Freak Out! is the debut studio album by American rock band the Mothers of Invention. It was released on June 27, 1966, by Verve Records. The musical content of Freak Out! ranges from rhythm and blues, doo-wop, and standard blues-influenced rock to orchestral arrangements and avant-garde sound collages. It is a satirical expression of frontman Frank Zappa’s perception of American pop culture.
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Freak Out! is the debut studio album by American rock band the Mothers of Invention. It was released on June 27, 1966, by Verve Records. The album was produced by Tom Wilson, who signed the Mothers, formerly a bar band called the Soul Giants. The musical content of Freak Out! ranges from rhythm and blues, doo-wop, and standard blues-influenced rock to orchestral arrangements and avant-garde sound collages. Although the album was initially poorly received in the United States, it was a success in Europe. It gained a cult following in America, where it continued to sell in substantial quantities until it was discontinued in the early 1970s. In 2003, Rolling Stone ranked it among the \”500 Greatest Albums of All Time\”. In 2006, The MOFO ProjectObject, an audio documentary on the making of the album, was released in honor of its 40th anniversary. It is a satirical expression of frontman Frank Zappa’s perception of American pop culture and the nascent freak scene of Los Angeles. The band’s original repertoire consisted of R&B covers, but after Zappa joined the band he encouraged them to play his own original material and try to get a record contract. In a 1968 article written for Hit Parader magazine, Zappa wrote that when Wilson heard these songs, he got on the phone and called New York, and as a result I got a more or less unlimited budget to do this monstrosity,” Zappa said.
In 1999, the band was honored with the Grammy Hall of Fame Award, and in 2003,Rolling Stone ranked the album as one of the top 10 albums of all time, along with The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Led Zeppelin’s Sgt. Peppers’ Guide to the Wars of the Unknowns. The group moved to Los Angeles in early 1965 and Zappa got them a management contract with Herb Cohen. Zappa took over leadership of the band and the band moved to L.A. in late 1965. The first two songs recorded for the album were \”Any Way the Wind Blows\” and \”Who Are the Brain Police?\” The album is an early example of the concept album, a sardonic farce about rock music and America. The songs on it were about six to eighty years old. At the time, there’s a little something in there for everybody. At least one piece of material is slanted for every type of social orientation within our consumer group, which happens to be six to 80 years old or older. Like I meet kid’s who got the record and say, ‘Wowie Zowie, that’s their favorite record’, and they say, “Wowie” At the end of the record, they say: “My kid’s six years old, and they’re screaming to play us that record, and I’m like ‘Wow'”. At that point, the record company says, “Well, uh, not exactly a \”white blues band\”, but … sort of ‘\” sort of “\””.