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Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Boulez Conducts Zappa: The Perfect Stranger (unknown) 7
Boulez Conducts Zappa: The Perfect Stranger 12" Vinyl 7 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) 27 0153 1 5099927015315
Boulez Conducts Zappa: The Perfect Stranger CD 7 Zappa Records CDZAP 49 5016583604929
Boulez Conducts Zappa: The Perfect Stranger CD 7 Rykodisc RCD 10542
Boulez Conducts Zappa: The Perfect Stranger CD 7 Barking Pumpkin Records D2 74242 013347424224
Boulez Conducts Zappa: The Perfect Stranger CD 7 Rykodisc RCD 10542 014431054228
Boulez Conducts Zappa: The Perfect Stranger CD 7 Videoarts Music VACK-1253 4988112413528
Boulez Conducts Zappa: The Perfect Stranger CD 7 Zappa Records ZR 3869 824302386927

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Pierre Boulez commissioned The Perfect Stranger, which is the showpiece of the album. It, along with Dupree's Paradise, are performed by the Ensemble InterContemporain, conducted by Boulez. Together, they take up more than half of the album. They are contemporary Classical works that sound like some of the great works of the post-war period, yet they maintain Zappa's unmistakable personality without straying into the territory of gag and silliness, that characterized most of his pop œuvre.

Surprising, too, are Frank Zappa's five electronic works that fill out the remainder of the album. These, too, bear up to some of the great works that have come out of IRCAM and a listener could easily be misled into thinking that these were composed by Pierre Henry or Luc Ferrari. Only one of the compositions, Outside Now Again, sounds rather more like pop music.

The sound quality throughout is crystal clear; Boulez's conducting is unmistakably exacting; Zappa pulls it off. What disappoints is that the album is so short, at only a little over 36 minutes, and that, while the cover proclaims "Boulez conducts Zappa", Boulez conducts only two of the works. Still, this is an outstanding album.