50th anniversary edition of this classic debut from the Captain and his merry travellers. Though the title could be seen as tongue in cheek, this is the group at their most accessible with their blues-influenced work only just fraying at the edges. We're still a long way from Trout Mask Replica but this is a brilliant work and has been re-issued on milky white vinyl to celebrate its half century.
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10/10 Jack Customer review, 9th February 2015
I've always loved this record and MAN does it sound fantastic on this reissue. The evil blues growl of Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band must've been *daunting* listening back in 1967, but in in the eclectic musical climate of 1999 it sounds, well, "contemporary." Isn't it about time that the good Captain got his due? Well thanks to this, the upcoming "Grow Fins" box set and Rhino's "best of" just around the bend, finally Van Vliet's music will be heard by more than just a few music aficionados with very fine taste. Kudos to John Platt for this FINE and long overdue rehauling of "Safe as Milk."
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