Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch
No differences reported
between the vinyl and the CD versions. The 1995 Ryko CD is not very different from earlier CDs;
it just adds some new cover/booklet artwork.
ESSENTIAL VERSIONS FOR COMPLETISTS: Any version. The 1995 CD is a
remaster. [completist's guide]
- Original vinyl (Barking Pumpkin FW 38066 in the US, CBS 85804
in the UK, May 1982)
- Canadian vinyl (Epic Records PW 38066, lyric sheet insert)
- Digitally remastered vinyl (EMI EMC-3501 1985? Capitol ST-6534, 1982?)
(might be the same as the version below!)
- UK re-issue (Fame FA 3180?)
- Portuguese vinyl (EMI 26 08141)
- Israeli vinyl (CBS 85804, with a little Hebrew print on the back cover)
- Argentine vinyl (EMI 5318 - in a "Fame" series)
- Brazilian vinyl
- Japanese vinyl (CBS/Sony 25AP 2362)
- Korean vinyl (High Light STEREO 339, blue-on-white cover, quite possibly
counterfeit, and "originally ROUGH".)
- Original Euro CD coupled with The
Man from Utopia (EMI CDP 7-90074-2, April 1986 or June 1988)
- Original US CD (Barking Pumpkin D2-74235, June 1991)
- UK CD re-issue (Zappa Records CDZAP 42, June 1991)
- Zappa Records cassette (TZAPPA42)
- Japanese CD (VACK 5088)
- Russian picture CD (JPCD UL 98493)
- 1995 CD (Ryko RCD 10537, May 2 1995; VACK 5088 in
Japan, renumbered 5223 in 1998)
- Japanese paper-sleeve CD (Ryko/VACK 1243, May
29 2002 - black & white inner sleeve with Shut Up &
Play Yer Guitar ad & printed lyrics; sticker included)
From Robert Cloos:
The UK version also had a bonus 7-inch single with material from the Shut Up & Play Yer Guitar box. The Dutch version has an inner
sleeve with Shut Up & Play Yer Guitar ads.
The single was CBS EPX 147, "The Frank Zappa EP":
1. Shut Up & Play Yer Guitar
2. Variations on the Carlos Santana Secret Chord Progression
3. Why Johnny Can't Read
The catalogue number CBS EPX 147 has been confirmed, but some sources have CBS 85804
instead. Information wanted!
From RIFF RAFF FROM MICHIGAN:
I seem to remember the inner sleeve saying something about the album being
mixed to sound correct on JBL (model number) speakers or equivalent. Please set
your tone controls to the flat position and listen that way before making any
bass or treble enhancements (my paraphrasing). I remember being fascinated by
that note. Of course, the album sounded like crap on my stereo with flat tone
settings ... I obviously didn't have JBL or equivalent speakers.
The Japanese version of this album had quite a unique,
beautiful obi with all sorts of excessive extremes on it. From Mikael Agardsson:
The LP comes with an English lyric sheet and a message from FZ,
and also with a dual-sided poster (59x89 cm) with the lyrics in Japanese and some drawings
(made by Moon as a child?).
Message from FZ
Here is the message from FZ that came with most or all vinyl pressings:
Dear Maniac Person:
When the three individual Shut Up & Play Yer Guitar
albums were made available by mail order last year, the response in the United States was
fantastic ... it was even more fantastic in Europe when CBS released them as a deluxe
boxed set around Christmas time. The reviews in the rock press were all outrageous, and to
everyone's suprise, Shut Up & Play Yer Guitar received
several awards for various types of excellence ... also, some people thought the
albums were a hot item to import into the U.S.
As a result of the record store interest in these special discs, Barking
Pumpkin has decided to make the deluxe triple-LP set available now as an
over-the-counter item, simultaneously with the release of Ship Arriving Too Late
to Save a Drowning Witch.
If you don't have a copy yet, go grab one ... the supply is limited.
FZ [in Zappa's hand]
7720 SUNSET BLVD., LOS ANGELES, CA 90046 (213) 851-5461 TELEX 194738
StatusBaby sends over an interesting theory/rant/explanation:
Either the Digitally Remastered EMI EMC-3501 release was re-released as Fame
FA 3180 (which I doubt) OR they are one and the same release.
[The front cover] shows the front cover with the DIGITALLY REMASTERED stapline
across the top (although due to the limitations of my scanner just IGITALLY
remastered here!) and the ----Fame--- logo in the top right corner.
[The rear cover] shows the rear cover - showing the ---Fame--- logo and stating
"Distributed by Music For Pleasure Limited, Hayes, Middlesex" followed by the
1980s EMI logo.
[The label to the right] shows the Side One Label showing both the EMC 3501 serial
number and the Fame 3180 serial number.
Music For Pleasure or MFP was EMIs budget label - familiar to all people in the
UK as a source of truly terrible recordings and constant rehashings of old
recordings. Think 'Tijuana Brass Meets The Beatles' or 'The Geoff Love Orchestra
Play Sci-Fi Disco Themes' and your almost there. These were the records that
sold with the price usually printed on the sleeve - and they would be less than
half price of a new release. I remember buying MFP albums for 99p when a chart
album was £2.99. They were all about cheesy repackaging and reprocessing. See
the excellent vinylvulture site for more details
By the 1980s the Music For Pleasure label had lost all respect and street cred -
and no-one would want to be seen dead with a MFP LP. Even the best known
respectable record on MFP - Pink Floyd's 'Relics' was re-issued (it almost never
went out of print) on another EMI related label. Hence the invention of the Fame
label - designed specifically as a reissue label - but aimed at a more street-cred
audience. The Fame label released music by The Buzzcocks and Kate Bush as well
as Zappa - and it is my bet that this SATLTSADW remastered edition went straight
to the Fame label.
However - I could be wrong - you just need to find someone with a Digitally
Remastered copy that does not mention Fame.
Euro CD coupled with THE MAN FROM UTOPIA
Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch and The
Man from Utopia were originally released on CD in Europe as a two-for-the-price-of-one
set: both albums on one CD. (The The Man from Utopia CD
version is rather different from the vinyl.)
From Scott Shupe:
Here is the weird part: The Man from Utopia (1983) is first, tracks
1-10, then Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch
(1982), tracks 11-16. No extra tracks.
All subsequent CDs had more elaborate packaging than this: three
pictures of Frank and Moon, letters from Moon and a fake consumer report written by Zappa.
Official Ryko statement: "New master. New timing sheet." [full statement]
Thomas Marrot points out that there are slight audio differences between the
1995 release and earlier releases (they sync, but don't cancel out perfectly),
meaning that some slight EQ was applied to the 1995 iteration. They're more or
less audibly identical, though.
From Dan Watkins:
The 1995 CD has more photos than the LP, including the
front cover of the 1982 "Valley Girl/You Are What You Is" single and
some 1991 photos of Frank and Moon. It also has two letters written by Moon
and a fake consumer report on the album. [These were also on the Zappa
Records CD and original US CD - Ed.]
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-2005-UPDATE: Ryko USA has apparently been importing the overstock
of these releases to sell as domestic "special editions," causing the
speculators who paid top dollar for the entire collection to hari-kari
themselves. This includes some of the discs that, as of August 2005, were pretty
hard to find ("Money" and others).
- Any details on cassette versions?
- Mikael Agardsson
- Victor Dubiler
- Richard Kolke
- Bossk (R)
- Gonçalo Falcão