The weird anachronistic blues rock of Captain Beefheart is celebrated in 'Sun Zoom Spark', a monstrous boxset which collects four of his early 70s recordings: 'Like My Decals Off, Baby', 'The Spotlight Kid', 'Clear Spot' and a record of out-takes called all appear. 'Sun Zoom Spark' is a good find for newly initiated Beefheart fans who want to go further into his story, as well as for completlist fans out there.
Limited Vinyl LP box set £66.99 0081227958626
Remastered limited edition 4LP set on Warners inc. Lick My Decals Off Baby, The Spotlight Kid, Clear Spot and Out-takes.
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CD box set £28.99 0349790555
Remastered 4CD set on Warners inc. Lick My Decals Off Baby, The Spotlight Kid, Clear Spot and Out-takes.
10/10 Tom 13th December 2018
Sun Zoom Spark: 1970 to 1972 is a fantastic collection, highlighting Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band as they moved away from the groundbreaking/alienating sound of Trout Mask Replica into something that resembled a mainstream rock band.
The three actual records from this period which are included are 1970's Lick My Decals Off, Baby (which is just as insane and amazing as Trout Mask Replica), 1972's The Spotlight Kid (a collection of mid-tempo blues tracks which hearkens back to the Captain's debut album Safe as Milk), and the frankly amazing Clear Spot (1972). If I was to recommend one album to gently introduce someone into the world of Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band it would be Clear Spot because it condenses and distills their back catalogue into a highly enjoyable and succinct record, with enough weirdness and ingenuity to intrigue and enough great songs to win someone over ('Big Eyed Beans from Venus', 'Her Eyes Are a Blue Million Miles', 'Nowadays a Woman's Gotta Hit a Man', and the mowtown-ready 'Too Much Time' to name a few).
The fourth disc is a collection of rarities and instrumentals, some of which (such as Harry Irene) would show up on later albums. Obviously, it's intended for enthusiasts and completists, but there's plenty of stuff for a casual fan to enjoy too.
All in all, a great collection.
10/10 Rob F 12th July 2017
This boxset is amazing - a fantastic, and 100% official remaster of the 1970-1972 albums as well as a storming disc of previously unreleased out takes (the holy grail for Beefheart fans as these have been knocking around on hissy bootlegs for years). Beautiful Don Van Vliet artwork and box with decent knowledgeable sleevenotes. Lick My Decals in particular has been unavailable for a long time, and previous reissues have had sub-standard sound, so it's a pleasure to hear it as God, (or indeed Don Van Vliet) intended again.
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