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Strictly Personal [Import]

Captain BeefheartAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 20, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Europe Generic
  • ASIN: B000006XF9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,120 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ah Feel Like Ahcid
2. Safe As Milk
3. Trust Us
4. Son Of Mirror Man - Mere Man
5. On Tomorrow
6. Beatle Bones 'N' Smokin' Stones
7. Gimme Dat Harp Boy
8. Kandy Korn

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a psychedelic masterpiece, no shame in that! January 14, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This album has gotten a bad rap for it's over the top production but I don't care! It's an amazing album and could be the one of the most hallucinatory albums ever recorded! I just played it back to back twice! If the only Beefheart you know is Trout Mask, then you may be shocked to hear this, which is more coherent and rooted in both blues and "song" structure, though in both the Captain proves(as usual) extremely adventerous, inventive and innovative. The album just builds and builds right to the very end...the epic Kandy Korn which has one of the most stunning finales ever! Safe As Milk and Trust Us are unbelievable nuggets and there are two wild psycho-blues workouts that have to be heard to believed(Son of Mirror Man and Gimme That Harp, Boy) Admittedly, some of the production takes the guts out of the guitars but I don't mind the phasing on the vocals. It definitley feels like a totally cohesive, unified just happens to be an acidy album! Finally, if you happen to be a connesiuer of the outer edges of late 60's rock (let's say Skip Spence or Syd Barrett or even Grateful Dead, Zappa or King Crimson) but found Trout Mask Replica too abrasive and scary or found Safe As Milk too mid 60's-ish-early-in-the-career-kind-of-feel,then this album may be the missing link for you! It was for me!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great album with a bizarre history... October 2, 2005
Format:Audio CD
The history of Captain Beefheart and His Magic band fluctuates like a hyperactive echocardiogram. The personal, pointed, dissonant, and impassioned music confounded most record labels (and probably many listeners). Producers probably pondered and whacked thier heads with the question "how can I sell this stuff?" Nonetheless, they seemed to think that this music had market potential (otherwise they wouldnt've bothered at all). This perspective probably lies behind the strange, enigmatic, and now legendary story of "Strictly Personal", the band's second full-length album.

Somewhere between 1967 and 1968 Beefheart and His Magic Band struck out to do a double album magnum opus. The non-commercial project became foiled in record company politics and some other general nonsense. Consequently, the band fell out with their previous label, Buddha Records, over this very project (dubbed "It Comes to You In a Plain Brown Wrapper"). Buddha apparently began to focus on popular and more "happy" (or "bubblegum") music. And subsequently the band found their way to Liberty Records and producer Bob Krasnow.

The band had already recorded quite a bit of material for the failed double-album project. It sat moldering in Buddha's vaults for years (The 1999 CD releases of "Safe As Milk" and "Mirror Man" contain nearly all of this material - released, paradoxically, by the "new" Buddha records). With little rehearsal the band cranked out "Strictly Personal" in the spring of 1968. Much of the material overlapped with the aborted Buddha sessions. Notably, very shortened versions of "Mirror Man" (now called "Son of Mirror Man - Mere Man") and "Kandy Korn". The only new addition was the rough grunting blues number "Ah Feel Like Ahcid". Pieces of the song exist throughout the album.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beefheart's Most Underrated Album January 23, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Of all of Beefheart's records, this one gets my vote for his most underrated. That's a pretty easy designation, since most of his albums get high marks from somebody or other, only this one is essentially ignored or dismissed, however. This is due to some phasing that was added by the producer after its completion and without Beefheart's consent. Still, as stupid as this was, and still is, it cannot possibly hide the great music underneath. After several listens, as I focused more on what beefheart and the Band were doing, it was almost as if I couldn't hear the phasing. While Beefheart is a critic's darling mainly because of his odder, more surreal side (hard to understand and alienating to the average listener = quality, this critical conceit is still the bane of the critical world), his hard rocking bluesman side is just as great, and you can really hear it shine through on Gimme Dat Harp Boy, just crank those speakers up full blast and you'll see. This record is cohesive, the songs melodic and beautiful in a very starightforward way. Sure, if it weren't for the phasing this might've been one of his best, but despite the problems it still deserves a listen and frankly I find it a much more enjoyable listen than, say, Lick My Decals Off (this isn't to say it's better). I recommend you buy it, maybe only after you've acquired all the others (not including Bluejeans or Unconditionally), though I think you should get it before you spring for Mirror Man, Ice Cream For Crow, or Clear Spot.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you've got ears, you've gotta listen. July 30, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This disk has an undeserved bad rep. Sure, it sounds beamed in from another galaxy, but why shouldn't it? It doesn't rock out any less because the sound is eerie and distorted, and the suite-like organization of the album makes for as interesting a tribute/parody of Sgt. Pepper as Frank Zappa would have come up with.
Cap'n has been unhappy with all producers and marketers of his recorded opi, as far as I know. I think Bob Krasnow's production tactics are as at least as inoffensive and inobtrusive as any one's else's. Whatever his intent was, I don't believe he sabotaged this recording in any way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Door knob salesman polishes a Boot
A purple splash on a vitamin C tablet ,restricted to constricting space relics as costume, the magic was transformed by archaic studio enhancements. Glad it wasn't too basie. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Keith Nathan Albrecht
5.0 out of 5 stars One of The Captain's Best
This is one of the finest albums the good Captain has ever put out. Most of his studio albums are great but this one sits at the top of my collection. Read more
Published 19 months ago by F. Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Avantdelic
Let's not delude ourselves. The effects that Krasnow added to this album did not prevent Captain Beefheart from getting popular. Read more
Published on December 18, 2010 by Heavy Theta
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite a find
I have only recently discovered Captain Beefheart having been a fan of bands such as Jimi Hendrix, Cream and Allman Brothers Band, I hadn't really heard any Beefheart songs. Read more
Published on June 11, 2010 by Bring_back_the_60s
5.0 out of 5 stars Seriously...
What's wrong with this album? If Vliet is the antithesis of psychedelia then no amount of phasing, tape delay or other associated ephemera can make him otherwise. Read more
Published on October 17, 2009 by Philippe Landry
4.0 out of 5 stars The Roots Of What Was To Come
I bought this album in England in 1972. It has a different cover, so it must be the English version. Read more
Published on December 12, 2008 by Fred Rayworth
4.0 out of 5 stars i mAY bE hUNGRY bUT i sURE aIN'T wIERD
tHIS WAS THE FIRST bEEFHEART tHAT ME AND MY BOYS EVER HEARD.There was no question, it was the most important music we ever heard. Read more
Published on April 21, 2008 by who me
4.0 out of 5 stars The music shines through like a diamond in the mud
Although buried in psychedelic bromo-seltzer, the music shines through like a diamond in the mud. The takes on this album are better than those on the new versions of Safe As Milk... Read more
Published on February 5, 2008 by Rance Mohanitz
Though they got quite a bit of press, CAPTAIN BEEFHEART AND HIS MAGIC BAND was dropped by their label Buddha after their first album tanked. Read more
Published on September 13, 2007 by J. Gunning
4.0 out of 5 stars Old Favorite
I had this album on vinyl years ago. I had been searching for it for a long time hoping that it would be on CD. I really did not remember too much about it only that I liked it. Read more
Published on June 9, 2007 by Michael R. Aguilera
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