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Artist: Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band

Date Released: 1972

Label: Reprise

Produced By: Ted Templeman & Captain Beefheart

Tracklisting:

  1. Low Yo-Yo Stuff
  2. Nowadays A Woman's Gotta Hit A Man
  3. Too Much Time
  4. Circumstances
  5. My Head Is My Only House Unless It Rains
  6. Sun Zoom Spark
  7. Clear Spot
  8. Crazy Little Thing
  9. Long Neck Bottles
  10. Her Eyes Are A Blue Million Miles
  11. Big Eyed Beans From Venus
  12. Golden Birdies

ReviewEdit

I don't care if it makes me square—this is easily my favorite Captain Beefheart record. I'm awfully fond of Safe As Milk too, though that one's "OK" to like or something. Whatever. This is a damn good record—it's one of Captain Beefheart's most accessible record, featuring a lot of straight soul songs, like the beautiful "Too Much Time", "Her Eyes Are A Blue Million Miles" and "My Head Is My Only House Unless It Rains". It's also got some more traditional Captain Beefheart styled stuff—the R&B-ish "Crazy Little Thing", the funky stomp "Clear Spot", and "Sun Zoom Spark". The production on this one is a little glossy, but it works on this album. Unfortunately, it wasn't the hit Captain Beefheart wanted it to be, despite having some of his strongest songwriting. This is only available on CD with The Spotlight Kid, which isn't as good but has its moments. Still, though—forget the naysayers who are all "Oh, this is the Captain Beefheart album for babies who don't like his experimental raw stuff! Blah blah blah!" Fuck 'em. This is a great goddamn album. The experimental stuff is great, too, but, y'know, hate to be the one to tell you this, but though it's got some utterly fantastic stuff on it—loads of it, in fact -- Trout Mask Replica is bloated. Safe As Milk is another great record, and a fine one to start with, too. Basically, it comes down to whether or not you care about other Captain Beefheart fans making fun of you—if you do, get Safe As Milk first—if you don't, get Clear Spot. - Rev. Syung Myung Me

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