Freak Out! (studio album) by The Mothers Of Invention

Freak Out! by The Mothers Of Invention
Year: 1966
Overall rank: 483rd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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81/100 (from 704 votes)
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THE MOTHERS OF INVENTION Freak Out Double LP Verve V6-5005 Zappa Stereo 1966
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THE MOTHERS of INVENTION - Freak Out! 2LP 1966 FRANK ZAPPA Experimental Psych
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Frank Zappa Freak Out cd
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From 01/27/2023 11:00
This is a brilliant commentary on society in the 60's that is still extremely relevant to this day with the consumerism we have present in modern society. It is also a genius parody of the music in the 60's but also a demonstration of how it could be made to a higher musical quality if artists strived towards making better sounds rather than just catchy songs that get people hooked on so they would sell. This satire from Zappa is best demonstrated on songs like Wowie Zowie, Anyway The Wind Blows and Go Cry On Somebody Else's Shoulder. Zappa then goes completely against what people wanted and made creative sound collages which utilised his raw sound and formed some songs that on first listen are not enjoyable for us to hear at all. However, through the use of his orchestral arrangements and instrumental diversity the quality and depth of the sound shines through after a few listens as you start to see how complex and rich his sound is. You start to appreciate the musicianship on show and admire how self aware and intellectual the release is. The lyrics the whole way through are fantastic as well and I can see why they might not appeal to some people but for me they work perfectly and I love the commentary Zappa gives. Also, I would like to give a special mention to the protest song Trouble Every Day which is a personal highlight for me. Overall, this is a genius record that has something to say that is still relevant to this very day and does it in a musically rich and grand fashion and I think this record deserves more recognition and praise than it gets.
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From 04/26/2022 12:22
I really like Trouble Every Day, but that's all positive I have to say about that album, apart from this track it sounds like a parody of 60s pop music and sonically is often very unpleasant in a negative way (Who Are The Brain Police?, Help I'm A Rock)
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From 03/12/2022 00:03
Could see where he was taking it and couldn't wait for him to get there; but y'know, first he had to assemble and convince a band. And one thing this isn't BTW, is druggie.
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From 07/15/2021 22:15
Ostensibly a psychedelic rock record, Freak Out! wears its influences proudly – yes, the loved-up (drugged-up) pop/rock of the 60s but also doo-wop and straightforward rock ‘n’ roll. The experimentation works up until the last track which strays into parody a little too far.
Rating: Good
Best track: Hungry Freaks, Daddy
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From 06/16/2021 06:00
Zappa's best ideas are here already. 1966. As far as I'm concerned, he could've released just this album and Uncle Meat and packed things up after that. Okay, Burnt Weeny Sandwich, Weasels Ripped My Flesh and Hot Rats were good bonuses.
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From 04/10/2021 00:51
Hilarious, influential, and bonkers. Trouble Every Day is a legitimately great protest song.
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From 01/31/2021 17:10
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From 12/11/2020 17:42
Loucura boa é isso!!
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From 09/26/2020 04:38
This album certainly has an aquired taste. Aside from the tracks 'Who Are the Brain Police?' and 'Go Cry On Somebody Else's Shoulder', much of the tracks come off as needlessly silly. That very well may have been Zappa's intention here, but nonetheless, it's hard to put this album up on the same pedestal as some of its contemporaries.
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From 04/01/2020 17:52
At a second thought, having listened a bit more bands from around that time more thoroughly, like The Byrds, Cream and Grateful Dead, these guys don't really do anything very strange for its time. Just to a further and more annoying extent... and with awful vocals. I should've listened to my gut earlier; when they start to sound better, they sound like your average garage band from the '60s, and then ruin everything by rhythmless intermezzos with annoyingly sarcastic voices. Not vocals, voices... their putting up voices. It sometimes honestly feels more like theatre I'm listening.
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Best Albums of 1966
1. Revolver by The Beatles
2. Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys
3. Blonde On Blonde by Bob Dylan
4. Sounds Of Silence by Simon & Garfunkel
5. Aftermath by The Rolling Stones
6. Freak Out! by The Mothers Of Invention
7. Parsley, Sage, Rosemary And Thyme by Simon & Garfunkel
8. Face To Face by The Kinks
9. The Psychedelic Sounds Of The 13th Floor Elevators by 13th Floor Elevators
10. Wild Is The Wind by Nina Simone
11. Ascension by John Coltrane
12. Fresh Cream by Cream
13. Black Monk Time by Monks (US)
14. If You Can Believe Your Eyes And Ears by The Mamas And The Papas
15. Fifth Dimension by The Byrds
16. Blues Breakers by John Mayall & Eric Clapton
17. Da Capo by Love
18. Speak No Evil by Wayne Shorter
19. Sunshine Superman by Donovan
20. Il Buono, Il Brutto, Il Cattivo [The Good, The Bad & The Ugly] by Ennio Morricone
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