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The Dust Blows Forward: An Anthology Box set, Original recording remastered


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It's tempting to emphasize Captain Beefheart's eccentricities at the expense of his talent. We're talking, after all, of an art prodigy who emerged from the Mojave Desert in the '60s performing an unprecedented strain of Dadaesque blues (fortified with jazz, R&B, and Beat ingredients) and backed by his personally schooled Magic Band. But once you get past the fact that players dubbed Zoot Horn Rollo and the Mascara Snake were backing a headstrong fellow howling with ungodly range songs with names such as "Old Fart at Play," "My Head is My Only House Unless it Rains," and "Nowadays a Woman's Gotta Hit a Man," you're confronted with...well, genius. The man born Don Van Vliet possessed a potent vision and the will to bring it to life on his own terms. This long-overdue two-disc retrospective presents 30 Beefheart tracks cut between 1966 and 1982 (when the Captain stepped away from the music world for the last time), including a smattering of rarities. Consider Dust an apt entree to the extraordinary creations of this outsider. --Steven Stolder

Disc: 1
1. Diddy Wah Diddy
2. Frying Pan
3. Electricity
4. Abba Zaba
5. Beatle Bones 'N Smokin' Stones
6. Safe As Milk
7. Moonlight On Vermont
8. Ella Guru
9. Old Fart At Play
10. Sugar 'N Spikes
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Disc: 2
1. Nowadays A Woman's Gotta Hit A Man
2. Low Yo Yo Stuff
3. Too Much Time
4. My Head Is My Only House Unless It Rains
5. Clear Spot
6. Upon The My-O-My
7. Party Of Special Things To Do
8. Sam With The Showing Scalp Flat Top
9. Debra Kadabra
10. Blue Collar: Hard Workin' Man (Main Title)
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 17, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Warner Archives / Rhino
  • ASIN: B00000JNIS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,682 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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I am very happy I didn't buy Trout Mask again and instead opted for this 2 CD anthology!
William Bird
The track listing is superb and everything (except his criminally underappreciated mid-seventies output) is well represented.
Patrick Crain
Albums that I recommend by Captain Beefheart are, "Safe As Milk" and "Lick My Decals Off, Baby".
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Kimsey on April 5, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is prime Van Vliet. I can't understand some people's "beef" with this collection. Yes, many GREAT Beefheart songs were left off the package, but I believe that's due to something called time restraints! This set ably demonstrates the eccentric genius of the good Captain. From powerful blues (Diddy Wah Diddy), afro trance-rock (Abba Zabba), free-jazz freak-outs (My Human Gets Me Blues), John Cage-ish experimentalism meets acid blues (Woe-Is-Uh-Me-Bop), surreal darkness (I'm Gonna Booglarize...), powerful Magic Band ensemble work (Big Eyed Beans...), smooth R&B (Too Much Time), to the twisted, brilliant visions of his later career (Bat Chain Puller through Light Reflected...), this set is authoritative.
In addition to the great music, there's a cool 48-page booklet written with intelligent insight and fairness. There's plenty of rare photos to boot. The Dust Blows Forward is a fine tribute (and introduction) to one of the twentieth-century's most noteworthy visionaries.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Callahan on December 24, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Don Van Vliet (a.k.a. Capt. Beefheart) is rock'n'roll's Thelonious Monk--underappreciated, misunderstood, a true iconoclast who composes by his own rules. He is often described as "difficult" but even when things get obtuse, there's often a sprung blues riff or hilarious line of (off-)beat poetry to draw you back in. This two-disc anothology has been compiled and remastered with Rhino's usual loving care and is a far superior introduction to the man than last year's hit-and-miss "Grow Fins" anthology (comprised mainly of second-rate outakes, live tracks, and lots of filler). For long-time fans, however, this new "best-of" only reinforces the tragedy that the majority of Van Vliet's output, including some of his finest albums, is currently unavailable in the U.S. (except at exorbitant import prices). So, Rhino, Ryko, somebody--here's what Beefheart cultists REALLY want: "Lick My Decals Off, Baby" (1970);"Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)" (1978); "Doc at the Radar Station" (1980); "Ice Cream for Crow" (1982).
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 24, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This is a great little box set of Captain Beefheart's original work. With a very nicely done booklet that chronicles his rocky career of the avant garde blues world. Truly in a class all by himself. What impresses me the most after listening to him again is 1. what a great vocal stylist he was. 2. The beauty and power of his words and images from dark to light. 3. I am sorry I never got to see him live.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Daugherty on December 19, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Good mix of tunes here, although I might quibble over the non-inclusion of "Dirty Blue Gene" and a few others. Beefheart sounds both saner and crazier as time goes by; by now lots of musicians have absorbed his innovations. I myself listen less these days to his crazier stuff and more to things like "Safe as Milk" and "Clear Spot." But the material from "Trout Mask Replica" and "Lick My Decals Off, Baby" sounds great in this context, as does the later stuff. Someone needs to reissue "Lick My Decals Off, Baby" and add on all the tracks from that era that are bound to be languishing somewhere, and do the same with "Doc at the Radar Station" and "Ice Cream for Crow," which in fact would make a great twofer a la "The Spotlight Kid"/"Clear Spot." For me, Captain Beefheart is easily as important as Hendrix, Miles Davis or the Beatles, and we should be able to get all of his work. But this anthology is a great place to start.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Heavy Theta on April 14, 2007
Format: Audio CD
You really can't go too wrong with two discs full of some obvious Beefheart cuts, as long as you have the mandatory rarities, etc. Still, the focus on the obvious skimps on some pretty indispensable items (Space Age Couple, Her eyes are a blue million miles, Son of Mirror Man, Sho' Nuff, Dr. Dark, Trust Us) while excluding all of his rare extended jams (such as 25th Century Quaker). Oh well, if anybody deserves a completist fan base, it's the dear Captain.

Speaking of which, Lick my decals off baby remains the most important disc of music out of circulation, anywhere, while there are a number of folks looking for a pristine release of the original Bat Chain Puller (currently represented by the boot leggy Dust Sucker.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Crain on January 20, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I recieved this from the alternative newspaper I used to write music reviews for. "You're gonna hate that," my friend said, "you oughta give it to me." Well, I didn't hate it and I certainly loved it more than my friend would have. The track listing is superb and everything (except his criminally underappreciated mid-seventies output) is well represented. Along with other Southern California artists such as Randy Newman, Ry Cooder, Little Feat and Tom Waits, Captain Beefheart never stepped wrong, always kept us guessing, always kept us on our toes and, most importantly, restored our faith in great music. Throw your Doors albums away, buy this set and listen to a real genius.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Kimsey on April 5, 2003
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This is prime Van Vliet. I can't understand some people's "beef" with this collection. Yes, many GREAT Beefheart songs were left off the package, but I believe that's due to something called time restraints! This set ably demonstrates the eccentric genius of the good Captain. From powerful blues (Diddy Wah Diddy), afro trance-rock (Abba Zabba), free-jazz freak-outs (My Human Gets Me Blues), John Cage-ish experimentalism meets acid blues (Woe-Is-Uh-Me-Bop), surreal darkness (I'm Gonna Booglarize...), powerful Magic Band ensemble work (Big Eyed Beans...), smooth R&B (Too Much Time), to the twisted, brilliant visions of his later career (Bat Chain Puller through Light Reflected...), this set is authoritative.
In addition to the great music, there's a cool 48-page booklet written with intelligent insight and fairness. There's plenty of rare photos to boot. The Dust Blows Forward is a fine tribute (and introduction) to one of the twentieth-century's most noteworthy visionaries.
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