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

Versions (56)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
V/V6-5013X, V6-5013 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(LP, Album) Verve Records, Verve Records V/V6-5013X, V6-5013 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
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
V6/5013, V/V6-5013 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(LP, Album, Gat) Verve Records, Verve Records V6/5013, V/V6-5013 US 1967 Sell This Version
V/V6-5013X, V-5013 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(LP, Album, Mono) Verve Records, Verve Records V/V6-5013X, V-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, V 5013 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(LP, Album, Mono) Verve Records, Verve Records VLP 9174, V 5013 UK 1967 Sell This Version
V/V6-5013, V-5013 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(LP, Album, Mono) 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) Verve Records V-5013 US 1967 Sell This Version
V/V6-5013X, V6-5013 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(LP, Album, RP) Verve Records, Verve Records V/V6-5013X, V6-5013 US 1967 Sell This Version
V/V6-5013X, V6-5013 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(LP, Album, RP, bla) Verve Records, Verve Records V/V6-5013X, 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
V6-5013 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(LP, Album, RE) Verve Records V6-5013 Australia 1968 Sell This Version
V6/5013 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(LP, Album, RE) Verve Records, MGM Records V6/5013 US 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 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
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 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) 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, 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, 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
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
none Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* - Absolutely Free(CD, Album, Unofficial) Private Area none Russia 2000 Sell This Version
VACK-1204 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(CD, Album, Ltd, Min) Rykodisc VACK-1204 Japan 2002 Sell This Version
VACK-1204 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(CD, Album, Promo, RE, RM) Videoarts Music VACK-1204 Japan 2002 Sell This Version
RCD 40582/2 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* - Absolutely Free(CD, Album, RE, RM) Rykodisc RCD 40582/2 US 2002 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
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
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
MV-1120 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(LP, Album) Verve Records MV-1120 Japan 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
V6/5013 The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(LP, Album, Gat) Verve Records, MGM Records V6/5013 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
V/V6-5013X The Mothers Of Invention* Absolutely Free(LP, Album, RE) Verve Records V/V6-5013X 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 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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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(?)