The Spotlight Kid is Captain Beefheart’s sixth album, initially released in 1972 with the Magic Band naturally in tow. Following straight on from Trout Mask Replica and Lick My Decals Off, Baby, this record finds the music slowing down somewhat, letting Beefheart sink into some woozy swampy vibes. 180g vinyl reissue on Rhino.
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8/10 Jack Customer review, 9th April 2016Originally two separate albums, they are joined by dint of the fact that a more mainstream producer hooked up with Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band with results that were strikingly uneven. The first record is more conventional than what he did before, it is the bluesier side of Captain Beefheart, with lyrics that are mostly just as poetic and strange as those on Trout Mask Replica. With the passage of time, you can enjoy Clear Spot for what it is, and none of the rest of it is as botched as the single. You do get the sense that he and the band are a little tired.
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