Captain Beefheart ‎– The Spotlight Kid

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The only one of Vliet's official releases, during his career, released under his 'solo' name. His art and poetry also features strongly on the back cover. 'The Magic Band' remain unmentioned. Art Tripp gets 2 aliases; Ted Cactus & Ed Marimba.

Released Jan 1972 during the transition of Reprise & Kinney, the Euro issues began using the 'K' cat#s and, by 1974, the 'W' lozenge logo began appearing in label radius text. UK 1st issues had lyrics on single-sided inserts, which also featured in a few other country issues (i.e. Germany). The recording was later 'paired' to other albums; 2 Originals Of Captain Beefheart (with "Lick My Decals Off, Baby") [1976], Double Dynamite (with "Clear Spot") [c1976] and The Spotlight Kid / Clear Spot CD [1990 to 2006].

Versions (32)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
MS 2050 Captain Beefheart The Spotlight Kid(LP, Album) Reprise Records MS 2050 US 1972 Sell This Version
MS 2050 Captain Beefheart The Spotlight Kid(LP, Album) Reprise Records MS 2050 Canada 1971 Sell This Version
M 82050 Captain Beefheart The Spotlight Kid(8-Trk, Album) Reprise Records M 82050 US 1972 Sell This Version
444162, REP 444 162 Captain Beefheart The Spotlight Kid(Cass, Album) Reprise Records, Reprise Records 444162, REP 444 162 Germany 1972 Sell This Version
MS 2050 Captain Beefheart The Spotlight Kid(LP, Album) Reprise Records MS 2050 US 1972 Sell This Version
K 44162 Captain Beefheart The Spotlight Kid(LP, Album) Reprise Records K 44162 UK 1972 Sell This Version
MS 2050, MS-2050 Captain Beefheart The Spotlight Kid(LP, Album) Reprise Records, Reprise Records MS 2050, MS-2050 Australia 1972 Sell This Version
MS 2050 Captain Beefheart The Spotlight Kid(LP, Album) Reprise Records MS 2050 Australia 1972 Sell This Version
44162 Captain Beefheart The Spotlight Kid(LP, Album) Reprise Records 44162 France 1972 Sell This Version
MS 2050 Captain Beefheart The Spotlight Kid(LP, Album) Reprise Records MS 2050 Canada 1972 Sell This Version
REP 44 162 Captain Beefheart The Spotlight Kid(LP, Album) Reprise Records REP 44 162 Germany 1972 Sell This Version
RRC 2050 Captain Beefheart The Spotlight Kid(LP, Album) Reprise Records RRC 2050 South Africa 1972 Sell This Version
RLLP-2014, RLLP-2.014 Captain Beefheart The Spotlight Kid(LP, Album) Reprise Records, Reprise Records, Continental (3) RLLP-2014, RLLP-2.014 Brazil 1972 Sell This Version
REP 44 162 Captain Beefheart The Spotlight Kid(LP, Album, Promo) Reprise Records REP 44 162 Germany 1972 Sell This Version
MS 2050 Captain Beefheart The Spotlight Kid(LP, Album, Promo) Reprise Records MS 2050 US 1972 Sell This Version
MS 2050 Captain Beefheart The Spotlight Kid(LP, Album, TP) Reprise Records MS 2050 US 1972 Sell This Version
MS 2050 Captain Beefheart The Spotlight Kid(LP, Album, Ter) Reprise Records MS 2050 US 1972 Sell This Version
REP 44162 Captain Beefheart The Spotlight Kid(LP, S/Sided, Album, TP, W/Lbl, B-S) Reprise Records REP 44162 Germany 1972 Sell This Version
RST 2050-B Captain Beefheart The Spotlight Kid(Reel, Album) Reprise Records RST 2050-B US 1972 Sell This Version
K44162, K 44162 Captain Beefheart The Spotlight Kid(LP, Album, RE) Reprise Records, Reprise Records K44162, K 44162 UK 1974 Sell This Version
K44162, K 44162 Captain Beefheart The Spotlight Kid(LP, Album, RE) Reprise Records, Reprise Records K44162, K 44162 UK 1974 Sell This Version
CTR 26058 Captain Beefheart The Spotlight Kid(LP, Album) Charter Line CTR 26058 Italy 1977 Sell This Version
44162 Captain Beefheart The Spotlight Kid(LP, Album) Reprise Records 44162 Greece 1981 Sell This Version
MS 2050 Captain Beefheart The Spotlight Kid(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, 180) Rhino Records (2), Reprise Records MS 2050 US 2000 Sell This Version
MS 2050 Captain Beefheart The Spotlight Kid(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Gra) Reprise Records MS 2050 US 2009 Sell This Version
WQCP-1501 Captain Beefheart The Spotlight Kid(CD, Album, RE, RM) Reprise Records, Warner Music, Tower Records (4), Rhino Records (2) WQCP-1501 Japan 2014 Sell This Version
081227951238 Captain Beefheart The Spotlight Kid(CD, Album, RE, RM) Reprise Records, Rhino Records (2) 081227951238 Europe 2015 Sell This Version
R1-2050 Captain Beefheart The Spotlight Kid(LP, Album, RE) Rhino Records (2) R1-2050 US 2016 Sell This Version
0349791110 Captain Beefheart The Spotlight Kid(LP, Album, RE, 180) Reprise Records 0349791110 Europe 2016 Sell This Version
M 52050 Captain Beefheart The Spotlight Kid(Cass, Album) Reprise Records M 52050 US Unknown Sell This Version
CTR 426058 Captain Beefheart The Spotlight Kid(Cass, Album, RE) Charter Line CTR 426058 Italy Unknown Sell This Version
R1-2050, R1 2050, 0349791110 Captain Beefheart The Spotlight Kid(LP, Album, RE) Reprise Records, Reprise Records, Reprise Records R1-2050, R1 2050, 0349791110 Europe Unknown Sell This Version

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ThaMascaraSnake

ThaMascaraSnake

January 29, 2019
referencing The Spotlight Kid, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Gra, MS 2050
A quite good sounding edition despite the cheap stickering and press plant
jerrysnook

jerrysnook

July 27, 2014
referencing The Spotlight Kid, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, 180, MS 2050
This is one of my favorite albums, and I was thrilled to pick up this re-issue on 180 gram vinyl. However, I have to issue a WARNING: The mix (or is it re-master?) of this re-issue is all sorts of wrong. It's quite muddy, and also has one of the most bass-forward mixes I have ever heard. It makes the album nearly unlistenable, unless you are able to adjust your equalization to compensate. Even then, with the bass so forward in the mix, it doesn't sound "authentic" to the original at all. I still love this album, and it IS really nice to have on 180 gram, but unfortunately I just can't recommend this re-issue.