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· FRANK ZAPPA AND THE MOTHERS OF INVENTION - FREAK OUT (THE GROUP'S FIRST ALBUM)- VERY RARE ORIGINAL 1966 VERVE STEREO 2-LP SET (DOUBLE ALBUM) V6-5005-2
· ORIGINAL US PRESSING
*** STILL SEALED GUARANTEED ORIGINAL FIRST PRESSING ***
*** NO CUTOUTS OF ANY KIND ON THE COVER: NO DRILL HOLES; NO CUTOUT CORNERS AND NO SAW MARKS ***
· GUARANTEED ORIGINAL BLUE VERVE LABEL WITH SILVER PRINT AND LARGE T-SHAPED VERVE LOGO, SUCH AS THE ONE SHOWN BELOW, FROM OUR PREVIOUS AUCTION
· THE THICKNESS OF THE VINYL, THE APPEARANCE AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE COVER, LABEL’S LOGO AND OTHER PERIPHERAL ELEMENTS OF THE COVER, ARE ALL PERFECTLY CONSISTENT WITH THE ORIGINAL, FIRST PRESSING OF THIS TITLE.
· ONE “BREATHE” (AIR) HOLE NOTED ON THE SHRINK WRAP
· THIS IS THE ORIGINAL, AUTHENTIC, FIRST U.S. PRESSING; THIS IS NOT A REISSUE, AN IMPORT, OR A COUNTERFEIT PRESSING.
· ORIGINAL GATEFOLD COVER, MADE OF THICK CARDBOARD (AMERICAN STYLE) ;BELIEVED TO BE THE FIRST PRESSING WITH THE UNIQUE INNER GATEFOLD SLEEVE (WHICH INCLUDES THE "FREAK-OUT HOT SPOT" BLOTCH - FOUND ONLY ON THE VERY FIRST PRESSING OF THIS ALBUM)
· THICK, HEAVY VINYL PRESSING
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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. Opening with the nonconformist call to arms "Hungry Freaks, Daddy," Freak Out! quickly posits the Mothers of Invention as the antithesis of teen-idol bands, often with sneering mockeries of the teen-romance songs that had long been rock's commercial stock-in-trade. Despite his genuine emotional alienation and dissatisfaction with pop conventions, though, Frank Zappa was actually a skilled pop composer; even with the raw performances and his stinging guitar work, there's a subtle sophistication apparent in his unorthodox arrangements and tight, unpredictable melodicism. After returning to social criticism on the first song of the second half, the perceptive Watts riot protest "Trouble Every Day," Zappa exchanges pop song structure for experiments with musique concrète, amelodic dissonance, shifting time signatures, and studio effects. It's the first salvo in his career-long project of synthesizing popular and art music, high and low culture; while these pieces can meander, they virtually explode the limits of what can appear on a rock album, and effectively illustrate Freak Out!'s underlying principles: acceptance of differences and free individual expression. 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.
(EXCERPT FROM AN ONLINE REVIEW BY STEVE HUEY, ALL MUSIC GUIDE /ALLMUSIC.COM/)
Well, if this is not a part of Rock history, I really don't know what is. This is the album which single- handedly defined every radical, subversive and in-your-face album recorded over the ensuing 51 years. Not only is this one of the most creative and innovative albums ever made, it was a brainchild of one of America's most important and competent avant-garde classical composers of the XX century. The sound of the original vinyl issue will forever bury any CD version of this album you may have. At the time this was recorded, Lenny Bruce was still around, and very much hanging with the "Mothers", and his influence shows (and then some). The album includes a multitude of ingenuous and original ideas, not to mention that it contains the best-ever anti-racism song ever recorded by ANYONE ("Trouble coming every day"). Track listing: Hungry Freaks, Daddy - I Ain't Got No Heart - Who Are The Brain Police? - Go Cry On Somebody Else's Shoulder - Motherly Love - How Could I Be Such A Fool - Wowie Zowie - You Didn't Try To Call Me - Any Way The Wind Blows - I'm Not Satisfied - You're Probably Wondering Why I'm Here - Trouble Every Day - Help, I'm A Rock - It Can't Happen Here - Return Of The Son Of The Monster Magnet.
Just to give you an idea how revolutionary and courageous this album was: it came out BEFORE: Beatles’ Revolver (let alone Sgt. Pepper), or The Doors’ first album or The Rolling Stones’ Aftermath or The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds or any of Jimi Hendrix albums; back in 1966, to the ears of general public, this album must have sounded like a bunch of space aliens making some really, really weird noises. Finding a still sealed original copy MORE THAN HALF A CENTURY LATER?!?! Forget it – not even a HOPE!!! This may be the last one you will ever see.
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(a) THE ALBUM IS STILL FACTORY SEALED AND IS BELIEVED TO BE PERFECTLY MINT. Please note: sealed items are assumed to be mint and are sold as-is, as we have no way of inspecting them. For our policy on still sealed records ►.
(b) The records are apparently pressed on a beautiful, thick, inflexible vinyl, which was usually used for the first or very early pressings. Usually, the sound on such thick vinyl pressings is full-bodied, vivid, and even dramatic. Do not expect to obtain such a majestic analog sound from a digital recording!
(c) The records are believed to come in their original Verve stock inner sleeves
(d) Of course, this is a full-bodied ANALOG recording, and not an inferior, digital recording!!!
· THE COVER
COVER IS NEAR MINT, STILL SEALED AND COVERED IN ITS ORIGINAL ►SHRINK WRAP (A TINY PIECE OF SHRINK WRAP - LESS THAN 1 SQUARE INCH - IS MISSING)
The following flaws or imperfections are noted on the cover:
- Cover shows JUST A HINT of yellowing on both sides, apparently from aging.
- The cover has a few yellowish dust speckles scattered here and there (these tiny spots are not overly obtrusive or distracting and can be easily cleaned up once the shrink wrap has been removed)
- Cover has JUST A HINT of ring wear (nothing significant); On the scale from 1 to 10 (1 being the least, and 10 being the most severe), we assess the severity of ring wear as 1.
NO OTHER VISIBLE FLAWS OR IMPERFECTIONS ON THE COVER
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