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Absolutely Free Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (Jan. 14 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • ASIN: B0000009RV
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #48,524 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Plastic People
2. The Duke Of Prunes
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
8. Big Leg Emma
9. Why Don'tcha Do Me Right?
10. America Drinks
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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Format: Audio CD
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. It is especially meaningful to those my age (46) and a bit older who have strong memories of the time period. If you buy the CD version, play it without Big Leg Emma and Why Don'tcha Do Me Right (neither on the vinyl). While good songs, they just don't fit the homogeneous feel of the rest of the work.
Put on the headphones and marvel at the quality of this mid-sixties excercise in studio wizardry. See if you can find the bit taken from Stravinsky's Rites of Spring. And for a true Zappaphile it is a treasure trove of "continuity" references. Get this album!!
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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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Format: Audio CD
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 extreme cynicism like "Uncle bernie's Farm," which includes this dialogue:
"FZ: We got this car: when it hits the wall you see the guy dying . . . got the little plastic puddles of blood . . . by the car
I'M DREAMING . . .
Ray: He has intestines . . . he has plastic intestines you can
stuff back into his stomach . . ."
Everything is plastic (fake, cheesy, american) including the guy's intestines. So incredibly cynical and conceptual that it deserves respect simply for its brilliance!
I have this on Vinyl. Get the Vinyl version, the way it was originally intended.
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Format: Audio CD
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. The cd contains 2 tracks not on the original release.
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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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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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