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Lick My Decals Off Baby Import

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  • Audio CD (25 Oct. 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Enigma/Retro Straight
  • ASIN: B00008EU9X
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 446,324 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Catalogue number 7 73394-2 and UPC (barcode) 018777339421 this is an American import (it has never been released on CD in the UK) on the Enigma Retro/Straight label with the following tracks: 1> Lick My Decals Off, Baby [2:38], 2> Doctor Dark [2:46], 3> I Love You, You Big Dummy [2:54], 4> Peon [2:24], 5> Bellerin' Plain [3:35], 6> Woe-Is-Uh-Me-Bop [2:06], 7> Japan In A Dishpan [3:00], 8> I Wanna Find A Woman That'll Hold My Big Toe Till I Have To Go [1:53], 9> Petrified Forest [1:40], 10> One Red Rose That I Mean [1:53], 11> The Buggy Boogie Woogie [2:19], 12> The Smithsonian Institute Blues (Or The Big Dig) [2:11], 13> Space-Age Couple [2:32], 14> The Clouds Are Full Of Wine (Not Whiskey Or Rye) [2;50], 15> Flash Gordon's Ape [4:57].

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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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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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"Lick" is the only album ever compatible to legendary "Trout Mask",
yet this classic hasn't been available for years.
Similar in style to TMR, "Lick" is much better produced, the main difference is that TMR's twin guitar sound is changed into a
guitar/marimba interplay that's truly amazing, courtesy of
Bill Harkleroad and Art Tripp III. The performances, compositions
and lyrics are top-notch all over - the Captain's peculiar
humor shining through ever so often.
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This is the one that Beefheart himself rated the best of his incredible catalogue, and I find it difficult to disagree. I've lived with Trout Mask Replica for a longer time, but it still doesn't hit me in the way that Decals does. As others have mentioned, this is a relatively shorter piece, but it stacks up a lot better. Every track is top drawer. The burst of alto sax that comes in at the end of Bellerin' Plain is pure magic. Woe-Is-A-Me-Bop, the title track, Doctor Dark, I Love You You Big Dummy, are all among the greatest things Beefheart ever produced. I love Trout, but like The Beatles White Album, it needs editing. But then, it is what it is, and that's great too. Decals, though, just hooks you in from start to finish. It is not in any way as difficult as its predecessor, and for my money rates as highly, if not higher, than Doc At The Radar Station. Well, this week it does, but who knows, nothing's set in stone. The beauty of Beefheart is you can return to his music time and time again, and be filled with the same sense of awe that hits you the first time you find your way in to his strange world. Excellent stuff. I recommend everyone own a copy of this album.
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