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

Freak Out! by The Mothers Of Invention
Year: 1966
Overall rank: 460th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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81/100 (from 673 votes)
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Award Top 10 albums of 1966 (6th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 1960s (59th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (460th)
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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 80.7/100, a mean average of 79.6/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 80.8/100. The standard deviation for this album is 15.4.

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50/100
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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65/100
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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75/100
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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90/100
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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80/100
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
methinks Frank is mocking us. us being beach boys, stones. pertinent to today.
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80/100
From 12/11/2020 17:42
Loucura boa é isso!!
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45/100
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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70/100
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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75/100
From 03/26/2020 18:49
Gotta give Zappa and the Mothers credit for taking music “there”. Somebody has to push art to its boundaries, but very few have the rare combination of genius and chutzpah to do it.
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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. The Psychedelic Sounds Of The 13th Floor Elevators by 13th Floor Elevators
9. Face To Face by The Kinks
10. Wild Is The Wind by Nina Simone
11. Ascension by John Coltrane
12. Black Monk Time by Monks (US)
13. Fresh Cream by Cream
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. Sunshine Superman by Donovan
19. Il Buono, Il Brutto, Il Cattivo [The Good, The Bad & The Ugly] by Ennio Morricone
20. Speak No Evil by Wayne Shorter
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