“Doc At The Radar Station” by Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band - album review

TJR says

Those mid-70s miss-steps seem like a distant memory now, as Captain Beefheart delivers another belter to follow 1978s brilliant “Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)”. That said, the album is far from a continuation of the relatively smooth accessibility of its predecessor, actually being a bit of a throwback to their ‘wonky blues’ period which predated “Trout Mask Replica”. The re-appearance of guitarist/drummer John French (who had played on the first six Beefheart albums) seems very natural in these circumstances. Thankfully, the world was more receptive to their craziness this time around; with punk having broken down barriers of convention, it really was a case of anything goes for a hungry, modern audience of musical adventurers. Said Beefheart at the time: “I'm doing a non-hypnotic music to break up the catatonic state… and I think there is one right now.” The new wave jangle may well be the flavour-of-the-month at the dawning of the decade, but the decidedly jagged blues-rock of “Hot Head” and the post-Diddley aggression of “Ashtray Heart” are here to drop bombs on the scene. It’s a one-band fight, but by the time they’ve finished side one with “Run Paint Run Run” and “Sue Egypt” you fancy they will remain standing tall in 1980, against the odds. The incredible “Dirty Blue Gene” on side two is up there with the greatest pieces ever recorded by the act: “If you’ve got ears you’ve got to listen.” Miss this one at your peril.

The Jukebox Rebel
08-Nov-2016

A1 [03:23] 7.8.png Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band - Hot Head (Don Van Vliet) Blues Rock / Soul Rock
A2 [03:25] 8.6.png Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band - Ashtray Heart (Don Van Vliet) Proto-Punk
A3 [01:38] 5.9.png Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band - A Carrot Is As Close As A Rabbit Gets To A Diamond (Don Van Vliet) Alternative Folk
A4 [03:40] 8.8.png Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band - Run Paint Run Run (Don Van Vliet) Blues Rock / Soul Rock
A5 [02:57] 7.9.png Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band - Sue Egypt (Don Van Vliet) Psychedelia
A6 [02:40] 6.9.png Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band - Brickbats (Don Van Vliet) Prog
B1 [03:51] 9.6.png Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band - Dirty Blue Gene (Don Van Vliet) Alternative Rock
B2 [05:02] 7.2.png Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band - Best Batch Yet (Don Van Vliet) Alternative Rock
B3 [01:31] 6.9.png Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band - Telephone (Don Van Vliet) Prog
B4 [01:00] 5.3.png Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band - Flavor Bud Living (Don Van Vliet) Folk Rock / Americana
B5 [06:34] 6.7.png Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band - Sheriff Of Hong Kong (Don Van Vliet) Blues Rock / Soul Rock
B6 [03:11] 6.6.png Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band - Making Love To A Vampire With A Monkey On My Knee (Don Van Vliet) Prog




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