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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Wb
  • ASIN: B000054A1M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A. Weaver on 30 Jan. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Lick My Decals Off, Baby (lets shorten it to Lick) came one year after the groundbreaking Trout Mask Replica (TMR) and follows that album about as much as it leads the listener away from it. This is quite hard to explain but Lick does and does not sound like TMR. The songs are shorter overall, as is the album at only thirty nine minutes compared to TMR's seventy nine minutes, and the fifteen songs are in general more polished than what's on TMR. They have a greater sense of structure to them, though don't take that to mean they've all got versus and choruses. A lot of the draw of this album is that The Magic Band took what worked well on TMR and honed it to a finer degree, trimming away anything that wasn't absolutely essential. Personally I still prefer TMR to Lick but this is an extremely close second. There isn't a single bad track on the album and a lot of the songs are much better than the bulk of TMR. But it just doesn't have the same impact as TMR in terms of feeling like you just entered another universe, which obviously no other album could emulate, or should attempt to for that matter, and I guess that's why I still prefer that album to Lick.

It opens up with the title track, a song that is both instantly catchy (a lot of this album could be said to be catchy) and fantastically strange. `Lick My Decals Off, Baby' is a wholehearted cry to let go of the decals - or labels - of society and embrace an unrestrained way of living and the power of sexuality. The captain sings `I wanna lick you everywhere it's pink n everywhere you think' in a low glassy voice that's just freaking lush. His lyrics on Lick are as unrestrained and humerous as ever.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Neil on 15 Aug. 2008
Format: Audio CD
Let me just start this review by saying something about Trout Mask Replica. I wrote quite a lengthy review of TMR on this site in which I tried to describe the journey of getting into that album. When I wrote the review I hadn't really managed to permeate it yet, and about a week after writing it I had an epiphany and it all made sense - all the overlapping rhythms and melodies came together and I was able to recognise even the most difficult piece as containing the genius I kind of knew it always did - yes, even Hair Pie: Bake 1 was lucid and clear. Despite wanting to tell the world, I decided I wanted my review to retain its integrity, so there it is on Amazon forever, telling everyone that I don't quite get Trout Mask Replica.

Ok, now I can get on to Lick My Decals Off, Baby. No, it's not commercially available, but since hearing about this album I have made it my mission to acquire it - though I would never go so far as to buy a secondhand copy for £50. All I did one day was search the internet for it - "Lick My Decals Off Baby free download" was my criteria. It came up on the first page of results. I couldn't believe it, but there it was. Let me just add a disclaimer here: if it was available to buy, I would buy it. I still would. Whatever record company hasn't made it available, so I've had to find it on my own. And downloading it is just like buying a secondhand copy anyway - the artist doesn't get any proceeds from secondhand sales. So really I've just been smart, and saved myself £50. And the version I found for download is very good quality. Go look for yourself. (Next I've got to find the original tapes of the Bat Chain Puller album).

Now, the review proper. Released the year after Trout Mask Replica, Lick My Decals Off, Baby continues in much the same vein.
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Patrik Lemberg on 1 Mar. 2005
Format: Audio CD
My favorite Captain Beefheart recording. Yes, I like it better than its precursor Trout Mask Replica, even though the latter is known as THE Beefheart album, and even though there's no reason to compare the two.
Listening to the Captain you can't do without either of the above mentioned though. Trout Mask Replica (recorded and produced by Frank Zappa) was revolutionary in its day, but Lick My Decals Off Baby is more concrete and rhythmically together (though highly exceptional). Nothing like this has been done prior to or since its release in 1970 - not even by the Magic Band. There's no point in (and not enough space for) trying to describe the album track by track since you won't be able to get even a slight comprehension of what it's all about without having listened through it all at least ONCE. Having listened through the album close to 50 times now, it's quite obvious that this band has been strictly led - musically more so than for the Trout Mask album (and yes - I am familiar with the circumstances of rehearsal and recording for that album).
Lick My Decals Off Baby contains genius ideas rhythmically, melodically and harmonically. There are three instrumental tracks, two of which are performed on only guitar. The famous "stereo-guitars" on this album are used together in ways that two guitars hadn't much played together before - basically all instruments play seemingly "odd" parts considering what they're "supposed" to do (or at least what they were supposed to do 35 years ago), allowing a result of a very individual groove - unlike anything you've heard by a band without Magic. The album also contains a great amount of marimba, which gives the sound a fresh flavour and, at dominating levels, a great kick.
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