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3.0 out of 5 stars Why the negative press?, 11 Nov. 2006
This review is from: Bluejeans And Moonbeams (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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Initial post: 16 Dec 2008, 13:04:10 GMT
I think a lot of the "negative press" (certainly in my case anyway) comes from those who followed Beefheart as a contemporary artist, from Safe as Milk, Strictly Personal, through to Trout Mask and Decals. In that situation, Bluejeans & Moonbeams - take it from me - was a terrible disappointment and an artistic tragedy. But I accept it may well seem different to the younger retrospective listener.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jan 2012, 12:54:29 GMT
totally disagree, i think your letting your eyebrows interfear with your eyes, this is a beautiful lp, and it didnt need remastering either production was/is sweet,warm and clear...
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