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CAPTAIN BEEFHEART & HIS MAGIC BAND Strictly Personal CD

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 20, 1995)
  • Imported ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Europe Generic
  • ASIN: B000006XF9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,472 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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 album....it 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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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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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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He tried a more "personal" take on the blues here, and moved the rhythms out towards the kind of jazz-influenced polyrhythmic wildness that his bands kept working with for the next 14 years.
The songs and the lyrics are "authentically strange" as John Peel remarked in a documentary. To me they're idiosynchratic and somewhat flawed. They're just not coherent enough for my liking, and the music's a bit uneven - it has great stuff in there, but alternates into more straight, ostensibly commercially viable sections that drag this down a bit.
The production, the mixes are bad.
The better part of this material is available on the "I May Be Hungry But I Sure Ain't Weird" collection, which is alternate takes of these tracks plus a few more things from this time frame, and "Mirror Man" which was cut by the same band (originally to be bundled with this album in a 2-LP set) and has far superior versions of "Mirror Man" and "Kandy Korn". "I May Be Hungry" has been placed, in two pieces, on the new issues of "Safe As Milk" and "Mirror Man".
So, if you buy the new "Safe As Milk" and "Mirror Man", you'll hear all this material in equivalent or better form, except the opening acoustic track (which is just a basic blues) and the words to "On Tomorrow".
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