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Friday, August 21, 2009
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band- Grow Fins - Sure 'Nuff n Yes I Do!
Don Van Vliet was born Don Glen Vliet on January 15, 1941. We should re-title this particular box set and call it "Painting with Music". This set of 5 discs will set you up with the best material from 1965-to the mid 1970's and early 80's. Where do you start with Captain Beefheart? He's a musician, and a painter, a sculptor, and probably 3 other things. He had a band of revolving musicians,much like his pal, Frank Zappa had. The music? well, it's jazz,it's blues, it's psychedelic, it's experimental, much like his paintings, and it's all over the place. Why be one thing? Why not invent something no one else does? Well, success never came with chart hits or huge sales in large numbers,but there was plenty of artistic success. There's material on here from the early A & M records period, from the first album, Safe As Milk, the classic album you ought to own. Then there's more material from we'll call it, the Buddah records years, and finally a large chunk of Trout Mask Replica, his opus, which was released in June of 1969 on Zappa's Straight label. Much of the rest is of this box is early to mid 70's period Beefheart,which is a variety of sound paintings. What other way can you describe it? Well, BBC Radio DJ John Peel stated: "If there has ever been such a thing as a genius in the history of popular music,it's Beefheart.I heard echoes of his music in some of the records I listened to last week and I'll hear more echoes in records that I listen to this week." The White Stripes have released an EP as a kind of dedication to the Captain, including 'Party of Special Things to Do' and 'Ashtray Heart',and there's this wonderful CD/LP compilation called Fast 'n' Bulbous A Tribute To Captain Beefheart (from 1988) And it features: XTC,Sonic Youth,the Membranes and many more. I'm certain, this set could light your Beefheart fuse and set you off listening to more,so that's why I'm posting it. I'm just going to tell you, to please be open minded and don't think all great music has to be a hit record,or too rigid, conforming, and 4/4 time. I'll post a couple and you stay tuned, for more if you wanna.