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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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Psychedelic Rock
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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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Fri May 14 2021
5

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

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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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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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Thu May 20 2021
5

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

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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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Thu Jun 08 2023
3

you can hear how important this album is and it's cool to think form the perspective of the time. that being said most of this album is trolling

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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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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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Sat May 27 2023
5

I was amazed at how normal it sounded. The lyrics were wonderfully satiric, and delivered sardonically, but it wasn't weird or freaky. Then I hit It Can't Happen Here. That is an acid trip come to life! Then we get the sonic palette being fully expanded on that final track. This is a brilliant album, with a special nod going to Don't Put Your Head On My Shoulder. Sorry, that should read Go Cry On Somebody Else's Shoulder. I love where he satirises the love song genre.

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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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Wed Mar 08 2023
3

Initial take after the first song: WTF? Final take after the last song: WTF? I bet you there will be a LOT of 1s thrown at this album. "Go Cry On Somebody Else's Shoulder" is comedy. "I had my car reupholstered, I had my hair reprocessed..." comedy. This whole thing is comedy. There is so much kazoo usage, out of key singing, weird little vocal expressions but it's good somehow? It feels like parody, almost like a Weird Al-esque depiction of 60s music with a little bit of non-parody actual songwriting thrown in there ("Trouble Every Day" for example). These dudes were just having fun. Trying all sorts of wacky wild ideas out. I respect that. Especially given that it's 1966. "It Can't Happen Here" is exhibit A. We didn't even go to the moon yet and here we are riding this album out to "cream cheese" chants. This album reminds me a lot of Negativland's Escape from Noise just in how wacky it is and the balls on the artists for going to absurd levels of bonkers. I feel like there is a reason why this is on here but I didn't do any research as I was interested in approaching this wild album cover completely blindly. This isn't really music that I'm like "hell yeah let's go I want to blast this once a month" but it IS music that made me smile and laugh and wonder. So, hey, on that alone I'll give this a 3/5. (Looked it up right before submitting my review and learned that this is a Zappa album. Wild.)

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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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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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Mon May 08 2023
4

Bien divertissant, l'humour des paroles est très bon, la musique est très originale et unique, surtout en comparaison à ce qui se faisait à la même année. Pas exactement mon genre mais j'apprécie beaucoup le soucis de qualité dont l'album fait preuve. 8/10

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Wed May 10 2023
4

Zappa is always weird but this one actually starts off fairly normal and then devolves into madness by the end. Most of the songs are satirical portrayals of 60s pop music and they do a good job. Some songs are even serious like Trouble All The Time. Overall pretty good but definitely can skip some songs.

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Tue Jun 20 2023
4

And, just like that, the world has been introduced to the ever chaotic, completely unorthodox and creatively intelligent world of the one and only Frank Zappa. At once maddening and ingenious, there is no way of knowing where he can go, where he should go and where he may ultimately end up and, on Freak Out!, all the cards are suddenly on deck. While not the greatest representation of what he and the Mothers of Invention had to offer, there is plenty to take away in regards to the material here, which does not shy away at all from satirical and at times farcical depictions of the culture that was at the time with some of the more genuine interpretations of doo-wop and psych rock and the kind of claustrophobic and cluttered sounds that best define the album's title. As far as the gospel of Zappa is concerned, this is perhaps the best place to start but, be warned, there is more where that came from. Favorites: Hungry Freaks, Daddy, I Ain't Got No Heart, Go Cry on Someone Else's Shoulder, How Could I Be Such a Fool, You Didnt Try to Call Me, Anyway the Wind Blows, You're Probably Wondering Why I'm Here, Trouble Every Day, Help, I'm a Rock.

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Fri Jun 30 2023
4

"Freak Out!" Is the debut album by American rock band The Mothers of Invention. The Mothers of Invention consisted of Frank Zappa (guitarist/vocalist), Ray Collins (lead vocalist/tambourine), Ray Estrada (bass/vocalist), Jimmy Carl Black (drummer/vocalist) and Elliot Ingber (guitarist). The album's producer signed the band to Verve Records (MGM) for their white-blues sound. He got that and also doo-wop, songs with orchestral arrangements and avant-garde and experimental rock. The album was one of the earliest double albums and one of the first concept albums with Zappa's satirical perception of American pop culture and the growing freak scene in LA. It was not initially a commercial success but later developed a cult following along with Frank's other albums. Hey, it's The Stones! No, it's actually a rhythm and guitar that sounds like "(Can't Get Me No) Satisfaction" in the opener "Hungry Freaks Daddy." A searing guitar solo. An attack on the American school system. A bass drum and eerie work start "Who are the Brain Police" People screaming and pyschedelic guitar. This has a religious theme of sorts with people policing their own brains. Even Frank said this was one of his scariest songs. I'd agree. "Motherly Love" is more pop sounding with some nice 60's sounding harmonization. I think about groupies. An orchestral background is added to "How Could I Be Such a Fool" which satirizes teenage love. "Wowie Zowie" has a piano and is doo-wop. I think it's actually satirizing doo-wop. Did Pavement name their last album after this song? The third side begins with "Trouble Everyday." Here's the dirty bluesy sound the producer was looking for with the guitar and harmonica. Another excellent Frank guitar solo. A song about racial injustice and the Watts' Riots. One of my favorite Zappa songs. From here on out, things get weird and experimental even for Frank. "Help, I'm a Rock" is a three part suite. A repetitive beat and rhythm. A droning background. People making all sorts of random noise including a woman having an orgasm. Hey, this is 1965 for heaven's sake. Tipper Gore was not in the room. This reminded me of Pink Floyd's "Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathering" so I'm a fan to a point. The entire fourth side is "The Return of the Son of Monster Magnet" where we are introduced to Suzy Cream Cheese and her conscious talking to her. The first half is a pyschdelic jam. The second half involves actual freaky people they brought in from the Hollywood streets to make random noises. The furry animals are back. I don't want to meet Suzy Cream Cheese ever. If you want variety and weirdness, this is it: blues, pyschedelic, garage, doo-wop and experimental. The satirical lyrics are pretty funny and so is the satire of actual music styles which I think they are doing at times. I like this album throughout but for the normal person, sticking to the first half and the singles is probably recommended. But, hey, if you like random sounds and chaos keep the record going.

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Thu Jul 13 2023
4

To completely counter the “peace and love” hippie movement of the 60s, Zappa created a chaotic sound collage to show us the darker underbelly of fame and society.

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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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Fri Jun 16 2023
3

Different. Mostly in a good way. 3.5

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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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Mon Jan 09 2023
1

Time and the ability of human beings to hear have not been kind to The Mothers Of Invention. This sounds like your elderly uncle trying to be deliberately zany. Rating: 1/5 Playlist track: Anyway The Wind Blows Date listened: 08/01/23

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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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Thu Jul 14 2022
5

Silly, daring and ahead of its time! 4.5⭐

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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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Mon Dec 19 2022
5

A wonderful send up of contemporary American values especially repressive '50s social roles, this album uses the language of doo-wop and contemporary sixties music to make its point. Despite the satirical nature of this album, there is an earnestness in its musicality that manages to sound familiar yet manages to introduce musical concepts into the lexicon of popular music. Jazz changes and suite like song structures set this album apart from the rest of the 1966 crop. The last few songs descend into pure experimentalism that is not for everyone, but it certainly challenged what people though music could be.

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Sun Nov 27 2022
5

Absolutely brilliant experimental album. I loved how it became less and less “coherent”, more out there with each song. Saved tracks: I Ain’t Got No Heart, Go Cry On Somebody Else’s Shoulder, Motherly Love, You Didn’t Try To Call Me, Anyway The Wind Blows, I’m Not Satisfied

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Wed Feb 01 2023
5

9/10 I like to think of myself as a fairy talented musician, but nothing I make will ever compare to “HELP, I’M A ROCK!”

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Thu Feb 16 2023
5

Frank is an acquired taste. I want to say that at its core this is a pop record, albeit an extremely twisted one, but perhaps a better way to say it is that it's completely disingenuous. He subverts the pop sound of his time, and immediate past, at every turn, with a sarcastic flat tone, bizarre humor, experimental flourishes, kazoos, etc. It's quite difficult to ignore all that and simply enjoy the melodies, but they are there if you want them. It does sort of go out the window with the last few songs on the album, like he just couldn't hold back anymore, and finally had to let his true inner freak out. If you continue to listen to his albums in chronological order, this seems tame by comparison to what comes afterwards, but all his bizarre musical tendencies are present here. There are moments that almost sound like Mr. Bungle, or other groups that came decades later. At once very much of its time and way ahead of it.

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Thu Feb 16 2023
5

Hats off. This is off the wall and I love it so much. They're like a goofy ass version of the Beatles - like, all the magic and shimmer of the Beatles but you're hanging out with them and they're just fucking around. Or are they totally serious? The line isn't clear and it's fantastic.

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Wed Mar 08 2023
5

This is early Frank Zappa (maybe… earliest Frank Zappa??), as well as a crew of what will become the revolving cast, and let me just say that, if you don’t know that context— if you aren’t already down with his antics or know what to expect— this has to be a confusing album. I’m the kind of person who regularly recommends Captain Beefheart to my friends, so yes… I’ve become that guy. For a Beefheart fan, and a fan of the weird 60’s and Zappa, this album is positively delightful in how approachable this album is to this blend of weird. It’s parody, it’s experimental, it’s funny, it’s silly… and a little biting or cynical, in a way that only the silliest of satire can let you get away with. “Go Cry on Somebody Else’s Shoulder” is like, peak Zappa. A 60’s doo wop trend, taken to absurdities. They are clearly having a laugh at the expense of the whole genre, but something about the character that Zappa does is disarmingly funny. Piercing. And his comedic timing is unmatched. It makes you think that maybe all of that other music you heard in the 60s was too stodgy, too self-important, too constrained by seriousness. Let me defend the end of the album too. Even the most avant garde stuff is… never stuffy, never pretentious… what a relief! It’s experimental without the whiff of self importance. This kind of stuff is a breath of fresh air for me, who as a former student in a contemporary music department had to suffer through so many recitals of music whose “message” was so self-important or self-serious as to suffocate your impression of it. I’m talking about “It can’t happen here.” Any conscious human American in 1966 knows exactly what this is about. But man. This is pure id. Comedic, funny, disarming? Silly??? About a serious subject?? It makes you wonder how they’re pulling it off. I’m going hard 5. We can’t reserve all the 5’s in the 60’s for the Simons and Garfunkels. 5/5

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Thu Mar 16 2023
5

Excellent album. Shows the diversity of Zappa at his best.

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Mon Mar 20 2023
5

Where has this been all my life? It's brilliantly weird and wonderful. The satire is great, it seems quite a bit before its time, and the more experimental parts are still quite worth the listening.

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Sun Jul 23 2023
5

It's too bad Frank Zappa never wrote and performed soundtracks for early Thomas Pynchon novels, also celebrating / gently mocking freaks, misfits and their "counter-culture". The Mothers' carnivalesque sound would have been a great match for those novels. Not to mention those gorgeous, gorgeous kazoos, also an obsession of the author of *V*, *The Crying Of Lot 49* and *Gravity's Rainbow* (among many others). A little more seriously, what I like about this record is that some of its pastiche or experimental aspects are subtle enough to go unnoticed on certain tracks--even if they're pretty obvious towards the end of this double album. Pretty sure Tom Wilson had a blast recording them, given that he initially thought the Mothers were just another white blues band after he has only listened to "Trouble Every Day" (a pastiche of Bob Dylan himself mimicking older blues cuts). Of course, they were so much more than that. This initial verstality of Zappa and his band (between spoofing dada impulses and genuine songwriting qualities) is why this mock-"conceptual" record remains easily digestible, even today. Because the music remains pretty catchy a lot of the time. And it's always nice when there are several ways understand or appreciate an LP. As in here or Captain Beefheart's *Safe As Milk*, for instance--another record displaying similar aesthetics. Zappa fans will probably tell you that their idol made far better albums after this famous debut. As of now I find that claim dubious, but I haven't listened to every major LP released by the mustachioed troublemaker, it's true. And I remember giving 4 stars to *Hot Rats*, an album I also like a lot. Let's just say that I find Dimery's "selection" of Zappa's key albums pretty convincing so far... In that spirit I should probably give 4 stars to *Freak Out* as well, then. Even if I now realize I could have gone higher than that for both records. Maybe it's time to reassess them both now... Number of albums left to review: 487 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens: 243 (including this one) Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 115 Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more essential to me): 152

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Sun Aug 13 2023
5

Read that this is considered one of the first concept albums. I like concept albums. Also, Frank Zappa is in it? I would not have known without looking that up... I'm not very keen on my 60s rock. It made me look into the freak culture of the west coast in the 60s and it was so fascinating. If you don't know anything about it, look up the Hunter S. Thompson Aspen sheriff campaign. It's fascinating. Also "it doesn't bother me at all that you're only 18 baby, I've got some motherly love for you" is crazy lmaoooo. I love the silly voice they do when they're mocking someone. I'm also loving the weird use of a kazoo (?) in so many songs?? It Can't Happen Here so crazy I added it to my liked songs. I am confused though, because in "The Return Of The Son Of Monster Magnet" there are lyrics on Spotify but I'm not hearing them? Am I just stupid? I think this track is making me go crazy

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Fri Sep 08 2023
5

Delightfully wacky interpretation of 60s rock that I find very cool. Saved to my albums for a relisten which by my rules is a FIVE

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Wed Oct 11 2023
5

Uberweird lyrics, not a bad band

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Wed Nov 01 2023
5

To be frank, I got zapped by its freakishly inventive sound in a good way!

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Wed Jan 24 2024
5

Pitch perfect social satire set to great avant garage psych and rnb grooves.

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Sun Feb 18 2024
5

Revolutionary sound, phantastic songs. A real shout in 1966. Frank - the horrible guy for the brave man and housewifes. RIP Frank Zappa! Really terraforming !!!

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Sun Mar 03 2024
5

You're probably wondering why I'm here And so am I So am I Just as much as you wonder 'Bout me bein' in this place (yeah) That's just how much I marvel At the lameness on your face You rise each day the same old way And join your friends out on the street Spray your hair and think you're neat I think your life is incomplete But maybe that's not for me to say They only pay me here to play (I wanna hear Caravan with a drum solo!) You're probably wondering why I'm here And so am I So am I Brilliant. 5/5

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Sun Mar 31 2024
5

Wowie zowie what a cool album.

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Mon Apr 01 2024
5

What an album. And the fact that this is a debut is just mind-blowing. Nothing else sounds like this album, even in FZ's own catalog. It's just so different, right down to its DNA. Every song is fantastic. The performances are great. The arrangements are thrilling. There's so much meat on every song that I'm still hearing new details thirty-six years after first hearing this album. And on top of all that, the humor and social commentary is spot-on. On later albums I think Frank often gets unnecessarily mean and petty, but here his satire is perfectly aimed, and his parodies are pitch-perfect. (It helps that he truly loved doo-wop.) There are so many amazing lines on this album... ...Mom I tore a big hole in the convertible... ...I don't even care if your dad's the heat... ...That's why I had to get my khakis pressed... ...I'm not black but there's a whole lot of times when I wish I could say I'm not white. Zappa made a ton of great records, but I honestly don't know that he ever surpassed this one. Truly a remarkable and audacious artistic statement, and one that still sounds fresh and invigorating today.

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Mon Apr 01 2024
5

Man. When I first discovered Frank Zappa, it was around the era of "Baby Snakes" and "Joe's Garage," which are later in his catalog (1979) and while musically challenging, are nowhere near as strange and experimental as his work with the Mothers of Invention. I didn't much like this early stuff at first and wrote these albums off as experimental oddities that were the necessary process of Zappa discovering his "true art." Well, many years and countless listening hours later, I've got an entirely new vantage on Zappa's material, and this early stuff in particular. It is, without question, challenging music. I was going to write that it's challenging by design, but I think Zappa wasn't trying to be difficult so much as he was uncompromising in his musical vision and it's not always easy to connect with his musical genius. And it is genius, despite the loony sounds and goofy lyrics (not so much on this record, but in broad swaths of his catalog). So, I don't want to suggest it's an acquired taste so much as one that might require persistence. For me, it was finding the way in with material that I could relate to, and once I had that baseline, the more experimental music made much more sense. I think it's brilliant, and funny, and insightful, and socially stinging. Let's also call him out for being strangely un-evolved when it comes to his attitude toward women. No one escapes Zappa's scrutiny, but that doesn't make him infallible, and he is consistently shitty to women (despite having the brilliant Ruth Underwood in his band for so many years). It's relatively minor here, his allusion to groupies on "Motherly Love" hints at his stunted insights on the matter. So anyway, this album... it's amazing, dense, and difficult to listen to from front to end. An incredible debut that will never be mainstream and is still inventive 58 years later.

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Wed Apr 03 2024
5

One I already own, but thought I'd give another spin to blow away the cobwebs. I'm glad I did. My big beef with Zappa is that he seemed to harbour a lot of disgust in his heart, not only for people but even for the music he professed to like. Everything seemed beneath him, and thus pop could only be handled at arms length, as a lampoon - at best. Therefore, I was pleasantly surprised that my reacquaintance with Freak Out revealed it to be more surreal than splenetic. Yes, it is absolutely irreverent and quite barbed in places, but there's some great stuff here. Even as Zappa et al send up pop, rock and doo-wop, they do it with flair and wit. 'Motherly Love' had me laughing! Funny, then, that the most straightforward, state-of-the-nation track 'Trouble Every Day', a bluesy rock number, is the best thing here. A rapid fire dissection of race riots, the forces behind them and the prurient way crime is covered in the media, it's smarter than almost anything else being released in 1966. Two of these tracks would also appear on the cracking 'Cruising with Ruben and the Jets'. 'Return of the Son of Monster Magnet' is a gloriously chaotic slice of experimentation. The whole thing is fantastic - shame Zappa became prey to his own, substantial, prejudices, and spent the next fifteen years workin' 'em out on magnetic tape (betwixt and between creating some incredible music). I once met Jimmy Carl Black, who was wonderful. I met Roy Estrada too (different event), who posed for a photo with me and a friend but let's not tall about that.

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Fri Apr 12 2024
5

Well this was a fun time. Its like if pink floyd was a little bit less about acid and more about coke and acid

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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 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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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

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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Fri Jul 15 2022
4

I really liked this one. Just zany stuff.

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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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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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