Monday, 8 June 2009

'...indian dream, tiger moon...'

Captain Beefheart - 'Safe as Milk'

Pin your ears back and listen to the whole album at Spotify.

I would never have come across this little gem on my own. I owe the discovery of this masterpiece to my boyfriend who has a wide and diverse music taste. The first time I heard it I wasn't enamoured! However now I've listen to it more, I love it. I urge everyone to give it a try, my particular favourite is 'Yellow Brick Road', but what am I saying!? I love them all!

This album was released in 1967 and it's quite wild. It's known for being difficult to wrap your head around but now I've heard it a few times I can't understand when people don't like it!

Captain Beefheart mixes toe-tapping rhythms with a husky blues voice and sometimes poetic, sometimes just plain weird lyrics. All the songs manage to unleash a spectrum of emotions in me but all make me smile.

Your life is missing something large and emotionally charged if you have not and do not listen to this record! Bold statement I know, but it is a true account of the attachment I have developed for it. I listen to it often, I encourage you to do the same.

P.S. - Start with this album. The later albums and, I believe, the second half of the CD version of 'Safe as Milk' are not for the faint hearted!

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