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LONDON 1974

Captain Beefheart

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

2.05 | 11 ratings

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FoonTheElder
1 stars Ay-yi-yi! THIS is Captain Beefheart?!?

First, a little background. In the mid-seventies, CB signed up Andy DiMartino as manager and signed with Mercury records. Apparently, the idea was to create more popular music, which failed miserably, as CBs record sales were lower than in his Warner Bros. years. The direction of the music pissed off the remaining members of the original Magic Band, so they all quit just before they were to go on tour in England. DiMartino quickly hired a group of session musicians (who had no idea who Captain Beefheart was) and headed to England. This is a live set on that tour.

The music is uninspired, as is CBs singing. Most of the songs are from the Unconditionally Guaranteed album which was an obvious attempt for middle of the road radio play. Frankly, London 1974 sounds like a Las Vegas lounge act with Captain Beefheart as the smooth crooner and a group of local session players.

Ay-yi-yi!

FoonTheElder | 1/5 |

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