Joe's Menage is a live album by Frank Zappa, posthumously released on October 1, 2008. It contains previously unreleased material from 1975.[2] It is the fourth album in the "Joe's Corsage" series, which is devoted to various rarities compiled by Joe Travers for the Zappa Family Trust.[3] This album contains material from a concert in Williamsburg on November 1, 1975 (the middle part). It presents for the first time extensive recordings featuring vocalist and alto saxophonist Norma Jean Bell, who was only in Zappa's touring band for a brief period in late 1975.[4]

Joe's Menage
Live album by
ReleasedOctober 1, 2008
RecordedNovember 1, 1975
VenueCollege of William and Mary (Williamsburg, VA)
ProducerFrank Zappa
Frank Zappa chronology
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Overview Edit

The album first germinated in 1978 when Zappa gave fan Ole Lysgaard several cassette tapes, including one of this 1975 concert.[5] In 2004, Lysgaard sent the tapes to Gail Zappa who decided to release this particular dub made by Zappa.[6] It was not possible to retrieve Zappa's original tapes,[6] but the tape reel from which Zappa had produced the cassette dub was located in the vault. It was restored by Joe Travers and mastered by John Polito.[7]

Track listing Edit

All compositions and arrangements by Frank Zappa

1."Honey, Don't You Want a Man Like Me?"3:57
2."The Illinois Enema Bandit"8:42
3."Carolina Hard-Core Ecstasy"6:02
4."Lonely Little Girl"2:46
5."Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance"2:10
6."What's the Ugliest Part of Your Body?"1:16
7."Chunga's Revenge"14:18
8."Zoot Allures"6:41

Musicians Edit

Album credits Edit

  • Original recording and cassette produced by Frank Zappa
  • CD Compilation reconstruction and vaultmeisterment: Joe Travers
  • Recordist: Davey Moire
  • Mastering and audio restoration: John Polito
  • Art direction: Gail Zappa
  • Title layout: Keith Lawler
  • Production manager: Melanie Starks

References Edit

  1. ^ Planer, Lindsay. "Joe's Menage - Frank Zappa : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". Retrieved 31 March 2013.
  2. ^ > Joe's Menage,, September 2008. Retrieved on October 1, 2008
  3. ^ Earlier releases in the series are Joe's Corsage (2004), Joe's Domage (2004), and Joe's Xmasage (2005).
  4. ^ Albertos, Román García, FZ chronology, 1973-1975, Retrieved on November 1, 2008
  5. ^ Lysgaard, Ole M. (2008), "The Laundry", Joe' Menage. Liner Notes, Zappa Family Trust, no. VR 20081
  6. ^ a b Zappa, Gail (2008), "The Litany", Joe' Menage. Liner Notes, Zappa Family Trust, no. VR 20081
  7. ^ Zappa, Gail (2008), "The Latex (Solar) Beef", Joe' Menage. Liner Notes, Zappa Family Trust, no. VR 20081