Captain Beefheart Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)
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- Released: August 7, 2006
- Label: Virgin Int'l
Uncut - p.785 stars out of 5 -- "[A] blend of poetry, skeins of intertwining guitar lines, galloping rhythms and bawdy, surreal sex imagery."
Mojo (Publisher) - 8/00, p.116"...The great man...surrounded by empathetic musicians...When [the album] blows its stacks...the band make great martian mariachi music....SHINY BEAST more than hints at the Beefheart renaissance...lurking around the corner."
- 1.Floppy Boot Stomp
- 2.Tropical Hot Dog Night
- 3.Ice Rose
- 4.Harry Irene
- 5.You Know You're A Man
- 6.Bat Chain Puller
- 7.When I See Mommy I Feel Like A Mummy
- 8.Owed T'alex
- 9.Candle Mambo
- 10.Love Lies
- 11.Suction Prints
Personnel: Don "Captain Beefheart" Van Vliet (vocals, whistling, harmonica, soprano saxophone); Richard Redus (guitar, accordion, bass); Jeff Moris Tepper (guitar); Bruce Lambourne Fowler (trombone); Eric Drew Feldman (piano, keyboards, bass); Robert Arthur Williams (drums, percussion); Art Tripp III (percussion).
Recorded at The Automatt, San Francisco, California.
Personnel: Don Van Vliet (vocals, harmonica, soprano saxophone); Richard Redus (guitar, accordion, bass guitar); Jeff Moris Tepper (guitar); Bruce Fowler (trombone); Eric Drew Feldman (grand piano, synthesizer); Art Tripp (marimba, percussion); Robert Arthur Williams (drums, percussion).
Liner Note Author: Mike Barnes .
After a brief retirement from the mid- to late-'70s (during which time Van Vliet devoted himself to painting), Captain Beefheart (a.k.a. Don Van Vliet) brought together a solid new Magic Band to record SHINY BEAST. The original tapes were recorded by Frank Zappa, but have never been released (the parenthetical part of the album's name was its original title). SHINY BEAST is the re-recorded 1979 release.
It marked the beginning of a solid three-album return for the Captain. DOC AT THE RADAR STATION and ICE CREAM FOR CROW followed before Beefheart finally stopped music for good, concentrating solely on his visual art (and ultimately finding a measure of financial success that eluded him in music). This may be one of the easier entry points for anyone daunted by the gorgeously dense complexities of his early classics. It's all here: the bluesiness, the verbal wordplay, the ecological concerns, the whole shimmeringly rhythmic onslaught that is the Magic Band.
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