Frank Zappa - Freak Out!

Double Album 2LP Black Vinyl Records Remastered Audio

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Freak Out! is the debut studio album by American experimental rock band Frank Zappa And The Mothers Of Invention, originally released in June 1966 by Verve Records.

One of the most ambitious debuts in rock history, Freak Out! was a seminal concept album that somehow foreshadowed both art rock and punk at the same time. Its four sides deconstruct rock conventions right and left, eventually pushing into territory inspired by avant-garde classical composers.

Yet the album is sequenced in an accessibly logical progression; the first half is dedicated to catchy, satirical pop/rock songs that question assumptions about pop music, setting the tone for the radical new directions of the second half.

Opening with the nonconformist call to arms "Hungry Freaks, Daddy", Freak Out! quickly posits The Mothers Of Invention as the antithesis of teen-idol bands, often with sneering mockeries of the teen-romance songs that had long been rock's commercial stock-in-trade.

Despite his genuine emotional alienation and dissatisfaction with pop conventions, though, Zappa was actually a skilled pop composer; even with the raw performances and his stinging guitar work, there's a subtle sophistication apparent in his unorthodox arrangements and tight, unpredictable melodicism.

After returning to social criticism on the first song of the second half, the perceptive Watts riot protest "Trouble Every Day", (its primary lyrical themes being racial violence, social injustice, and sensationalist journalism), Zappa exchanges pop song structure for experiments with musique concrète, amelodic dissonance, shifting time signatures, and studio effects. It's the first salvo in his career-long project of synthesizing popular and art music, high and low culture.

While these pieces can meander, they virtually explode the limits of what can appear on a rock album, and effectively illustrate Freak Out!'s underlying principles: acceptance of differences and free individual expression.

Zappa would spend much of his career developing and exploring ideas - both musical and conceptual - first put forth here; while his myriad directions often produced more sophisticated work, Freak Out!  contains at least the rudiments of almost everything that followed, and few of Zappa's records can match its excitement over its own sense of possibility.

Check out the tracks: “How Could I Be Such A Fool”; “Trouble Every Day” and “Motherly Love”.

This double LP housed in a gatefold sleeve with remastered audio and reproduced artwork is pressed in Europe on black vinyl.

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Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Hungry Freaks, Daddy

3:32

A2

I Ain’t Got No Heart

2:34

A3

Who Are The Brain Police?

3:25

A4

Go Cry On Somebody Else’s Shoulder

3:43

A5

Motherly Love

2:50

A6

How Could I Be Such A Fool

2:16

B1

Wowie Zowie

2:55

B2

You Didn’t Try To Call Me

3:21

B3

Any Way The Wind Blows

2:55

B4

I’m Not Satisfied

2:41

B5

You’re Probably Wondering Why I’m Here

3:41

C1

Trouble Every Day

5:53

C2

Help, I’m A Rock (Suite In Three Movements)

  1. Okay To Tap Dance
  2. In Memorium, Edgard Varèse
  3. It Can’t happen Here

8:37

D

The Return Of The Son Of Monster Magnet (Unfinishe Ballet In Two Tableaux)

  1. Ritual Dance Of The Child-Killer
  2. Nullis Pretii (No Commercial Potential)

12:22

SKU 824302383414
Record Label Zappa Records
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number ZAPPA 0238341
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 17 June 2013
Original Release Date (Year) 27 June 1966
Barcode # 824302383414
Shipping Weight 0.6050kg
Shipping Width 0.009m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000887m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition Double Album 2LP Records, Black Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, Freak Out! Hot Spots Ad Poster, Replcated Artwork, Remastered Audio, Reissue, Official Release #1
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Progressive Rock
Genre Rock
Genre Experimental
Genre Psychedelic Rock
Format VINYL LP

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