Offered for sale is a U.S. stereo pressing of the double album Freak Out! by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention.
This copy is a mid-1970s pressing on the scarce white label that had both Verve and MGM logos.
About this copy: This copy of Freak Out! is a mid-1970s U.S. pressing on the white MGM/Verve label.
This was likely the last pressing on the Verve label before the album was deleted.
The cover is VG with quite a bit of ring wear. There is no “hot spots” ad on the inside of the cover.
The two discs are VG+ with a few light sleeve scuffs and a few hairlines. There are a number of spindle marks on the labels. They’re fairly clean discs that should play well.
A nice copy of a rare variation of Freak Out!; this version of the album is not listed at Discogs.
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.
|Country of origin:||U.S.|
|Year of Release:||Circa 1975|