My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Freak Out was recorded during a weeks time in March of 1966 and released in June of that year. The album was the second ever double album to be released and cost up to $35,000 dollars to record.
What I think: To put it eloquently, what a load of crap! Mr. Zappa was obviously so much smarter and observant of the ways of the world than the rest of us. The album makes fun of everybody for everything, but because he had it all figured out he was immune to the criticism. It’s just a bunch of surrealist, satiric B.S. put to music, although “Trouble Every Day” is a great commentary on the Watts Riots and shows how much talent the group really had. Now go ahead and put my on Wits for my one star review.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I do think it should be in the book, it was the first album of it’s kind. The book is not the “best 1001 albums”, but “1001 albums you need to listen to” and I think everybody should hear this load of crap.
Rating (Out of 5): .5
Amazon Review (Out of 5):4.5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (54/72)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 75%