Label: Frank Zappa Catalog
One of the earliest double LPs, Freak Out! is the very first shot fired from the outrageous gun of rock's great satirists. Released in 1966, its dense mishmash of absurdist antics, Dada freakery and doo-wop vocal gymnastics sounded unlike anything else at the time; the only thing close was maybe Jan and Dean Meet Batman (but that was a commercial flop geared towards a totally different demographic). What made The Mothers' humor so sharp was their ability to lay waste to both the squares and hippies. And then there's the straight gross-out stuff, like the wildly incestuous "Motherly Love."