Offered for sale is a still sealed U.S. stereo pressing of Absolutely Free by the Mothers of Invention.
About this copy: This copy of Absolutely Free is a mid-1970s U.S. pressing on the Verve label.
As the album is still sealed, the record is presumably new and unplayed.
The wrap is mostly intact, with tiny breaks at all four corners. There is slight wear at the two left-hand corners.
The label variation is unknown. There is a price sticker from the old Record Town record store chain that indicates that the retail price of the LP was $6.98. That would likely date this pressing to 1974-1975, as the retail price of LPs increased to $6.98 in early 1974. This may have been the final U.S. pressing on the Verve label before the album went out of print.
The label is most likely the white MGM/Verve label used at that time, but it may be blue or black.
A nice copy of an album that is usually found in terrible condition.
Background: Released in April, 1967, Absolutely Free was the second album by the Mothers of Invention. The album reached #41 on the U.S. album charts.
Frank Zappa’s liner notes for Freak Out! name-checked an enormous breadth of musical and intellectual influences, and he seemingly attempts to cover them all on the second Mothers of Invention album, Absolutely Free. Leaping from style to style without warning, the album has a freewheeling, almost schizophrenic quality, encompassing everything from complex mutations of “Louie, Louie” to jazz improvisations and quotes from Stravinsky’s Petrushka. … By turns hilarious, inscrutable, and virtuosically complex, Absolutely Free is more difficult to make sense of than Freak Out!, partly because it lacks that album’s careful pacing and conceptual focus. But even if it isn’t quite fully realized, Absolutely Free is still a fabulously inventive record, bursting at the seams with ideas that would coalesce into a masterpiece with Zappa’s next project.
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