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Absolutely Free [Original recording remastered]

Frank Zappa Audio CD
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1. Plastic People
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3. Amnesia Vivace
4. The Duke Regains His Chops
5. Call Any Vegetable
6. Invocation and Ritual Dance of the Young Pumpkin
7. Soft-Sell Conclusion
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9. Why Don'tcha Do Me Right?
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11. Status Back Baby
12. Uncle Bernie's Farm
13. Son Of Suzy Creamcheese
14. Brown Shoes Don't Make It
15. America Drinks and Goes Home

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Limited Edition Japanese pressing of this album comes housed in a miniature LP sleeve. 2008.


La férocité de la concurrence place Absolutely Free à une excellente troisième place des meilleurs albums de Zappa. Il arrive derrière Freat Out !, sorti en 1966, premier album de Zappa et des Mothers of Invention, et We're Only In It For The Money, considéré par beaucoup comme étant le symbole de son zénith artistique. Absolutely Free est, par sa loufoquerie - aussi bien dans le son que dans le concept - dans la grande lignée d'oeuvres comme Freak Out !, Plastic People et America Drinks & Goes Home. Cet album est une nouvelle et véhémente satire des valeurs de l'Amérique bien-pensante. Zappa aborde le problème des fruits et légumes ("The Duke Of Prunes", "Call Any Vegetable"). Puis il saute du jazz d'avant-garde à l'opérette en passant par des morceaux au son brut d'un groupe garage. Cet éclectisme, très innovateur pour l'époque, frôle souvent le délire musical. Le chef- d'oeuvre absolu de ce disque, "Brown Shoes Don't Make It," une mini-opérette comico-satirique de sept minutes trente, ridiculise l'étroitesse d'esprit de la population des grandes banlieues américaines avant de s'attaquer à son hypocrisie, sa perversion et ses dérives sexuelles. "Teenage Queen" traite des penchants d'un homme rangé pour une lolita de 13 ans. C'est un titre précurseur contenant déjà la paillardise qui sera le leitmotiv de nombreux titres (comme "Dinah Moe Hum") et du futur album, enregistré live au Fillmore East, en juin 1971. --Bill Holdship

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5.0 out of 5 stars An Underrated Mothers Album Nov. 27 2003
Format:Audio CD
Upon first hearing this album, I thought it sounded a little sloppy. After listening to it a few more times, i started thinking that maybe this "sloppiness" was part of the appeal. Finally I realized that it wasn't sloppy, but just really fun.
"Absolutely Free" is a favorite among the Mothers, and I can see why. It sounds like they really had a lot of fun recording this album. But DON'T GET ME WRONG: "Absolutely Free" is an example of true greatness. With classics like "Plastic People" and "Call Any Vegetable," it's hard not to like this album. Especially when Ray Collins' voice sounds so darn good!
It also features "Brown Shoes Don't Make It," the seven minute progressive piece that was the song that first made me recognize Zappa's sheer genius. HOWEVER, in my personal opinion, the "Tinseltown Rebellion" version of this song is better, because it makes more sense rhythmically and i think it's closer to Frank's original intention for the song. Though on "Absolutely Free," you get to hear it sung by the Mothers. I particularly enjoy Jimmy Carl Black's vocal contribution. Why didn't Frank let him sing more often?
All in all, this is an EXCELLENT album. Although it's not QUITE as good as "We're Only in it for the Money," in my opinion it's better than "Freak Out!" You need this album if you want to truly understand the Mothers. A perfect "ten."
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4.0 out of 5 stars Zappa's sophomore outing shows his style May 28 2003
Format:Audio CD
This album is where Zappa finally gets to show his personal style, segueing tracks together with blasts of noise and musique concrete, having reprises of songs, crazy vocals, it's all here.
The disc suffers from one of Zappa's wierder reissue choices, the placement of a single in the middle of this album. "Big LEg Emma" and "Why Doncha Do Me Right" jsut don't fit in with the album, and should have been bonus tracks included at the end, or better yet, on an album of single tracks otherwise unavailable. But instead, they are shoved in the middle of the cd, regardless of the effect that they have on the flow of the tracks.
Another problem, at least with the original Ryco issue, is that the remarkably dense Zappa art is impossible to see. If you have a chance to see the cover from the original vinyl, you will see far more detail that is easily presented on cd-size graphics. This is a shame, since Zappa himself didi the design work.
Nevertheless, this is an important, good album, and worth your time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars We miss you, Frank.... May 4 2003
Format:Audio CD
This album was the one where Frank and the Mothers really took off as a band. "Freak Out" was their "Jefferson Airplane Takes Off", their "Meet The Beatles"....introductory, but not exemplary. "Free" is where the Zappa gift for brutal satire becomes apparent, and it's also apparent that his band was fully involved on the spirit of the humor and music.
Back in the sixties, good, smart-aleck modern humor was developing, (it had pretty much exploded full blown on the scene in 1959 and just built from there,) and started snowballing with the Kennedy administration, and by the late sixties was the standard for American humor, thanks to shows like Jack Paar and Johnny Carson's Tonight Show, Playboy After Dark, That Was The Week That Was, Laugh-In, The Smothers Brothers; sitcoms like Get Smart and "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and numerous hip comedy albums. Zappa was the counterculture equivalent, the beatnik Allan Sherman. And while satire was his main modus operandi, he was just as accomplished a musician. In "Absolutely Free", you can hear snatches of "Petrouchka", "Jupiter" from "The Planets", and "The Firebird" worked into extensive jams on the "Invocation Dance of the Young Pumpkin" and "Duke of Prunes".
Not only would he take on politics, but songs as well. On this album, he parodies both middle America AND the doo-wop classic "Louie, Louie" in "Plastic People", but changes the melody enough so that it's unrecognizable. In his follow up to this album, "We're Only In It For The Money", he takes on weekend hippies AND the folk/blues classic "Hey Joe" in the hilarious "Flower Punk".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Relevant as Today�s Headlines April 5 2003
Format:Audio CD
The Fact that Mr. Zappa was able to gain a following in the 60's and 70's putting out such commercially nonviable material says something about the man's talent. He could not and would not be ignored. When this was originally released in 1967 absolutely nothing even remotely similar had been created by anyone. That is unless you count FREAK OUT or some of Varese's, Stravinsky's and Penderecki's works. That is of course ignoring the absurd similarities between Plastic People and Louie Louie (Kingsmen) or the portion of INVOCATION AND RITUAL DANCE OF THE YOUNG PUMPKIN that was taken from Gustov Holst's symphony THE PLANETS (Jupiter I think). This is a bizarre album even for Mr. Zappa in that the influences are so many and so diverse mixed in with an absolutely sardonic wit and humor.
If you hate boring music and want to be entertained this is a wonderful piece of musical history blending styles no one else would be able to hold together without nails and duct-tape.
...ignore Big Leg Emma and Why Doncha' Do Me Right. Conceptually they don't belong (were added by recording execs) and are completely out of context.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Indispensible
I found the vinyl version over 20 years ago. This album still represents for me one of Zappa's absolute best. From begining to end it is flawless. Read more
Published on Dec 23 2003 by andy yeargin
5.0 out of 5 stars Comical and Extremely Cynical
Another great Frank Zappa album. The music is topnotch (especially "Brown Shoes don't make it") and the albums lyrics range from pure silliness (Duke of Prunes) to... Read more
Published on Nov. 14 2003 by wade wainio
5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta love your mothers
Out of the first 3 MOI albums, this is my personal fav. Plastic People, Duke of Prunes, Brown Shoes Don't Make It, I could go on for hours. Read more
Published on Oct. 19 2003 by K. Tucker
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Free-kin Good
I do not profess to be a hardcore Zappa fan, at least not before yesterday when a friend lent me Absolutely Free and I heard it for the first time. Read more
Published on Oct. 17 2002 by "jenngrahamx"
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF ZAPPA'S BEST......AND WEIRDEST!
starting with the classic "duke of prunes"...tracks 2, 3, and 4 make up this catchy "oratorio" that, once heard, demands to be played over again and again. Read more
Published on Oct. 11 2002 by William Caputo
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Zappa weirdness
ABSOLUTELY FREE was the second album by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, coming not long after their groundbreaking debut, FREAK OUT! Read more
Published on Sept. 29 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Free Don't Make It
Much as I would like to be more positive about "Absolutely Free", the problem is it just doesn't stand up as well in the year 2002 as the Mothers' other 60's work. Read more
Published on Feb. 11 2002 by Tom
5.0 out of 5 stars sublime
I heard Absolutely Free in '67 when I was a kid, the only Zappa album I heard as a child-- I lived in NY then, and some freaky friends of family played it for me. Read more
Published on Dec 8 2001 by Al Brooks
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Album- Even 35 Years Later
I was 16 or 17 when I first bought this album (yes,vinyl) in 1967 or 1966. I bought it because I had a coupon from the NY Times- 3 albums . Read more
Published on Aug. 22 2001 by Stuart L. Klein
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