Frank Zappa – Hot Rats Classic Records 200 gram marble Clarity vinyl test pressing LP


Free U.S. shipping!  A 200 gram marbled Clarity vinyl test pressing of the 2009 Classic Records release of Hot Rats by Frank Zappa.

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Offered for sale is a marbled Clarity vinyl test pressing of the Classic Records 200 gram edition of Hot Rats by Frank Zappa.

Most copies pressed on Clarity Vinyl are, as the name suggests, clear.  This one is a mixture of clear and black vinyl.

About this copy: This copy of Hot Rats is a 200 gram test pressing, pressed in 2009 by Classic Records on their proprietary Clarity Vinyl compound.

The cover is a plain white cover with a sticker that says, “Classic Records RS 6356-200g A/B CRWH.”  The cover is M-.

The marbled vinyl test pressing disc is M-, with a couple of spindle marks on the labels, but no marks on the vinyl.  Clean disc!

A beautiful and unusual copy of a classic Frank Zappa LP.

Background: Originally released in 1969, Hot Rats was the first album by Frank Zappa to be released under his name, rather than under the name of his band, The Mothers of Invention and his eighth album overall.

The album reached #173 on the U.S. album charts, but reached #9 in the UK.   The album has since become highly regarded by collectors and critics. gave Hot Rats a 4 1/2 star review:

Hot Rats was also the first time Zappa focused his efforts in one general area, namely jazz-rock. The result is a classic of the genre. Hot Rats’ genius lies in the way it fuses the compositional sophistication of jazz with rock’s down-and-dirty attitude — there’s a real looseness and grit to the three lengthy jams, and a surprising, wry elegance to the three shorter, tightly arranged numbers (particularly the sumptuous “Peaches en Regalia”). Perhaps the biggest revelation isn’t the straightforward presentation, or the intricately shifting instrumental voices in Zappa’s arrangements — it’s his own virtuosity on the electric guitar, recorded during extended improvisational workouts for the first time here. …Hot Rats still sizzles; few albums originating on the rock side of jazz-rock fusion flowed so freely between both sides of the equation, or achieved such unwavering excitement and energy.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Classic Records
Catalog Number:
Year of Release: 2009
Format: Stereo
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Weight 11 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.2 in