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Published: 2013/05/14

Mothers of Invention’s Freak Out to Be Reissued

A newly remastered edition of The Mothers of Invention’s debut album Freak Out! will be available on 180 gram vinyl on June 18. The reissue is being done through Zappa Records, with exact reproduction of the original double LP cover art. Freak Out!, which was released in 1966, was produced by Tom Wilson, with bandleader Frank Zappa on guitar, Roy Estrada on bass, Jimmy Carl Black on drums, Elliot Ingber on rhythm guitar and with Ray Collins holding down vocal duties.

The music on Freak Out! ranges from rhythm and blues, doo-wop and standard blues-influenced rock to orchestral arrangements and avant-garde sounds. Lyrically, the album is a satirical expression of Zappa’s perception of American pop culture. Freak Out! is often cited as one of the first concept albums, and it was also the second-ever rock n’ roll double LP, with Bob Dylan’s Blonde On Blonde preceding it by one week.

While the album was initially a commercial failure in the United States, it was a success in Europe and eventually garnered a cult following in America. In 1999, it was honored with the Grammy Hall of Fame Award, and in 2003, Rolling Stone ranked it among the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

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