Since I didn’t have any kind of formal training, it didn’t make any difference to me if I was listening to Lightnin’ Slim, or a vocal group called the Jewels … , or Webern, or Varèse, or Stravinsky. To me it was all good music. — Frank Zappa ▷Zappa on Varèse▹
Zappa would spend much of his career developing and exploring ideas — both musical and conceptual — first put forth here … Freak Out! contains at least the rudiments of almost everything that followed, and few of Zappa’s records can match its excitement over its own sense of possibility.