Joe's Garage Acts I, II & III (Remastered) Frank Zappa

Cover Joe's Garage Acts I, II & III (Remastered)

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Label: Frank Zappa Catalog

Genre: Rock

Subgenre: Modern Rock

Artist: Frank Zappa

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  • 1The Central Scrutinizer03:28
  • 2Joe's Garage06:09
  • 3Catholic Girls04:19
  • 4Crew Slut06:40
  • 5Fembot In A Wet T-Shirt04:44
  • 6On The Bus04:30
  • 7Why Does It Hurt When I Pee?02:22
  • 8Lucille Has Messed My Mind Up05:42
  • 9Scrutinizer Postlude01:35
  • 10A Token Of My Extreme05:28
  • 11Stick It Out04:33
  • 12Sy Borg08:54
  • 13Dong Work For Yuda05:03
  • 14Keep It Greasey08:21
  • 15Outside Now05:52
  • 16He Used To Cut The Grass08:35
  • 17Packard Goose11:34
  • 18Watermelon In Easter Hay09:07
  • 19A Little Green Rosetta08:16
  • Total Runtime01:55:12

Info for Joe's Garage Acts I, II & III (Remastered)

Joe's Garage is a three-part rock opera recorded by American musician Frank Zappa in September and November 1979. Originally released as two separate studio albums on Zappa Records, the project was later remastered and reissued as a triple album box set, Joe's Garage, Acts I, II & III, in 1987. The story is told by a character identified as the "Central Scrutinizer" narrating the story of Joe, an average adolescent male, from Canoga Park, Los Angeles, who forms a garage rock band, has unsatisfying relationships with women, gives all of his money to a government-assisted and insincere religion, explores sexual activities with appliances, and is imprisoned. After being released from prison into a dystopian society in which music itself has been criminalized, he lapses into insanity.

The album encompasses a large spectrum of musical styles, while its lyrics often feature satirical or humorous commentary on American society and politics. It addresses themes of individualism, free will, censorship, the music industry and human sexuality, while criticizing government and religion, and satirizing Catholicism and Scientology. Joe's Garage is noted for its use of xenochrony, a recording technique that takes guitar solos from older live recordings and overdubs them onto new studio recordings. All of the guitar solos on the album are xenochronous except for "Crew Slut" and "Watermelon in Easter Hay", a signature song that Zappa described as the best song on the album, and according to his son Dweezil, the best guitar solo his father ever played.

Joe’s Garage initially received mixed to positive reviews, with critics praising its innovative and original music, but criticizing the scatological, sexual and profane nature of the lyrics. Since its original release, the album has been reappraised as one of Zappa's best works.

Frank Zappa, lead guitar, vocals, arranger, conductor & producer Ike Willis, lead vocals Al Malkin, vocals & chorus vocals Dale Bozzio, vocals & chorus vocals Geordie Hormel, chorus vocals Barbara Issak, chorus vocals Terry Bozzio, vocals Warren Cuccurullo, rhythm guitar, vocals & chorus vocals Denny Walley, slide guitar, vocals Tommy Mars, keyboards Peter Wolf, keyboards Craig Steward, harmonica Earl Dumler ("Marginal Chagrin"), baritone sax Jeff Hollie, tenor sax Bill "Stumuk" Nugent, bass sax Arthur Barrow, bass, guitar (2), vocals Patrick O'Hearn, bass (15,16) Vinnie Colaiuta, drums Ed Mann, percussion, vocals

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