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Boulez Conducts Zappa: The Perfect Stranger

The Perfect Stranger is a 1984 album featuring the music of Frank Zappa, conducted, in part, by Pierre Boulez. It was originally issued on vinyl in 1984 and on CD in 1985 by Angel, and then in remixed and resequenced form on CD by Barking Pumpkin in 1991. Later reissues (of the same master) were by Rykodisc in 1995 and Zappa/Universal in 2012.

The Perfect Stranger
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Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 23, 1984
RecordedJanuary April 1984 at IRCAM (Paris) and UMRK
GenreElectronic, classical
Length38:43
LabelAngel
ProducerFrank Zappa
Frank Zappa chronology
London Symphony Orchestra, Vol. 1
(1983)
The Perfect Stranger
(1984)
Them or Us
(1984)
Singles from Remain in Light
  1. "The Girl in the Magnesium Dress"
    Released: 1984
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]

Boulez conducts three tracks ("The Perfect Stranger", "Naval Aviation in Art?" and "Dupree's Paradise"), recorded at IRCAM, Paris on January 10 and January 11, 1984, and performed by Boulez's Ensemble InterContemporain. The title track was also commissioned by Boulez, and contains references to Zappa's 1971 film, 200 Motels. The remaining four tracks are credited to 'The Barking Pumpkin Digital Gratification Consort'—in fact, Zappa's Synclavier. "Outside Now Again" is a Synclavier performance based on a transcription of Zappa's guitar solo in the song "Outside Now" from the 1979 Joe's Garage album.

The track Jonestown is a reference to the 1978 Jonestown Massacre, where cult leader Jim Jones drove his followers to collective suicide. [2]

Contents

Track listingEdit

All compositions by Frank Zappa.
Side one
No.TitleLength
1."The Perfect Stranger"12:42
2."Naval Aviation in Art?"2:28
3."The Girl in the Magnesium Dress"3:27
Side two
No.TitleLength
4."Outside Now Again"4:06
5."Love Story"1:00
6."Dupree's Paradise"7:53
7."Jonestown"7:07
CD (Barking Pumpkin, Rykodisc and Zappa/Universal editions)
No.TitleLength
1."The Perfect Stranger"12:44
2."Naval Aviation in Art?"2:45
3."The Girl in the Magnesium Dress"3:13
4."Dupree's Paradise"7:54
5."Love Story"0:59
6."Outside Now Again"4:06
7."Jonestown"5:27

Different track timings are probably due to mislisting. There are no reports of tracks being longer or shorter on the original vinyl.

PersonnelEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Couture, F. (2011). "Boulez Conducts Zappa: The Perfect Stranger - Frank Zappa | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
  2. ^ https://books.google.be/books?id=4lNRIZm_baQC&pg=PT373&lpg=PT373&dq=jonestown+frank+zappa&source=bl&ots=wly1Og7sty&sig=4pFkzBWNJzwzDjALF94fA1QYwvI&hl=nl&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjqzqOG4ZTeAhVkp4sKHZugB4Q4ChDoATAFegQIAhAB#v=onepage&q=jonestown%20frank%20zappa&f=false

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