Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band, Safe as Milk (1967)
I had these two tapes – volume one and volume two of “Rock Festival”. They were great introductions to stuff from the 1960s, it’s where I learned about Captain Beefheart. The Song Abba Zaba – man, I thought that was crazy. That was my introduction to the Cap’n. And then it was all hearing about Trout Mask Replica (which I’m not ever going to listen to again). Actually I like a lot of Trout Mask, but only in doses, can’t play it all the way through. But Safe as Milk is a killer-good record, start to finish. I love most of the Beefheart material – including the “sellout” pop albums a lot of fans hate, does it count to “sellout” if nobody’s buying still? But Safe as Milk is a safe pair of hands – this is wholly representative of the Captain’s music – considering it’s his debut. A remarkable debut. An album I still play a lot. It excerpts well too – but I never have any trouble making it all the way through this one in the one go (unlike some of the others).
Sample Track: Zig Zag Wanderer
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