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Audio CD, November 5, 1991
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This CD is an out of print collectible! It is the original 1989 release. Still sealed, but shrink wrap has been torn.

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  • Audio CD (November 5, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino / Wea
  • ASIN: B000008DZV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,968 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Born Don Vliet, Captain Beefheart was one of modern music's true innovators. The owner of a remarkable four-and-a-half-octave vocal range, he employed idiosyncratic rhythms, absurdist lyrics, and an unholy alliance of free jazz, Delta blues, latter-day classical music, and rock & roll to create a singular body of work virtually unrivaled in its daring and fluid creativity. While he ... Read more in Amazon's Captain Beefheart Store

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Regardless of its commercial status, this album remains one of the band's true masterpieces.
ewomack
LICK MY DECALS OFF, BABY is almost certainly CAPTAIN BEEFHEART and THE MAGIC BAND's most cohesive, most challenging, and most inspired project.
J. Gunning
The music on this album is intelligent, beautiful, chaotic, complex, VERY AMERICAN and too much to understand by most humans.
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84 of 87 people found the following review helpful By H. Minkoff on March 13, 2006
Format: Audio CD
most of the NEW copies of this cd on amazon are counterfeit.
be sure to ask the seller what label his cd is on.
if it's a mini-lp version, it is a copy.
the pictured cd is not authentic.
they sell for $39 here and on ebay.
don't pay $39.99 for a bootleg copy.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By ewomack TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 16, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Coming off of the liberating heels of 1970's "Trout Mask Replica", Don Van Vliet first changed the name of his band from "His Magic Band" to "The Magic Band" and proceeded to record another tight, vigorous, arrhythmic sonic landscape. Though this album doesn't have quite the free form feeling of its precedessor (which included tape recorder chants, false starts, off microphone chatter, and lots of interesting other random tidbits), it stretches the boundaries of rock music in much the same manner. "Lick My Decals Off, Baby" includes 15 autonomous and amazingly crafted songs. Almost as if someone took the "Trout Mask" sessions, applied a razor to the inbetweens and said "THERE! Those are the songs! Now stop it with all that other nonsense!" In this way "Lick My Decals Off, Baby" sounds like an "organized" and only slightly less spontaneous "Trout Mask". This more structured arrangement may have emerged from Van Vliet's alleged desire to actually start making money from The Magic Band. Apparently the previous drummer left after "Trout Mask" and was lured back by a promise of potential cash. In some ways Van Vliet succeeded. The album climbed to number 20 on the UK charts.

Regardless of its commercial status, this album remains one of the band's true masterpieces. The angular and staccato rhythms of "Trout Mask" clank and crunge here with an equal intensity. The title track finds Van Vliet squacking fervently about removing the labels that society affixes to us distracted folk. Apparently many in the early 1970s read the title saliciously (and lines such as "She stuck out her tongue 'n the fun begun" probably didn't help).
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By @GNES $TECK on September 26, 2005
Format: Audio CD
LMDO,B unequivocally rates 11 STARS (+) as a true masterpiece of rock-n-roll and the genre-defying avant-garde to which Beefheart (moreso than his Magic Bands) aspired. What we have here (unreleased on CD, as yet: PLEASE SOMEONE reissue this icon of ROCK AS ART on CD!), is the esteemed Captain Beefheart (nee Don Glen Vliet) elevating the then nascent and flowering juggernaut of rock music to the pantheon of ART. Mr. Van Vliet did likewise with TROUT MASK REPLICA yet with much less finesse and dynamic range. While TMR sounded like a caveman's paroxysm of rock-n-roll ejecta mimicking vaguely a pop band trying to play Coleman-style free-jazz, LMDO,B finds the dear Captain uttering and caterwauling his trademark grunts of apopletic free-verse in-n-around this version of The Magic Band's now more highly refined "music". Now, these or any musican's would never have arrived at this herky-jerky brand of marimba-laden quirk rock without the manic and insightful cauldron that is the brain of Captain Beefheart. Apocryphal tales tell of the "cult- like" conditions in which the Captain wrought his will upon the Magic Band in what amounts to mental badgering to play the sounds that quite likely haunted Van Vliet like the creatures that also sprung from his pens & brushes simultaneously (Van Vliet now enjoys a successful painting career as an avant-garde artist of the visual stripe). He admonished players to play percussive sounds that evoked "a cat rolling down the stairs in a cardboard box" and other non-academic exhortations. And DESPITE (or maybe BECAUSE OF) the tyrranical influence upon the Magic Band (s), LMDO,B rises to the apogee of Beefheart's masterpiece, not Trout Mask Replica.Read more ›
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Daugherty on December 20, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is one of the best things Captain Beefheart ever did. More accomplished than "Trout Mask Replica" (which is a brilliant but messy blueprint), crazier than "Safe as Milk" and better-sung than "Doc at the Radar Station." Van Vliet was still at the peak of his powers on this one, and once you get past the apparent dissonance, "Decals" is actually a pretty easy record to take. "Woe-Is-A-Me-Bop" and "Bellerin' Plain" are both classics, as is the title track and "Doctor Dark," and the drumming and marimba playing are stellar. I understand Art Trip,percussionist on this landmark 1970 recording, now has his own chiropractic office in Mississippi, on the Gulf Coast. That's appropriate because what Beefheart did was take the irregular-metered blues of Mississippi guitarists like Skip James and rev it for the modern world; there is also a persistent hint of Latin music in much of what he does. Few people have ever made rhythms more repressive and more free, at the same time. It is an absolute crime that this record is only available in this very expensive import version. And "Flash Gordon's Ape" is absolutely nuts, one of the greatest things I have ever heard and just the thing to get you through heavy traffic in Atlanta, Los Angeles or any other place where the rhythm of everyday life is just too much.
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