Saturday, December 18, 2010

Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band - Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller) 1978

Rest in peace, Mr. Donald Glen Vliet. Thank you for all the music you've left behind. I'm gonna go ahead and upload a bunch of your records (I upped Safe as Milk a while back, the damn DMCA shut that one down) but here's the link to that again: SAFE AS MILK (fuck you, DMCA!)

Anyway, I'm gonna give you my favorite of his later period stuff, and that's 1978's Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller). It's accessible but still arty as all hell; the band is a tightly knitted sweater of weird grooves, the Captain retains his trademark growl- it's considered his comeback album and has a bunch of leftovers from his more (dare I say) commercial attempts (Bluejeans and Moonbeams, etc...) that existed as instrumentals and snippets of songs that were given a full-on re-model here.

I'm gonna up his duet record with Zappa (Bongo Fury) in the next few days as well; it's probably the greatest record from the mid-70s (that gets better and better upon every listen). So without further ado; here's the Captain. Wherever you are, you are loved everywhere by music nerds like me...


pinkpressthreat said...

Fan-bloody tastic!! thanks for these two :)

Elliot Knapp said...

Great stuff--I can't decide if I like this one more than DOC AT THE RADAR STATION, though. Like your blog, too. I just recently reviewed this one on my blog here. Think I'll add you to my blogroll--it'd be great if you're willing to return the favor!

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