Album

ReleaseFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
Boulez Conducts Zappa: The Perfect Stranger(unknown)7
  • US1984-08-23
Boulez Conducts Zappa: The Perfect Stranger12" Vinyl7
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)27 0153 15099927015315
Boulez Conducts Zappa: The Perfect StrangerCD7
Zappa RecordsCDZAP 495016583604929
Boulez Conducts Zappa: The Perfect StrangerCD7
RykodiscRCD 10542
Boulez Conducts Zappa: The Perfect StrangerCD7
Barking Pumpkin RecordsD2 74242013347424224
Boulez Conducts Zappa: The Perfect StrangerCD7
RykodiscRCD 10542014431054228
Boulez Conducts Zappa: The Perfect StrangerCD7
  • JP2002-10-23
Videoarts MusicVACK-12534988112413528
Boulez Conducts Zappa: The Perfect StrangerCD7
  • US2012-09-25
Zappa RecordsZR 3869824302386927

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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.