Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention
Freak Out =2LP=180g
2 x LP
(1969 )-2013 EU vinyl repressed on 180g 2LP+download =1969s Uncle Meat is the sprawling fifth full-length from Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention developed for the conceptual project No Commercial Potential which also produc...
Release in 2018 (originally released in 1966)
2018 EU repressed on 180g vinyl 2LP = 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 LP sides deconstruct rock conventions right and left, eventually pushing into territory inspired by avant-garde classical composers.
A1 Hungry Freaks, Daddy 3:27
A2 I Ain't Got No Heart 2:30
A3 Who Are The Brain Police? 3:22
A4 Go Cry On Somebody Else's Shoulder 3:31
A5 Motherly Love 2:45
A6 How Could I Be Such A Fool 2:12
B1 Wowie Zowie 2:45
B2 You Didn't Try To Call Me 3:17
B3 Any Way The Wind Blows 2:52
B4 I'm Not Satisfied 2:37
B5 You're Probably Wondering Why I'm Here 3:37
C1 Trouble Every Day 6:16
C2 Help I'm A Rock 4:43
C3 It Can't Happen Here 3:58
The Return Of The Son Of Monster Magnet (Unfinished Ballet In Two Tableaus) 12:17
D1.1 I. Ritual Dance Of The Child Killers
D1.2 II. Nullis Pretii (No Commercial Potential)
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, Frank 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," 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. ALLMUSICGUIDE
Originally released: 1969
This release: 2013