HEAD introducing... captain beefheart
the liberty and virgin recordings
england 2003 ceedee emi box: 5 90980 2 plate: introcd 3
2 tracks unconditionally guaranteed 1974
2 tracks bluejeans and moonbeams 1974
4 tracks shiny beast (bat chain puller) 1978
3 tracks doc at the radar station 1980
3 tracks ice cream for crow 1982
what should i say of this? actually, just a link to an other captain beefheart ceedee, the best of (the virgin & liberty years) would be enough....
for i don't know why, but in fact this nonsense product is a repeat of the compilation which appeared last year. this time the title isn't as ridiculous, but the concept still is. this collection of tracks - from the albums brought out in england by liberty and virgin - again contains extracts from the 1974 works van vliet soon rejected and which he brilliantly overruled by the later records. the front of the ceedee even has the same picture of don when he was at his ugliest....
it seems like record companies don't want to respect the opinions of their artists, nor read clear reviews like the ones i write. they even have the guts to offer this stupid repeat at a mid price - in stead of páying the blockhead(s?) who wants to obtain it! besides that i don't think it so well-educated to release this 'invitation to meet captain beefheart' as a new sampler. the fact that nine of the seventeen tracks also were included on the previous compilation and the other ones got replaced in a kind of 'russian roulette' shoot-off, means that this unsolicited remix only qualifies as an aimless duplicate.
needless to say that best you can do is to re-read my running down of the first failure...., but if you think that's too tiring, here's the core (adapted to the current situation):
no, this random selection gives a wrong and incomplete idea about don van vliet's unique musical paintings. i wish emi (present with the oldest album) and virgin (the other five) never had run into each other again in that pub where again they drank too much and decided to join forces for this second misleading compilation. again i'm even totally amazed why they forgot there already exists an ultimate introduction to captain beefheart and the magic band: the anthology the dust blows forward....
in the unlikely case you're still interested, this ceedee contains the following songs:
3 tracks STRICTLY PERSONAL
safe as milk
gimme dat harp boy
son of mirror man - mere man
2 tracks UNCONDITIONALLY GUARANTEED
upon the my-o- my
this is the day
2 tracks BLUEJEANS AND MOONBEAMS
party of special things to do
4 tracks SHINY BEAST (BAT CHAIN PULLER)
the floppy boot stomp
tropical hot dog night
you know you're a man
3 tracks DOC AT THE RADAR STATION
making love to a vampire with a monkey on my knee
sheriff of hong kong
3 tracks ICE CREAM FOR CROW
ice cream for crow
the witch doctor life
MY CONCLUSION: where's the trash can?
click clack to the power station, the news or the other RE-RELEASES
captain beefheart electricity
as felt by teejo