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JOE'S GARAGE, ACTS I, II & III

Frank Zappa

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

3.58 | 95 ratings

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admireArt
5 stars When asked in interviews; about his favorite Frank Zappa song; Frank Zappa answered back 2 or 3 names; the only always constant one was "Watermelon in Eastern Hay" included in this far-off story of a "normal" guy who decides to travel the USA garage-band route of Rock n Roll stardom. And "musicians in general" as the route is well-known by any popular or underground any-genre artists . Intelligent not "intellectual" as the character "Joe" and his narrator of actions , thoughts and feelings; for us outsiders; the self-named "Central-Scrutinizer". This narrator ( detached/attached with empathy) will take us all the way through this Masterpiece in its whole " 3-Acts" kind of old-radio show story . Ok!; besides that whole focus of the project and the usual extremely talented musicians F. Zappa was so demanding of requiring; the whole "sound-track" moves around the story; so we will get a taste of a lot of not so visited genre-styles in a the very wide "Zappaesq" language extensions; as to understand the different moods "Joe" goes through; in this; cliched and also personal "self-encountered discoveries" in his own persona; as well as on the road. So reggae; garage rock, Zappas rock, Jazz and the Blues (the mentioned "WiEH"). Topped with intelligent as opposed to intellectaul humour and the understanding of " the cruel censorship state of the government towards the "power" of music at the time" (come to think about it nowdays; 2013, the "The Pussy Riot" imprisonment in Russia just to set a random "today" known "example"). Great song composition (controlled mayhem) and funny lyrics.... ( also in a far-fetched comparisson in story not music; "Joe" in this case and "Pinky" on the other european version; at the end of the day; encounter the same answers to their beliefs and problems; also the same industry and parasites. Sell-out! or Die! There is no time for frugalitIes like "Art"; Sad but true and we all know that. 5 MASTERPIECE STARS
admireArt | 5/5 |

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