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Absolutely Free

20 Aug. 2012 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 2012
  • Release Date: 20 Aug. 2012
  • Label: UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)
  • Copyright: (C) 2012 Zappa Family Trust, Under exclusive license to Universal Music Enterprises, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc
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  • Total Length: 43:35
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  • ASIN: B008JSAIZW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,517 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By R. N. ESPIÑEIRA on 15 Aug. 2012
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This reissue features the original 1967 mix, which means no digital reverb added by Zappa on previous releases.
Now, it must be said that the original recording is not outstanding. Low budget and time constraints rushed the recording sessions and "Absolutely Free" has an inferior sound than it predecessor "Freak Out!". Anyway, it is an extremely interesting album which includes daring musical passages and arrangements, the first epic Zappa guitar solo on record ("Invocation and Ritual Dance..."), magnificent vocal work by Ray Collins and a seamless track sequence before that was a common fashion (remeber, this album was released before Beatle's "Sgt. Pepper's").
A mostly overlooked album, in a great remastered edition.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Torben Madsen on 6 April 2013
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Approaching Frank Zappa's catalogue is a daunting task, not so much because of its sheer size - and it is huge - but because it has an extreme width in terms of musical styles and genres. Daunting, yes. But infinitely interesting.

Interesting is also what this, his second album is. Not so much to my taste as his work in the mid to late Seventies, it quite well represents what I find both good and not so good about Zappa.

Zappa sometries tries too hard and I find that parts of the album suffer from this, especially the first five tracks. From 'Invocation and Ritual Dance of the Young Pumpkin' (featuring a great guitar solo) and onwards, I find the album to be much more cohesive and 'at ease', musically. Highlight for me is 'Brown Shoes Don't Make It', which is both fun and more than slightly disturbing. Zappa at his best.

This album as well as its predecessor is sometimes compared to The Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper' which is understandable. But while 'Sgt. Pepper' is a collection of songs, 'Absolutely Free' is more of a collage: more confusing, but never boring. It is a complex piece which showcases the extraordinary abilities of the musicians involved as well as their diverse sources of inspiration.

I would have liked to give this 3,5. Not Zappa's best, I think, but one that will ultimately reward the patient listener.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Gerald G. Harniman on 31 Jan. 2014
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Zappa and the Mothers of Invention at their brilliant best, an expose of American life that pre-dates the fall of Nixon and the corruption of the Land of the Free.
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This was the first Mothers Of Invention album that I bought back in 1967. I bought Freak Out! next, and everything else that Frank put out after that. I was impressed when Rykodisc brought out the back catalogue in 1995, but was never a fan of the overdubbed bass and drums. Still, I guess that we didn't expect the entire collection to come out again for some time, so I was glad to finally have a decent CD collection. Other reviewers have covered the tweezing done to the new batch of discs,and to me, this is the best version of the album yet. The single tracks could have been moved to the end of the disc, but it is possible to reprogramme it. I'm looking forward to hearing the vinyl mix of Cruising with Ruben & the Jets on the Greasy Love Songs CD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John evans on 6 Sept. 2013
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this came fairly on time and is the newest cd issue of a classic rock album i would reccomend it to anyone into 60s+70s rock
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