The Mothers Of Invention (Frank Zappa) – Absolutely Free (New Vinyl)

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New sealed copy. Remastered reissue. Gatefold cover. 

Absolutely Free is the second studio album by American rock band the Mothers of Invention, released on May 26, 1967, by Verve Records. Much like their 1966 debut Freak Out!, the album is a display of complex musical composition with political and social satire. The band had been augmented since Freak Out! by the addition of woodwinds player Bunk Gardner, keyboardist Don Preston, rhythm guitarist Jim Fielder, and drummer Billy Mundi; Fielder quit the group before the album was released, and his name was removed from the album credits. 

The album's emphasis is on interconnected movements, as each side of the original vinyl LP comprises a mini-suite. It also features one of the most famous songs of frontman Frank Zappa's early career, "Brown Shoes Don't Make It", a track which has been described as a "condensed two-hour musical".

In the book Necessity Is..., former Mothers of Invention band member Ray Collins said that Absolutely Free is probably his favorite of the classic Mothers albums.


Absolutely Free (#1 In A Series Of Underground Oratorios)
A1 Plastic People
A2a The Duke Of Prunes
A2b Amnesia Vivace
A2c The Duke Regains His Chops
A3a Call Any Vegetable
A3b Invocation & Ritual Dance Of The Young Pumpkin
A3c Soft-Sell Conclusion & Ending Of Side #1

The M.O.I. American Pageant (#2 In A Series Of Underground Oratorios)
B1 America Drinks
B2 Status Back Baby
B3 Uncle Bernie's Farm
B4 Son Of Suzy Creamcheese
B5 Brown Shoes Don't Make It
B6 America Drinks & Goes Home

Bonus Section
C1 Absolutely Free Radio Ad #1
C2 Why Don’tcha Do Me Right? (1967 Single - Mono)
C3 Big Leg Emma (1967 Single - Mono)
C4 Absolutely Free Radio Ad #2
C5 “Glutton For Punishment…”
C6 America Drinks (1969 Re-Mix)
C7 Brown Shoes Don’t Make It (1969 Re-Mix)
C8 America Drinks & Goes Home (1969 Re-Mix)