Civilization Phaze III

Release date
1 Dec 1994
Running length
41 tracks
Running time
125:28

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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 This Is Phaze III 0:47 3,481
2 Put A Motor In Yourself 5:20 3,310
3 Oh‐Umm 0:50 33
4 They Made Me Eat It 1:48 3,012
5 Reagan At Bitburg 5:39 2,767
6 A Very Nice Body 1:00 2,287
7 Navanax 1:40 2,787
8 How the Pigs’ Music Works 1:49 44
9 Xmas Values 5:31 2,588
10 Dark Water! 0:23 87
11 Amnerika 3:03 2,744
12 Have You Ever Heard Their Band? 0:38 1,170
13 Religious Superstition 0:43 2,563
14 Saliva Can Only Take So Much 0:27 90
15 Buffalo Voice 11:35 2,654
16 Someplace Else Right Now 0:32 2,068
17 Get A Life 2:20 2,397
18 A Kayak (On Snow) 0:28 75
19 N‐Lite 18:00 26
1 I Wish Motorhead Would Come Back 0:14 68
2 Secular Humanism 6:37 2,474
3 Attack! Attack! Attack! 1:24 1,632
4 I Was in a Drum 3:38 2,196
5 A Different Octave 0:57 1,915
6 This Ain’t CNN 3:20 47
7 The Pigs’ Music 1:17 37
8 A Pig With Wings 4:24 2,233
9 This Is All Wrong 1:42 1,684
10 Hot & Putrid 0:29 130
11 Flowing Inside‐Out 0:46 23
12 I Had a Dream About That 0:27 56
13 Gross Man 2:54 2,022
14 A Tunnel Into Muck 0:21 61
15 Why Not? 2:18 2,000
16 Put a Little Motor in ’Em 0:50 33
17 You’re Just Insultin’ Me, Aren’t You! 2:13 40
18 Cold Light Generation 0:44 1,773
19 Dio Fa 8:18 1,930
20 That Would Be the End of That 0:35 2,038
21 Beat the Reaper 15:23 1,836
22 Waffenspiel 4:04 1,867

About this album

Civilization Phaze III is the twenty third solo studio album by Frank Zappa, released posthumously as a double album on October 31, 1994.

The album marks the third part of a conceptual continuity that started with We’re Only In It For The Money (1968), with the second part being a reedited version of Zappa’s 1967 album Lumpy Gravy. The storyline of Civilization Phaze III involves a group of people living inside a piano, and the menacing reality of the outside world. The album’s themes include personal isolation and nationalism.

Much of the album’s improvised dialogue was originally recorded as part of sessions which produced We’re Only in It for the Money and Uncle Meat, which contained some dialogue by the same speakers, and some of the dialogue on this album previously appeared on the reedited version of Lumpy Gravy released in 1968. New dialogue was recorded by Zappa in 1993, and includes similarly improvised dialogue by members of the Ensemble Modern orchestra, Zappa’s daughter Moon Unit Zappa and actor Michael Rapaport.

Civilization Phaze III has been acclaimed as one of Zappa’s best works, and has been appraised for its challenging, complex music, largely composed on, and performed by Synclavier.

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