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THE MOTHERS OF INVENTION: FREAK OUT!

Frank Zappa

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

3.93 | 631 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars So this is where it all started for Zappa, and can you believe it's 1966. A double album full of humour and sarcasm about American society.

There is some seriousness here with "Trouble Every Day" a song about segregation in America. Very meaningful lyrics that get right to the heart of the matter. The harmonica is a nice touch on this song. My favourite section of this record is from song 11 "You're Probably Wondering Why I'm Here" (very funny) straight through to the end of the record. "Help I'm A Rock" has such a great title and the sound is pretty cool too with the percussion and strange vocals. The title of the album comes from lyrics in the song "It Can't Happen Here" this song is so funny.

"The Return Of The Son of Monster Magnet" is by far the longest song on the record and the most experimental as well. There are songs on this recording that are just ok and a couple I don't like very much ("Who Are the Brain Police ?" and "Motherly Love"), but over all this is more than the sum of it's parts. This was ground breaking music in 1966 and very influential in the music world. The first evidence of Frank's guitar prowess is on the opener "Hungry Freaks, Daddy". "How Could I Be Such A Fool" is a good song with some nice sax. "Wowie Zowie" has some xylophone and is so funny.

This is a must have proggers!

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |

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