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Bluejeans And Moonbeams [Original recording remastered]

Captain Beefheart Audio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (7 Aug 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000FDJ2VA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,206 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2. Same Old Blues (2006 Digital Remaster)
3. Observatory Crest (2006 Digital Remaster)
4. Pompadour Swamp (2006 Digital Remaster)
5. Captain's Holiday (2006 Digital Remaster)
6. Rock 'N' Roll's Evil Doll (2006 Digital Remaster)
7. Further Than We've Gone (2006 Digital Remaster)
8. Twist Ah Luck (2006 Digital Remaster)
9. Blue Jeans And Moonbeams (2006 Digital Remaster)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Why the negative press? 11 Nov 2006
Format:Audio CD
As a Beefheart fan, I jumped at the thought that Branson was going to re-release brand spanking new remastered cds of the Captain's Virgin years. I had not heard this album before the remasters as it always recieves thumpingly bad reviews from music critics who claim this is where Beefheart 'lost it' etc. In truth, it is not a staggering masterpiece but at the same time it is in no way awful either. Any album that has 'Observatory Crest' on it can't be all bad. 'Party Of Special Things to Do' is one of the Captain's more accesible funky freakouts opening with the classic line 'The camel wore a nightie'. Snap open any of the recent write ups in music mags on these reissues and we get 1 star reviews for this album. Come ON guys!, it's not that bad...Go ahead and call 'Trout Mask Replica' a masterpiece [i'd agree its pretty special], but in many ways this album and its companion 'Unconditionally Guaranteed' are better introductions to the uninitiated. Beefheart's sincere blues voice is still very much in evidence here and the songs are accessible with a hint of insanity within. My favourite Beefheart album is 'Clearspot' and 'Shiny Beast' is very good also. Give this one a go and if you find the arrangements a bit sickly sweet or dated then stick on some 'Clearspot' or 'Safe As Milk'. 'Observatory Crest' [ covered by Mercury Rev] and 'Party Of Special Things To Do' are pretty peerless in the Captain's repertoire. The synth sound on the title track is disgusting, I have to admit.....
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By Sebastian Palmer TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Just as with 'Unconditionally Guaranteed', many staunch Beef fans don't rate this album. It's certainly wholly different from his more singular and original work either side of this period. This said, it's not without precedent: Too Much Time and My Head Is My Only House Unless It Rains (both on Clear Spot) are early indications that The Beef could get very mellow indeed.

That the band of this era is known as 'The Tragic Band' is wholly groundless and unfair. The playing and feel are flawless throughout. If this had been the sole release of some other artist it would be judged entirely differently. Looked at/listened to in its own right the album stands up well. The sublime Observatory Crest alone makes it worth the price of purchase, with it's simple romantic lyrics and subtle evocative guitar arrangement. Pompadour Swamp and Blue Jeans And Moonbeams are also beautiful in their gentle delicacy.

He even returns to his blues roots in that he does a cover: J. J. Cale's Same Old Blues is given a straight ahead and unpretentious airing, and it's very nice tune too. Party Of Special Things To Do and Rock And Roll's Evil Doll are rootsier/funkier than most other Beef, in a lightly poppy way. And Twist Ah Luck is like a bluesy rock stomp that you can imagine a '70's country rock band doing. The Eagles could've recorded this (albeit with a very different treatment of the vocals)!

Captain's Holiday is just that. Time out for the Cap'n. All he does is play harmonica, and the tune is neither composed by him (rather for him), or, to my ears, chosen by him (I believe he may, as a blues buff, have chosen the Cale song himself). It sounds like he was asked to put this on the album, and acceded, and it is the weakest track, a real oddity in his output.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
On purchasing this album, my first by the captain, i expected a wave of surrealism and new 'noise'.Instead bluejeansandmoonbeams is a mellow bluesy album, which is generally rather good.The standout tracks on this are tracks 1 and 3, the first for beefhearts particularly brilliant husky howl of a voice (genius) and the third (observatory crest)for the voice (again) but more the beauty of its melody.I expected nothing like this from beefhearts reputation and was surprised and relieved i hadn't wasted my money.This isn't 'classic' beefheart but its an album that you grow (fins-ha ha!) to like because it shows beefheart from a different, quieter angle, combining blues and sweet sweet melodies that contrast, for example his early troutmaskreplica and late icecreamforcrow albums.This seems to be an album that is in between his trademark surreal eras and the result is a more commercial album. Despite this,it definitely is the captain. The voice and those jangly guitars may be in "reflective" mood (some say uninspired) but it is still worth getting.The title track, to finish off the album, is a masterpiece of horn sounds and guitar with a gentle beefheart voice leading to the close of a nice recording.Although every good fan should have all captain beefhearts work- this album should be put in your fine collection sooner than some of his other work.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars what's SO bad about it? 29 Jan 2010
Format:Audio CD
OK, so it's not Trout Mask or Strictly Personal, is like Beefheart joins Kansas. But the musicianship is tight, and the contrast between the fluid, even sometimes spacy melodies and the bluesy Beefheart voice is interesting. Beefheart was always in part a white soul even doo-wop guy (cp. "I'm Glad" from Safe as Milk). And there's a classic, sneering, earthy blues, "The Same Old Blues" amid the ballads (but with STRINGS!). And, almost like a legacy from the canonical albums, the opening track. While much soft rock of the period would now make us cringe, Beefheart's is offered in his own inimitable, characteristic style. There's much more going on here than on recordings to which it is regretfully compared, and this alone would make it worth a listen.
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2.0 out of 5 stars No, it is his worst album
With a rag-tag band playing watered-down music. Trapped as he often was by unwise contractual arrangements, this is pseudo-commercial Beefheart merely going through the motions. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jah Knee
5.0 out of 5 stars Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band - Blue Jeans and Moonbeams
Amazing how there can be such a difference between 2 albums this and 'Strictly Personal' but both excellent and well worth owning RIP.
Published 4 months ago by Richard Goodman
5.0 out of 5 stars A great Beefheart Album
You could spend many hours trying to 'get' some of the Captains deeper albums, or just buy this one as it's the obvious starter. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Brian B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Introducing Captain Beefheart
Boy, is this album divisive. As a 14 year old youth quite content with my Glam Rock, I saw a 20 second preview of that nights Old Grey Whistle Test featuring the oddly named... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Tappdage
4.0 out of 5 stars An old favourite
As a teenager in the 70's I found Trout Mask Replica pretty inaccessible but then one day a friend put this on between bouts of the Grateful Dead and and Zappa. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mr. W. Allbrook
5.0 out of 5 stars 70's classic
First heard this album as a teenager. Brings back memories of spending time listening to new music, chilling out with my cool hippy uncle. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mr Mark A Quinn
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank's love
My wife insisted I get this. She knew it from her teens. Somehow it passed me by at the time. Now we have it it has become one of my favourite albums to put on at home. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Everybodyknows
5.0 out of 5 stars bad?.....who beefheart? nah.
i completely agree with t flint. people consider 'bluejeans' and 'unconditionally guaranteed' his worst albums..... Read more
Published on 23 Feb 2011 by dominoes
4.0 out of 5 stars Think about it..and you may see?
Talking from the context of the musicians (minus Beefhearts as singer for the moment) I would say that those playing on this album are certainly amongst the finest that Beefheart... Read more
Published on 2 Aug 2009 by C. Muscillo
3.0 out of 5 stars Still Crazy After All These Years
For an artist capable of 'Trout Mask Replica' and 'Lick My Decals Off, Baby', this is poor stuff. But for poor stuff, it's not bad. Read more
Published on 3 Mar 2009 by E. J. Bell
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