Monday, September 22, 2014

The Mothers Of Invention - Freak Out! [MONO]

The Mothers Of Invention - Freak Out! [MONO]

Well, here we are, another mono release from 1966. This is, of course, one of my most prized albums, especially since I found it for $6.75 at Red Light Vintage on Broadway over a decade ago. I love this album backwards and forwards. I have too many copies of Freak Out! (three Verve LPs, mono LP, Barking Pumpkin cassette, two different Ryko CDs, Japanese LP-replica CD, two different Zappa Records CDs, new UMe CD, new Zappa Records 180-g LP reissue), many of which are aurally redundant, and still have yet to track down a single-LP edition, 8-track, Old Masters LP, or a white label. Who could imagine?

You're probably wondering why this mono version is here, and so am I. It has never been reissued, even though it contains different mixes (obviously) and several different edits (the end of You Didn't Try To Call Me, the count-in to Trouble Every Day). Did FZ do the mono mix? Mono single edits of a couple songs are on the MOFO box set, which is worth every penny. Every home should have one.

All compositions by Frank Zappa except where noted

  1. Hungry Freaks, Daddy 3:27
  2. I Ain't Got No Heart 2:33
  3. Who Are The Brain Police? 3:33
  4. Go Cry On Somebody Else's Shoulder (FZ/Collins) 3:39
  5. Motherly Love 2:43
  6. How Could I Be Such A Fool 2:11
  7. Wowie Zowie 2:51
  8. You Didn't Try To Call Me 3:16
  9. Any Way The Wind Blows 2:54
  10. I'm Not Satisfied 2:38
  11. You're Probably Wondering Why I'm Here 3:38
  12. Trouble Every Day 5:49
  13. Help, I'm A Rock 4:43
  14. It Can't Happen Here 3:55
  15. The Return Of The Son Of Monster Magnet 12:16
Recorded at Sunset-Highland Studios of T.T.G.
March 9-12, 1966

Produced by: Tom Wilson

The Mothers of Invention:
Frank Zappa—Musical director, guitar & vocals
Ray Collins—Lead vocalist, harmonica, tambourine, finger cymbals, bobby pin & tweezers
Jim Black—Drums (also sings in some foreign language)
Roy Estrada—Bass & guitarron; boy soprano
Elliot Ingber—Alternate lead & rhythm guitar with clear white light

Gene Estes—percussion
Eugene Di Novi—piano
Neil Le Vang—guitar
John Rotella—clarinet, sax
Kurt Reher—cello
Raymond Kelley—cello
Paul Bergstrom—cello
Emmet Sargeant—cello
Joseph Saxon—cello
Edwin V. Beach—cello
Arthur Maebe—French horn, tuba
George Price—French horn
John Johnson—tuba?
Carol Kaye—12-string guitar
Virgil Evans—trumpet
David Wells—trombone
Kenneth Watson—percussion
Plas Johnson—sax, flute
Roy Caton—copyist
Carl Franzoni—voice
Kim Fowley—(Featured on hypophone)
Benjamin Barrett—contractor
David Anderle
Motorhead Sherwood—noises
Mac Rebennack (aka Dr. John)—piano
Paul Butterfield
Les McCann—piano
Danny Hutton
Cory Wells
Mike Clarke
P.F. Sloane
Bobby Beausoleil—vocals
Terry Gilliam ?
Jeannie Vassoir—(the voice of Cheese)

Verve Records ‎– V-5005-2, 1966

24/96 LP transfer, mono V0 mp3 download
FZ-FreakOut[mono][RPM2014].zip 58.2 MB

24/96 LP transfer, mono 24/96 FLAC download
FZ-FreakOut[mono][RPM2014][FLAC].zip 575.0 MB


  1. Gotta just love "Freak Out" right after Coltrane. Thanks, porter_esq! Does anyone have the background knowledge to shed light on the (questionable) participation of Terry Gilliam or any of the other auxiliaries listed?

    1. I think Gilliam was added to the Freak Out auxillary in the 2006 MOFO box with no explanation.

    2. I just watch a documentary about Zappa + the early Mothers of Invention, and a guy in the interview spoke about Gilliam's involvement on "Absolutely Free" - and I found the following Gilliam quotes on the United Mutations site:

      "As for that quote from Frank Zappa about me being the only comic genius to come out of America that's nonsense. I mean, it's a great quote but it's all balls! I actually knew Frank before I came to England. Me and my then girlfriend appear on one of the early Mothers of Invention albums. It's some sort of crowd effect and we were dragged into the studio to make noises like drunks in a bar.

      From: Román García Albertos
      >From "Terry Gilliam, el soñador rebelde", by Jordi Costa and Sergi Sánchez, published by Euskadiko Filmategia, 1998, p. 320:

      According to the 1995 edition of _Record Collector_, the voice of Terry Gilliam --and of his girlfriend at the time-- can be heard amidst the noise of the patrons of a bar that appears in the background of the song "America Drinks (and Goes Home)", included in the album "Absolutely Free!", by Frank Zappa & The Mothers."

      That's all, folks!

    3. forgot the source:


  2. This is cool, but track 3 (Who Are The Brain Police?) is missing from the download link. Any chance you could repost it with all of the tracks?

    1. Just checked FLAC and mp3 links and all tracks are accounted for.

  3. I've just downloaded mp3 and flac, but track 3 is missing from both...

    1. Try a different app to unzip. The track 3 ends in a "?" and that may make some unzipping apps choke. BTW, the size of the flac archive should be exactly 602,926,033 bytes. Good luck!

    2. I tried a different app to unzip and it worked.
      Thank you very much!