the mothers of invention

absolutely free (2)

1967 lp usa verve v 5013
      go to different pressings

sunset-highland studios of ttg
november 15-18, 1966

released april 1967

lyrics & extra info:

frank zappa: guitar, vocals
ray collins: vocals, tambourine, prune
jim fielder: guitar, piano
don preston: keyboards
bunk gardner: woodwinds
roy estrada: bass
jimmy carl black: drums
billy mundi: drums, percussion
motorhead sherwood: soprano, baritone saxophone

all compositions by frank zappa except where noted

produced by tom wilson

director of engineering: val valentin
recording engineer:
ami hadani
remix engineer: david greene

cover art, layout, notes, design, etc.: frank zappa
front cover photo: alice ochs

  1. plastic people
  2. the duke of prunes
  3. amnesia vivace
  4. the duke regains his chops
  5. call any vegetable
  6. invocation and ritual dance of the young pumpkin
  7. soft-sell conclusion
  8. big leg emma
  9. why don'tcha do me right?
  10. america drinks
  11. status back baby
  12. uncle bernie's farm
  13. son of suzy creamcheese
  14. brown shoes don't make it
  15. america drinks & goes home
2 violins, 1 viola, 1 cello, 1 trumpet, 1 contrabass clarinet and 1 suzy creamcheese on track 14:

james getzoff: violin
marshall sosson: violin
alvin dinkin: viola
armond kaproff: cello
don ellis: trumpet
john rotella
: contrabass clarinet
lisa cohen: suzy creamcheese


cash register and voices on track 15:

herb cohen: cash register machine
terry gilliam & girlfriend: voices