Freak Out! Original recording remastered
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"This is the voice of your conscience, baby..." The recording debut of the Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention is a brilliantly wicked counter-strike to the "flower power" sensibilities prevalent at the time of its release in 1966. Arguably rock music's first true "concept album", Zappa's collage mashes together chunks of psychedelic guitars, outspoken political commentary, cultural satire and avant-garde musical sensibilities, then hides it all under cleverly crafted pop melodies. Not diminished in the slightest by the passage of time, Freak Out! remains as vital and relevant today as it was in the 1960s. --Andrew Boscardin
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My approach to this review is to look at (a) the attractiveness of this release for the Zappa novice, (b) the attractiveness of this album for the Zappa devotee, and (c) the quality of the release.
(a) If you are just getting interested in Zappa, this is not really the best place to start. While there are some interesting tracks here, there's also a lot of what at first appears to be just wierd noise and people freaking out tracks too. Those tracks are not available as samples on www.Amazon.com, so proceed carefully.
(b) Of course you need this! It's great! The mix is a bit different from the original vinyl, with a lot more reverb than before. I'd say that the original vinyl is probably the way to go, but the cd is very good too. (Besides, the cd saves you flipping records over.)
(c) The sound quality is superb, although, as noted before, the mix differs from the original vinyl. The packaging includes all of the original elements, which helps you relate to what the heck the mood was in 1966.
They got craftier as musicians as they went along (their percussive work was hugely singular and frequently a critical ingredient in the band's funnier moments; Zappa was a spry guitarist, even if his real instrument was the band itself); they seemed as much befuddled as enraptured by their musical roots (especially their doo-wop and R and B roots - which didn't stop them from deftly copping, for "Wowie Zowie"'s coda, from the coda of the Four Seasons's "Sherry"). For deadly balloon-pricking of social and musical poseurism past and incumbent (though their political barbs became a little less engaging as time went on), this was as consistent and complete as the original Mothers of Invention - the first version of the band was the Mothers of Invention that really mattered - could be.
Aside from which, after all these years "Help! I'm A Rock" and, especially, "The Return of the Son of Monster Magnet," in all its near-endless, steady-rising squall, remain two of the classic guilty pleasures of mid-1960s rock, and was at least as much ahead of its time for its brash experimentalism as the early Pink Floyd soon enough proved.
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just love the fact that it was an album that started it all in regards to everything for future genre is concerned.. Read morePublished on Dec 20 2012 by Spherevil
Frank Zappa parodied the '60s counter-culture that he was so critical of on this album. He succeeded so well that the album has come to stand for flower power, despite the overt... Read morePublished on Oct. 5 2012 by brotagonist
Great first album. Side A - typical 60's music. Side B - Blew me away!Published on Jan. 29 2010 by Johnny Me
I love the music on this CD so much, I fail to find the words. FZ makes so many observations on society via these cheeseball songs that sound so cool. Read morePublished on July 16 2004 by NP
Never before has a musician flexed his songwriting muscles as much as Zappa did on the first MOI album. A must!Published on Oct. 19 2003 by K. Tucker
this is one of the most important rock albums of the 1960's. The Mothers were so "ahead of their time" (the title of another of their albums....... Read morePublished on May 5 2003 by COMPUTERJAZZMAN
An incredible recording, important listening and socially relevant to the time that it was recorded. Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2003 by Brandon Stanley
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