The Mothers Of Invention* ‎– Absolutely Free

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Official Release #2

The gatefold sleeves of "Absolutely Free" vinyl, with the spine to the left, have the front image/title rotated right. When oriented to view correctly - and you turn over - the back is also viewed correctly. On the back, the original art signature of Zappa ("FVZ 12/66") has been removed from the bottom-right corner. Censorship was applied to some issues; On the back cover, above the "Buy America" American flag illustration, the words "War Means Work For All" was either 'ghosted' or removed from Zappa's art. Nor does it appear in later CD images, or on the 2012 reissue.

'Absolutely Free' was recorded at T.T.G. in L.A., during the week before Thanksgiving, Nov 1966. Zappa's comments, within the Libretto, indicate the release of this work was delayed until May 1967 due to the label wishing to apply censorship to the words. Originally intended for inclusion, the Libretto was independently-funded and produced by Zappa as a US mail-order item - including its reproduction in UK's September '67 issue of International Times. Some vinyl is also 'un-banded' [no visible track separation].

On the inner spread Gail Zappa is credited as "My Pumpkin", also relating to the track "Invocation & Ritual Dance Of The Young Pumpkin".

Tracklist

Absolutely Free 19:34
Plastic People 3:40
The Duke Of Prunes 2:12
Amnesia Vivace 1:01
The Duke Regains His Chops 1:45
Call Any Vegetable 2:19
Invocation & Ritual Dance Of The Young Pumpkin 6:57
Soft-Sell Conclusion & Ending Of Side #1 1:40
The M.O.I. American Pageant 18:35
America Drinks 1:52
Status Back Baby 2:52
Uncle Bernie's Farm 2:09
Son Of Suzy Creamcheese 1:33
Brown Shoes Don't Make It 7:26
America Drinks & Goes Home 2:43

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
V/V6-5013X, V6-5013 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(LP, Album, MGM) Verve Records, Verve Records V/V6-5013X, V6-5013 US 1967 Sell This Version
VVX 55013 The Mothers Absolutely Free!(Cass, Album) Verve VVX 55013 US 1967 Sell This Version
F-14-5013, 14-5013 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(4-Trk, Album) Verve Records, Verve Records F-14-5013, 14-5013 US 1967 Sell This Version
VCB 85013 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(8-Trk, Album) Verve Records VCB 85013 US 1967 Sell This Version
VCB 85013 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(8-Trk, Album) Verve Records VCB 85013 US 1967 Sell This Version
710 006 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(LP, Album) Verve Records 710 006 Germany 1967 Sell This Version
SVLP 9174, SVLP.9174, V6 5013 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(LP, Album) Verve Records, Verve Records, Verve Records SVLP 9174, SVLP.9174, V6 5013 UK 1967 Sell This Version
710006 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(LP, Album) Verve Records 710006 France 1967 Sell This Version
SVLP 9174, V6 5013 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(LP, Album) Verve Records, Verve Records SVLP 9174, V6 5013 UK 1967 Sell This Version
710 006 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(LP, Album) Verve Records 710 006 Germany 1967 Sell This Version
V/V6-5013X, 710 006 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(LP, Album, Gat) Verve Records, Verve Records V/V6-5013X, 710 006 Germany 1967 Sell This Version
V6 5013, V/V6-5013 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(LP, Album, Gat) Verve Records, Verve Records V6 5013, V/V6-5013 Canada 1967 Sell This Version
V/V6-5013, V6-5013 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(LP, Album, MGM) Verve Records, Verve Records V/V6-5013, V6-5013 US 1967 Sell This Version
V-5013 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(LP, Album, Mono) Verve Records, Verve Records V-5013 Canada 1967 Sell This Version
VLP 9174, VLP. 9174, V 5013 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(LP, Album, Mono) Verve Records, Verve Records, Verve Records VLP 9174, VLP. 9174, V 5013 UK 1967 Sell This Version
V/V6-5013X, V-5013 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(LP, Album, Mono, MGM) Verve Records, Verve Records V/V6-5013X, V-5013 US 1967 Sell This Version
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V/V6-5013, V-5013 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(LP, Album, Mono, MGM) Verve Records, Verve Records V/V6-5013, V-5013 US 1967 Sell This Version
V-5013, V/V6-5013X The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(LP, Album, Mono, No ) Verve Records, Verve Records V-5013, V/V6-5013X US 1967 Sell This Version
V-5013 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(LP, Album, Mono, Promo, MGM) Verve Records V-5013 US 1967 Sell This Version
V-5013 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(LP, Album, Mono, Promo, MGM) Verve Records V-5013 US 1967 Sell This Version
V/V6-5013, V-5013 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(LP, Album, Mono, Wad) Verve Records, Verve Records V/V6-5013, V-5013 US 1967 Sell This Version
V/V6-5013, V-5013 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(LP, Album, Mono, Wad) Verve Records, Verve Records V/V6-5013, V-5013 US 1967 Sell This Version
V/V6-5013X, V6-5013 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(LP, Album, RP, MGM) Verve Records, Verve Records V/V6-5013X, V6-5013 US 1967 Sell This Version
V6/5013, V/V6-5013 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(LP, Album, Wad) Verve Records, Verve Records V6/5013, V/V6-5013 US 1967 Sell This Version
VVX 5013 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(Reel, 4tr Stereo, 7" Reel, Album) Verve Records VVX 5013 US 1967 Sell This Version
V/V6-5013X The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(LP, Album) Verve Records V/V6-5013X Australia 1968 Sell This Version
V 5013 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(LP, Album, Mono) Verve Records V 5013 Australia 1968 Sell This Version
V 5013 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(LP, Album, Mono) Verve Records V 5013 Australia 1968 Sell This Version
V6-5013 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(LP, Album, RE) Verve Records V6-5013 Australia 1968 Sell This Version
V6/5013, V/V6-5013 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(LP, Album, RP, Wad) Verve Records, Verve Records V6/5013, V/V6-5013 US 1969 Sell This Version
MV-1120 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(LP, Album, Gat) Verve Records MV-1120 Japan 1970 Sell This Version
2317 035 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Verve Records, Polydor 2317 035 UK 1972 Sell This Version
V/V6-5013X, V/V6-5013, V6-5013 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(LP, Album, RE, Kee) Verve Records, Verve Records, Verve Records V/V6-5013X, V/V6-5013, V6-5013 US 1972 Sell This Version
V6/5013 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(LP, Album, RE, Pre) Verve Records, MGM Records V6/5013 US 1972 Sell This Version
V/V6-5013X The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(LP, Album, RE, Wad) Verve Records V/V6-5013X US 1972 Sell This Version
MV-1120 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(LP, Album, RP) Verve Records MV-1120 Japan 1972 Sell This Version
2317 035, 2317-035 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(LP, Album, RP, Gat) Verve Records, Verve Records, Polydor 2317 035, 2317-035 UK 1972 Sell This Version
2317 035 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(LP, Album, RP, Gat) Verve Records 2317 035 UK 1972 Sell This Version
V6 5013, V/V6-5013 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Verve Records, Verve Records V6 5013, V/V6-5013 Canada 1973 Sell This Version
V6-5013 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(LP, Album, RE, No ) Verve Records, Verve Records V6-5013 Canada 1973 Sell This Version
BPR 7777-2 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(LP, Album, RP, Gat) Barking Pumpkin Records BPR 7777-2 US 1985 Sell This Version
RCD 10093 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(CD, Album, RE) Rykodisc RCD 10093 Canada 1988 Sell This Version
CD ZAP 12, CDZAP 12 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* - Absolutely Free(CD, Album, RE) Zappa Records, Zappa Records CD ZAP 12, CDZAP 12 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
RCD 10093 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* - Absolutely Free(CD, Album, RM) Rykodisc RCD 10093 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
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D4 74214 The Mothers Of Invention . . .* Absolutely Free(Cass, Album, RE) Barking Pumpkin Records D4 74214 1988 Sell This Version
TZAPPA 12 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(Cass, Album) Zappa Records TZAPPA 12 UK 1989 Sell This Version
RCD 10093 / VACK 5022 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(CD, Album, RE) Rykodisc RCD 10093 / VACK 5022 Japan 1994 Sell This Version
RCD 10502 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(CD, Album, RE) Rykodisc RCD 10502 UK & Europe 1995 Sell This Version
968026 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* - Absolutely Free(CD, Album, RE, RM) Eldorado, Rykodisc 968026 Brazil 1995 Sell This Version
RCD 10502, D31395 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* - Absolutely Free(CD, Album, RM) Rykodisc, Festival Records Pty. Ltd. RCD 10502, D31395 Australia 1995 Sell This Version
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UL 98909 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* - Absolutely Free(CD, Album, Unofficial) Grammy UL 98909 Russia 1998 Sell This Version
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VACK-1204 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Pap) Rykodisc VACK-1204 Japan 2001 Sell This Version
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ZR 3835 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* - Absolutely Free(CD, Album, Unofficial) Zappa Records (2) ZR 3835 Russia 2012 Sell This Version
ZR 3835-1 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(LP + LP, S/Sided, Etch + Album, RE, RM) Zappa Records ZR 3835-1 US 2017 Sell This Version
ZR 3835-1, 00824302383513 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(LP, 180 + LP, S/Sided, Mono, Etch, 180 + Album, MP) Zappa Records, UMe ZR 3835-1, 00824302383513 Europe 2017 Sell This Version
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0238352 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* - Absolutely Free(CD, Album, RE, RM) Zappa Records 0238352 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
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VACK-1328 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(CD, Album, Unofficial) Videoarts Music (2) VACK-1328 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
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curly-head

curly-head

June 6, 2020
referencing Absolutely Free, LP, Album, MGM, V/V6-5013X, V6-5013
Aaahw, my copy has a different runout with 1 Ⓟ 1967 F 2 Ⓟ 1967 Z ... and i wanted to have the original, so bad
tape-13-side-z

tape-13-side-z

April 21, 2020
referencing Absolutely Free, LP, Album, RP, Wad, V6/5013, V/V6-5013
Sounds great clean surface, all analog sound, can't imagine it sounding better, i might pick up the reissue for the bonus material and the lyric sheet, as the previous owner of my copy didn't send in a dollar for one, or he might of lost it I don't know.
ciocla

ciocla

April 8, 2020
referencing Absolutely Free, LP, Album, V/V6-5013X
I have a copy identical to this, but with the cover reversed; I mean the record comes out to the right of the back of this copy. Is it a later Australian copy or an unofficial one? Thank you!
diebonds

diebonds

July 16, 2019
referencing Absolutely Free, LP, 180 + LP, S/Sided, Mono, Etch, 180 + Album, RE, ZR 3835-1, 00824302383513

vinyl production needs more control / check !!!!!!!! my new vinyl is wavy ,
Daxx219

Daxx219

July 1, 2019
referencing Absolutely Free, LP, Album, MGM, V/V6-5013X, V6-5013
My Version says only FREE A and Free-B on the Matrix. The Rest looks exactly like: referencing https://www.discogs.com/The-Mothers-Of-Invention-Absolutely-Free/release/1317328 . Does anyone know what version this is? I cant find anything nearby.. Thanks a lot!
TobeMilo

TobeMilo

May 28, 2019
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Absolutely Free, LP + LP, S/Sided, Etch + Album, RE, RM, ZR 3835-1
No complaints on my end. Sounds good, plays nice and flat, recommended for those who don't want to pay for the outrageous prices of an OP
zappa01_de

zappa01_de

March 18, 2018
referencing Absolutely Free, LP, Album, Mono, V 5013
is the backside MONO STAMPED or MONO STICKERED? The photo looks like a sticker.
altena

altena

March 16, 2018
referencing Absolutely Free, LP, Album, Gat, V/V6-5013X, 710 006
This pressing is fabulous, clear and not half as thin sounding as the US pressing, my copy is almost completely silent, with no ticks, even when being played quite a few times it has no loss in soundstage, the bass is pronounced more though not overbearing and the drums are more upfront, which leads me to presume less compression has been applied when mastering the tapes... the details are outstanding, get it if you can, it outshines every edition in my opinion, also the last remaster of 2018, which though digital, is excellent!
patlebouc

patlebouc

February 2, 2018
edited over 2 years ago
referencing Absolutely Free, LP + LP, S/Sided, Etch + Album, RE, RM, ZR 3835-1

First , I have to admit I was pissed off, when I tore off the shrink wrap with a hype sticker sayin « ...plus the complete Libretto «  to see NO Libretto inside the LP .... I’m getting used to be deceived by brand new vinyl records.... for many reasons, including scratches, noise , bad sound , missing record (in a 3 record box set , having 2 disc # 1 and 1 disc #3 ) and now missing insert ... (Mr. Bungle , Butthole Surfers , Björk, Supertramp ,Big Boys ,Nick Cave ,Tom Waits , Tool , Metallica...) BUT...This pressing of Absolutely Free is Totally Top Notch !!! Amazing Mastering and High Quality pressing ! Get it ! ( just hope you’ll have your insert with it !!!) Also , side 4 etching has a clear white label ...And the image is Far from the pic advertisied on zappa.com ... this sucks... but the sound is terrific!
mcalnd

mcalnd

January 19, 2018
referencing Absolutely Free, LP, 180 + LP, S/Sided, Mono, Etch, 180 + Album, MP, ZR 3835-1, 00824302383513
SAY NO TO DRUGS KIDS, especially if you are preparing a vinyl reissue such as this, otherwise you could get things totally wrong.