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Blue Jeans & Moonbeams Import

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  • Audio CD (1 July 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Caroline Distributio
  • ASIN: B000008DZU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,573,534 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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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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