01 October 2008

Zappa: Joe's Menage details finally released

Last week a press release from the Zappa Family Trust teased the imminent release of a new title in the Joe's Corsaga series, this time under the Joe's Menage aegis. No other info save for the fact that it was 1975 material was given in the press release, resulting in a bit of uproar amongst the Zappa faithful.

Fortunately this has been rectified.

Press release from this location:

Vaulternative Records has announced the Friday, September 26, 2008 release of the concert CD Joe's Menage, continuing the Zappa Family Trust's mission to celebrate and protect the legacy of Frank Zappa. Joe's Menage was recorded in concert at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA on November 1, 1975. This is all previously unreleased material.

Joe's Menage
continues the Corsaga series, with prior releases Joe's Corsage, Joe's Domage, and Joe's Xmasage currently available. "While it is the Zappa Family Trust's mission to celebrate and protect the legacy, many of its releases, particularly the Corsaga, are meant to educate the listener and to give them an inside view of Frank Zappa's working process and other aspects of his creativity," said Gail Zappa, who heads the Trust.

The album first germinated when Frank Zappa gave friendly fan Ole Lysgaard several cassette tapes, including this one, in 1978. In 2004, Lysgaard sent the tapes to Gail Zappa and she decided to release the 1975 music, which was restored and mastered by John Polito.

While the concert is anchored by Frank Zappa's guitar and vocals, the other performers on Joe's Menage represent an unusual lineup for Zappa. Norma Jean Bell contributes alto saxophone and vocals. Longtime Zappa sideman Napoleon Murphy Brock plays tenor saxophone and sings; Andre Lewis plays keyboards and sings; former Mother of Invention member Roy Estrada lends bass and vocals; and Terry Bozzio drums. (Bozzio and Brock have played with Dweezil Zappa as well.)

The album is available exclusively via mail order at Zappa.com.

Frank Zappa, American composer, was born in 1940 and died in 1993.

'Joe's Menage' Track Listing

1. Honey, Don't You Want a Man Like Me?

2. The Illinois Enema Bandit

3. Carolina Hard-Core Ecstacy

4. Lonely Little Girl

5. Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance

6. What's The Ugliest Part of Your Body?

7. Chunga's Revenge

8. Zoot Allures

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