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Strictly Personal [VINYL]

Captain Beefheart Vinyl
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  • Vinyl (29 Jan 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Simply Vinyl
  • ASIN: B00004WOKT
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,014,476 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius 6 Jun 2008
Format:Audio CD
I first heard this when it was released, in the UK, on Sunset Records, a budget label who also released the Bonzo Dog Band albums etc. This was one of the albums that nearly everybody I knew at the time had in their collection. In the late 1970s when Punk and second hand record shops arrived in Dundee this was one of the albums that people couldn't give away. In that era peopel were casting off their previous music collections and getting rid of anything Prog Rock or Hippy, this album falling into the latter category.

I deeply resented being told that I shouldn't like all the stuff I liked before so I clung on my own judgement and still consider this as a classic, not just of Beefheart's career but I would put it in my top 10 1960s albums, and there is a lot of competition there.

There are a couple of things to clear up here, the first is the opening track Ah Feel Like Ahcid (unfortunately Amazon does not have the mechanism for customers to feedback with absent or incirrect track titles). Many assumed that this was an LSD reference but Beefheart insists that it was just a phonetic spelling of the phrase in the song "I feel like I said...", however, even if this is the case I am sure that the record company, if not Beefheart himself, were trying to exploit this ambiguity.

The second big bone of contention is the post production phasing etc, Beefheart came out publicly and denounced this say that the record company had destroyed his album, he later did a similar thing with Unconditionally Guaranteed and Bluejeans & Moonbeams. In these later albums I am inclined to take his objections as face value but in this case I think he is being rather disingenuous. Beefheart embraced the production of Strictly Personal prior too and immediately after it's release.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Audio Sculpture in your Living Room 26 Nov 2010
Format:Audio CD
There is so much dross around. Virtually all popular music ambles around middle c, 4/4 rythm and "I love and I am in the dark" type lyrics. Completely peurile stuff. Yep, a lot of the stuff that youth produce is "wallpaper" or Cultural Babyfood.

If we were to use visual analogies with music, then "Strictly Personal" is the "David" of youth music. It stands solid and uncompromising in your living room - "cheese in the corner with a mile long beard", so there you go.

I was always under the impression this was the definitive Beefheart Album, but I heard that Don Van Vliet freaked when it was over-produced with the then state of the art gizmos "what the hell, what the heck". This album is brilliant from beginning to end, it has the personality and solidity of dirty granite.

The guitar playing is completely gutsy and rootsy. "Ah feel like Ahcid" has such a satisfying guitar sound. I can't help feeling that this is where Keith Richards thought "Oh, yes!" and so shaped his future guitar playing. The lyrics are pure, simple and banal "flash chicken legs".

"Safe as Milk". Rock music. You could just imagine this being played live booming out over the speakers. "Gracious Ladies bi-lines hanging on to vine". This track makes the band into a juggernaut, just laying waste to anything that stands in its way.

"Trust us". Psychedelia abounds in this. I can Don Van Vliets point here; but then the production makes the sound what it is. Rythmically, it just chops and changes and you wonder what the hell is going on, but then the final passage splendidly completes things.

"Mirror Man". Like the opening guitar riff. Van Vliet ladling voice over the music "mirrrrrrroooooooooor...mirrrrrroooor..." Guitars, bass and drums turn into huge percussive heart over which Van Vliet gives an indistinguishable of harp and vocals. I really like the final gasp of harp at the end of the track.

This is only half of the story, play on...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Black heaven, ah cid 8 Dec 2011
Format:Audio CD
In 1968 I was 14 and attitude-dancing. There was nothing quite like swanning around the school playground with a copy tucked under your arm of an album no-one had heard of - or at least anyone who didn't listen to John Peel of a Saturday afternoon.

And 'Strictly Personal' was the real deal; the second album by the most subterranean of all the underground artists of the time; the record sleeve you waved triumphantly at the bloke from the fifth form trying haplessly to pull the same stunt with 'In Search of the Lost Chord'. If you were into Beefheart, you were very much (if you'll forgive a cliched anachronism) 'in the loop'.

Hearing for the first time 'Beatle Bones 'n' Smokin' Stones' shook me rigid. I'd encountered nothing like those spidery backward guitars, that massive, blockbusting percussion, the phasing, the wierd sucking noises that seemed to waft in from a dental surgery in a madhouse, Don Van Vliet's voice roaring up from an abyss into which you ventured on pain of terminal psychotic damage.

But it was also invigorating, shot through with a searching, edgy and deeply satisfying spirit of electronic adventure which, warped enough to frighten horses, children and parents, was unavailable from the sugary confections of the pop charts or even from (otherwise fine) contemporary artists like Cream, Floyd, Family and Fairport. Two or three tracks from Peel and I was hooked, badly needing to investigate further this extraordinary, terrifying music.

On finding the sleeve in my local record shop, my initial shock was confirmed and compounded as soon as I saw the inner photo. Here they were, five extraterrestrials, monochrome emissaries from the outer circle of Hell, sorcerous manifestations of a very bad dream indeed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Strictly Personal Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
The dear old captain at his most weird and wonderful but absolutely brilliant, if you don't have this in your library your missing out on an era gone by RIP.
Published 4 months ago by Richard Goodman
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Followup to the Classic Debut
With an even smaller budget and less time to make an album, The Magic Band struggled to make an album, never mind what they wanted to do. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Eddy Ranson
5.0 out of 5 stars Guitar band artistry
Had this album on vinyl once but don't have a vinyl set up anymore so i bought this one, "Safe As Milk" and "Spotlight Kid" together. Read more
Published on 3 July 2012 by Artisan
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite a find
I'm a converted Captain Beefheart fan having been a fan of bands such as Jimi Hendrix, Cream and Allman Brothers Band, I hadn't really heard any Beefheart songs. Read more
Published on 23 May 2011 by Bring_back_the_60s
5.0 out of 5 stars What can I say apart from WOWWWWWW
This mans music is absolutely mind blowingly wonderful. There is no-one like him and his wonderful band members (even although there have been many members, especially John French... Read more
Published on 19 April 2011 by K. Kelly
4.0 out of 5 stars Another different album from the mighty Captain
Great album, good to stunning vocals and snappy tunes. This one sounds distinctly different to any of the others, I have all of the rest bar Moonbeams and Unconditionally, possibly... Read more
Published on 23 Jan 2009 by Smitty Werbenjaegermanjensen (real name)
5.0 out of 5 stars Full vinyl replacement
I have had this album on vinyl since about 1968 on the original Blue Thumb label but until I obtained this on CD I was never able to listen to the whole album - read on for an... Read more
Published on 6 Nov 2007 by Ivon of Windermere
4.0 out of 5 stars Strictly Personal
Although a remix with the guitar and drums raised would greatly improve this album, as it stands its still great. Read more
Published on 3 Sep 2005 by Joseph Henderson
4.0 out of 5 stars not the best Don but better than amost everyone else.
This is genuinely innovative stuff. Although relatively coventional compared to what was to come i.e. Read more
Published on 3 Feb 2005 by John
4.0 out of 5 stars A Beafheart classic
From the first period of the Magic Band, when they still played traditional blues. (Well, nothing from Don van Vliet is traditional). Read more
Published on 3 Dec 2000 by 2rb1
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