Offered for sale is a still sealed 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.
As the album is still sealed, the records are presumably new and unplayed.
The shrink wrap is completely intact, with no rips, tears or holes, except at the lower right-hand corner. The right-hand corner has been cut.
There is an original price tag on the shrink wrap (not shown in photo.)
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, so it’s likely pressed on the blue Verve label.
A gorgeous 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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