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Freak Out!

The Mothers Of Invention

1966

Freak Out!

Album Summary

Freak Out! is the debut studio album by American rock band the Mothers of Invention, released on June 27, 1966, by Verve Records. Often cited as one of rock music's first concept albums, it is a satirical expression of frontman Frank Zappa's perception of American pop culture and the nascent freak scene of Los Angeles. It was also one of the earliest double albums in rock music, as well as the first two-record debut album. In the UK, the album was originally released as an edited single disc. The album was produced by Tom Wilson, who signed the Mothers, formerly a bar band called the Soul Giants. Zappa said many years later that Wilson signed the band to a record deal under the impression that they were a white blues band. The album features Zappa on vocals and guitar, along with lead vocalist/tambourine player Ray Collins, bass player/vocalist Roy Estrada, drummer/vocalist Jimmy Carl Black and guitar player Elliot Ingber (later of Captain Beefheart's Magic Band, performing there under the pseudonym "Winged Eel Fingerling").The band's original repertoire consisted of rhythm and blues covers, but after Zappa joined the band, he encouraged them to play his own original material, and their name was changed to the Mothers. The musical content of Freak Out! ranges from rhythm and blues, doo-wop, and standard blues-influenced rock to orchestral arrangements and avant-garde sound collages. Although the album was initially poorly received in the United States, it was a success in Europe. It gained a cult following in America, where it continued to sell in substantial quantities until it was discontinued in the early 1970s. In 1999, the album was honored with the Grammy Hall of Fame Award, and in 2003, Rolling Stone ranked it among the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time". In 2006, The MOFO Project/Object, an audio documentary on the making of the album, was released in honor of its 40th anniversary.

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Rating

2.79

Votes

4537

Genres

  • Psychedelic Rock
  • Rock
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Fri May 14 2021
5

I dont know what to make of this album but i liked it very much.

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Thu May 20 2021
5

True innovation in composition. 55 years later, this still has an edge.

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Wed Mar 16 2022
5

It's unbelievable that this album was released in 1966. So ahead of its time. It's a molotove cocktail between psychedelic rock, concrete music and satirical doo-wop. And all of that is just the tip of the iceberg of Frank Zappa's genius. It's not the kind of album I would listen to every day, but I can't help but give it 5 stars. Damn, this was released in 1966... Impossible!

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Mon Oct 18 2021
4

This is good, this is good. It's 1966 and already the suburban and societal tedium of the prior decade and the unrest of the present decade is being picked apart. I love how Freak Out just get more and more unsettled as it goes along. The final track feels a bit wack, but 60 years ago there would have been an explosive feeling to have an album start out fairly pop and end up with people muttering "cream cheese, cream cheese". Best track - "Go Cry on Someone Else's Shoulder" - a dismantling of teen heartbreak. Cheer up, you'll get over it.

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Fri Nov 12 2021
4

Yep, Freak Out! is absolutely appropriate for a title. Absolutely experimental rock, but with so many feels of so many 60's bands you'd know and love. I'm sure you could listen 100 times and take something different from this.

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Tue Jul 20 2021
3

Contrairement à mon compagnon d'écoute l'ignoble elfoutaise, j'avais bel et bien reconnu Frank Zappa sur la pochette de l'album. J'étais donc parfaitement préparé à ce qui allait suivre. Et il m'a semblé que ça valait trois étoiles sur l'échelle de Robert.

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Tue Jun 15 2021
2

I suppose you could generously call this satire, but it's really more "Rage against the normies," with penguin of d00m levels or randomness to prove how aloof and freaky they are. The more they criticize the folks who care about appearances, the more they reveal that they do, too. Best track: Hungry Freaks, Daddy

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Thu Oct 28 2021
5

I don't know how to feel about liking this. But I do, so there.

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Thu Feb 17 2022
5

One of the strangest albums of the 60s. S mix of doo-wop, psychedelia and music concrete to make an album like no other.

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Fri Apr 30 2021
4

Not Zappa’s best, but I enjoyed it. Some really good songs and some songs they made fun of that 60s pop sound very well. Naturally there were some tracks that were... out there, but that’s the fun of a Zappa album. Favorite tracks: “I Ain’t Got No Heart,” “Go Cry On Somebody Else’s Shoulder,” and “Motherly Love”

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Wed May 26 2021
3

1966: Anyway The Wind Blows, Trouble Every Day

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Fri May 21 2021
3

I described this album as the monster mash song, not as good, too much kazoo. Inspite of all that I did enjoy parts of this album

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Tue Jul 20 2021
2

Tout d'abord, je voudrais démarrer ce review en présentant mes plus plates excuses. Je ne sais pas ce qu'il m'a pris hier, mais dans un élan de gentillesse et de bonté, la fin de ma journée de travail pointant le bout de son nez, j'ai accordé à ce piètre rappeur la note de 3/5, action que je regrette desormais enormément. Après une nuit agitée passée à me remémorer les differentes pistes de son album, j'en conclus que la valeur de son album n'etait en fait qu'un piteux 2/5. Piteux et 2/5, ce sont aussi des adjectifs que nous allons pouvoir utiliser pour l'album du jour. L'incomprehension est totale a la suite de cette écoute. L'album se présentait comme un album de rock banal et sans intérêt, tout a fait dans les standards de Robert. Mais c'etait sans compter sur les dernieres pistes de cet album machiavélique. En effet, c'est en effet un véritable livre audio qui se présente à nous dès la fin de cet album, qui se transforme petit a petit en enregistrement audio du zoo de la Palmyre, notamment de l'espace chimpanzés et volatiles. Une honte artistique, et alors que mes oreilles souffraient le martyre, je me mis a faire quelque recherches sur ce groupe criminel, et quelle ne fut pas ma surprise. Ce groupe etait en fait l'oeuvre de l'ignoble Frank Zappa, qui entache encore un peu plus son image, et rentre dans le top 3 des personnages les plus detestes du generateur, avec Manzarek et Sepultura.

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Wed Feb 16 2022
2

I listened to this totally sober. For me that means I was not nearly high enough to get it. And already too high to enjoy it.

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Fri Mar 25 2022
2

They were sober when they came up with the disharmonies, cacophonies, and looseness and lack of precision that likely guided many a psychedelic experience among listeners for decades afterwards!? My big concern is that there is some old hippie out there somewhere who still thinks he's a rock. He dosed at the start of "Freak Out!" and was getting into a decent groove as the fuzzed out weirdness progressed, and was just on the edge of keeping his s#!t together when "Help, I'm a Rock" came on. Halfway through, he considered the possibility that he was actually a cop, but couldn't find his uniform and thus concluded that he was some kind of conscious aggregation of minerals. Ever since, unable to find his way back to reality, he was wandered the Haight asking confounded passersby for help. Don't let your kids listen to rock music!

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Thu Jun 17 2021
1

This ... this is parody, right? Like, a joke album? No? Are you sure? Huh. Well, it's not very good then, is it? Half-assed crap, really. I mean, kazoos? Really?!

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Sat Jun 05 2021
1

Wow, ok. I don't really know what this is, but I'm pretty sure that I hate it. I made it until the fifth song and then couldn't take anymore.

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Sat Jun 12 2021
5

Frank Zappa is a musical genius, though somehow some of the social commentary seems at odds with the stable middle-class upbringing he had.

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Mon Jun 21 2021
5

5/5 - Zappa is tough: One the one hand, he's a universe unto himself, but I really can't stand this style of music. Good for him?

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Wed Mar 16 2022
5

Classic. Zappa = genius. Wow !

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Wed Mar 16 2022
5

A wonderful masterpiece. One of my favorites from master Zappa

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Sun Mar 20 2022
5

It's not going to be long: This is a foundational album. You can love it. You can hate it. And without denigrating anyone's opinion, it just doesn't matter.  This  Is  The most  Important  Record  Ever.

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Thu Jul 14 2022
5

Silly, daring and ahead of its time! 4.5⭐

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Wed Aug 17 2022
5

I generally like Zappa, but some of his records don't work for me. This is not one of those. It's weird and wild. It's got some great songs. Trouble Every Day is simply one of my all time favorites. It's sadly always relevant. This won't be for everyone. I'm sure some people might like some other flavor of Zappa and some won't like a note. I think this is a incredible record and it's influence on music that I enjoy can't be overstated.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
5

A must listen if you're into challenging, experimental albums. I can't even begin to imagine how challenging the recording and mixing process was on this album back in the 60s without the benefit of modern techniques. Truly a concept album before concept albums, with all the Zappa bizareness you would expect.

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Thu Oct 13 2022
5

Close to the border between genius and ridiculous, but I think still on the right side.

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Thu Nov 17 2022
5

Love this album. Zappa is a genius

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Thu Nov 17 2022
5

Great

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Wed Nov 23 2022
5

Hilarious

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Fri Jun 11 2021
4

This album is part of Frank Zappa's continuous critique of society. I've heard the album before but would like to add it to my collection.

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Wed May 05 2021
4

Freak out! grande zappa!

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Wed May 19 2021
4

4. Great songs but the last 2 were a bit too avant garde

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Fri Apr 30 2021
4

Fun, entertaining, and a little insane. It doesn't at all sound like it was released in 1966.

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Sun Apr 11 2021
4

Pierwszy albumik Zappowy i jego bandy matkowej, znany i lubiany, jedna z najdziewniejszych kreacji lat 60, parodia satyra i innowacyjne wykorzystanie medium jakim jest album muzyczny, tak mozna w skrocie opisac ten krazek, double lp, wiec rowna godzina trwania, co bylo kolejna nowoscia w tamtych czasach, gdzie standardem rokowym byly dwie strony winyla czyli kolo 30 minut, poza swoja trescia z pewnoscia albumik wyrozniaja wykorzystane instruemnty, bo jest tego naprawde sporo, harmonijski, fujarki, dzbany, tamburyno, niezicznone dziwnosci, od strony lirycznej skoro satryra, to wszedzie odniesienia do kultury koonsumersko hamerykansko coomerowskiej i jej wysmiewanie w ironicznych blyskotliwycch balladach, pojawiaja sie takze dziwniejsze formy utworow, cos jak skladanie kolazy z surowych dzwiekow, wokali, albumik najbardziej cierpi od strony technicznej, bo sposob w jaki niektore traki byly nagrywane pozostawia wiele do zyczenia, ale jest to przeciez debiutancki albumik, na plejce juz mialem hungry freaks i wiecej nie dodam, bo takie albumiki koncepcyjne w calosci sie powinno pozerac

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Thu May 20 2021
4

First part of the album is a decent 2/5, but the second part was so unexpected and so weirdly good, it would get 5/5. Overall, a weak 4/5

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Wed May 26 2021
4

A massive surprise! I had no idea what to expect, and somehow it managed to deliver on everything! Definite influence of (or influenced by) Jesus Christ Superstar. And some 50s/60s fun stuff too. So many genres! I did feel this would have been more enhanced by drugs….

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Sun Jun 13 2021
4

Rating: 8/10 Best songs: I ain't got no heart, How could I be such a fool, Anyway the wind blows, Trouble every day

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Mon Jul 12 2021
4

very fun. would be awesome to smoke dirt weed and listen to

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Sun Aug 22 2021
4

I gotta give it at least a 4 because Trouble Every Day is a straight up jam and the best Zappa song I've ever heard. I like the second disc in general more than the first. The first is more straight up satire that ends up sounding really dated since they reference a lot of pop music tropes that are no longer common. The second disc is straight up experimental and it boggles my mind that they were able to get away with this in '66.

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Mon Nov 15 2021
4

Странная музыка

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Thu Dec 23 2021
4

Cool

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Fri Jan 07 2022
4

Zappa is bold always, crazy this came out when it did

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Thu Jan 13 2022
4

Gang

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Thu Jan 13 2022
4

I realize the innovation doesn’t make up for the polarizing nature of the music. It’s love it or hate it, and I’m more inclined towards the former. Especially with ”Help, I’m A Rock”

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Thu Jan 13 2022
4

A good and very unique sound.

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Mon Jan 17 2022
4

Musically it is nice, but listening to a parody is not much fun. It is too intellectual and not funny. You can't really attach to it. I understand the historical importance, though.

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Thu Mar 10 2022
4

p92. 1966. 4 stars, 1 point deducted for being too clever by half. Bunch of smart arses taking the piss out of 60s American society and the music of the time and doing it really well. Still holds up today, and it's got some great tunes and production. There is a direct line from this to everything early 10cc did. I loved it, but satire and humour are subjective so some people might miss the point. I'm in love with Suzy Creamcheese :)

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Wed Mar 16 2022
4

Really great stuff. I don't listen to Zappa/Mothers as much as I should. I think that's because I find his vast discography a little bit intimidating. I'll get to it eventually.

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Fri Mar 25 2022
4

Zappa is usually hit or miss for me, but I am definitely a fan of this album! Very eclectic, interesting compositions and very psychedelic

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Mon Apr 11 2022
4

Zappa is great,but later albums are much better

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Thu May 19 2022
4

Some explosive pop from the 60s I loved it

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Sun Jun 05 2022
4

4.1 + A thorough takedown of American pop culture of the 1960s and an important check against the generally utopian portrayal of hippie culture. Frank Zappa exposes all of America's warts, from the lame to the downright reprehensible. I especially love the whacked out doo wop of "Go Cry..." The last stretch of musical montages are among the whackiest and most avant garde of any rock record.

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Sun Jun 12 2022
4

Zappa legenda. Baš sam imao period gdje me je skroz zanimao, pa sam čak i dokumentarac gledao. On je genije zapravo, i ovaj album je dost dobar, samo da nema zadnje tri stvari. Znam da je cijeli album ta neka satira, sprdnja, al uništi mi to nešta, te zadnje stvari.

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Wed Jun 15 2022
4

Unsurprisingly, Frank's interpretation of sundry extra-musical recordings used here is far less interesting than he thinks it is. But Freak Out! is buoyed because the rest is simply stunning. The most compelling element of my listen-through was the decay of the love song, but the record more than earns its length and contains much more than that. As much as Zappa's sense of humor grates me, there's a joyful orientation toward American music which I share wholeheartedly.

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Thu Jun 16 2022
4

Love how weird Frank Zappa is

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Thu Jul 14 2022
4

Top met al die kazoo's

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Fri Jul 15 2022
4

I really liked this one. Just zany stuff.

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Fri Aug 05 2022
4

Yeah, it was fine.

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Thu Aug 18 2022
4

Utterly bananas and completely unashamed of its radical experimentation. It’s perhaps a bit too long, as many double albums are, but as far as first statements go it’s conclusive one.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
4

can't happen here

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Fri Aug 26 2022
4

I’m about it

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Mon Aug 29 2022
4

I got another Zappa record a few days back and this is now my 2nd. In comparison.. this was an interesting experiment. I kinda dug the experimental nature, but it wore a little thin after a while. I think if the album cut out 15-20 minutes it'd be better since by about the 40 minute mark you kinda get the point and it gets a bit repetitive. Like you can be weird and experimental, but if you are just weird and experimental it loses the weird and experimental nature. It's about finding that line. 3.5/5

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Sun Sep 11 2022
4

Certainly retains ones attention.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
4

Fantastic stuff, both way ahead of its time, and a great tribute to styles of the past. It feels like Zappa was really trying to keep a lid on the furthest-out-weirdness throughout the album, was only moderately successful, and then the weirdness came erupting out at high pressure in the last two tracks! 😆 Fave track - "Trouble Every Day" is one of my fave songs by any artist, and has been for quite a while! On this listen through, "Go Cry On Somebody Else's Shoulder" and "You're Probably Wondering Why I'm Here" were stand outs...

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Fri Sep 16 2022
4

What a trip!

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Mon Sep 19 2022
4

So so good

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Fri Sep 30 2022
4

I have always had a bit of a ambivalent relationship with the music of Frank Zappa. I respect him immensely. He's a mad genius with a solid crew of musicians backing him up. Flashes of brilliance abound in his work. But admittedly, I have limited patience for the looser, sillier aspects of his work. This album is a good place to start for someone like me. Challenging in spots but incredibly entertaining. The Mothers frolic in a whole range of styles that would have resonated with listeners at the time - doo wop, psychedelic, baroque pop, blues, garage rock, jazz. They do so with a level of musical creativity that is beyond next level. The songs are wacky, snotty, and somehow familiar, despite being deeply strange. The approach is always, always with tongues firmly planted in cheek. This album will probably never be a regular listen to me, but I kind of loved it. Fave Songs: Help, I'm a Rock; Trouble Every Day; The Return of the Son of Monster Magnet; Any Way the Wind Blows; Motherly Love; Wowie Zowie; Go Cry on Somebody Else's Shoulder

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Sun Oct 16 2022
4

Wow. What a hippy weirdo! Or, was he? Noise before noise was cool. Making fun of mainstream popular music and subverting it? That’s a check. Man was whiling, he and his merry persons. Dude was political and didn’t care, but in a real way not an uninformed Republican way. He is the kinda dude Republicans think they are. Experimental, yet accessible (except for that 12 minute outro track, I guess, if you ask my partner), this album bangs. Defs not for everyone. Sometimes too smug for his own good, I still really likey.

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Fri Oct 21 2022
4

Now that’s the Zappa I love, except it isn’t solo Zappa, it’s his band. So dense and odd and fun and wacky. I wasn’t prepared for it.

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Sat Oct 29 2022
4

It's Zappa.

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Fri Nov 18 2022
4

So weird. It's awesome

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Mon Nov 21 2022
4

It's enjoyable. Never tops the opener, Hungry Freaks, Daddy but all very enjoyable. Daft humour, virtuoso musicianship and unexpected left turns, which could really be a review of any Zappa album, but that's not a criticism - nobody else quite walked the odd line he managed to walk!

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Thu Jul 01 2021
3

Not bad but not good. Wierd is the best word I could use to describe this album. Read on Wikipedia that Zappa is the frontman of this group which makes sense. I could imagine this gets better with each listen.

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Thu May 20 2021
3

60’er rock, Frank Zappa, koncept-album, satirisk, psykedelisk

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Thu Apr 08 2021
3

decent album

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Fri Apr 30 2021
3

I’ve come to realize I’m really not a fan of albums that are more than 50 minutes long. But I did enjoy the music in this one

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Wed Jun 16 2021
3

Je connaissais, c’est bon et bien eclaté. 3.75

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Fri Jun 04 2021
3

Psicodelia con algunas buenas melodías

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Thu Apr 15 2021
3

Pretty wild for it's time. Decent enough, but not one that I'll listen to often.

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Fri Apr 23 2021
3

Enjoy the psychedelic nature of the album and the 50's doo-wop jokes, reminds me a lot of Piper at the Gates of Dawn, singing is kind of irritating but flows well with the sound of the album, Great debut. Stand outs: Hungry Freaks, Daddy, Go Cry on Somebody Else's Shoulder, Wowie Zowie,

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Sun May 16 2021
3

Too 80s for my vibes

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Sun Jun 06 2021
3

what a trip!

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Mon Jul 12 2021
3

Musically, is an amazing album. Hearing crazy, gritty guitars and vocals, followed by doo wop is a wild journey. Love it.

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Sat Jun 05 2021
3

Ok

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Thu Jul 08 2021
3

Some nice songs, interesting sound, but the last two tracks are too avant-garde and psychedelic.

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Thu Jul 22 2021
3

Dit klinkt meteen leuk, met het stereo effect van mijn vaders oude Beatles album, haha. Het nummer "Go Cry On Somebody Else's Shoulder" klinkt ook echt Beatles vind ik. Zang is natuurlijk belabberd maar je moet dit soort bandjes niet al te serieus nemen volgens mij. Muzikaal vind ik het wel heel erg geinig. Is dat nou een xylofoon die ik daar hoor? In ieder geval zo'n kinderspeelgoed toetertje, haha. Het swingt wel! Joehoeeeeee!! Ik vind "Ain't Got No Heart" wel leuk. Op de een of andere manier ging ik hier ineens naar de tekst luisteren: "Why should I be stuck with you. Just not what I want to do." Helaas zijn nummer als "Who Are The Brain Police?" weer niet om aan te horen. Sterretje minder en NEXT >>.

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Fri Jul 30 2021
3

Interesting but wierd…I mean…it is Frank Zappa..

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Wed Aug 11 2021
3

Such a crazy album, you can feel the overall *freedom* of it. This is "experimental rock" back when there were real experiments in music. Nowadays the term is used very liberally at times. Zappa was a motherfreaking genius.

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Wed Aug 25 2021
3

Standard Frank Zappa

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Sun Sep 19 2021
3

Be patient while listening to this album. The higher the number of the song, the better the song is.

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Wed Sep 22 2021
3

Parts funny, parts zany, definitely a product of its time but hard not to get swept up in the atmosphere of it.

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Thu Sep 23 2021
3

This was good. Probably just misses out on a 4 though.

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Thu Oct 28 2021
3

I honestly am having difficulty rating this one. I definitely think I enjoyed it, but man, it is not an easy listen. Weird and off-putting and hilarious and full of talent. Zappa do be Zappa.

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Mon Nov 01 2021
3

3.5

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Wed Nov 10 2021
3

Weird. 6/10

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Thu Dec 16 2021
3

What a twisted psychedelia! Sometimes hilarious, sometimes clever. I enjoyed some songs , but don’t know what to do with the last two tracks…

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Wed Jan 12 2022
3

Kyllähän tuon kuunteli läpi ilman suurempaa tuskaa. Kolmonen on aavistuksen yläkanttiin mutta menköön.

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Thu Jan 13 2022
3

Swag….

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Thu Jan 13 2022
3

First time listen enjoyed it

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Thu Jan 27 2022
3

Dios salve al progresivo.

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Sun Feb 27 2022
3

Funny album. I didn't know this group before

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Fri Mar 04 2022
3

Partially listenable, but mostly boring

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Thu Mar 24 2022
3

pretty good for the time

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Sun Apr 17 2022
3

Ok, I know that Frank Zappa isn't for everybody, but those that like him enjoy this album. If you don't like him, you probably haven't heard enough to get to know him. This isn't one of my favorite Zappa albums, but I do enjoy it. I think Hungry Freaks, Daddy is a great opening song. I almost feel like it's a rip off of the Rolling Stones but still very good. I Ain't Got No Heart... to give away. Girl, you better go away. :) Who Are the Brain Police? I love the cadence of the song. Go Cry on Somebody's Else's Shoulder. A bit too much 50's doo-wop for me. But, it's enjoyable. 50s style with lyrics that are not what you would hear in a 50's doo wop ballad! I like Motherly Love as well. Good message. How Could I Be Such a Fool? Again, heartbreak. What was he going through when this album was written. I personally don't know him well enough to know but he definitely seems jaded. Wowie Zowie... eh, ok... the cheesy chorus isn't for me, but the rest of the song is acceptable. You Didn't Try to Call Me. Tell me who's loving you now? cos it worries my mind - I can't sleep at all... I think we have all been THERE. Especially guys... She didn't try to call. Why? Doesn't she think of me the way I'm thinking of her? No.... she's moved on... Dudes need to get over it! Anyway the Wind Blows. It's just a good song...short and to the point. I'm Not Satisfied. A bit of Zappa humor in this one. No love left to give... Haven't we heard that before? Wait, what about the... it sounds like Hungry Freaks, Daddy again... ok, maybe not.. but, maybe... :) You're Probably Wondering Why. So am I. LOL. YEAH. Ok, this song has no real melody at times, then it does... That's Zappa. Is that a Kazoo I hear? why, yes it is! Trouble Every Day. Probably the one song that is just there. At least for me. Hello I'm a Rock / It Can't Happen (Suite in Three Movements). This is what Zappa is all about. Those jazz-rock-related, long drawn-out pieces of interesting sounds and lyrics.... Just enjoy it. And yes, the Zappa continues with " The Return of the Son of Monster" Go with the flow...enjoy it. The first half of the album is more memorable than the second half but the entire project is such an experience. Glad I got to spend the day listening to it! 3.5/5 (what did you expect a 5/5?)

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Thu Apr 28 2022
3

Huh! That was fun in a subversive way. As for the number of unrequited/rejected/betrayed love songs...

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Wed May 04 2022
3

psychadelic rock, not my fav.

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Wed May 04 2022
3

it is alright

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Wed May 11 2022
3

I don't know, seems like a bunch of mates are singing songs together. Maybe if I had been in a different mode

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Wed Jun 01 2022
3

Andre versjonen av help, I'm a rock eg høyre no, og begge e ganske plagsomme Ellers ikkje så minneverdig + for Frank Zappa

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Sun Jun 19 2022
3

70s classic rock still rings true.

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Wed Jun 22 2022
3

Tambourines, xylophone, a groovy guitar solo, piano, and all in the first track! Ah, yes and commentary of Johnson's "Great Society" which at the time with all of its popularity was not without its detractors. The education system did not necessarily veer from the industrial revolution model from which it was built, and much of the education turned into testing and score based models, becoming the new discrimination. Why is this album on 1001? The answer of course is purely subjective in this now massive group project, but the answer here that justifies its place on the list is the obvious social contribution given the year it was released. Post-Kennedy and pre-Vietnam, this band was deep in the socially aggressive change of the Civil Rights Era, a massive political transformation that included Equal Rights, Voting Rights, etc. all things that at the time and still today have had various opinions as to whether good or bad. While the lot of us in the time of 1001 have the gift of history to make such determinations, it is important to hear the perspectives of the people who were there, and this album is a bit on the nose with it in "Hungry Freaks, Daddy". Musically, the album is token 60s, but the recording available on Spotify is really good, still having a vintage sound but with a modern clarity. The compositions are complex and fun, while the lyrics are seemingly humorous and just sort of out there. Overall, this album has significant history along with The Mothers Of Invention and Frank Zappa, and for that reason(s) an educational listen is worth the time spent.

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Thu Jul 14 2022
3

I can appreciate Zappa, but I don't really enjoy it.

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Wed Jul 20 2022
3

Not bad. A bit whacky, but with Zappa at the helm why not.

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Fri Jul 22 2022
3

This is tough one. I find Zappa undercuts his ability to rock with being willfully clever. And it was apparent from this first album. I like that the band is a pretty good 60s garage band, and the garage rock (Motherly Love) or doo-wop (Go Cry On Someone Else's Shoulder) influences are fun. The satirical content is high, although the creeping misogyny sits poorly. The whole thing could use a tighter edit (even Zappa agreed that The Return of The Son of Monster Magnet is unfinished). I guess it was pretty innovative at the time to include cut-ups and musique concrete, and even satire in rock was new, but I still find it hard to sit through sometimes. It's hard to dance to, you know? Too much talk, not enough trousers.

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Wed Aug 03 2022
3

Started listening. Couldn’t finish but Zappa likes that I can’t access it.

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Wed Aug 10 2022
3

Glad I heard this, knew Trouble Every Day which is excellent. The rest is like an off-kilter Byrds album mixed with Buddy Holly or something. Probably won't listen in full again anytime soon

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Fri Aug 12 2022
3

El naixement de l'art-rock. Aquí perpretat per un artista autèntic, però donant vida a un génere que tan mal farà a la música amb pseudoartistes sense inspiració al llarg de les décades. A 'Freak Out' l'experimentació està feta amb sentit i enganxa a l'oient, tot i que el disc va perdent frescura amb el minutatge. Els últims temes, ja de pura experimentació, estan lluny del que Zappa podia donar de sí, com demostraria en obres posteriors

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Sun Aug 28 2022
3

Early Zappa/Mothers output was a hairy, drooling, lumbering beast. I guess to some extent, all of Zappa's discography was a meandering cacophony, but there was a more honed edge to all the silliness once the band abandoned its hippie freak mockery and doo-wop parodying for something more akin to progressive rock and jazz fusion. Whatever loose narrative threads this album has, it doesn't hold a candle to Joe's Garage. That being said, this sloppy mess is still better than probably 90% of the albums on this list.

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Fri Sep 02 2022
3

Some cool riffs

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Fri Sep 02 2022
3

Mad and fun early trippy experimental rock with cool moments

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Fri Sep 09 2022
3

Rock experimental de Zappa. No me ha hecho mucho. Ni fu ni fa.

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Mon Sep 12 2022
3

5/10. Kinda cool, kinda annoying, bit too long.

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Mon Sep 12 2022
3

They sound like a bunch of monkeys trying to create music, both in a good way and a bad way. It's a mess that is while inventive, mostly annoying to listen to. I didn't freak out throughout the hour long journey, but return of the Son of Monster Magnet? AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!

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Wed Sep 21 2022
3

clever record that i don't find myself revisiting often

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Wed Sep 21 2022
3

what a strange assortment of sounds, interesting and really weird at the same time. Kind of a fun album but not something I would find myself listening to a lot

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Fri Sep 23 2022
3

Very important album and musically brilliant. Just not as enjoyable to listen to as I’d hoped.

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Fri Sep 23 2022
3

Mothers of Invention Ah, some Zappa. Don’t like the monotone singing (even being intentional, it’s annoying). The rhythm and tempo changes are definitely interesting, however, and I can see glimpses of the musical genius in here. Unfortunately, a lot of that genius is hidden under layers of weirdness masquerading as genius, and separating the genius from the mere idiosyncrasies is often a difficult task. Ultimately, while I appreciate the innovation, I don’t like to listen to most of it, so I can’t really give it that high of a rating. The guitar work is often really, really good though, and the moments everything comes together and works, it’s a trip (in a good way). Top Tracks: - Hungry Freaks, Daddy – A good balance of weirdness and actual cool music - Trouble Every Day – One of the better white blues songs I’ve heard. - Help, I’m a Rock – Delightfully weird. I’m glad the reissues separated “It Can’t Happen Here” because it’s better without that section.

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Mon Sep 26 2022
3

Good

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Sun Oct 02 2022
3

Sounds like the Beatles if they did more drugs. Very experimental rock, the last track is 12 minutes long with no discernable lyrics, but more listenable than Revolution 9. Overall there was some decent music, lyrically he was making some political and artistic statements.

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Mon Oct 03 2022
3

I don't know, it's different, deliberately so, so I want to rate it higher, however apart from nodding along doesn't grab me at all. 3. but an interesting 3

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Wed Oct 05 2022
3

I like the fact that this album exists - though not sure how much I want to listen to it again!

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Wed Oct 05 2022
3

Enjoyable

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Wed Oct 12 2022
3

meh

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Wed Oct 12 2022
3

Super weird but fun.

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Thu Oct 13 2022
3

This is my second Zappa album of my last three. I did not like much of Hot Rats, but Freak Out I did enjoy. It has some actual melodies and pop song structures. I especially like the doo wop elements in a few of the songs. 3.5 stars

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Fri Oct 21 2022
3

This is my second time listening to this album, and it did grow on me from the first time. However, the (purposefully) bad singing still prevents this rating from being higher. Favorite track: Motherly Love

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Sun Oct 23 2022
3

Zappa's first outing is just as weird and surreal as one would expect. Unfortunately, advanced knowledge of cultural touchstones prevalent at the time of release are necessary to truly appreciate this album.

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Thu Oct 27 2022
3

Ça tombe dans mes cordes, mais c'est inégal. Ya des chansons plus intéressantes, et d'autres qui tombent dans la formule. Ça ressemble à la version Wish de The Doors.

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Thu Oct 27 2022
3

still a weird album

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Wed Nov 09 2022
3

Pretty good

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Thu Nov 10 2022
3

It sounds like it should be listened to on vinyl while it's raining outside with incense burning.

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Thu Nov 17 2022
3

2 in a row from 1966, how lucky. Ok so all things considered, that wasn't bad at all. Musically it was pretty strong, it had the psychedelic vibe but also a good amount of rockin and was full of melody, if a little silly (kazoo?!). Lyrically it was somewhere between daft and cliche - yes we get it, society and normies, what's THE DEAL with them? I dunno, maybe these were hotter takes at the time. Realistically, if this had been kept to 40min it would be a 4. But an hour was a bigger ask. 3/5.

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Wed Jun 23 2021
2

Weird, probably should have taken drugs before listening. Might help.

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Thu Jul 15 2021
2

kooky cool whatever but got so boring real quick

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Thu Apr 29 2021
2

Nunca le he visto la gracia a Zappa. En letras, igual es irreverente y eso, pero musicalmente, me deja frío

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Thu Jun 17 2021
2

Very thoughtful lyrics, good 70s rock tracks. Zappa was not a great vocalist no matter how you try to lipstick that pig. Miss him though...

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Thu Apr 15 2021
2

Today's album is a serious through back to 1966 Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention...Wow! That was a surprise. It has been a very long time since I've listened to Zappa.

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Fri Jun 11 2021
2

Not a big fan. Some of the songs were ok, but a lot were quite annoying and/or felt very dated

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Fri Jun 11 2021
2

I don't get it. Would turn it off.

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Fri Jun 11 2021
2

Hard to push through - not because it was too complex or difficult to figure out. This record is flat out exhausting. I suppose giving Zappa an editor would be missing the point, but when the point is full of grating, jokey speak-singing, I'm happy to miss the point. Which is a shame, because some of the fundamental instrumentation is really great. The guitars are rich and fuzzy, the drums sound like how I want drums to sound. I can certainly appreciate his deep catalogue and obvious work ethic, but I'm not in the club.

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Mon May 17 2021
2

Njaaaaa.. Inte min stil. Säkert före sin tid. Men jag blev bara less.

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Thu May 20 2021
2

nesirezonuoja but its not terrible tiesiog ne man

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Thu Jul 22 2021
2

Kinda weird, funny, nice lyrics. Not really a fan of Zappa, but Inhave a great respect for his way of songwriting.

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Mon Jul 26 2021
2

Expectations: the year, the name, the cover: I will not like this. Fucking 60s psychedelic rock. * eye roll* Hmm turns out its Frank Zappa and satire. Hard to tell the difference between satirical psychedelic hippies and real psychedelic hippies. I will never listen to this again, its not my cup of tea. But it also just fades into the background and isn't actively offensive. "You know it doesn't bother me at all That you're only 18 years old 'Cause I got a little Motherly love for you baby" fucking creeps

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Thu Sep 02 2021
2

Anticipated more. Odd.

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Thu Sep 23 2021
2

I didn’t get to listen to all of this but what I heard was alright, 2*

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Thu Oct 07 2021
2

I didn't really like this kind of thing. They are just making fun of music, while making music. Seems like a weird take. Trouble Every Day was pretty interesting but the rest was too weird for me.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
2

This was funny in places, but too weird to be good.

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Wed Nov 24 2021
2

I didn't feel this one, at all. Not my type of music, couldn't enjoy the songs.

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Thu Nov 25 2021
2

Super weird

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Wed Jan 05 2022
2

🤯 Take that squares! 🤯 This flew very close to a one star, but there was enough to enjoy between the zany nonsense to save it. Still not an enjoyable experience for me though.

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Thu Jan 06 2022
2

I do like Frank Zappa, but I wouldn't have even thought this was by him if I didn't google it. It's just kinda dull

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Wed Jan 12 2022
2

Kyllä jäi ihmettelyn puolelle. Yks biisi oli tuttu entuudestaan - Trouble Every Day ja se on kyl hieno biisi. Muutoin odotteli vaan, että levy loppuis

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Fri Jan 14 2022
2

The second disc is like a headache, but the first disc was mostly fine. Not my favourite music in the world, but listenable. I don't think I can get away from the feeling that it's a novelty record.

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Fri Jan 14 2022
2

Okay, though it was going to be 90s rock. Realized much too late I was thinking of Machines of Loving Grace. Tracks were at attempts at Led Zeppelin? Anyway I will never listen to this again. Somehow late sixties made derivative boring.

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Fri Jan 28 2022
2

Eh

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Wed Feb 09 2022
2

I am not familiar with THE MOTHERS OF INVENTION (AKA THE MOTHERS) or their debut album FREAK OUT!. I am not a fan of FRANK ZAPPA, but I haven’t heard much. After listening to FREAK OUT!, I did not enjoy this album at all. It’s lack in a sense of humor and wit that it is striving for. It has a few comments to make, but they are told badly and musically is uninspiring. This is supposed to be avant-garde, ha! Give me a break. It is dated and I’m truly sorry for those albums that have been in this book to have this included. REALLY, this album is so important and essential. I do not see Frank Zappa’s “genius” in this album. In 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, THE MOTHERS OF INVENTION’s FREAK OUT! Is joined by their third album: WE’RE ONLY IN IT FOR THE MONEY (1968) Rate Artist: THE MOTHERS OF INVENTION (2.0) Rate Album (Year): FREAK OUT! (US 1966 Original) (2.0) Ranking of THE MOTHERS OF INVENTION (AKA THE MOTHERS) - FREAK OUT! songs No. Title Length Ranking 01. Hungry Freaks, Daddy 3:27 08.0/10 02. I Ain't Got No Heart 2:30 05.0/10 03. Who Are The Brain Police? 3:22 04.0/10 04. Go Cry On Somebody Else's Shoulder 3:31 05.0/10 05. Motherly Love 2:45 04.0/10 06. How Could I Be Such A Fool 2:12 04.0/10 07. Wowie Zowie 2:45 04.0/10 08. You Didn't Try To Call Me 3:17 04.0/10 09. Any Way The Wind Blows 2:52 04.0/10 10. I'm Not Satisfied 2:37 04.0/10 11. You're Probably Wondering Why I'm Here 3:37 03.0/10 12. Trouble Every Day 6:16 08.0/10 13. Help, I'm A Rock 4:43 02.0/10 14. It Can't Happen Here 3:57 06.0/10 15. The Return Of The Son Of Monster Magnet 12:17 03.0/10 US 1966 Original Release 068.0/150 = 4.53 / 2 = 2.27

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Thu Feb 10 2022
2

this was incredibly experimental! it really reflects a time where musicians were not restricted by record companies and not every song was fine-tuned in the hopes of becoming a hit. how wonderful frank zappa and co. was able to be their true selves. that being said, i will bring frank zappa from the dead, hand him a kazoo, and knock it the fuck out of his hands. i'm glad i listened to this album, to expand my musical knowledge, and i did find two songs on here i liked! but oh boy, oh boy, yikes?

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Mon Feb 21 2022
2

Very psychedelic but got very abrasive and annoying by the end

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Wed Mar 23 2022
2

Weird and avant-garde! One of those albums that was probably really wave making at the time, I'm sure. 'Hungry Freaks, Daddy' is my top pick, mostly for the good bassline (but a lil bit because it makes me laugh).

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Fri Mar 25 2022
2

I’m not a big fan of this summer of love rock with an acidic cover. The vocals are not appealing . And kazoos…WTF? Then there’s Go Cry On Someone Else’s Shoulders, which sounds like a 1950s doo wop song straight out of Back to the Future’s (I &II) Enchantment Under the Sea dance. Unfortunately the next track was not Marty McFly wailing on Johnny B. Goode. I think this album is meant for an acid trip not for me.

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Wed Mar 30 2022
2

ug. i wish there were actual women in this band. 2 stars. skipped a few songs. only reason not 1 is few clever things.

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Sun Apr 03 2022
2

A rather uncomfy listen. I have listened to some Zappa albums in my time, but not this, and I was expecting a flawed work, even if it turned out to be great. However, the cringeworthy aspects overshadowed the interesting parts, and I can't say I enjoyed it, especially since I found it more callous that humorous. This was the first album by the Mothers of Invention, and also one of the first double albums (Dylan's Blonde on Blonde came out a week earlier); it was also a pioneer of the concept album, a term that has subsequently gathered substantial baggage. The concept was apparently Zappa's satirical take on American pop and the incipient hippy movement, but that summons a perennial demon of Zappa's oeuvre: he's not that funny. Comedy tends to date easily, quickly and poorly, and that's even with the most celebrated comedians: blacking up was a lot more mainstream in the post-war period than you might surmise. With Zappa's humour, the standard adjective employed is "sophomoric"; it's a clever man saying "bum", convincing himself that the spectacle of a clever man saying "bum" is so radical ("Bugger me, I thought he was going to recite The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, not say bum!") that it must be both mind-expanding and hilarious, whilst pretending not to hear the coughs of a visibly embarrassed audience. Likewise, the satire of the album just fails. It's just a series of songs that are lacklustre versions of the genres they are meant to be mocking ("Say, do you know what would be clever? A doo-wop song about rejecting a ex-lover! Nobody else would ever have that idea!"). And if the message is that The Mothers of Invention are somehow better than what they are parodying, then I'll choose the side of the parodied: their songs sound better, and Zappa comes across as a peevish killjoy. Even in his musique concrete tracks, which one can assume is the part which most excites Zappa, he spoils it by, yes, adding some of his comedy. Has anyone ever chuckled at the name Suzy Cheesecake? I understand that the comical aspect to Zappa is only one part of a multifaceted, prolific career, and that Zappa fans often agree that his comic material is his most tiresome. So maybe a different Zappa album will entrap me, but I found this to be Zappa at his most obnoxious. Another curious point is how dated the production sounds. The contemporary ear would most likely find it muddy and distant. Now, this is obviously not as off-putting as Uncle Frank telling a joke about two nuns in the bath, but it indicates that the main appeal of this album is archaeological; as an artefact of a certain 60s tendency, it's interesting, but as a work in its own right, it's just rather annoying.

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Thu Apr 28 2022
2

Maybe for a road trip...

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Wed Jun 01 2022
2

Don't think I was in the right mood for this... the right mood being blasted out of my mind. I enjoyed the pieces that went into 60s rock and heavy guitar, but for the most part this album was experimental and not fun to listen to.

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Wed Jun 01 2022
2

What in the name of hard drugs did I just listen to? Another album I'm not sure why I needed to hear. EXPLAIN WHY THIS ALBUM IS IMPORTANT TO ME!

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Wed Jun 01 2022
2

Not bad...I mean, not good either but not bad

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Wed Jun 01 2022
2

E kje sånn megafan av Zappers. Minne tidvis om dei litt for sære songane fra Pink Floyd sine første albi

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Thu Jun 09 2022
2

I initially like the sound of the first song but then the singing started and I don't like his voice at all. The lyrics are interesting and though provoking. The singing on the second song was a bit better and easier to listen to. 3rd song sounds like a demented Oompa Loompa song. This is a very weird and experimental album. Not sure if its my thing, so far I am not a fan. The random kazoos? in the songs are interesting. I enjoy the more serious songs but overall this album is not something that I would listen to again.

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Thu Jun 16 2022
2

Me gusta (me gustaba de antes) la primera canción. En general se deja escuchar, pero nunca fue mi música. Para estos desvaríos me divierto más con los Pink Floyd de Syd Barret.

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Wed Jun 22 2022
2

Interesting to hear the entire parody album genre take shape in what's probably one of the earliest attempts at musical self-satire. Some interesting takes and mild chuckles here and there (and crystal-clear production on the first track and first track only?), but the ultimate impact of this LP is mired by fact it sounds (and acts) exactly like the songs it's attempting to parody.

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Thu Jul 14 2022
2

Leuk maar te lang imo

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Sun Jul 31 2022
2

I think musicians like Zappa are obviously important and it's good that they exist to stop everyone else from getting too comfortable...but my god I really do not get anything out of actually listening to him. I feel like "we made a song but instead of doing the normal thing we instead did something weird and obnoxious that makes the music really unpleasant to listen to" is a joke I only needed to hear once.

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Thu Aug 18 2022
2

This is just a kooky album, especially a few of the tracks

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Fri Sep 09 2022
2

Not my jam

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Wed Sep 14 2022
2

Par-for-the-course 60s anti-establishment psychedelic rock without anything standing out. Never really liked Zappa. 2/5

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Fri Sep 23 2022
2

This album is quite a journey. Really cool instrumentals throughout and it raises still-poignant points about American culture. But the vocals are (intentionally) jarring and makes it pretty difficult to enjoy listening to most of the album. Favorite tracks: Wowie Zowie, Trouble Every Day

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Fri Sep 23 2022
2

So hit and miss but overall, not for me

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Thu Sep 29 2022
2

Listened to on 9/28/22 2/5 Favorite song: trouble every day This album was chaotic and too speak-y and I did not enjoy it

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Wed Oct 12 2022
2

Not for me... But my dad probably loved it...

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Wed Oct 12 2022
2

not for me 2/5

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Wed Oct 19 2022
2

Rock experimental. A veces, una simple sucesión de ruidos.

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Wed Oct 26 2022
2

jahas jahas jahas.. viimeinen zappa tuotanto oli 5/5, tämä ei lähellekkään... viime kerralla ei edes puhuttu, ,mutta viesti tuli perille enemmän kuin tässä liibalaabassa... aikalailla 40 minuuttia pökäleiden vääntämistä ja sitten loppukevennykseksi apinaesque ääntely vähän laadukkaamman musiikin parissa.. nostattaa hymyn huulille ja albumin ylös ykkösestä... paras biisi help im a rock

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Thu Oct 27 2022
2

Zappa is a troll eh Nolan? Nolan: yuh

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Sun Nov 06 2022
2

Odd nonsense album

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Thu Nov 24 2022
2

To me this album is a bit too satirical and self aware. Everything about it is impressive though, especially considering the time that it was released. It's just not a very enjoyable listening experience to me.

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Fri Apr 23 2021
1

1.5

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Tue Jun 08 2021
1

Hopefully I don’t get any hate mail from this as I’m aware that Frank Zappa is considered to be a God by some of his fans but here goes. I stuck this album on to listen to while taking a bath. Instantly regretted this decision as this meant I was stuck with the album for the duration. Ok, I’m not familiar with his work so I’m just going to say it, if his intention for this album was to take the piss out of early Pink Floyd in a non humorous way, then mission accomplished. There I said it, bring on the hate.

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Thu Jul 22 2021
1

Niet mijn ding. Echt niet.

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Thu Jul 22 2021
1

Lillik

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