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Safe as Milk

Safe as Milk

by Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band


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Beefheart's first full album is the work of one creative wizard just beginning to work out his vision -- the Captain himself, Don Van Vliet, who'd made a couple of rough garage singles but was figuring out how to rupture pre-war blues into something rich and alien -- and another whose talent had blossomed instantly and fully, then-20-year-old slide guitarist Ry Cooder. SAFE AS MILK's intermittent stabs at garage-pop normalcy and psychedelic whimsy aren't as interesting as its berserker blues -- "Electricity," "Sure 'Nuff 'N Yes I Do" -- where Van Vliet's blood-raw, dazzlingly protean voice catches a ride on Cooder's growling leads and stretches words into pure abrasive sound. His rhythms are starting to break away from straight-ahead boom-boom too, hinting at the staggering blurts he developed later on. The seven bonus tracks on this edition are actually half-finished outtakes from the MIRROR MAN SESSIONS, mostly valuable as evidence of how fast Beefheart's music was already changing six months later.

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Product Details

Release Date: 09/24/2013
Label: Sundazed Music Inc.
UPC: 0090771123220
catalogNumber: 11232
Rank: 99586


  1. Sure 'Nuff 'N Yes, I Do
  2. Zig Zag Wanderer
  3. Call on Me
  4. Dropout Boogie
  5. I'm Glad
  6. Electricity
  7. Yellow Brick Road
  8. Abba Zaba
  9. Plastic Factory
  10. Where There's Woman
  11. Grown So Ugly
  12. Autumn's Child

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band   Primary Artist
Taj Mahal   Percussion
Ry Cooder   Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar
Captain Beefheart   Harmonica,Vocals,Bass Marimba
John French   Drums
Jerry Handley   Bass,Bass Guitar
Milt Holland   Percussion,Log Drums
Alex St. Clair   Guitar
Russ Titelman   Guitar
Don Van Vliet   Harmonica,Marimbas,Vocals
Alex Snouffer   Guitar
Sam Hoffman   Theremin

Technical Credits

Ry Cooder   Arranger
Hank Cicalo   Engineer
Jerry Handley   Composer
Bob Krasnow   Producer
Richard Perry   Producer
Don Van Vliet   Arranger,Composer
Robert Pete Williams   Composer
Gary Marker   Engineer
David Fricke   Liner Notes
Herb Bermann   Composer

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