue the original art.
John Hopkins added that:
It says "Licensed from Rykodisc" on the inner gatefold. The
record itself sounds wonderful, but there's precious little in the way
of liner notes.
Here's what happened in 1998: A company called Simply Vinyl
re-released both albums (Burnt
Weeny Sandwich and Weasels Ripped My Flesh)
180-gramme vinyl. As of spring 1999, this company had a web site at http://www.simplyvinyl.com.
Burke, November 1997:
According to the latest Mojo mag, a company called
Simply Vinyl are to release Weasels Ripped My
Flesh and Burnt Weeny on 180-gramme vinyl, complete with
30-gramme card covers, with orginal artwork and taken from analogue
masters. According to Mike Loveday, boss of SV these will be "fresh
from the farm integrity packs".
From Kristian Kier, April 1999:
Matrix Numbers: SVLP 0025 A-1-1- and SLVP 0025
B-2-1-. Made in the UK. Released in the UK on June 1 1998, and in
Germany as a UK import on March 22 1999. Price in Germany: 43,95DM
(April 1999) (fucking expensive!).
All songs by Frank Zappa, except "WPLJ" and "Valarie", and
are controlled for the World by The Zappa Family Trust d/b/a Frank
Zappa Music, Inc. (BMI), or The Zappa Family Trust d/b/a Munchkin Music
Original Engineer: Dick Kunc. Digitally remastered 1986. Cover art by
Cal Schenkel. Album design by John Williams.
(P) 1991 Rykodisc
(C) 1970, 1995 The Zappa Family Trust
Reproduced under license. All rights reserved.
Unauthorised duplication is a violation of applicable laws.
[Logo] Simply Vinyl
Licensed from Rykodisc
Track list: side one: 1. WPLJ (02:52), 2. Igor's Boogie
Phase One (00:36), 3. Overture to a holiday in Berlin (01:27), 4. Theme
from Burnt Weeny Sandwich (04:32), 5. Igor's Boogie, Phase Two (00:36),
6. Holiday in Berlin, Full Blown (06:23), 7. Aybe Sea (02:46). Side
two: 1. The Little House I Used to Live in (18:41), 2. Valarie (03:14).
The labels were dark orange with their logo and brand name
on the top, along with all other info you might expect on a label.
Nothing spectacular about it, but still different from the original
one ... :) The cover is, I think, a complete and good reproduction
of the original gatefold cover. I can't check it myself, I don't have
an original in my collection yet. Compared to the Zappa
Records CD it has Jimmy Carl Black included in the photo with Frank
and Roy. The record is placed in an additional plastic outer sleeve
(similar to the Baby Snakes picture
disc), which has two silver stickers on it. The first is on the front,
[Logo] Simply Vinyl
LIMITED EDITION VINYL LP
180gr. Virgin Vinyl Pressings
Heavy Quality Sleeves
The second one is on the back and its function is to be a
seal to protect the album from being opened. Round shape which says:
LIMITED EDITION VINYL LP
Also included with the album is a flyer with the anouncement
of other albums being released.
Neither of these Burnt Weeny Sandwich packages include
poster (two-sided, black & white, folds out to 4' by 10", with
photos of the
Mothers and a couple of Zappa, and says at the bottom on both sides
"The Mothers of
Invention Sincerely Regret to Inform You").
2012 UMe CD
The 2012 UMe/Zappa Records reissue, which was remastered by Bob Ludwig,
restores the original vinyl version and loses the digital reverb from
all previous CD versions. It is
definitive. It also restores
the intro to "Little House." However, internet eagle-eared
people have noticed one small, new glitch to ruin your day. Spake
On "Aybe Sea" ("Burnt Weeny Sandwich"), there seems
to be some sort of
a glitch (nothing to phone home about, and the CD overall IS great!)
...OR my own CD is defective; it did have very small pressing or
handling marks from the get-go, but they probably don't happen around
this track anyway.
It's at the beginning of the track, where the electric guitar and
harpsichord play in unison the opening melody's initial phrase:
Gb Gb-Gb-Gb G A (2x)
then the bit with the fast notes,
then they do it again (so the 3rd occurrence of the above phrase), and
the FIFTH note (G) note "warbles".
This is not on the orignal US Bizarre LP. I compared both versions
randomly BTW, and outside the volume, for what that's worth to my ear
and on my stuff, they matched perfectly. In other words, they sounded
identical to me.
- Any regional peculiarities?
- Any details on cassette releases?
- Any 8-track details?
- Was the poster included in the 1995 vinyl package?
- Any details about the Russian CD?
- Is the Greek vinyl legit?
- Are the 180gram vinyl releases sourced from the digital
- How are the older discs different from each other, and from
the current stock CD?
Tony Burke, Neil in the UK, the Spence Chrislu, John
Hopkins, Román García Albertos,
Mikael Agardsson, Peter Öberg, Richard Kolke, Jos van Galen, Gonçalo,
Patrick Moore, Steve Jones
 Including Armed Forces, Van
Halen II, George
Harrison, Thanks, I'll Eat It Here, Cosmic Messenger ...
and Studio Tan.