Label: Rhino Records - RS 6420,Reprise Records - RS 6420,Straight - RS 6420 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue 180 Gram • Country: UK, Europe & US • Genre: Rock, Blues • Style: Blues Rock, Avantgarde
The follow-up to Trout Mask Replicait is regarded by some critics and listeners as superior, and was Van Vliet's favorite. Van Vliet said that the title was an encouragement to "get rid of the labels", and to evaluate things according to their merits rather than according to superficial labels or "decals". French had been arranger and musical director on Trout Mask Replica. Van Vliet ejected French from the group—both figuratively and literally, by allegedly throwing him down a flight of stairs—shortly after Trout Mask Replica was completed, and these roles passed to guitarist Bill Harkleroad.
Baby returned to the group shortly before recording began. Most of the songs began as piano improvisations by Van Vliet. He would record extended improvisation sessions on a cassette recorder.
Harkleroad then listened to these improvisations, picked out the best parts, and pieced them into compositions. The album's liner notes contain two poems or lyrics for songs not present, one untitled and the other Drum Solo - Whitesnake - Made In Japan (DVD, Album) Should Know by the Kindness of uh Dog the Way uh Human Should Be".
Critic Robert Christgau said of the record: "Beefheart's famous five-octave range Tye-Melane Melda - Agressor - Medieval Rites covert totalitarian structures have taken on a playful undertone, repulsive and engrossing and slapstick funny. This remains Beefheart's highest-charting album in the UK.
An early promotional music video was made of its title song, and a bizarre television commercial was also filmed that included excerpts from "Woe-Is-uh-Me-Bop", silent footage of masked Magic Band members using kitchen utensils as musical instruments, and Beefheart kicking over a bowl of what appears to be porridge onto a dividing stripe in the middle of a road.
The video was rarely played but was accepted into the Museum of Modern Artwhere it has been used in several programs. Enigma Retro released a compact disc edition in ; the album has also seen reissue as a g vinyl Babywhich is still in print. All songs initially composed by Don Van Vliet. Arranged by Bill Harkleroad. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band. Retrieved 22 July Retrieved February 23, — via robertchristgau. The Rolling Stone Album Guide.
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