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1.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat disappointed, 2 Nov. 2013
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This review is from: Joe's Garage Acts I, II & III (Audio CD)
I bought Act 1 on vinyl decades ago, and after discovering that there were two more Acts released by Zappa after that, I decided to buy the CD with all three Acts.

I wish I hadn't bothered. The follow-up "Acts" are not a patch on the first and really are not worth having, unless you are into listening to mindless obscenity for the sake of it. At least Act 1 included some humour.
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Initial post: 15 Apr 2015, 01:54:37 BST
Ca Marsh says:
"Watermelon in Easter Hay" not worth having? Seriously?

OK, so it's not all wonderful but most of it is way beyond good. The only track "not worth having" is the bloody awful 'Green Rosetta' which is filler about filling.

Posted on 22 May 2015, 12:12:25 BST
Last edited by the author on 22 May 2015, 12:13:58 BST
I would say that on Acts II and III the actual plot does seem to be stretched a bit thinly - the songs on Act I are taut in comparison but Acts II and III compensate by giving us some great instrumental work. Perhaps the preponderance of guitar soloing in the later sections is Uncle Frank's way of portraying Joe as being alone with his thoughts in a sanitised, slightly dystopian world with no rock 'n' roll (hence the reference to 'imaginary guitar solos'). On the other hand, perhaps he just wanted it all to end as a meandering shaggy dog story, hence the nonsensical conclusion with 'Little Green Rosetta'. With Frank you could never exactly tell what he was thinking, and that was one facet of the man's genius - making US think about what HE might have been thinking. Or something...

In reply to an earlier post on 22 May 2015, 12:26:54 BST
Gavin Rider says:
My point was that Act 1 took you on a lyrical and musical journey. It progressed amusingly and logically as a coherent story. The irreverent humour was well balanced by musical genius rather than outright screaming virtuosity which is another facet of Zappa's playing.

By comparison with Act 1, 2 and 3 feel like what I imagine a bad trip would feel like. Rather than being amazed by the musical content I find myself being assaulted by the lyrics, which don't exactly add to the wealth of the world's most insightful. Rather than feeling like a passenger in Singapore Airlines First Class cabin, I find myself feeling more like someone in the back row on a Ryan Air flight, desperate for the torture to soon be over.

So yes, it is always possible for a brilliant musician to amaze a listener with his prowess, as on WMIE, but it is also possible to disappoint by getting carried away with pointless indulgence. That is what Acts 2 and 3 are to me - they do not add to the magnificence of Act 1, they detract from it.

Posted on 9 Aug 2015, 04:00:52 BST
Excuse me, I've had some great times on the back row of a Ryanair flight to Lanzarote, thank you very much. Mr.Rider you're the worst kind of snob,Frank would be spinning.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Aug 2015, 12:22:41 BST
Last edited by the author on 9 Aug 2015, 12:23:58 BST
Gavin Rider says:
FZ appreciated honest and objective criticism, and would probably appreciate the use of metaphor in making it too, since he was so fond of using metaphors himself in his lyrics. Frank was also renowned for being a musical perfectionist, and I think he would be more likely to be spinning in reflective realisation that Acts II and III didn't come up to scratch than he would in response to someone saying so.

But my comments were not for the appreciation of the man himself, they were to advise others who might buy the album and, like me, be less than impressed with it having had my expectations raised to such a high level by Act I.
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