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(1966) is the debut studio album by the American
the Mothers of Invention
. One of rock music's first
, it is a satirical expression of frontman
's perception of American pop culture. It was also one of the earliest
in rock music. It features Zappa on vocals and guitar, along with lead vocalist and tambourine player
player and vocalist
Jimmy Carl Black
and guitar player
, who later joined
under the name Winged Eel Fingerling. The musical content of Freak Out!
ranges from rhythm and blues,
-influenced rock to orchestral arrangements and
. The album was a success in Europe; in the United States, it was poorly received at first, but gradually gained a cult following. In 1999, the album was honored with the
Grammy Hall of Fame Award
, and in 2003,
ranked it among the
500 Greatest Albums of All Time
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