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Captain Beefheart



3.42 | 106 ratings

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3 stars Dodgy production values harm this album quite a lot but not through the universally condemned phasing as most reviewers have commented.

Whereas the follow up 'Trout Mask' was far more jaggedy, 'Strictly Personal' sticks to the blues roots that Don Van Vliet grew up with. 'Strictly Personal' was apparently disowned by Van Vliet himself due to the generic late 60's psychedelic production by Bob Krasnow who added lots of this phasing business. Pleasingly for me I'm a big fan of such technological tweakery.

Disappointingly this same technology damages some of John French's otherwise excellent drumming. Everything sounds a bit gritty and muffled but not enough to distract.

This isn't bad at all, although nothing jumps out at you in the way things do with "Trout Mask'. As decent an entry into the cryptic world of Beefography as you can get. On second thoughts - there is no easy point of entry.

This is just a bit too 'bluesy' for my taste. Just wait till the acid truly kicks in next year, you'll be in for a big surprise.

A good primer for the monster that was to follow.

Dobermensch | 3/5 |


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