CAPTAIN BEEFHEART And His MAGIC BAND Released ‘ICE CREAM FOR CROW’ 40 Years Ago

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6 September 2022

Artist: CAPTAIN BEEFHEART AND HIS MAGIC BAND
Who: Unruly blues rockers (1964-1982) led by the influential
loudmouth/poet Don Van Vliet (1941-2010) aka Captain Beefheart.

Anniversary album: ICE CREAM FOR CROW
Released: 6 September 1982 – 40 years ago
The band’s 12th LP

AllMusic/Ned Raggett: “It’s a last entertaining blast of wigginess from one of the few truly independent artists in late 20th century pop music, with humor, skill, and style all still intact (as even the song titles like “Semi-Multicoloured Caucasian” and “Cardboard Cutout Sundown” show). With the Magic Band turning out more choppy rhythms, unexpected guitar lines, and outré arrangements, Captain Beefheart lets everything run wild as always, with successful results.” Score: 4.5/5.

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‘Doc At The Radar Station’ By CAPTAIN BEEFHEART AND THE MAGIC BAND Came Out 40 Years Ago Today

5 August 2020

Artist: Captain Beefheart
(15 January 1941 – 17 December 2010)
Album: Doc At The Radar Station – 11th LP
Released: 5 August 1980 – 40 years ago
Note: Beefheart painted the album’s artwork

“I’d never just want to do what everybody else did.
I’d be contributing to the sameness of everything.”

–  Beefheart

Rolling Stone wrote: “Don Van Vliet, a.k.a. Captain Beefheart, thunders through the rock & roll jungle like some mythological beast, a fantasy creature with the body of a burly monster and the head of a vaporous poet. Like its creator, Beefheart’s current album, Doc at the Radar Station, comes charging at you in much the same way: the artist and his art go on a cultural rampage, ripping and tearing at dense, lush undergrowths of melody while hurling imprecations of the airiest, most elliptical wit. The result is music of such heat, strength and passion that many listeners will get trampled or will simply choose to avoid the jungle of Beefheart’s music altogether and camp out in a safer, calmer thicket: e.g., the musical equivalent of driving through a controlled “habitat” where toothless lions loll on the hood of your car, gumming the windshield wipers. Beefheart, by contrast, has always bitten too hard for most people. He insists on joining together what popular music has put asunder: Delta blues and free jazz, atonal freakouts and sweet lyricism, primordial yawps and delicate joking. The Magic Band, Beefheart’s tribe of sardonically dexterous musicians, follow their leader with unswerving faith. They cultivate and tend the jungle for the sole purpose of having their Captain rumble and cavort across it. Full review here.

The Captain live in Paris 1980
7 songs with 3 from this longplayer…
Best Batch Yet / Dirty Blue Gene / Flavor But Living

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CAPTAIN BEEFHEART AND HIS MAGIC BAND Released ‘TROUT MASK REPLICA’ 50 Years Ago…

16 June 2019

This day 50 years ago, on 16 June 1969, the late great, eccentric and highly influential blues-rock phenomenon CAPTAIN BEEFHEART assisted by HIS MAGIC BAND released double album ‘TROUT MASK REPLICA‘. It was his third longplayer and probably the most lauded one by almost all critics, then and now.

The famous late Rolling Stone Magazine Lester Bangs wrote at the time: “It’s very gratifying to say that Captain Beefheart’s new album is a total success, a brilliant, stunning enlargement and clarification of his art. Which is not to say that it’s in any sense slick, “artistic,” or easy. This is one of the few bands whose sound has actually gotten rawer as they’ve matured—a brilliant and refreshing strategy. Again the rhythms and melodic textures jump
all over the place (in the same way that Cecil Taylor’s do), Beefheart singing like a lonesome werewolf screaming and growling in the night. The songs clatter about—given a superficial listening, they seem boring and repetitious. It’s perhaps the addition of saxophones (all played by the five men in the band) that first suggests what’s really happening here and always has been happening in this group’s music.”
– Full review here.

You can stream the FULL ALBUM here…

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