Captain Beefheart / Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band

Safe as Milk

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Beefheart's first proper studio album is a much more accessible, pop-inflected brand of blues-rock than the efforts that followed in the late '60s -- which isn't to say that it's exactly normal and straightforward. Featuring Ry Cooder on guitar, this is blues-rock gone slightly askew, with jagged, fractured rhythms, soulful, twisting vocals from Van Vliet, and more doo wop, soul, straight blues, and folk-rock influences than he would employ on his more avant-garde outings. "Zig Zag Wanderer," "Call on Me," and "Yellow Brick Road" are some of his most enduring and riff-driven songs, although there's plenty of weirdness on tracks like "Electricity" and "Abba Zaba." [Buddha's 1999 reissue of Safe as Milk contained restored artwork and seven bonus tracks.]

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:13
2 2:39
3 2:35
4 2:29
5 3:30
6 3:07
7 2:25
8 2:41
9 3:07
10 2:08
11 2:26
12 4:00
13 4:11
14 6:56
15 4:50
16 3:54
17 2:42
18 7:20
19 7:26
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