You will either love this or hate it, I suspect – few people I know who heard Captain Beefheart were ambivalent about his music. Certainly some of his later albums were a difficult listen, but this is a wonderful raucous (though at times melodic) blend of American garage punk and the blues that was unique at the time.
A lost classic.
2 thoughts on “Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band: Safe as Milk (1967)”
Captain Beefheart was a truly unique singer and musician – Safe as Milk is almost Easy Listening by his standards. Trout Mask Replica is, I believe, considered the best of his albums but it’s…. strange. Very strange. Emphatically not for everyone, but even if one can’t bring yourself to like it, one has to admire the courage and daring with which he does his own thing and damn the consequences. I’m a fan. 😉
Yes, my uncle adored the Captain, but I’m still working on it. I sat down the other night and listened to Safe as Milk again and it was actually more enjoyable than I remembered… But I think Trout Mask Replica might be a tad too far out for me. I’m generally a Joni Mitchell / Grateful Dead kind of girl so the Captain represents a bit of a swerve into the bizarre!