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Ice Cream for Crow [Original recording remastered]

Captain BeefheartAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Ice Cream For Crow (2006 Digital Remaster) 4:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. The Host The Ghost The Most Holy O (2006 Digital Remaster) 2:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Semi Multicoloured Caucasian (2006 Digital Remaster) 4:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Hey Garland I Dig Your Tweed Coat (2006 Digital Remaster) 3:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Evening Bell (2006 Digital Remaster) 2:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Cardboard Cut Out Sundown (2006 Digital Remaster) 2:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. The Past Sure Is Tense (2006 Digital Remaster) 3:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Ink Mathematics (2006 Digital Remaster) 1:40$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. The Witch Doctor Life (2006 Digital Remaster) 2:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. 81 Poop Hatch (2006 Digital Remaster) 2:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. The Thousandth And Tenth Day Of The Human Totem Pole (2006 Digital Remaster) 5:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Skeleton Makes Good (2006 Digital Remaster) 2:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Light Reflected Off The Oceans Of The Moon (2006 Digital Remaster) 4:47$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 3, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Astralwerks
  • ASIN: B000FDJ2W4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,531 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2006 digitally remastered reissue of this 1982 release. Recorded with the inevitable Magic Band line-up change as a result of personal and financial conflict, it was the swansong for the career of Beefheart and represents his final musical offering before concentrating on his canvas painting, Features extensive liner notes written by Beefheart expert Mike Barnes. 13 tracks. Virgin.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This is Captain Beefheart's final album, and it's one of his greatest albums, if not the greatest. It's as unique as Trout Mask Replica, and just as brilliant. I bought this when it came out, not knowing it would be the Captain's final album. I love the title track, one of Beefheart's best songs ever. The instrumental Semi-Multicolored Causcasian is one of Beeheart's most intricate compositions, with Gary Lucas and Jeff "Morris" Tepper shining during this track. The titles of the songs here are superb (along with the songs themselves). I love Hey Garland, I Dig Your Tweed Coat, Skeleton Makes Good, and The Past Sure Is Tense. Beefheart never really achieved any commercial success here in the States (though he charted in the U.K. quite often), and decided to leave the world of rock and roll after this album to paint full time. He is an excellent painter, and he said in interviews that he wanted to concentrate on one or the other, and he picked the latter. One of his painting adores the Doc at the Radar Station album (another late gem from him). He is suffering from multiple scerorsis, and the Captain may not be with us much longer. But this album will be with us for a long time. It's brilliant, and even though Beefheart didn't say it was his final album at the time, it's still a great way to go out.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The end of the arrival January 16, 2002
Format:Audio CD
As the line from The Most The Ghost The Most Holy-o goes
"Piled high on truth mountain. The last peak in clarities chain" I think says something about this album. It is his "last peak (peek) and I think his clearest. Lyricly, it is not as challenging as some of his earlier releases and allows an easier look into the mind of a very honest human. The music is perfect. Something I have always liked about Capt Beefheart is that he gets across that there is great beauty in things that on the surface are uncomfortable and difficult to understand. This album, along with Doc At The Radar Station, make up the "later stuff" that allow the "earlier stuff" to be the "earlier stuff" Weather you are coming from Trout Mask Replica or Clear Spot/Spotlight Kid, this is a logical next album . If it is your first,wow, you're lucky.Wherever you're coming from,you bothered to read this, so you KNOW you want it.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Ice Cream For Crow is a highly enjoyable & inventive album. Many of the songs are amongst the best of Beefheart which is saying something & that of course puts it high up the mountain looking down on the sterile schtick passing for rock both then & now. Often this lp is only mentioned in passing as the Captain's last without paying too much attention to it on its own merits, which is a shame, this is not the the typical once great band grows weary & spits out a mediocre goodbye a la Pavement's Terror Twilight, certainly more showing the endless potential of the newer Magic Band [evolving since 1975 w/ Morris Tepper & co.]. The opening title track was a single & had a video done for it which was 1 of the earliest & the only one CB ever did, Don explained to Dave Letterman that Ice Cream For Crow referred to black & white. It's a stomping almost country blue boogie, about the heat of the desert, "it's so hot, looks like you have 3 beaks crow" & I'm not even going to ponder what else. The Host, the Ghost, the Most Holy-O deals with religious matters & the music is a bit slower but certainly still jagged in that classic Beefheart way. The Semi-multicoloured Caucasian is an instrumental guitar feature that is really quite pleasant & could almost get airplay. Hey Garland is the most farout/abrasive composition here, epic ranting over skronk supreme. Track-by-track descriptions get boring after a while so I'll just say other highlights are the 1010th Day of the Human Totem Pole [nice sax solo there I might add], The Past Sure Is Tense [try getting Richard Midnite Hatsize Snyder's bassline out of yr head, eh?], & The Witch Doctor Life. Read more ›
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Improved version of a solid Beefheart release February 26, 2008
Format:Audio CD
If you own only one Beefheart disc, it needs to be "Trout Mask Replica". If you own three or more, this should be one of them.

Compared to the original Virgin CD release, this remaster offers improved sound, a 12 page insert with newly written liner notes describing the sessions, and an extra track, "Light Reflected off the Oceans of the Moon", which is a Beefheart sax solo over the rhythm section of "Hey Garland, I Dig Your Tweed Coat".
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cranium Classics............. January 27, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I finally got this thing on CD. I don't want to reveal my age but I've had this thing since it came out. I upgraded from a cassette that was played too much and sat in hot cars too much. I prefer this album and "Doc at Radar.." over just about anything Beef and the MB did.
Everyone talks about "Trout Mask" so much so I will too:
To me, these later works by CB and the MB are superior. The band is tighter, the production is better, the Captain had refined his song poem style to perfection and studio/equipment was of higher quality.
"Trout Mask" by comparrison has dubious sound quality, lack of variation, and some writing which is not of this calibur, but perhaps that's just me. "Trout Mask" is a good bargain however and I rate it 5 stars also. What else besides other Beefheart albums can you compare these records to? None.... so these have to be 5 star albums.
A few people have said they can hear his voice failing him on this record. I beg to differ. It's true he talks his way through alot of tracks, but he always did. Just listen to "Trout Mask" again and confirm it.
Anyway, he sings most songs here, "Ice Cream", "Ink Mathmatics", "The Witch Doctor Life" "The Past Sure is Tense", etc. He's in tune, his voice is powerful, the tunes are catchy, the band is on fire. It's really some of the most realized work of his career.
About the only songs that aren't as realized by the band are "Cardboard Cutout", "SKeleton" and "Hey Garland" but that's just because the band doesn't appear to have hashed out what they are doing as much. His lyrics of course are cool on all songs and "Poop Hatch" is one of his best spoken pieces ever.
Highly recommended!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Why don't you have this yet??
Excellent album! One of the finest in the Captain Beefheart catalog. The Magic Band shines on this disc, bringing a more solid, cogent background to Don's abstract poetry and at... Read more
Published 1 month ago by denny hanley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Beefheart
A must have for Captain Beefheart fans. Not as out there as Trout mask Replica, but great music and the Captain's voice is superb.
Published 19 months ago by Megan M. Malneritch
4.0 out of 5 stars The Captain's Swan Song
I listened to this album right after I found out that Don Van Vliet (Captain Beefheart) passed away on that fateful day in December. Read more
Published on August 3, 2012 by Robert Assante
5.0 out of 5 stars It's more than what you thought!
Let's say you were born an undeniable genius. Let's say that Trout Mask Replica was your cave art. You spend the next nine years a voice crying in the wilderness. Read more
Published on January 8, 2011 by Zen Bruddha
5.0 out of 5 stars RIP.
He was the best ,I loved his fantastic voice,and his unusual music this was an improvement on some of his later cds. He was fantastic REST IN PEACE great man.
Published on December 23, 2010 by Ray
3.0 out of 5 stars inconsistent because of all the spoken songs
First of all, one thing that immediately strikes me about Ice Cream for Crow is that the production is really good. Read more
Published on December 4, 2010 by B. E Jackson
4.0 out of 5 stars Way way out there....
And yes, that is what a human totem pole actually sounds like. That said, this is probably a lot easier to get into than Trout Mask, as in it's got more songs resembling what most... Read more
Published on August 30, 2007 by Gerth Mirthful
3.0 out of 5 stars Farewell, Don.
This is Beefheart's last album, and it's not one of his best....especially coming after a powerhouse like "Doc At The Radar Station". Read more
Published on June 14, 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fertile work
Lyrically, to me this one ranks with the best of his work that I am aware of. His imagery is so unexpected, and (what else?) uniqely creative. "Hey Garland... Read more
Published on March 5, 2003 by Chris
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