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#240: Freak Out! by The Mothers of Invention

3.29.2012

Freak Out! by The Mothers of Invention (1966)

Favorite Track(s): "I Ain't Got No Heart" and "Go Cry on Somebody Else's Shoulder" and "Motherly Love" and "You Didn't Try to Call Me" and "Any Way the Wind Blows" and "Trouble Every Day"

Thoughts: This is our second Mothers of Invention/Frank Zappa album.  Freak Out! was their debut album, and released about a year earlier, it apparently influenced the making of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, which is the #1 album on the list. (In case you're wondering, that's the most frequent question I get when people find out I'm listening to all 500 albums.  And so far no one has contested its ranking--at least not in front of me.)

Random: who else thinks of Queen when they see the title "Any Way the Wind Blows"?

The first half of the album was fun, but the second half got a bit too crazy and out there for me.  Just personal preference.  Lots of female moaning and monkey screeches aren't the way to my musical heart.  But to each their own.

Is This Better Than The River?: I realize this album is considered way ahead of its time, but I would listen to The River before it every time.

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