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SAFE AS MILK

Captain Beefheart

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

3.87 | 120 ratings

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FarBeyondProg
4 stars The debut album from the one and only Captain Beefheart (annd his Magic Band...of course) not only was an enjoyable little ditty of an album but it was suprisingly easy to get into considering what he will eventually begin to write (the next review will explain all).

At first what sounds like a strightfoward R'n'B album becomes somewhat possesed by an urge for expirimentation and very Zappa like frollics, highlights like the first two tracks SURE 'NUFF 'N YES I DO and ZIG ZAG WANDERER sound a lot like the Beatles until we get to the very Zappa sounding DROPOUT BOOGIE with its almost spoken word sounding vocals (something the Captain himself will get known for doing on future albums), IM GLAD just sounds like a parody of a 50's or 60's era slow R'n'B tune in the vain of 'Youve Really Got A Hold On Me' by Smokey Robinson. ELECTRICITY sounds like Primus, Frank Zappa and The Beatles in a three way with the theme to George of the Jungle in the background, but my personal highlight is the final track AURUMN'S CHILD with its sporadic twists from being beautiful and calm to being somewhat loud and shouty, all in a day's work for the Captian;

Sure 'Nuff 'N Yes I Do - 9/10 Zig Zag Wanderer - 9/10 Call On Me - 8/10 Dropout Boogie - 8/10 I'm Glad - 9/10 Electricity - 10/10 Yellow Brick Road - 9/10 Abba Zaba - 9/10 Plastic Factory - 7/10 Where There's Woman - 7/10 Grown So Ugly - 7/10 Autumn's Child - 10/10

My Conclusion? This is a great little album of what will go on to form the basis of early expirimental rock music as we know it, support the captain and buy this album.

FarBeyondProg | 4/5 |

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