Spotlight Kid & Clear Spot
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I recommend this fine reissue of Captain Beefheart's two 1972 albums on Warner Bros for an introduction to this man's great music. These records offer a nearly perfect balance of art and accessibility and if you hear these for the first time now, you will not believe how modern they are. It took everyone else a VERY long time to catch up with the Captain's musical ideas. Now you will know where bands like Wall of Voodoo, The Birthday Party and The Fall got their inspiration from.
"The Spotlight Kid" is the more consistent album,in my opinion. It sprawls with a languid dissonant blues groove. What was originally Side Two of the album (tracks 6 through 10 here) is a relentless string of modern jazz/blues genius. Do you like your blues with marimba? Try keeping track of the rhythym to "Click Clack"--the freshest railroad blues you'll ever hear. In 2002, anybody could cover "There Ain't No Santa Claus on the Evenin' Stage" and sound like they'd just written one of the highlights of their career. Only Don Van Vliet (Beefheart's legal name) could mix sardonic humor and poignancy so delicately.
The high points of "Clear Spot" may exceed even the peaks mentioned above, particularly the dissonant swamp rock of the title track and the exciting psychedelic guitar blues opus "Big Eyed Beans from Venus.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Yeah, I was there baby! Replacing old stock and this is some of my favorite Beefheart. Men pull out your wallets and women open your purses - where are your big eyed beings from... Read morePublished 5 months ago by klaatu
These are two of the best Beefheart albums I have heard. These seem a little more "standard" then the rest. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Thingfish33
I finally have found Captain Beefheart,I now own many of his records but this is the one that I must say really grabed a hold of me,he had the unique ability to mix... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Graham j carver
If you love great blues rock, you will love this CD. A very accessible Beefheart, exhibits great song writing ability, his signature howling blues vocals and a great band.Published 18 months ago by Brian Emery
I have listerned to Captain Beefheart for a long time and i feel personally that this is his best album ever.Published 20 months ago by Ray
These have got to be the Captain's best albums. "My head is my only home unless it rains." Then I put my hat on. Buttov coursePublished 21 months ago by Rockprophet
Great Beefheart moments in this one. I think his best as it's not quite as over the top as some of his other works.Published 23 months ago by M. Jorgensen