500 Greatest Albums of All Time

Rolling Stone's definitive list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

The Mothers of Invention, 'Freak Out!'

246. The Mothers of Invention, 'Freak Out!'

Verve, 1966

A master guitarist and provocateur, Frank Zappa made more than 60 albums, but the first was perhaps the most groundbreaking. The double disc declared the arrival of a visionary weirdo who dabbled in doo-wop, pop-song parody, protest tunes, art rock and avant-garde classical.

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