Sundazed - LP5460 - 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl - Pressed at RTI - Mono
Limited Edition - Mastered by Bob Irwin & Lacquers cut at Cohearent by Kevin Gray
Historical vinyl’s first home, Sundazed Music, drops Beefheart and His Magic Band’s 1967 debut Safe As Milk in gloriously un-compressed mono, and it’s a doozy. 4/5 Blurtonline
"Don Van Vliet’s pre-Tom Waits frog howl is still way out there, and the Magic Band’s fuzzed-up and freaked-out interpretation of the blues is still some pretty heady shit. Sundazed does its usual exceptional mastering - full of warmth and depth – on its new edition" - PSYCHOBABBLE
Captain Beefheart, aka Don van Vliet, and his Magic Band's 1967 debut Safe as Milk introduced a one-of-a-kind artist whose sound and vision had no precedent in contemporary music. With producer Richard Perry's rare original mono mix restored, this is the definitive edition of one of rock's most dynamic debuts! With new liner notes from David Fricke.
Beefheart's first proper studio album is a much more accessible, pop-inflected brand of blues-rock than the efforts that followed in the late '60s — which isn't to say that it's exactly normal and straightforward. Featuring Ry Cooder on guitar, this is blues-rock gone slightly askew, with jagged, fractured rhythms, soulful, twisting vocals from Van Vliet, and more doo wop, soul, straight blues, and folk-rock influences than he would employ on his more avant-garde outings.
'Zig Zag Wanderer,' 'Call on Me,' and 'Yellow Brick Road' are some of his most enduring and riff-driven songs, although there's plenty of weirdness on tracks like 'Electricity' and 'Abba Zaba.'
Captain Beefheart’s 1967 debut album Safe As Milk introduced the world to a one-of-a-kind visionary whose unique output had no precedent in contemporary music. Beefheart, aka Don Van Vliet, filtered the raw influence of the blues and R&B through his own singular musical sensibility and left-field lyrical wordplay, and surrounded himself with some of the most talented and inventive young musicians around. The result was an album that, even in the heady year in which it was released, sounded like nothing else, and the stage for one of rock’s most iconoclastic and idiosyncratic careers.
With backup from the first, and perhaps finest, incarnation of Beefheart’s legendary Magic Band (including future solo star Ry Cooder on guitar and teenage drum prodigy John “Drumbo” French), and production from future studio superstar Richard Perry, Beefheart unveils his fully-formed sound and vision on such landmark tracks as “Zig Zag Wanderer,” “Abba Zaba,” “Dropout Boogie,” “I’m Glad” and “Electricity” (covered two decades later by Sonic Youth).
This landmark album, now on 180g Vinyl, now sounds the way it was meant to sound, , Safe As Milk is a powerful, concentrated revelation, promised comfort, exotic nourishment and rude health — and delivered. Created in a year rich in historic debuts and transformative statements about rock’s dynamic and expressive possibilities, Safe As Milk was so far in it was out.”
1. Sure 'Nuff 'N Yes I Do
2. Zig Zag Wanderer
3. Call On Me
4. Dropout Boogie
5. I'm Glad
7. Yellow Brick Road
8. Abba Zaba
9. Plastic Factory
10. Where There's Woman
11. Grown So Ugly
12. Autumn's Child
RTI 180 HQ Vinyl
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