Here’s a bit of public service blogging–a set of scans of the impossible to find “Libretto” booklet for the Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention’s second album, “Absolutely Free.”
Along with their 1966 debut, “Freak Out” and their third album, “We’re Only In It For The Money” the Mothers created some of the most experimental and enduring music of the 1960’s. Printed inside the gatefold cover of “Absolutely Free” was the note “Send money. As much as you can get. $1. minimum. All the words on the record..even little sneaky ones! Merely send money…as much as you can…how you get it we could care less (make sure it’s at least $1.00) for your very own libretto…..dump money into a shoebox & tie securely. Ship immediately…”
Now I’ve been collecting Zappa & Mothers records since the very early 70’s, and I’ve seen exactly one libretto in all those years–which came from the collection of his former manager, Herb Cohen–leading me to believe that these were never sent out. But I did manage to snag that one copy. I scanned it for a client last week, and decided I’d post it online, for others to enjoy.
If you don’t know these albums, click the links above, listen to the sound samples, and buy them all. You won’t be sorry. As good as it gets !
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