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THE MOTHERS OF INVENTION – FREAK OUT – Verve V6-5005-2 – June 27, 1966
1966 – 00individual was fifteen, and while still hangin’ with his peer age group had older friends who had licenses and access to their parents’ cars, or in some cases they had their own. Those who did would cruise Sunset Strip and Hollywood Boulevard and then make a stop at Wallichs Music City. Wallichs had record listening booths, so 00individual and friends would grab the Mothers’ Freak Out double album and play it over and over having a great time ‘til they could eventually sing along and about then they would be asked to leave.
The satirical epic of Help! I’m A Rock was at once a trippy extravaganza at over eight minutes with a Jackson Pollack technique of a deliberately inspired level of music that 00individual and legions welcomed. Help I’m A Rock had way too many memorable quotes and tasty tidbits, infinitely fun jabs at tradition middle-class mores, and the rhythm of onomatopoeiacal words that became the tribal beat that built into episodes of manic Freak Out-bursts.
At this juncture the Freak Out album was like a rockin’ anarchistic celebration; the biting sardonic and rebellious wit and general satiric attitude fit perfectly with sixties Counter-Culture Heads – little did they know that while enjoying this whacked and excellent music that it would become legendary in Rock History.
Freak Out is known to be the first double album debut release.
And second only by a week of Dylan’s Blonde On Blonde as the first Rock double album.
Seen as an American Pop Culture satire through the eyes of Zappa; Freak Out precedes everyone as the first Concept album.
Progressive Rock saw its birth with Freak Out; essentially forming a classical approach of intricate compositions drenched in satire and irony, as well as, good ol’ ’50s Rock and Roll.
Arguably the first ever Rap song, ‘Trouble Everyday”, tells it like it is, and was, about the L.A. Watts Riots ignited by police brutality of August ’65. A Truly Great Seminal Rap Rock track!
FREAK OUT – All songs written and composed by Frank Zappa except where noted.
Side one – 1. “Hungry Freaks, Daddy” 3:32, 2. “I Ain’t Got No Heart” 2:34, 3. “Who Are the Brain Police?” 3:25, 4. “Go Cry on Somebody Else’s Shoulder” Frank Zappa and Ray Collins 3:43, 5. “Motherly Love” 2:50, 6. “How Could I Be Such a Fool” 2:16
Side two – 7. “Wowie Zowie” 2:55, 8. “You Didn’t Try to Call Me” 3:21, 9. “Any Way the Wind Blows” 2:55, 10. “I’m Not Satisfied” 2:41, 11. “You’re Probably Wondering Why I’m Here” 3:41. Side three – 12. “Trouble Every Day” 5:53, 13. “Help, I’m a Rock (Suite in Three Movements), I. Okay to Tap Dance, II. In Memoriam, Edgard Varèse, III. It Can’t Happen Here” 8:37. Side four – 14. “The Return of the Son of Monster Magnet (Unfinished Ballet in Two Tableaux), I. Ritual Dance of the Child-Killer, II. Nullis Pretii (No Commercial Potential)” 12:22
The Mothers of Invention: Frank Zappa – guitar, conductor, vocals, JimmyCarl Black – percussion, drums, vocals, Ray Collins – vocals, harmonica, cymbals, sound effects, tambourine, finger cymbals, bobby pin & tweezers, Roy Estrada – bass & guitarron, boy soprano, Elliot Ingber – alternate lead & rhythm guitar with clear white light
The Mothers’ Auxiliary: Gene Estes – percussion, Eugene Di Novi – piano, Neil Le Vang– guitar, John Rotella – clarinet, sax, Carol Kaye – 12-string guitar, Kurt Reher – cello, Raymond Kelley – cello, Paul Bergstrom – cello, Emmet Sargeant – cello, Joseph Saxon – cello, Edwin V. Beach – cello, Arthur Maebe – French horn, tuba, Motorhead Sherwood – noises, Kim Fowley – hypophone, Mac Rebennack (Dr. John) – piano, Paul Butterfield – vocals, Les McCann – piano, Jeannie Vassoir – (the voice of Cheese)
Production: Producer: Tom Wilson, Engineering director: Val Valentin, Engineers: Ami, Tom, Val Valentin, Assistant: Eugene Dinovi, Neil Levang, Vito, Ken Watson
Musical director: Frank Zappa, Orchestration: Frank Zappa, Arranger: Frank Zappa, Cover design: Jack Anesh, Hair stylist: Ray Collins
1967 – 00individual based a high school art project / board game on the term Freak Out, which by then permeated the Counter-Culture to mean anything from a wild LSD experience, to a rambunctious party, to just having a fun time, or to experience doing anything, stoned or not, uninhibited and with a Wild Freaky Spirit.
WHO CAN IMAGINE?
IT CAN’T HAPPEN HERE.
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