On August 23, 1984.

On August 23, 1984, “Angel” label released “The Perfect Stranger”, an album featuring the music of Frank Zappa, conducted in part by Pierre Boulez. It was recorded January – April 1984, at “IRCAM” in Paris, and “UMRK” in Hollywood Hills, and was produced by Frank Zappa.


  • Frank Zappa– synclavier, liner notes
  • Pierre Boulez– conductor, direction
  • Péter Eötvös– musical director
  • Pierre-Laurent Aimard– piano
  • The London Symphony Orchestra
  • Ensemble InterContemporain– orchestra
  • Guy Arnaud – bass clarinet
  • Paul Meyer– clarinet
  • Jérôme Naulais– trombone
  • Antoine Curé– trumpet
  • Lawrence Beauregard – flute
  • Jacques Ghestem – violin
  • Marie-Claire Jamet– harp
  • Daniel Ciampolini – percussion
  • David Ocker – programming
  • John Matousek – mastering
  • Don Hunstein– photography

Track listing:

All tracks by Frank Zappa.

  1. The Perfect Stranger
  2. Naval Aviation in Art?
  3. The Girl in the Magnesium Dress
  4. Outside Now Again
  5. Love Story
  6. Dupree’s Paradise
  7. Jonestown

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