Freak Out!

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Players

Tracks

Double LP

Side One

  1. Hungry Freaks, Daddy (3:27)
  2. I Ain't Got No Heart (2:30)
  3. Who Are The Brain Police? (3:22)
  4. Go Cry On Somebody Else's Shoulder (3:31)
  5. Motherly Love (2:45)
  6. How Could I Be Such A Fool (2:12)

Side Two

  1. Wowie Zowie (2:45)
  2. You Didn't Try To Call Me (3:17)
  3. Any Way The Wind Blows (2:52)
  4. I'm Not Satisfied (2:37)
  5. You're Probably Wondering Why I'm Here (3:37)

Side Three

  1. Trouble Comin' Every Day (6:16)
  2. Help, I'm A Rock (Suite In Three Movements) (8:37)
    1. "Okay To Tap Dance"
    2. "In Memoriam Edgar Varese"
    3. "It Can't Happen Here"

Side Four

  1. The Return Of The Son Of Monster Magnet (12:17)
    1. Ritual Dance Of The Child-Killers
    2. Nullis Pretii (No Commercial Potential)
Single LP

Side One

  1. Hungry Freaks, Daddy (3:28)
  2. I Ain't Got No Heart (2:30)
  3. Who Are The Brain Police? (3:22)
  4. Motherly Love (2:45)
  5. Wowie Zowie (2:45)
  6. You Didn't Try To Call Me (3:17)
  7. I'm Not Satisfied (2:37)
  8. You're Probably Wondering Why I'm Here (3:37)

Side Two

  1. Trouble Every Day (2:33)
  2. Help, I'm A Rock (Suite In Three Movements) (8:33)
    1. "Okay To Tap Dance"
    2. "In Memoriam Edgar Varese"
    3. "It Can't Happen Here"
  3. The Return Of The Son Of Monster Magnet (12:15)
    1. Ritual Dance Of The Child-Killers
    2. Nullis Pretii (No Commercial Potential)
Current CD
  1. Hungry Freaks, Daddy (3:29)
  2. I Ain't Got No Heart (2:35)
  3. Who Are The Brain Police? (3:33)
  4. Go Cry On Somebody Else's Shoulder (3:41)
  5. Motherly Love (2:45)
  6. How Could I Be Such A Fool (2:13)
  7. Wowie Zowie (2:53)
  8. You Didn't Try To Call Me (3:19)
  9. Any Way The Wind Blows (2:56)
  10. I'm Not Satisfied (2:39)
  11. You're Probably Wondering Why I'm Here (3:38)
  12. Trouble Every Day (5:50)
  13. Help, I'm A Rock[2] (4:43)
  14. It Can't Happen Here[2] (3:56)
  15. The Return Of The Son Of Monster Magnet (12:17)

Release Notes

All compositions composed and arranged by Frank Zappa and controlled by The Zappa Family Trust d/b/a Frank Zappa Music (BMI).
Recorded Sunset-Highland Studios of TTG, March 9-12, 1966.
Produced by: Tom Wilson.
Director of engineering: Val Valentin.
The world's most patient engineers: Ami Hadani & Tom Hidley.
Cover design: Jack Anesh.
Cover photo: Ray Leong.

Liner Notes

Conceptual Continuity

Background Information

Freak Out! was an early example of a rock album being issued as a set of two LP discs, although it was edited and issued as a single disc in some countries. The content followed a thematic concept, rather than being a collection of disparate songs, and is considered one of the first rock music concept albums.

"Mothers and Dads, you thought the Beatles were bad. You got up in arms about the Rolling Stones. Sonny & Cher made you cringe. Well, as the man said, you ain't seen nothing yet. The Mothers of Invention are here with an album called 'Freak Out!' (someone suggested it should have been called 'Flake Out!') They come from Hollywood. Their clothes are dreadful -- and I dig mod clothes. Their hair and beards are filthy. They smell bad. You just can't believe it -- So, Mothers and Dads, next time the Beatles, the Stones, or Sonny & Cher come to town, welcome them with open arms. Next to the Mothers Of Invention the other groups come on like the Bobbsey Twins."
— Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, July 15, 1966 - cited in The Real Frank Zappa Book.

Versions

ZFT # Version # # discs Format Catalog # Release
(YYYY-MM-DD)
EAN.UCC-13
(barcode)
Artwork Comment
1 1.1
Original
Stereo
2 LP MGM Verve
V6-5005-2
1966-06 or[1]
1966-07
    US edition. Matrix #
Side 1: V6-5005-2 SIDE-1 MGS-296-RE-1 !!
Side 2: V6-5005-2 SIDE-2 MGS-297-REV. !!
Side 3: V6-5005-2 SIDE-3 MGS-298-REV. ūū
Side 4: V6-5005 SIDE-4 MGS-299-REV. RE-1 1!
2 LP MGM Verve/Polydor
Set No. 2683-004
1971-12[3]     UK edition. Polydor reissued early albums having acquired the MGM/Verve label in 1972.
2352 023 & 2352 024 on labels.
2 LP MGM Verve
SMV-9045/46
      Japanese edition.
1.2
Original
Mono
2 LP MGM Verve
V-5005-2
1967?     US edition.
1.3
Original
Stereo
Shortened
1 LP MGM Verve
SVLP 9154
1967-03[3]     UK edition.
1 LP MGM Verve
710003
1967     German & French editions.
1 LP MGM Verve
SVL 52.012
      Italian edition.
1.4
Original
Mono
Shortened
1 LP MGM Verve
VLP 9154
1967-03[3]     UK edition.
Matrix # V 5005 A1 / V 5005 B1
1.5
Re-EQ'd
Original Stereo
2 LP Barking Pumpkin
BPR 7777-1
1985-04-19     Included in The Old Masters, Box I set.
2
Remix
1 CD Rykodisc
RCD 40062
1987 0144314006225?
0014431006227?
(not printed)
  US edition, AAD.
1 CD Zappa
CDZAP 1
1987-10 5016583600129
(not printed)
  UK edition, AAD. Matrix # ZAP CD 1 MPO 05 ???
1 CD Intercord
i.r.s. 970701
 ?     German edition
1 CD Rykodisc
D40723
1987     Australian edition = Rykodisc RCD 40062 stickered with the Ozzie catalog #.
2 LP Zappa
ZAPPA 1
1990 5016583600112   UK edition.
1 CS Zappa
TZAPPA 1
 ? 5016583600143?   UK edition.
Unknown 1 CS Barking Pumpkin
D4 74208
1990-10-17 0013347420844   US edition, XDR.
2
Remix
1 CD VideoArts
VACK 5021
1994-10-26 4988112405240   Japanese edition.
1 CS Rykodisc
RAC 10501
1995-05-02 0014431050145   US edition.
1 CD Rykodisc
RCD 10501
1995-05-02 0014431050121   US edition.
1 CD Gravadora Eldorado/Rykodisc
968029
1995 7897181221903   Brazilian edition.
1 CD VideoArts
VACK 5101
1995-09-09 4988112406957   Japanese edition.
1 CD Festival/Rykodisc
D31394
1995 9399603139424   Australian edition = Rykodisc RCD 10501
1 CD VideoArts
VACK 5236
1996-05-30 4988112408364   Japanese edition = Rykodisc RCD 10501 repackaged with an obi strip and extra liner notes in Japanese.
1 CD VideoArts
VACK 1203
2001-09-21 4988112403116   Japanese edition, mini-album papersleeve.
1 CD Rykodisc
RCD 40582/1
2002-03-21 None   US edition, included in the Threesome No. 1 box set. The booklet still mention the old Rykodisc ref.: RCD 10501. Matrix # IFPI L502 IFPI 8708 DISCTRONICS RCD 10501 01
1 CD Rykodisc
RCD 10591
2005-08-16 0014431059124   = VideoArts VACK 1203, the barcode is a sticker, the Ryko reference is not printed.
1.1
Original
Stereo
1 CD Zappa
ZR 20005 (CD1)
2006-12-05 n/a   US edition, included in The MOFO. Matrix #
IFPI 4121 ZR200041 1W 01 V IFPI L244 ZAPPA.COM D
1 CD Zappa
ZR 20004 (CD1)
2006-12-11 n/a   US edition, included in The MOFO Deluxe. Matrix #
IFPI 4121 ZR200051 1W 01 V IFPI L244 ZAPPA.COM S
Unknown 1 CD VideoArts
VACK 1319
2008-05-21 4988112417632   Japanese edition, mini-album papersleeve.
2
Remix
1 CD Zappa/UMe
ZR 3834
2012-07-31 0824302383421   US edition with CD-Text, manufactured and distributed by UMe[4].
Source: 1987 1630 Digital Master. Digital Remix by Frank Zappa, 1987.
1 CD Zappa/UMG Intl
0238342
2012-07-31 0824302383421   EU edition with CD-Text = Zappa/UMe ZR 3834, manufactured in Germany.
1 CD Zappa/Universal Music Japan
UICY-75350
2012-11-28 4988005737496   Japanese edition, audiophile SHM-CD, mini-album papersleeve with an obi strip and liner notes in Japanese.
2 LP
(180 g)
Zappa/UMe
ZR 3834-1
2013-06-18 0824302383414   US edition. Source: FZ 1987 Digital Transfer of Original 1966 Stereo Master. Mastered by Chris Bellman, Bernie Grundman Mastering, 2013.
2 LP
(180 g)
Zappa/UMG Intl
0238341
2013-06-18 0824302383414   EU edition = Zappa/UMe ZR 3834-1, manufactured in Germany.
Matrix # (bold characters are stamped)
Side1: -27807- P. USA FVZ-2013-1-A WWW.ZAPPA.COM GB
Side2: -27807- P. USA FVZ-2013-1-B WWW.ZAPPA.COM GB
Side3: -27808- P. USA FVZ-2013-1-C WWW.ZAPPA.COM GB
Side4: -27808- P. USA FVZ-2013-1-D WWW.ZAPPA.COM GB

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 Depending on the source, released February 1966 (zappa.com - The Official Frank Zappa Website), July 1966 (Ben Watson, Zappa Patio and Michael Gray), or June 27, 1966 (Greg Russo).
  2. 2.0 2.1 "It Can't Happen Here" is included in track "Help, I'm A Rock" (8:39) until 1995.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Martin C. Strong, 2004, The Great Rock Discography, p. 1720.
  4. Email announcement by the ZFT on July 31st, 2012.

See Also