Who: Suzy Creemcheese
What: Original pressing of Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Inventions “Freak Out” with “freak map” (not pictured)
How Much: 49 cents
When I use It: Well it’s from 1966 and I believe it to be an American pressing on Verve Records. (Hah they also had The Velvet Underground. So much for non-commercial music.) “If you were to graphically analyze the different types of directions of all the songs in the Freak Out! album, there’s a little something in there for everybody. At least one piece of material is slanted for every type of social orientation within our consumer group, which happens to be six to eighty. Because we got people that like what we do, from kids six years old screaming on us to play ‘Wowie Zowie.’ Like I meet executives doing this and that, and they say, ‘My kid’s got the record, and “Wowie Zowie’s” their favorite song.
Shopping Tips: Well I’ve been collecting rare vinyl from the psychadelic 60s underground for the past three years (I’m 17 now so that’s quite a long time for me). If you have a record in mind it’s best to go to a record shop (middle man). The staff can sometimes be well educated in their music. The most I’ve ever spent on vinyl was about $90 for a 1st pressing Canadian wax of Jimi Hendrix’s “Electric Lady Land”. Usually thrift stores have the best hidden gems. Record stores will pay people to score rares from thrift stores and flip em for profit to collectors. I once found Arthur Lee & Love’s “Forever Changes” that had not even been played for 49 cents as well. Lovely, never give up the hunt. Look at me, I have an allergy to dust and mold and I’m always at the flea markets and thrift stores. 😉
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