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  • Audio CD (July 31, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Zappa Records
  • ASIN: B008B37C68
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,873 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Plastic People
2. The Duke Of Prunes
3. Amnesia Vivace
4. The Duke Regains His Chops
5. Call Any Vegetable
6. Invocation And Ritual Dance Of The Young Pumpkin
7. Soft-Sell Conclusion
8. Big Leg Emma
9. Why Don'tcha Do Me Right?
10. American Drinks
11. Status Back Baby
12. Uncle Bernie s Farm
13. Son Of Suzy Creamcheese
14. Brown Shoes Don t Make It
15. America Drinks & Goes Home

Editorial Reviews

Official Release #2
Originally Released: April 1967
Produced by: Tom Wilson

The Mothers of Invention:
FZ: Guitar, Vocals
Ray Collins: Vocals, Tambourine, PRUNE
Jim Fielder: Guitar, Piano
Don Preston: Keyboards
Bunk Gardner: Woodwinds
Roy Estrada: Bass, Vocals
Jim Black: Drums, Vocals
Billy Mundi: Drums, Percussion
The Last Word:
FZ admonishes KILL UGLY RADIO.
This is the only album for which all of the artwork, including the merchanical layout, was created solely by FZ.
Black helicopters . . .
c/s

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You can hear a different thing with each listen ,because there is so much going on here!
Barry P. S.
The 2012 disc is a new transfer from the original tapes, and while the extra twenty-five years or so of aging (!!!)
David Goodwin
I played this CD over and over again, and each time, it got better--even the "weird" songs.
Arnold H.

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By David Goodwin on July 31, 2012
Format: Audio CD
When the 1995 Rykodisc reissues of Frank Zappa's catalog started drifting out of print a little while ago--accompanied by the expected surge in prices for used discs online--more than a few people thought that this might mark the end of meatspace Zappa titles, at least for a while; years of litigation over the Ryko catalog, combined with Zappa's occasionally selective appeal and the marked downturn in music-industry fortunes, led to an understandable expectation that the catalog might be moving to digital-only distribution, or (even worse) might vanish entirely. So color me gobsmacked that UME (under the Zappa Records imprint, no less) has decided to unleash a new wave of Zappa reissues, beginning with some of the most celebrated entries in his catalog.

The album, of course, is great. "Absolutely Free" is utterly unlike what came before and what would come after; recorded on the cheap, it represents the Mothers of Invention at their most whimsical, crooning ramshackle odes to prune nobility over deceptively intricate instrumental accompaniment. The centerpiece is the multi-part "Brown Shoes Don't Make It," but nearly everything else is a winner as well. Of the first three Mothers albums, "Absolutely Free" is probably the toughest to immediately embrace, but it's a rewarding listen that's still crazily ahead of its time.

So how does the 2012 reissue stack up? Swimmingly. All prior versions of "Absolutely Free" used a 1980s-era digital master, which toned down the bassy (and AM-like) equalization of the original album while slathering digital reverb over the entire programme (and, in the case of the two bonus tracks, reprocessed them to mock-stereo). The 2012 disc is a new transfer from the original tapes, and while the extra twenty-five years or so of aging (!!!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Barry P. S. on July 31, 2012
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Really nice and warm remaster job here! Sounds like a great and clear version of the original album including the single from the Lp's era too.

Some anomolies are present in the sound,...bits of distortion here and there(during America Drinks...),...but overall it sounds great. Very cool mastering of the original master tape....even though the remix the old Rykos used wasn't that offensively bad.....this is a cool representation of what this very old classic sounded like.

The packaging has all lyrics and a note from Frank from the mail-order "liberetto" ....so it's an improvement over the Ryko Disc release in that way too.

Well worth hearing,and probably Zappa's funniest Verve era album too. You can hear a different thing with each listen ,because there is so much going on here!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jack Ryan on August 15, 2012
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We were astounded and floored when this LP came out. Then we proceeded to play it over and over and over until we wore through the grooves. Nice to see it reissued, though the two added tracks in the middle (Big Leg and Why Doncha) are unnecessary and break up the original flow. Zappa had already blown a lot of minds with Freak Out, but this was a huge leap forward, WAY out ahead of everyone. He redefined what rock could be on this album, and raised the bar for avant-rock so high that he was the only one who could reach it again with the criminally under-appreciated Uncle Meat a couple years later. Musically it's a stunner, ranging all over the map from Varese-inspired avantisms to jazz to blues to classical to doo-wop parody -- all areas Zappa would explore to death subsequently, but rarely with this much smarts, humor and succinctness. The three-song suite that originally ended side 1 of the vinyl -- Vegetable-Pumpkin-Soft Sell -- is an amazing tour de force. The LP is also a fabulous satire of American consumerism as fresh today as it was forty-odd years ago. Brilliant, funny, breaking every boundary, this is a must for people who only know the yellow-snow later Zappa.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jack Smith on August 22, 2012
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I first listened to Absolutely Free around 1979-89 and loved it.

I first purchased Absolutely Free in the late 80's in the form of the 1st Ryko CD issue and I didn't reconnect with it.

I repurchased the early 90's remaster and resigned myself to the fact that The Mothers' second album didn't age too well.

So after reading the 1st reviews, I purchased the 2012 remaster to see what all the fuss was about and wow, what a world of difference this remaster makes. This CD sounds great. The bass is clear, there is separation between the two drummers; this is what Absolutely Free should sound like.

This reissue has been done from the original analog masters, unlike some of the other 2012 reissues which use later (inferior) masters as the source and it is a joy to hear. (I do wish that Amazon would provide that information in the product description...)

If you are still reading this and still on the fence, I would suggest that you go ahead and get it and listen to it side by side with your Ryko reissues and see for yourself: the difference is crystal clear.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By jim on December 23, 2012
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A dramatic sonic improvement over the previous Ryko release. This is how the CD always should have sounded. But it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Arnold H. on October 27, 2012
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I almost don't know how to describe this album without using the word "eclectic". The liner notes state songs were written between 1964 and 1967--who knew Frank Zappa was this cool so long ago? The music ranges between Miles Davis-like electric jazz and blues, "straight" rock with hysterical lyrics to well, "weird" songs that remind me of a cross between theremin-filled B-grade melodrama soundtracks and 1960's SoHo poetry readings. I played this CD over and over again, and each time, it got better--even the "weird" songs.

Some pieces, like "Invocation And Ritual Dance Of The Young Pumpkin", I love immediately, and others like, "Big Leg Emma" and "The Duke Of Prunes" took a couple plays before appreciating Zappa's art. I wish I had bought this album on vinyl 40 years ago; I'm glad I bought it as CD now.
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