German monthly magazine for Hi-Fi, Surround, High End and music fans. Launched in 1978 by Daniel Caimi as a German version of the Italian Stereoplay magazine. From March 1979 as an on its own magazine issued in Stuttgart by Vereinigte Motor-Verlage (who also published the another Hi-Fi monthly Audio). Since October 2023 issue, Stereoplay was merged with Audio and both will continue together under the name Audio/Stereoplay.

1979 February

No. 2

Frank Zappa "Frank Zappa in New York"
By L. D., p 81

Automatic translation: Frank Zappa is like a trusted friend who never disappoints you. Even if there are hints of “easy listening” here and there, they don’t seem unpleasant; on the contrary, you think they are unavoidable in a logical sense. (read more)

On pages 104-105 there is an article by the same author about bootlegs, which mentions the Zappa/Beefheart record Metal Man Has Hornet's Wings.


1979 March

No. 3

Frank Zappa "Sleep Dirt"
By E. R., p 78

Automatic translation: Old master Zappa has struck again – in the truest sense of the word. As with his 17 previous LPs, this time too he doesn't offer easily digestible fare. (read more)


1979 Detsember

No. 12

Frank Zappa "Joe's Garage"
By M. M., p 104

Automatic translation: Now he's cheating again, the porn prince of pop music - living proof that art continues below the belt. (read more)


1981 May

No. 5

Sturm im Wasserglas
By Enno Warncke, pp 110-113

Automatic translation: A touch of rebellion surrounds the American Frank Zappa. Hearty scandals and obscenities paved his way to fame: bogeyman, charlatan or genius? (read more)


1981 July

No. 7

Frank Zappa "Tinsel Town Rebellion"
By Enno Warncke, p 91

Automatic translation: If a musician's ideas sprout more sparsely, his record company usually brings out a reappraisal of the last concert season. That's probably why Frank Zappa's new double album "Tinsel Town Rebellion" is largely a collage of live recordings. (read more)


1981 December

No. 12

Frank Zappa "You Are What You Is"
By Enno Warncke, p 151

Automatic translation: Putting a second double album on the market within just under half a year is an achievement in itself, but it is always a sign of great productivity. (read more)


1982 June

No. 6

Grandmothers "Looking Up Granny’s Dress"
By Bodo Rinz, p 107

Automatic translation: This record allows the Grandmothers to emerge from the shadow of their once all-powerful master Frank Zappa, and even far surpasses his boring musical outpourings of recent times. (read more)

pp 4-5 p 104 p 107


Automatic translation: At first glance, Zappa is more productive than ever. Hardly a few months go by without the prolific writer releasing a new album. However, with quantity comes a loss of quality. (read more)

pp 4-5 p 97


1985 January

No. 1

Portrait Frank Zappa: Haare gelassen
By Matthias Inhoffen, pp 144-146

Interview: "Ich habe mit allen möglichen Leuten Ärger"
By Matthias Inhoffen, pp 146-147

Automatic translation: He composes orchestral notes that are difficult to access, treats his colleagues harshly and makes life as difficult as possible for himself. Frank Zappa primarily wants to entertain with his music. (read more)


1986 November

No. 11

Discobox Oldies
By Matthias Inhoffen, p 210

An article about classic rock albums in CD format that uses one record store, Discobox, as an eample.


1987 February

No. 2

Frank Zappa "Jazz From Hell"
By Matthias Inhoffen, p 152

Automatic translation:
Interpretation: poor
Sound quality: good to very good
Repertoire value: insufficient
Partners such as the Synclavier DMS and the rock guitarist Steve Vai supported Frank Zappa in this unspeakable concoction, the existence of which can only be explained by the creative compulsion of a notorious workaholic. "Jazz From Hell" doesn't come from hell, but should roast in it, because the pinball-like sound gimmicks with the emotional radiation of a personal computer have neither avant-garde pacemaker qualities nor any musical nutritional value. M.I.


2019 May

No. 5

Der Wahnwitz der Siebziger (The madness of the seventies)
By Ralf Dombrowski, p 139

Zappa in New York 40th anniversary reissue is reviewed.

2020 September

No. 9

Fundstücke und Genialitäten (Finds and ingeniousness)
By Wolf Kampmann, p 122

Review of The Mothers 1970.