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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 1, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Buddha
  • ASIN: B00000J7A2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,847 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"I may be hungry, but I sure ain't weird," Don Van Vliet, a.k.a. Captain Beefheart, famously intones on this bright-sounding remastered version of the 1967 debut by Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band. Safe as Milk is a bold, tough-ass distillation of Delta blues stomp and '60s garage-punk swagger, fused with a radically polyrhythmic and tempo-shifting style that one might term "art rock." Listening to the delightfully playful, absurdist "Abba Zabba," it's easy to see why Lester Bangs called Beefheart "the only true dadaist in rock"; the song is a good indication of the intricate, rule-breaking music the Magic Band would continue to hone. But there are also formidable ballads (the psychedelic "Autumn's Child," the lachrymose "I'm Glad"), midtempo pop-soul tunes (the Otis Redding-ish "Call on Me"), and straight-ahead blues-rock workouts ("Plastic Factory"), all of which showcase the fretwork of a young Ry Cooder. Much has been made of Beefheart's multiple-octave vocal range; he sings menacingly on "Dropout Boogie" and allegedly broke a very expensive microphone on the eerie "Electricity." The last seven tracks on this reissue (for the most part fascinating, unfinished instrumentals) were recorded with a different lineup; they are outtakes from Mirror Man Sessions. --Mike McGonigal

Customer Reviews

All I can say is just get this album.
Bill Allison
They show a true progression towards Trout Mask and Lick My Decals Off, the pinnicle of beefheart and the Magic Band's work.
Mike Bagwell
The moods are varied and interesting.
Pharoah S. Wail

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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Karen Anderson on December 22, 2003
Format: Audio CD
My maiden voyage with Captain Beefheart begins with "Safe as Milk," and now that my mind has been completely blown, I still can't believe I had never heard this album before now. Where have you been all my life?!!
While pondering the notion of safe milk (Is it really safe?), I am first lured into the opening blues romp, "Sure "Nuff 'N Yes I Do," thinking to myself, yes, this is roots. And just when I'm feeling it's safe to go into the water, "Zig Zag Wanderer" blasts through the ethers better than any psychedelic garage artifact on that Nuggets box set. "Call on Me" is '60s-soul style Otis Redding with tinges of jangly guitar riffs, but what follows is pure "spit in your face" rock anarchy with "Dropout Boogie," keeping in mind that this stuff was recorded in 1967 years ahead of Marilyn Manson. And wud about after dat? Well, a Smokey Robinson "Ooh Baby, Baby" kind of reverie titled "I'm Glad," with soulful harmonies that are safe as, well, milk, well maybe. But beware, next stop, the incredible "Electricity," an amazing extraterrestrial voyage where Black Sabbath meets Lindsey Buckingham meets Salvador Dali on acid. This track bends my mind as stretchy as a salt-water taffy pull at a sci-fi convention, ending with what can only be described as an unidentified flying object departing terra firma into the universe beyond. And just as I'm feeling like I haven't quite touched down yet myself, along comes a comforting re-entry reference point, further cementing the notion that the Magic Band are definitely walk-ins from another planet: "The following tone is a reference tone recorded at our operating level." This reference tone lands me right smack dab on the Yellow Brick Road humming a jug-band-Dead-like ditty commensurate with my operating level.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Todd Wallop on June 17, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I've always loved this record and MAN does it sound fantastic on this reissue. The evil blues growl of Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band must've been *daunting* listening back in 1967, but in in the eclectic musical climate of 1999 it sounds, well, "contemporary." Isn't it about time that the good Captain got his due? Well thanks to this, the upcoming "Grow Fins" box set and Rhino's "best of" just around the bend, finally Van Vliet's music will be heard by more than just a few music afficiandos with very fine taste. Kudos to John Platt for this FINE and long overdue rehauling of "Safe as Milk." Trust ME, it's great!!!!! OH, I forgot to mention that between this and the reissued "Mirror Man" you get all the "lost" tracks from the MM session. Get 'em both,people, get 'em both!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Pharoah S. Wail VINE VOICE on October 31, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I have never heard Lick My Decals Off Baby, but of the Beefheart I have heard, this is my very favorite album. Trout Mask Replica continues to get all the press but there is quite a bit of stuff on Trout that I don't like. The stuff on Trout that I love, I totally love, but overall I feel the remastered and bonus-tracked Safe As Milk is a much better disc as a whole.
The moods are varied and interesting. Electricity is proto-punk that could easily double as the soundtrack to a Western. Plastic Factory has always made me think of Pigpen of the Grateful Dead doing Big Boss Man, except I like it. The Captain has a much better vocal delivery and is a far superior harmonica player to Pigpen. Plus Plastic Factory is just an infinitely better song. Zig Zag Wanderer has a thick, heavy bassline and great bass tone all around. Trust Us could segue perfectly into Black Sabbath's Iron Man and blow the roof off of any concert venue.
Beefheart and The Magic Band just had a way with rhythm and melody that knocks me out. A couple times during this cd there are quiet guitar riffs that always make Vietnam-type scenes flash through my head.... as if we're listening to the unused soundtrack for a Vietnam battle movie.
Actually there are good things I could say about almost every track on this cd but rather than do that, I'll just say that I will never understand why Safe As Milk isn't widely hailed as one of the all-time great rock albums.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By TimothyFarrell22 on January 16, 2005
Format: Audio CD
If rock 'n' roll had a Salvador Dali, it was truly Van Vliet, better known as Captain Beefheart. While critics like "Trout Mask Replica" more, I prefer this insane and surrealistic reinterpretation of the delta blues genre (Howlin' Wolf in particular). What may be written off as a gimic works incredibly however. Vliet treats the subject not as a camoy joke, but a tribute. He sings with his soul, and the guitar work is incredible. Definatly more accessible than anything that was to follow this incredible debut. The love child of the aforementioned Howlin' Wolf and Frank Zappa (who was great freinds with the Captain himself).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mike Bagwell on November 26, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Without a doubt the captain's most commercial and publicly attainable album. This makes it the perfect place to start or to back off to when you need a break from avant gaurd. The most prominent feature on the production is, of course, the Muddy Water, Pigpen growl of a voice that is the genius Beefheart. His delta blues mannerisms are evident throughout the album , especially in the bluesy and semi uptempo "Sure Enough and Yes I Do"; Ry Cooder covering the slide part extremely well. This is certanly blues, but not as we have all come to know and love it.

The ryhthm section of the Magic Band truly shine on this recording. The bass and percussion breakdowns of "Zig Zag Wanderer" and "Abba Zabba" are absolutely phenomenal. Proof that you don't need to show off and squese as many notes as possible into each second to sound great. Cooder does an excellent job and certanly shows his influence as well. The rest of the magic band pull together to make a good, straight ahead(at least for them) album.

"Call on Me" is an interesting little pop number in the style of Otis Redding. It's one of the low points on the album, but that's not saying much. This fades directly into the in-your-face blues-rock romp of "Dropout Boogie". The lines-you wanna do what-I told you what and n' what about after that-always get stuck in my head for a while. The little instrumental dittle, ding da ding da ding, you know, that part, is pretty damn cool aswell. "I'm Glad" always reminds me of a Zappa and the Mother's song (in a good way)

The thumping-hardhitting "Electricity" is a favorite of mine. The high pitched voice covering the lines- High voltage man kisses night to bring the light to those who need to hide their shadow deed etc.-are extremely well done.
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