Safe As Milk CD
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(2009/REV-OLA) 19 tracks, recorded 1968
Sure Nuff'n'Yes I Do
Zig Zag Wanderer
Call On Me
Yellow Brick Road
Where There's A Woman
Grown So Ugly
Safe As Milk (take 5)
Big Black Baby Shoes
Dirty Blue Gene
Trust Us (Take 9)
Korn Ring Finger
Top Customer Reviews
Blues elements have always been apparent in Beefheart's singing as well as in his music, and it's probably the strongest element on "Safe as Milk;" the album starts off with a slide-guitar dominated tune, played over a commonly used blues structure used by Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, among others.
"Grown So Ugly," though not a 12 bar structure completely in 4/4, is also a blues tune and cover of blues singer/guitarist Robert Pete Williams. The guitars on the other tracks are also very bluesy, with perhaps the exception of the 3/4 R&B/doo-wop tune "I'm Glad," which--Beefheart's voice aside--musically sounds unlike the rest of the album.
Another bluesy element is Beefheart's distorted tremolo harmonica (introduced on "Plastic Factory") which, just like his emotional singing on "Where There's Woman," is performed from his heart in a skillful, personal way.
The overall sound has been digitally improved. It's not only clearer than on the original LP record, but also compared to earlier CD releases of the album. This has made the audio picture wider and the listening experience "easier" if you will. Some might disagree and call this kind of "updating" rape of art.Read more ›
Ry Cooder plays on it and was indeed, briefly, a member of the Magic Band, until things got too weird for him and he high-tailed it out of there. It was produced by Richard Perry, who went on to produce Leo Sayer, Carly Simon and Barbara Streisand among others; nothing like starting how you mean to go on eh?
In my opinion you can forget your Brian Wilson and your Arthur Lee - Don Van Vliet was the `real' genius who came out of the West Coast in the 60's; a man who's music, even today, makes me laugh, makes me shuffle about the room in an approximation of dancing, makes me mad, makes me sad, makes me wonder. There really was nobody like him: and in 1982 he just stopped! Imagine that - he just stopped! He didn't want to do it anymore - he'd said everything he wanted to in music . Just think of the all the other musicians from the 60's and 70's who's reputations would be so much greater today had they followed suit. (McCartney, Bowie, Ferry - there's three to start off with, and that's before I even think about it - oh yeah, the Stones - there's another one).
`Electricity' is the best song on the original album (and there's a great live version on YouTube), but `Zig Zag Wanderer', `Abba Zabba', `Plastic Factory' and `Grown So Ugly' are all absolutely brilliant as well.Read more ›
Really there are so many varied opinions about this album that there's little sense to be made of them all. The only opinion that counts is yours but, for what it's worth, I think this is five star stuff. But then wierd & strange is okay by me (I still like Syd Barrett!) It's certainly original, unique, unusual and powerful.
US released June 1999 (September 1999 in the UK) – "Safe As Milk" by CAPTAIN BEEFHEART and THE MAGIC BAND on BMG/RCA/Buddah 74321 69175 2 (Barcode 743216917525) is an Expanded Edition CD and breaks down as follows (71:13 minutes):
1. Sho 'Nuff 'N Yes I Do
2. Zig Zag Wanderer
3. Call On Me
4. Dropout Boogie
5. I'm Glad
7. Yellow Brick Road [Side 2]
8. Abba Zaba
9. Plastic Factory
10. Where There's Woman
11. Grown So Ugly
12. Autumn's Child
Tracks 1 to 12 are his debut album "Safe As Milk" – released September 1967 in the USA on Buddah BDM 1001 (Mono) and Buddah BDS 5001 (Stereo) and February 1968 in the UK on Pye International NPL 28110 (initially in Mono only). A Stereo version finally showed in 1970 in the UK on Buddah 623 171 – this CD Remaster uses the STEREO mix.
13. Safe As Milk (Take 5)
14. On Tomorrow
15. Big Black Baby Shoes
16. Flower Pot
17. Dirty Blue Gene
18. Trust Us (Take 9)
19. Korn Ring Finger
Tracks 13 to 19 are all Previously Unreleased, Recorded Oct to Nov 1967 with Alex St. Clair Snouffer and Jeff Cotton on Guitars instead of Ry Cooder.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
No need for words.
Just listen to the album.
If you don't like it, too bad. It's bigger than you. Read more
Ry cooder on guitar ,great opening track .typical beef heart delivery .worth getting .remastered .Published 13 months ago by mark
This is the mighty Captain,more or less, at the beginning of his very peculiar musical journey. Ry Cooder is one of the musicians on this album. Read morePublished 15 months ago by E. Kelly