Offered for sale is a still sealed early U.S. stereo pressing of the double album Freak Out! by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention.
About this copy: This copy of Freak Out! is a sealed U.S. pressing on the Verve label of an album that was originally released in 1966.
As the album is still sealed, the records are presumably new and unplayed.
As the album is sealed, we don’t know the label variation or cover variation (with or without the Freak Out Map ad), but the album feels fairly thick and heavy, so it’s likely pressed on the blue Verve label.
There are several tears in the wrap – a small break at the upper left hand corner and the lower right hand corner. There is a tear at the upper right hand corner and a split in the wrap at the top center that measures about 3″ (8 cm.) We have secured the tear in the wrap with tape to prevent further tearing.
There is slight wear at the upper right hand corner (see photo.)
This copy does not have cutout marks of any kind – no drill hole, no cut corner, no saw mark.
A nice copy of an album that is usually found in horrible condition.
Background: Released in 1966, Freak Out! was the first album by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention and only the second studio album created as a double album (after Bob Dylan’s Blonde on Blonde.)
Freak Out! sold relatively poorly, reaching #130 on the U.S. album charts, but was reviewed favorably by critics.
One of the most ambitious debuts in rock history, Freak Out! was a seminal concept album that somehow foreshadowed both art rock and punk at the same time. Its four LP sides deconstruct rock conventions right and left, eventually pushing into territory inspired by avant-garde classical composers. Yet the album is sequenced in an accessibly logical progression; the first half is dedicated to catchy, satirical pop/rock songs that question assumptions about pop music, setting the tone for the radical new directions of the second half. …. Zappa would spend much of his career developing and exploring ideas — both musical and conceptual — first put forth here; while his myriad directions often produced more sophisticated work, Freak Out! contains at least the rudiments of almost everything that followed, and few of Zappa’s records can match its excitement over its own sense of possibility.
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