On June 27, 1966 The Mothers Of Invention’s debut album Freak Out! was released. In the liner notes, Frank Zappa says: “These People Have Contributed Materially in Many Ways to Make Our Music What it is. Please Do Not Hold it Against them.” … followed by a long list of 179 names . These names include teachers, friends & acquaintances, painters, writers, movie stars, TV & radio personalities, producers, road managers, conductors, composers, singers, songwriters, musicians and more. This show , Listen Up! explored the music created by those rock, jazz, folk, blues and classical musicians and composers that are on the list. Needless to say, time did not permit a full investigation, but a fair sampling of music styles that influenced Zappa and The Mothers of Invention as well as selections from the album Freak Out! itself were celebrated.
Playlist (Artist -Title- Album)
Mothers Of Invention – Hungry Freaks, Daddy – Freak Out!
Pierre Boulez – Étude 1 – Les visiteurs de la musique concréte
Edgard Varèse – Dance For Burgess – Complete Works
Lightin’ Slim – I’m Evil – House Rockin’ & Hip Shakin’ (The Best Of Excello Blues)
Eric Dolphy – Gazzelloni – Out To Lunch
Anton Webern – Six pieces for large orchestra Op. 6 – Six Pieces for Large Orchestra
Mothers Of Invention – Wowie Zowie – Freak Out!
Dan & Dewey – Koko Joe – Jungle Hop
Vernon Green & The Medallions – The Letter – Speedin’
Gene & Eunice – Move It Over – Jump Bump Jive
Mauricio Kagel – Ragtime Waltz for Accordion – Onbekend
Frankie Lee Sims – What Will Lucy Do (Lucy Mae Blues) – The UK Sue Label Story Vol. 2
Mothers of Invention – Any Way The Wind Blows – Freak Out!
Alios Haba – Nonet no. 1 – Centenary Edition
Bobby Jameson – Gotta Find My Roogalator – Single
Albert Collins – Thaw Out – The Cool Sound of Albert Collins
Charles Brown – Black Night – ABC of the Blues
Bill Evans – Oleo – Everybody Digs Bill Evans
Roland Kirk – No Tonic Press – Rip, Rig And Panic
Silvestre Revueltas – El afilador, for wind septet – Sensemaya
Mothers Of Invention – Trouble Every Day – Freak Out!
The Leaves – Hey Joe – Nuggets
Molly Bee – You Win Again – Swinging Country
Little Arthur Matthews – Bad Bad Bulldog – Dapper Cats, Groovy Tunes & Hot Guitars
Slim Harpo – Buzzin’ – The Excello Singles Anthology
Guitar Slim – Story of My Life – Sufferin’ Mind
Bülent Arel – Postlude From ‘Music For A Sacred Service’ – Princeton Electronic Music Center 1961-1973
Mothers Of Invention – Help I’m A Rock – Freak Out!
Sabicas – Alegrias – Noches con Guitarra Flamenca
Joe Houston – All Night Long – The Birth of R’n’B Vol.1
Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown – Okie Dokie Stomp – ABC of the Blues
Richard Berry – Louie Louie – You Heard it Here First
Edgar Varèse – Ionisation – Arcana, Amériques, Ionisation
Mothers of Invention – Motherly Love – Freak Out!
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