Stream Frank Zappa’s Previously Unreleased Outtake ‘Dame Margret’s Son To Be A Bride’


Next Friday, December 20, the Zappa Family Trust/UMe will release The Hot Rats Sessions, a box set celebrating the 50th anniversary of Frank Zappa’s debut solo album, Hot Rats. The six-disc box set includes a bevy of previously unreleased material including “Dame Margret’s Son To Be A Bride (1969 Quick Mix),” an outtake which has been shared as a preview of the release.

“Dame Margret’s Son To Be A Bride” was recorded at T.T.G. Studios in Hollywood during the sessions that yielded Hot Rats. Frank Zappa wrote the song performed by bassist Max Bennett, pianist Ian Underwood and drummer Paul Humphrey. The rhythm tracks wound up serving as the bass for “Lemme Take You To The Beach” on FZ’s 1978 album, Studio Tan. Frank created the quick mix found below after the basic track sessions so he could hear what Bennett, Underwood and Humphrey created. Listen to “Dame Margret’s Son To Be A Bride (1969 Quick Mix)” below:

The Hot Rats Sessions features every composition Frank Zappa recorded over the course of several days during the July 1969 sessions that birthed Hot Rats. Additionally, the compilation includes the original Hot Rats album along with Frank’s 1987 digital re-mix as well as a bevy of extras such as mono singles, rare mixes and promotional audio ads for the LP. The physical package contains a 28-page booklet featuring never-before-seen photos from the sessions, photos of master tapes and tape boxes, outtakes from the cover art shoot and essays by FZ collaborator Ian Underwood and fan (and The Simpsons creator) Matt Groening as well as a “Zappa Land” board game in which players are tasked with helping Zappa get back to the studio to finish work on the LP.