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This was the end of the show for the musical Captain Beefheart. After this Don went of into the world of art, the art seen on the cover of the album behind the photo in fact.

The cd is remastered to great effect allowing aspects previously hidden to make themselves felt. The playing is of the usual high standard, an incredible standard really that was only obvious in live perfomance.

Mike Barnes provides superb liner notes which help to make sense of the album and the events surrounding its creation. To listen to this without some sort of guidance/assistance is like going to check out a movie whilst wearing a welders mask.

Basically this album was constructed from a mix of material from the late 60's up, reworked pieces from other albums and a handful of new recordings. It all hangs together fairly well. Some of the material here ranks along with Trout Mask for sheer avant garde approach and some is almost mainstream, well mainstream for Beefheart that is.

Ice Cream for Crow, Hey Garland, The Past Sure is Tense and Light Reflected off the Oceands of the Moon are, for me, the stand out tracks.
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on 15 May 2013
Product came A-OK and all that stuff.

Beefheart here makes his last album, and the third album back to the drawing board. But this drawing board is Trout Mask.
The Captain writes stuff far weirder than Doc and Beast, take a look at Hey, Garland, 81 Poop Hatch and The Thousanth Day.
So immediatly, if you like Lick My Decals and Trout Mask, get this.
However, those who prefer the more easy listening (well for the Captain) like his two predecessors, you also will be happy. Cardboard Cutout Sundown is much like Best Patch Yet with it's catchy punk sounding guitars and a formation of two songs. Ink Mathmatics is also a fairly simple rock song. Even more easier, is The Past Sure Is Tense, and the wonderful Witch Doctors Life (Quite like Candle Mambo.)

Of course, we have the well known title track, a great blues-rock song. After that is the great The Host, The Ghost The most Holy-O. This is actually a sing-along song. Not kidding, the chorus is great. As of being older, the Captain rairly uses his voice, sadly. Quite a few are spoken word, and we don't really here him "sing" apart from a bit of Witch Doctor, Ice Cream and maybe The Past. This is a niggle, but not really fair, as even around then, the poor guy had signs of multiple sclerosis.

As with previous albums, we get a few instrumentals. Semi-Multicoloured Gaussian is a sand-stomper like the title track, and Evening Bell is a nice, canny, little song. My possible favourite is the last song (not counting the bonus track, the B Side to Ice Cream, which is basically Hey Garland only an instrumental and even harder to listen to) Skeleton Makes Good. This is a brilliant closer, as to any old listener, the song sounds like a very strange song as usual. Wait around till the 40 second mark, and then be amazed. And slowly, the pots twang away to nothing.

And then we have to say goodbye.
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on 1 April 2011
This is yet more fascinating stuff from the mighty Captain Beefheart. It is shall we say pretty "angular" so is not as easily accessible as "Safe as milk", "Clear spot or "Shiny beast" but it is an essential purchase nonetheless, particularly since it has been remastered with the bonus track "Light reflected off the oceans of the moon"."Low yo yo stuff"....
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on 21 April 2012
This and Shiny Beast are must buys. He's up there with Zappa in the genius league and this album proves it. From the opening title tack right through you won't be disappointed. Sheer brilliance!!!!!!!!!!!!! ::::o))))))
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on 13 October 2011
GET THIS. It may be his last but his albums were getting exceptional towards the end. It is still well worth IT even WITH just one song you might latch onto. Mostly harsh sounding but hey what would you expect from such a one?
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on 22 March 2002
The Captain bows out on an immpeccable high. The high priest of avant-dust-rock-blues-jazz-speak-pink-child-hammer-music leaves with an album full of humour, fun, style and poetry. The melodies and guitar lines predictably unpredictable. He's really letting it go here like he's actually relaxed. He uses a spoken word technique to incredible effect, its absolutely compelling. Addictive listening that just when you feel you have stretched your brain around it, you haven't, its seven tangents to the diagonal left of you. The Magic band are pinging off each other superbly and its a heads down final charge at the ramparts of the catatonic state we dwell in. Hats off to Mr. van Vliet.
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on 3 January 2014
Maybe this is all the Beefheart you need in one album. The lyrics are great of course - no brainer!
The music re-visits all of his styles but in a new way as always. Everything sounds fresh, complex, intelligent and vital. All the notes are approximately in their perfect places :)
It rocks, it boogies, it lopes along like a giraffe, it staggers, splutters and comes alive.
I love all Beefheart's albums - well 10/12 anyway.
This is quietly, unceremonously one of the very best - making it one of anyone's best.
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on 20 October 2014
Beefheart's final album. All the classic Beefheart twists and turns, the surreal poetry, the unique voice, though showing signs of deteriation, of the illness that would eventually rob the world of the Captain. There is however an additional dimension, melanchol, that hangs over this work, Beefheart clearly knew that this would be his last venture in music. A Unique talent and a great artist in more than one medium. RIP Captain Beefheart. Your voice is still with us.
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on 9 January 2016
Another fantastic band performing the "Captains" swansong. a very good album from a wonderful artist. it's a shame that the Captain wasn't as good a business and diplomat man as he was musician and painter, so much time and effort wasted in the "red tape" that prevented more of his original and extremely subtle lyrics performed by the greatest voice in modern music
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on 20 September 2014
If you like Beefheart you will love this, Epic genius tinged with minor insanity, A truly great Poet and musician of our times who will be sadly missed by many fans.
The more you listen the more clear the messages become, because all the Captains tunes have a story to tell !
Frank and Don must be making some awesome tunes right now up there.
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