From: FZ (TRFZB)
When it came time for us to do our second album, Absolutely Free, MGM
proclaimed that we couldn't spend more than eleven thousand dollars on it.
The recording schedules were ridiculous, making it impossible to perfect
anything on the album. It was typical of the kind of bullshit we had to
put up with until I got my own studio.
Gail and I moved to New York in 1967 to play in the Garrick Theater on
Bleecker Street. The first place we stayed, before we could find an
apartment, was the Hotel Van Rensselaer on Eleventh Street. We were
living on a small room on one of the upper floors. I was working on the
album cover illustration for Absolutely Free at a desk by the window. I
remember the place being so dirty I couldn't keep the soot off the
From: Vladimir Sovetov
Absolutely Free is the unique album from the point of studying it
because the author, Frank Vincent Zappa, was once so
deadly serious himself that even provided
his own track by track comments on the lyrics and music recorded"
He did it in 1967 in the article or interview (I don't know for sure)
published August 31 in English underground newspaper International Times
Later, these comments were reprinted twice.
In the first and second editions of
Plastic People Songbuch in 70s. Unfortunately, for
unknown reasons, the comments on
America Drinks were
No better was 1993 version that appeared in
Frank Zappa - A Visual Documentary by Barry Miles --
the former editor of IT!
It lacked comments on Amnesia Vivace.
So we're gonna do it for the third time and as complete as possible