Cast : Frank Zappa – Central Scrutinizer, Larry, L. Ron Hoover, Father Riley & Buddy Jones . Ike Willis – Joe . Dale Bozzio – Mary . Denny Walley – Mrs. Borg . Al Malkin – Officer Butzis . Warren Cuccurullo – Sy Borg . Ed Mann – Sy Borg . Terry Bozzio – Bald-Headed John .
Musicians : Frank Zappa – Vocals, guitar . Warren Cuccurullo – Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Organ, Guitar . Denny Walley – Vocals, Slide Guitar, Guitar . Craig Twister Steward – Harmonica . Jeff – Sax (Tenor) . Marginal Chagrin – Sax (Baritone) . Patrick O’Hearn – Wind, Bass . Peter Wolf – Keyboards . Stumuk – Sax (Baritone), Sax (Bass) . Tommy Mars – Keyboards . Vinnie Colaiuta – Drums, Percussion . Arthur Barrow – Vocals, Bass . Ed Mann – Vocals, Percussion . Dale Bozzio – Vocals . Al Malkin – Vocals . Ike Willis – Vocals . Barbara Isaak – Choir, Chorus, Assistant . Geordie Hormel – Choir, Chorus . Terry Bozzio – Guest Vocals .
Production Produced by Frank Zappa . Joe Chiccarelli – Engineer, Mixing, Recording . Steve Nye – Remixing . Mick Glossop – Remixing . Stan Ricker – Mastering . Jack Hunt – Mastering . Thomas Nordegg – Assistant . Tom Cummings – Assistant .
Package : Ferenc Dobronyi – Cover Design . John Williams – Artwork . Norman Seeff – Photography, Cover Photo .
Recorded March — June 1979 at Village Recorders “B”, LA .
Released on September 17 and November 19, 1979 by Zappa Records.
Sputnikmusic.com Frank Zappa’s Joe’s Garage remains some of his best work but it sure is an acquired taste, much like Zappa in general. Instrumentally, the album is astonishing, which was clearly one of Zappa’s many strengths. […]
Rolling Stone After three clever and catchy cuts on side one — the title tune, “Catholic Girls” and “Crew Slut” — the music goes downhilland the third album is almost complete drivel. In short, the whole thing’s a mess. […]
Muso’s Guide Musically, the album is a pretty intoxicating mix of funk, soft rock and soul that typifies Zappa’s more “song-based” output of the 1970s. If that sounds like a terrible mix, you’ve obviously not heard how meticulously crafted Zappa songs can be: the first CD flies past whilst barely putting a note wrong, keeping the intensity constant even during the slower numbers. […]