Absolutely Free

Universal Music Group
Release date
18 Dec 2012
Running length
15 tracks
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1 Plastic People 1:58 37,603
2 The Duke Of Prunes 2:13 26,587
3 Amnesia Vivace 1:01 25,474
4 The Duke Regains His Chops 1:53 24,700
5 Call Any Vegetable 4:23 31,848
6 Invocation And Ritual Dance Of The Young Pumpkin 7:00 5,253
7 Soft-Sell Conclusion 1:41 22,451
8 Big Leg Emma 2:19 33,487
9 Why Don'tcha Do Me Right? 2:39 20,602
10 America Drinks 1:53 23,077
11 Status Back Baby 2:49 24,636
12 Uncle Bernie's Farm 2:10 19,318
13 Son Of Suzy Creamcheese 1:34 21,774
14 Brown Shoes Don't Make It 7:30 24,252
15 America Drinks & Goes Home 2:48 21,397

About this album

FZ (guitar, vocals)
Ray Collins (vocals, tambourine, “prune”)
Jim Fielder (guitar, piano)
Don Preston (keyboards)
Bunk Gardner (woodwinds)
Roy Estrada (bass, vocals)
Jimmy Carl Black (drums, vocals)
Billy Mundi (drums, percussion)

Recorded Sunset-Highland Studios of TTG, November 15-18, 1966.
Produced by: Tom Wilson.
Director of engineering: Val Valentin.
Recording Engineer: Ami Hadani.
Remix Engineer: David Greene.
Cover art, layout, notes, design, etc.: Zappa
Front cover photo: Alice Ochs.

Zappa about the album:
(The Real Frank Zappa Book)
“When it came time for us to do our second album, Absolutely Free, MGM proclaimed that we couldn’t spend more than eleven thousand dollars on it. The recording schedules were ridiculous, making it impossible to perfect anything on the album. It was typical of the kind of bullshit we had to put up with until I got my own studio.
Gail and I moved to New York in 1967 to play in the Garrick Theater on Bleecker Street. The first place we stayed, before we could find an apartment, was the Hotel Van Rensselaer on Eleventh Street. We were living on a small room on one of the upper floors. I was working on the album cover illustration for Absolutely Free at a desk by the window. I remember the place being so dirty I couldn’t keep the soot off the artwork.”

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  • satchalicious

    Eat your vegetable!

    27 Oct 2014 Reply
  • CamelStrez

    Has interesting ideas and a few nice tracks, muddled beneath poor production and Zappa's particularly annoying voice on this album. Usually I actually enjoy his voice, but this one just doesn't sit right with me.

    9 Oct 2012 Reply
  • flanabyss12


    24 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Lowbacca

    please change to The Mothers Of Invention [2]

    17 Jun 2012 Reply
  • AngelOf_Mercy_

    This albums is just so weird, intelligent and really beautiful at the same time, I love every second of it.

    9 Apr 2012 Reply
  • bloodmaw

    probably mixes their musical talent and humor the best out of all the Mothers' work

    13 Aug 2011 Reply
  • ztl_olmi

    Kelemvor, you listen to Iron Maiden. I think that's enough of an argument.

    9 Jul 2011 Reply
  • KeIemvor

    This album is rather boring to be honest.

    24 May 2011 Reply
  • Shatakan

    Wikipedia says Gold and Silver by Quicksilver Messenger Service was 'the first jazz-rock song'. BUT THIS ALBUM HAS INVOCATION+RITUAL DANCE OF THE YOUNG PUMPKIN! And it came out a year before so WHAT is this bullcrap

    23 Sep 2010 Reply
  • HGMontgomery

    until this album is changed to the mothers of invention i will not eat or sleep

    10 Apr 2010 Reply
  • glassbottle

    please change to The Mothers Of Invention

    25 Oct 2009 Reply
  • MrBob123

    easily one of my favorite albums of all time

    13 Sep 2009 Reply
  • andraz89

    plastic people!!!!

    22 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Jagbag2

    the best. i really mean it this time. this is actually the best thing. the best thing ever.

    21 Jun 2009 Reply
  • pollepet

    Plastic-brain-people nowadays everywhere around me.

    11 May 2009 Reply
  • gezginrocker

    my favorite zappa album, pure genius!

    3 May 2009 Reply
  • Kosmoso_Ragana

    Invocation and Ritual Dance of the Young Pumpkin!

    14 Feb 2009 Reply
  • rosebudz

    great album!

    23 Jan 2009 Reply
  • Gramfan

    I bought this album in 68 thinking it was going to be like Led Zeppelin or maybe one of them San Francisco hippy bands. ooops.

    3 Jan 2009 Reply
  • lofipi

    I hear Kinks and '70s Saturday morning kids' shows and more! (re: Status Back Baby)

    15 Sep 2008 Reply
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