Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band ‎– Lick My Decals Off, Baby

Straight ‎– RS 6420
Vinyl, LP, Album



1st press USA issue, with 'smoke logo' & 'Straight' black liner bearing the 'Bizarre' address - which is also on the radius text of the 'Straight' vinyl labels. [It should be noted that reissues, or 'repros' of this issue label often carry the later Warner address].
This is a Straight issue, under the short-lived Bizarre Inc distribution aegis of Reprise.

This original issue includes a heavyweight white card 4-page insert [28cm x 28cm when folded]. No print on front or back, but a full track-list with lyrics on inside spread, together with artist credits.

The track-list on the insert follows the presentation as per the vinyl, up to 'Smithsonian'. An additional set of lyrics [or a poem?] is then inserted, titled; "You Should Know By The Kindness Of Uh Dog The Way Uh Human Should Be". This is then followed by the lyrics for 'Clouds' & 'Flash Gordon' tracks respectively. A further 'poem' is then inserted; "(Untitled)", which begins "The first scene was the bathtub ring...", which is then finally followed with the lyrics for "Space Age Couple" - which is not the last track on the vinyl.

It is conjecture that this may have been the intended running order, or simply a whim in the printed transcription of the final content. See images for the 2 additions.
[On lyrics sheet];
RS 6420
©1970 by Beefheart Music Co., BMI.
Reprinted by kind permission.
Made in U.S.A.

The back-cover imprint of this 1st issue has subtle differences in content to later issues [see images]; e.g. Relationship of text lengths, a full point after "Calif." and "Made in U.S.A."

"Dedicated To – Al Leifer, Alex Snouffer, Ben Edmonds, Black Micenah, Bob Krasnow, Elliot Ingber, Granny Annie, Grant Gibbs, Jan Van Vliet, Jeff Bruschel, Kaye Wells, Langdon Winner, Laurie And Lulu, Lester Bangs, Margarette Harkleroad, Mark Green, Medicine Man, The, One Brown Pelican, Pete Johnson, Phil Schier, Sam And Nancy Catalano, Sue, Victor Hayden, Whales, The".

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side run-out, hand-etched): S RS-6420A 31121-1B
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side run-out, hand-etched): I RS-6420B 31122-1A


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May 24, 2018

His best album in my opinion. it's just a more focused better produced album than TMR. I think this is part of the Zappa Family Trust so it should have an official CD release at some point. I believe the only official CD release was around 1990.


June 3, 2016
Canadian Release - Warner Bros - runout 31121 and 31122