Boulez Conducts Zappa: The Perfect Stranger

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The Perfect Stranger
The Perfect Stranger.jpg
Studio album by Frank Zappa
Released August 23, 1984
Recorded January April 1984 at IRCAM (Paris) and UMRK
Genre Electronic, classical
Length 38:43
Label Angel
Producer Frank Zappa
Frank Zappa chronology
London Symphony Orchestra, Vol. 1
Boulez Conducts Zappa: The Perfect Stranger
Them or Us
Singles from Remain in Light
  1. "The Girl in the Magnesium Dress"
    Released: 1984
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

The Perfect Stranger is a 1984 album featuring the music of Frank Zappa, conducted, in part, by Pierre Boulez. It was originally issued on vinyl in 1984 and on CD in 1985 by Angel, and then in remixed and resequenced form on CD by Barking Pumpkin in 1991. Later reissues (of the same master) were by Rykodisc in 1995 and Zappa/Universal in 2012.

Boulez conducts three tracks ("The Perfect Stranger", "Naval Aviation in Art?" and "Dupree's Paradise"), recorded at IRCAM, Paris on January 10 and January 11, 1984, and performed by Boulez's Ensemble InterContemporain. The title track was also commissioned by Boulez, and contains references to Zappa's 1971 film, 200 Motels. The remaining four tracks are credited to 'The Barking Pumpkin Digital Gratification Consort'—in fact, Zappa's Synclavier. "Outside Now Again" is a Synclavier performance based on a transcription of Zappa's guitar solo in the song "Outside Now" from the 1979 Joe's Garage album. This is Official Release #39.

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Frank Zappa.
Side one
No. Title Length
1. "The Perfect Stranger"   12:42
2. "Naval Aviation in Art?"   2:28
3. "The Girl in the Magnesium Dress"   3:27
Side two
No. Title Length
4. "Outside Now Again"   4:06
5. "Love Story"   1:00
6. "Dupree's Paradise"   7:53
7. "Jonestown"   7:07
CD (Barking Pumpkin, Rykodisc and Zappa/Universal editions)
No. Title Length
1. "The Perfect Stranger"   12:44
2. "Naval Aviation in Art?"   2:45
3. "The Girl in the Magnesium Dress"   3:13
4. "Dupree's Paradise"   7:54
5. "Love Story"   0:59
6. "Outside Now Again"   4:06
7. "Jonestown"   5:27

Different track timings are probably due to mislisting. There are no reports of tracks being longer or shorter on the original vinyl.



  1. ^ Couture, F. (2011). "Boulez Conducts Zappa: The Perfect Stranger - Frank Zappa | AllMusic". Retrieved 21 July 2011. 

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