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Captain Beefheart Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (7 Aug 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Msi Music/Super D
  • ASIN: B000N0UN40
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic be with you also 31 Aug 2011
Format:Audio CD
This is my favourite Captain beefheart record. It is his most commercial. The best Avant Garde record by Captain Beefheart, in my opinion is; 'Shiney Beast Bat Chain Puller' also highly recommended is 'Lick my decals off baby' which deserves a mention, for extending the boundries of contempory music. There has been nothing quite like it.
There was a lot of controversy, with the release of, 'Unconditionally Guarenteed', Fans, accused Captain Beefheart of 'selling out', and pilloried him for it. I think they were totally wrong. Every Artist needs to eat.
You wouldn't want a composer to be remembered for writing just bizarre music. Ater all, Frank Zappa moved between both genre. The complex and wierd one moment. Then straight pop music next. Nothing was said about that.
So it is; with this release, Captain Beefheart; alias Don Van Viet, is showing a wider audiance, his phenominal music talents.
The opening track; 'Upon the my o my'. Has Don Van Viet singing and growling. Like a Hurricane at full force. Zoot Horn Rollo's urgent, excellent guitar playing, tries to out-do the singing. DV hits back , with a short Harp solo. Its amazing stuff. The Magic Band, really are magic on this record. Brilliant bass from Rocket Morton. Perfect drumming from Art Tripp, makes for fabulous music.
The next track 'Sugar Bowl' starts off with a slow 'I come frome Alabama', intro, then is played fast. In the middle, there is a slight pause, as Zoot leads a syncopated beat, as though he was stamping hes foot, saying 'Come on, you are not keeping up'. Then they are off again. So thrilling.
'Happy Love Song', is catchy Pop music.Complete with a brass section. Which would have been destined for the charts. Given any kind of Radio air-play.
Lots of amazing slide guitar throughout.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Something different from the captain 5 Mar 2001
Format:Audio CD
Id heard terrible things about this album and the next bluejeans and moonbeams, and nearly gave them a miss. But I desperatly needed another fix of the captain, so plucked for this album, it certainly lacks the charging twistedness of some earlier albums, trout mask replica and lick my decalls off baby. It is a much more main stream approch for the captain, that being said it is still probably a cut above your average rock/blues album. My favourite tracks are the first "upon the my oh my", which is bold and funky also the last tune "lazy music", which is a great kick back relax tune. So if your after the usual captain stuff somthing to pick at and wonder this is not the album for you, but if you want a good rock album, try it...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don van Vliet 2 April 2003
Format:Audio CD
Ground level access to the Beefheart phenomena. He must have given in to the record company, for here you find him singing marketable melody, yet still managing to inject his personal idiosyncrasies. If folklore is true, every note and every silence comes from his capacious mind, and if that is not enough, he probably cut one of the best romances with This Is The Day, an elusively simple but powerful piece. Upon The My-o-my is often shown on BBC's O.G.W.T. reruns. Get your head around this album and Trout Mask Replica will begin to make better sense. The greatest guy in rock history? Very possibly. Enjoy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best, but not the worst either! 26 Sep 2000
Format:Audio CD
This album is often mentioned as one of the Captains's poorer efforts, but I'm not convinced. Sure, this album doesn't feature any of the patience-testing freak-outs of "Trout Mask Replica", nor any of the jazz-groove noodlings of later albums, but it does contain some good examples of where their 60's pop and blues sentiments can work together well. Only complaints are that it's a bit too short, and the Captain seems to be running short of lyrics in places, but apart from that, this is one of the more enjoyable Beefheart albums that you can actually play to other people as well!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Magic Band 27 Dec 2009
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The band's magic. Good singer too.
And songs touched with that off-centredness you'd expect of Beefheart.
This was exactly what I was looking out for when I last made a foray into my mate's old vinyl collection, housed in a sagging tower block of ezy-build cardboard LP containers. Here it was that I had rediscovered 'Buffalo Springfield Again'. This time I unearthed another minor pop-edelia gem. Actually I never was a fan of Beefheart - all that psychedelic overlording and seemingly contrived weirdness. Admittedly I had owned a 'Spotlight Kid' - here described as lugubrious - and been one of the British long-hairs that had got it to no.40 in the UK charts in 1972, but, tellingly, can't remember a thing about it apart from the cover - the Captain himself of course, looking suave.

'Unconditionally Guaranteed' has a similar preoccupation with the guvnor's
image; on the front cover leering at the camera with hands full of crumpled lucre, and on the back looking like he likes being looked at. The seven pages between tell of the Van Vliet autocracy and the extremely polarised response that this album met with. On the front cover the Magic Band get no more than four words in small font, further reduced to invisibility on CD size, but it is them that make this 1974 album what it is.

The Captain stamps his moniker on the very funky swamp rock opening riff straight away. Just when it sounds like it could get tedious Zoot Horn Rollo, the Magic Band guitar player, rescues it and then flute and sax come sliding in too. This is how I remembered Beefheart, strained and menacing. A lighter bluesy romp with a lovely guitar intro follows and suddenly I'm thinking what a great voice the Captain had (He'd have sounded like Waylon Jennings if he'd been a country singer).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Live? Amazon - get your act together!
Enough said. It's a studio album, of course. There is also a remastered edition of UG - is this it? Probably not, but how can anyone tell? Read more
Published 2 months ago by J. G. Hastie
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the finest albums ever made
I'm not into Capt. Beefheart, I know some of his other stuff, but this album is outstanding. It contains betautiful songs, well written and performed. Read more
Published 6 months ago by J. Talsma
5.0 out of 5 stars Good service
I found the CD in good condition and have enjoyed the music very much. I will use this service again.
Published 8 months ago by DAO
3.0 out of 5 stars Makes me cringe but..........
If you want the real Beefheart look elsewhere but if you have everything else well it has its strange draw
but listen before you buy.
Published 10 months ago by English Dave
4.0 out of 5 stars Beefo goes mainstream, well almost.
This album is essential if only for one track, This is the Day. Not a particularly brilliant song but incorporating the best guitar solo ever played on this, or any other planet. Read more
Published on 3 Jan 2011 by edmundo
4.0 out of 5 stars Join me in my discovery of the records of Captain Beefheart and His...
This is the second Beefheart album I've heard. It was actually the first I bought, but I bought Safe As Milk right after it and decided to listen to that first since it was the... Read more
Published on 6 July 2007 by Neil
3.0 out of 5 stars A terrible Beefheart album but not a bad album.
If you are a Beefheart nut who loves a bit of Trout Mask, Doc at the radar station, lick my decals off baby or any of the other hardcore beef stuff then you should seriously avoid... Read more
Published on 30 April 2007 by Mr. J. S. A. Hughes
4.0 out of 5 stars The one Beefheart fans hate to love
Let no one say Beefheart fans are snobs, but the thought of the man recording accessible music sticks in our collective craw. Read more
Published on 31 Jan 2003 by Patrick Neylan
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