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FREAK OUT!

Frank Zappa

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

3.88 | 432 ratings

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Chris H
Prog Reviewer
4 stars And the journey has begun!

The very first album released in Frank's almost 30 year career that produced around 30 studio albums and countless live recordings and compilations. Also, this album, NOT the Beatles White Album was the very first double LP released in America. How awesome is that? Okay, now I have an album to review!

This is probably the most accessible in Frank's whole entire catalogue, just because of the fact that most of the songs here are actually "normal", which, as any Zappa fan knows, is very hard to come by. The traditional rhythm and blues/rock n' roll fusion was the popular genre of the time, and Frank flowed with it, giving new life to some classic song ideas. Frank gives you ballads and upbeat songs in the beginning before preparing you for the preview of what was to come in the next twenty years with "The Return of The Son Of Monster Magnet".

The three final songs are really the only things a modern-day Zappa fan will have to connect with, as they are the only things on the album concept related. Everything builds up to the intense climactic finale that is looking ahead to the next album and even further beyond. However, besides that, the whole album is a concept in itself. it is the concept of how Frank and the band can take the popular genres of the time and twist and shape them into works of art that fit his musical genius persona. This is an album that you must own to understand the beginning of the journey, but the experimentation won't start until "Absolutely Free".

Chris H | 4/5 |

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