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Joe's Garage: Acts I, II & III

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Editors’ Notes

Initially released as a single album and a double album, Joe's Garage was issued eventually as one massive rock opera about "Joe." The story is told through the narrative of "The Central Scrutinizer," as Joe forms a band, has sex with appliances, is imprisoned and then released to a world where music is outlawed. As usual, Zappa tempers a number of styles, with touches of country-pop in the title track and stoned-out 70s rock wafting from "A Token of My Extreme." Most guitar solos have been taken from old live tapes and reformatted to the studio tracks. "Watermelon in Eastern Hay," a track Zappa considered among his best, was an exception to this experiment. In fact, his son, Dweezil, is the only person allowed to perform this song, according to Zappa's last wishes. "Catholic Girls" and "Crew Slut" turn out catchy and demented pop, complete with munchkin vocals. "Why Does It Hurt When I Pee?" and "Stick It Out" continue Zappa's scatological/sexual streak obsessions to further humorous results.

Customer Reviews


Why hasn't anyone attempted to bring this Zappa masterpiece to the stage. It is still relevant from the Central Scrutiner to the references to Scientology. It has something to offend everyone. Zappa was never known for his political correctness and distributes his barbed observations to one all equally. No one is totally innocent. A great album.


Frank is finally on itunes.

This is the album that introduced me to his work


a great album. get it. watermelon in easter hay is worth it alone!


Born: December 21, 1940 in Baltimore, MD

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Composer, guitarist, singer, and bandleader Frank Zappa was a singular musical figure during a performing and recording career that lasted from the 1960s to the '90s. His disparate influences included doo wop music and avant-garde classical music; although he led groups that could be called rock & roll bands for much of his career, he used them to create a hybrid style that bordered on jazz and complicated, modern serious music, sometimes inducing orchestras to play along. As if his music were not...
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