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Monday, August 4, 2014

The Mothers of Invention - Freak Out! (1966) Orig. USA Mono
























CD Quality (16bit/44.1kHz)
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46 comments:

Anonymous said...

Prof you've done it again, wonderful mono music for my analog ears!!!! Zappa, Spirit, Butterfield Blues, plus Dylan, Who, Buffallo and Fleetwood singles. It's Christmas in August! THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ALL OF YOU WORK AND DEDICATION TO GOOD SOUND.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Professor for these wonderful gifts tonight. This is going to be a great week!
All the best.
Dave

YankeeBoy said...

Thanks so much Prof. So much great music!!!

Jimmie Dee said...

Awesome! Zappa is the best. Downloaded everything posted today. Thanks for the great surprise!

Anonymous said...

Wow wow wow. Or Wowie Zowie ! Your rips from today or last night - wonderful !!!! So much great stuff, and all rips will be my go-to rips, I'm sure. Thanks for this hard work. Yours Causinger

Anonymous said...

This album is great. Great riffs and music and lyrics to be had. Nothing more to be said here.

Thanks a lot for offering the definitive version. Now I can finally ditch those 'drops from the D I got 2 years ago, as well as pb's Sussoro I got shortly after (which, safely to say, beats out those Demonoid drops itself).

-Vic

JWB said...

Pbthal's version sucks. It's from a worn, noisy copy, and he didn't even bother cleaning it up.

Max2max said...

Best transfer of this masterpiece ! Thank you !

Ezra said...

OH. MY. GOSH. NO WAY. Prof, I have been following you for a very long time, but you have never made me so happy. Zappa is my favorite artist of all time. I cannot WAIT to hear your upgrade to my other transfer. Thank you SO much! I am SO HAPPY!

Anonymous said...

JWB, I just did a comparison between pb's and prof's rip, and prof definitely comes on top. Wow, pb's copy is definitely noisy. I can't believe I didn't catch that the first time...

Also: prof, did you really go outside and take a photo of the gatefold on the street? You guys have beautiful cobbled streets in Europe, I gotta say.

And I never thought of it before, but that sleeve is definitely pop art. Can't believe that never entered my mind before! Brain police must've kept me down that day.

-Vic

Prof. Stoned said...

It's my balcony. (:

@Ezra: There may be more coming...

Anonymous said...

Thankyou so much for this one! (and to JWB for the cleanup)

Now we just have to find a nice copy of Absolutely Free for you Prof!

Anonymous said...

Pardon me asking, but does a dedicated mono mix actually exist for Absolutely Free? I got the (maybe wrong) impression from lukpac's guide that some of it is a fold-down, and the differences are even less notable here.

Then again, the next album in the series, WOIIFTM, has tons of varying differences between the mono and the stereo, so I'm not exactly sure here.

-Vic

JWB said...

I'm pretty sure that "Absolutely Free" is a dedicated mix. It's just not hugely different. That record was recorded and mixed very quickly, and the multi-tracks were promptly lost by MGM, so there is not much room for variation.

Anonymous said...

MGM lost the multis? For real? Somehow I'm not surprised.

I wonder what mix Zappa (at the time of mixing, not years after) would view as definitive, aka which is "the mix he worked on the most". I'm thinking ahead to Mothermania, how he used stereo mixes for the tracks from AF, but mono mixes for the WOIIFTM trax.

-Vic

P.S. I think pbthal also did a rip of the mono LP one time, if I'm not mistaken, but I'm not sure how that sounds...

Kwork said...

This has a fantastic sound. Thank you Prof for this one, plus your other offerings, but this and the Who please me the most. As far as comparing to Pbthal's rip, for me it's apples and oranges. While rippers like Q and the professor strive for as close to the mastertape sound as they can, pbthal's rip reminds me that we are experiencing a vinyl, clean as he could get it, but still a vinyl, and I like both approaches. How many of us back in the day listened to these records, and marveled that, some day in the future, we would be comparing rips of old records and philosophies concerning them in a future digital age. LOL! Enjoy each for what it is, this rip for its perfection, and someone like pbthal's rip in wonder that it survived the 60s, and probably a few rounds of spilled beer.

JWB said...

My theory about Mothermania is that Frank couldn't use the multi's for WOIIFTM, for whatever reason, perhaps because it was recorded on a rare 12-track machine, and the only tape he had at his disposal that wasn't crossfaded or censored was a mono dub. Absolutely Free couldn't be, or didn't need to be, remixed, and Frank was never happy with the original stereo mix of Freak Out and he attempted to remix certain songs on more than one occasion.

Anonymous said...

That's a very intriguing theory. Certainly, the stereo of AF is a bit more thought-out than the hard left-center-right placement of FO!. Perhaps the multiple edits on WOIIFTM were maybe also too difficult to replicate so easily in time for the comp? I just realized, the loss of the multis probably explains why Big Leg Emma and WDDMR have remained in mono and never been remixed to stereo to this day.

Don't have a mono rip at my disposal now, but do you know what variations do exist on AF, and if Side 1 really is a "fold" like a user in the lukpac FAQ said? Also, while I'm at it, do you know anything about the "tape problems" on "America Drinks"? I know about (and can hear) the problem with the intro on "Plastic People" but can't hear anything for "America Drinks".

-Vic

JWB said...

I've never compared the mono and stereo mixes of Absolutely Free, so I don't really know. I have never seen or heard solid evidence that the mono AF is a folddown...just claims made by random people. I don't see why it would be.

I don't know of any tape problems on America Drinks, but there is a weird stereo panning effect that seems to dumbfound some people.

JWB said...

Oh...you mean the first track on Side Two. There is indeed a dropout/tape warble in one spot. I'd have to dig it out to check.

Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot for all this discussion, JWB. You may not remember it, but a long while ago, on HRM, you helped me out with Greasy Love Songs and the 1995 CD of WOIIFTM by convincing me to get them. I'm still thankful for the info you brought in that thread, but I'm sad to see your account's apparently been deactivated there.

I guess while we're talking Zappa... should I pull the trigger on an original 1984 EMI CD of "Boulez Conducts Zappa"? I see a specified copy available for $20 on Amazon, and I also read this is apparently the only place you can get the original vinyl mix. Do you know anything bout this album?

-Vic

Anonymous said...

OK, I didn't want to post again, but I just noticed one error while playing around in Audition: The indexing between Track 13 & 14 is messed up, so the beginning of "Monster Magnet" is appended to the end of "Help I'm A Rock".

This was on the redbook files, FYI. I'm not sure about the 24/96 files.

-Vic

Prof. Stoned said...

It's not. The first Suzy bit belongs with Help I'm a rock. Check the LP.

Anonymous said...

Are you sure about that? That really seems odd. The first sibilant as Frank says "Sssuzy" is definitely cut in half and attached to the end of the previous track. I didn't intentionally look for errors, I also noticed it while putting these tracks on shuffle.

-Vic

Anonymous said...

BTW I know I've been muddying the comment section with my pestering questions the last few days, so I just want to apologize to you (and JWB if he sees this) for doing that...

-Vic

JWB said...

Actually, I should have consulted with the good prof on the tracking for this album. After the initial Verve release, FZ separated "It Can't Happen Here" from "Help I'm A Rock". So you've really got 3 tracks on Side 3. The prof's version is tracked like the original LP, which is fine. It just might be confusing to folks who are used to having "It Can't Happen Here" as it's own separate track.

As for the EMI "Boulez" disc, I would pick it up. The EMI discs are very fine and made from early digital masters. Some of them are irrelevant now thanks to the new remasters, but some are still essential. I held onto Man From Utopia (which mostly matches the original LP) and Does Humor Belong In Music (which was remixed in 1994). I believe the Boulez album is another one that was changed.

Anonymous said...

Thx for the feedback JWB. Got the EMI for $20 on Amazon instead of the outrageous $60 listing on Discogs. Hope to share it soon wherever. Crazy that the Man From Utopia EMI still has one track remixed, Moggio. Considering it's I believe a digital recording, it's crazier we have to go to vinyl for that one track. (I like 86ed's rip the most for being the cleanest.) But not to worry, you and prof. did a good job on this album.

As for the donations, if I donate, will you promise (not) to have lunch with me?

-Vic

JWB said...

I believe that most of the EMI Zappa CD's were made from digital tapes that were intended to be used for vinyl cutting only. FZ was very displeased when they used them to make CD's. Of course, the CD's he eventually released himself were far worse.

Anonymous said...

For vinyl cutting? That seems... quite odd, honestly. Are you sure about that? I guess that would make some sort of sense. I noticed the vinyl rip I have of Boulez says it's a digital recording, and it's cut via DMM: http://pixhst.com/pictures/2271703 (Though that wouldn't explain the switch to a remix for Moggio on the EMI CD.)

Regardless, that Boulez disc still sounds great. Somehow, it feels right that it was released on EMI's Angel classical label. I'm not sure how true the "5,000" claim is, but it should surely be more expensive than what I got it for if it was.

-Vic

JWB said...

Yes, EMI was issuing a new series of "digitally remastered" LP's at the time and Frank provided them with digital masters to cut from. Lucky for us, they made compact discs as well, but Frank was not happy about it.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the quick reply JWB! I guess when providing the digital remasters, Frank decided to (unfortunately) take the time to remix Moggio. Luckily, I don't think he remixed anything else.

BTW have you heard the 2013 Uncle Meat released last year on vinyl? Does it hold up to the original? Still bugs me they haven't released the original mix on CD yet...

-Vic

JWB said...

I have not heard the "Uncle Meat" vinyl but the word is that it's very good. The CD release is probably being saved for a deluxe set of some sort.

Anonymous said...

Thanks alot for these latest batch of tunes!

-Clampdown-

Jimmie Dee said...

As for me, I may never again listen to the stereo version. (I just love this MONO icepick to the forehead!)

I passed the dl links onto someone, and here is the NOTE to Professor Stoned he wrote:

Note to Professor Stoned: The Mothers MONO transfer is really great. I opted for the 24/96 version, which is HUGE, but well worth the bandwidth. Nicely done! Without stereo panning and remastering fuckery, this works on levels that are modest yet powerful: the bassy compressed doo-wop vibe gone all curdly at the edges, and the psycho-acoustical fact that this nestles right in the very centre of your cranium makes this as insurgent as it was meant to be. This transfer is spacious enough to let all the nuances rise and fall in the MONO mix in a way that sounds like it's balanced as it should be. It's the crusty object that Frank would have wanted it to be...just the kind of sound-thing to infiltrate every LA bowling alley jukebox and every burger hop. Wow. I really miss dedication to this kind of idea that used to exist. That Bunk Gardner and Don Preston would hook up with Roy Estrada and Frank and Jimmy, in what almost seems like a Sun Ra kind of cult, to make this stuff that didn't exist yet seems hard to comprehend in today's pre-fab monoculture. This is a treasure. Thanks.

anon'n'on said...

thanks, i was there and still am here (mostly)..had the mono version of sgt peppers at one time (well played)..saw zappa a lot in nyc back in another century

Kwai Chang said...

Hello Professor Stoned,
I just found you via a hot tip in a 'comments' section. I am quite pleased to see you love mono vinyl records. Your affection is obvious in the high quality of your conversions. I have been marveling at the Simon and Garfunkel records you ripped. I can't believe the absolute contrast between the stereo and mono mixes. It is certainly mysterious that the entire mono genre was betrayed by the industry. But, I'm beginning to think we've never been told the truth about its demise. First of all, it takes a supreme discipline to mix in mono. MOST producers AND artists just don't have the ability/capacity. BUT, isn't there something inherently unique about 'distinct' images. Stereo images can NEVER be distinct without headphones. BUT, mono images sound the same from any vantage point AND undoubtedly so when sourced from a SINGLE speaker playback. Music that is split between two 'half-images' keep the brain in a constant state of 'mixing' the two(or APPRECIATING that there are two images to be sorted/processed). Thus, the focus of the music is already being distracted from. Many will debate this. However, 'entertainment' industry isn't owned or managed by 'entertainers' so, if music were ever used as a control device...it would be much more effective in stereo. Stereo induces a pseudo-hypnotic state by forcing the brain to work while it listens. Conversely, mono can be felt/heard directly in a way that may have caused alarm in psychological strategizing...of 'product' where the aim is to contol/comfort. Thankfully, people speak in mono...and not 5.1.
Anyway, I love your work. Nice selections.
Thank you(for now)
Kwai Chang

Prof. Stoned said...

Ever seen this beautiful commercial?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCzi75bhOcI

Stereo was a logical reaction to the original 1 channel format. It just took time, and more than 4 channels on the multitrack recorders before stereo became uh.. less distracting. When it comes to pop and rock in the 60's, most everything sounds better when it was mixed to mono, IMO.

Kwai Chang said...

In Nature, no creature 'speaks' in stereo...the fact that most creatures hear in stereo is for survival. I think this is why mono has a directness not found in stereo. (I'm speaking in terms of external stimuli.
Thanks for the reply and the link(I haven't watched yet)

Kwai Chang said...

'Video not available in your country"
No big deal...I don't need convincing. I just think that Hot Rod logic(more cubic inches) somehow became speaker-industry credo...'more speakers'. At that point, the paradigm shifted from Music----to---->Art. And, it's been a blurry mess ever since!
Peace, brother!
KC

Prof. Stoned said...

No, it was more comical than educational value. Too bad, I can't find a working link anywhere. Oh well... Enjoy the tunez!

Anonymous said...

Hello Prof. Stoned,

just wanted to say that I visited (and still do) your site very often and for what you do in providing the people for free (!!!) with this great music, doing it with such an affection and true love for the music itself and the people who love it too, I pull my hat.

Also I'm pretty sure the universe will appreciate this whole thing of putting good music into peoples systems and stimulating their minds with it. Like everything, this thing you do also will never get lost and will remain forever, if you know what I mean (...I guess you do).

I never write in blogs or forums but I wanted to write this here just once.

Greetings from cold (weather, hearts and minds) Germany
Chris

Prof. Stoned said...

Thank you!

buttawitz said...

I can't add anymore that's been already mentioned. The best mono rip of Freak Out. It's out of sight. Amazing. Thanks Prof.

Dayfold said...

Thanks very much!

Rev. Dr. Moller. MDMA, THC and BAR. said...

Many thanks!

Anonymous said...

I LOVE this mix and your rip is, as always, flawless. Thanks!

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