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".

Versions (71)

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
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
710006 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(LP, Album) Verve Records 710006 France 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, V6 5013 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(LP, Album) Verve Records, Verve Records SVLP 9174, V6 5013 UK 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
MV-1120 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(LP, Album, Gat) Verve Records MV-1120 Japan 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
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/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
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 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(LP, Album, RP, Gat) Verve Records 2317 035 UK 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
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
BPR 7777-2 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(LP, Album, RP, Gat) Barking Pumpkin Records BPR 7777-2 US 1985 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 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(CD, Album, RE) Rykodisc RCD 10093 Canada 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 US 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
RCD 10093 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* - Absolutely Free(CD, Album, RM) Rykodisc RCD 10093 US 1988 Sell This Version
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 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 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* - Absolutely Free(CD, Album, RM) Rykodisc RCD 10502 US 1995 Sell This Version
RCD 10502 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* - Absolutely Free(CD, Album, RM) Rykodisc RCD 10502 US 1995 Sell This Version
RCD 10502 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(CD, Album, RM) Rykodisc RCD 10502 Europe 1995 Sell This Version
RCD 10502 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* - Absolutely Free(CD, Album, RM) Rykodisc RCD 10502 US 1995 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 US 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
RAC 10502 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* - Absolutely Free(Cass, Album) Ryko Analogue RAC 10502 US 1995 Sell This Version
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
Azcd 803 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* - Absolutely Free(CD, Album, Unofficial) Private Area, ЗАО "Витаком" Azcd 803 Russia 2000 Sell This Version
VACK-1204 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Pap) Rykodisc VACK-1204 Japan 2001 Sell This Version
VACK-1204 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(CD, Album, Promo, RE, RM, Pap) Videoarts Music VACK-1204 Japan 2001 Sell This Version
VACK-1204 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(CD, Album, RE, RM, Pap) Videoarts Music VACK-1204 Japan 2001 Sell This Version
VACK-1328 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Rykodisc, Videoarts Music VACK-1328 Japan 2008 Sell This Version
0238352 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* - Absolutely Free(CD, Album, RE, RM) Zappa Records 0238352 UK & Europe 2012 Sell This Version
ZR 3835 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* - Absolutely Free(CD, Album, RE, RM) Zappa Records ZR 3835 US 2012 Sell This Version
0238352 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* - Absolutely Free(CD, Album, RE, RM) Zappa Records 0238352 UK & Europe 2012 Sell This Version
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
VVX 55013, VV 55013 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free!(Cass, Album, Com) Verve Records, Verve Records VVX 55013, VV 55013 US Unknown Sell This Version
RCD 10502 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* - Absolutely Free(CD, Album, RE, RM) Rykodisc RCD 10502 US Unknown Sell This Version
VACK-1328 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(CD, Album, Unofficial) Videoarts Music (2) VACK-1328 Russia Unknown 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 US Unknown Sell This Version
V/V6-5013X, V6-5013 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(LP, Album, RE) Verve Records, Verve Records V/V6-5013X, V6-5013 US Unknown Sell This Version
2317-035, 2317 035 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(LP, Album, RP, Unofficial) Verve Records (2), Verve Records (2) 2317-035, 2317 035 UK Unknown Sell This Version
2317-035, 2317 035 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(LP, Album, RP, Unofficial) Verve Records (2), Verve Records (2) 2317-035, 2317 035 UK Unknown Sell This Version
2317-035, 2317 035 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(LP, Album, RP, Unofficial) Verve Records (2), Verve Records (2) 2317-035, 2317 035 Unknown Sell This Version
2317-035, 2317 035 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(LP, Album, RP, Unofficial) Verve Records (2), Verve Records (2) 2317-035, 2317 035 UK Unknown Sell This Version
2317-035 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(LP, Album, RP, Unofficial) Verve Records (2) 2317-035 UK Unknown Sell This Version
V 5013 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(LP, Album, Unofficial) Verve Records (2) V 5013 Unknown Sell This Version

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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 10 months 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.
erikvanderscheer

erikvanderscheer

December 12, 2017
referencing Absolutely Free, LP, 180 + LP, S/Sided, Mono, Etch, 180 + Album, MP, ZR 3835-1, 00824302383513
The libretto pages are in the wrong order. A white label in the middle of the laser etching obscures Zappa's face! Where was quality control?
That_guy_

That_guy_

November 18, 2017
referencing Absolutely Free, LP + LP, S/Sided, Etch + Album, RE, RM, ZR 3835-1

The best out of all of the new zappa represses, absolutely(heh) no snap crackle or pop nowhere. The packaking is very accurate and sturdy, the sound quality is stunner. Thanks BG, you did a great job mastering this. The second lp is a bit useless, but its great zappa fan-stuff. the booklet is killer, despite the order of the songs(or parts) is odd. The only bad thing was that i had to wait a long time for this.
Jonnyhendrix

Jonnyhendrix

October 31, 2017
referencing Absolutely Free, LP + LP, S/Sided, Etch + Album, RE, RM, ZR 3835-1
My Side 4 with etched artwork also has a white label. Anyone else or is mine a one off?
warsperfume

warsperfume

May 24, 2017
referencing Absolutely Free, CD, Album, RE, RM, ZR 3835
We need a reissue of this album on vinyl. I'm surprised it hasn't happened yet.
Record_Bug

Record_Bug

April 4, 2017
referencing Absolutely Free, LP, Album, Mono, Wad, V/V6-5013, V-5013

I found the mix to be a bit muddled. Also the bass seems to have no mid/high so it gets lost very easily; especially on the longer more jammy tracks.
LittleHat

LittleHat

March 25, 2011
referencing Absolutely Free, CD, Album, RE, CD ZAP 12, CDZAP 12
Also released as LP by Barking Pumpkin Records [BPR 7777-2] in 1985(?)