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Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band*Safe As Milk

Label:Buddah Records – BDM 1001
Format:
Vinyl, LP, Album, Mono, Red Label
Country:US
Released:
Genre:Rock, Blues
Style:Experimental, Blues Rock

Tracklist

A1Sure 'Nuff 'N Yes I Do
Arranged ByRy Cooder
Written-ByDon Van Vliet, Herb Bermann
2:15
A2Zig Zag Wanderer
Slit Drum [Log Drum]Milt Holland
Written-ByDon Van Vliet, Herb Bermann
2:40
A3Call On Me
Written-ByDon Van Vliet
2:37
A4Dropout Boogie
Slit Drum [Log Drum]Milt Holland
Written-ByDon Van Vliet, Herb Bermann
2:32
A5I'm Glad
Written-ByDon Van Vliet
3:31
A6Electricity
ThereminSam Hoffman*
Written-ByDon Van Vliet, Herb Bermann
3:07
B1Yellow Brick Road
Percussion [Additional], TambourineTaj Mahal
Written-ByDon Van Vliet, Herb Bermann
2:28
B2Abba Zaba
Percussion [Additional]Milt Holland
Written-ByDon Van Vliet
2:44
B3Plastic Factory3:08
B4Where There's Woman
Written-ByDon Van Vliet, Herb Bermann
2:09
B5Grown So Ugly
Arranged ByRy Cooder
Written-ByRobert Pete Williams
2:27
B6Autumn's Child
GuitarRuss Titelman
Percussion [Jawbone of an ass]Alex St. Clair*
Written-ByDon Van Vliet, Herb Bermann
4:02
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Notes

First mono pressing with red Buddah labels, montage photo-art liner & 'Baby' image bumper sticker.
(A stereo issue was also made #BDS 5001)

(Some prior material on 8-track moved from Sunset Sound to 4-track at RCA, as outlined in "Grow Fins" material. Later reissues credit both engineers)

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Etched in deadwax, side 1, BDL scratched out): BDM BDL 1001A-1B
  • Matrix / Runout (Etched in deadwax, side 2, L scratched out): BDLM1001B-1A

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Safe As Milk (LP, Album, Mono, Promo)Buddah RecordsBDM 1001US1967
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Safe As Milk (LP, Album, Test Pressing)Buddah RecordsBDS 5001US1967
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Safe As Milk (LP, Album, Promo, Stereo, White Labels)Buddah RecordsBDS 5001US1967
Safe As Milk (LP, Album, Stereo, Red Label)Buddah RecordsBDS 5001US1967
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Safe As Milk (LP, Album, Stereo, Red Label)Buddah RecordsBDS 5001US1967

Reviews

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dlgale1974
Underground classic, absolute genius and one of my favourite albums of all time. Crank up the volume. Yes, it's warped and weird but this is easily the most accessible of all of Beefheart's albums. It features a 20 year old Ry Cooder, who is magnificent throughout. There's a real mix on here: "Sure 'Nuff' and Yes I Do" starts off like a straightforward Delta Blues before being amplified and injected with Amphetamine, "Zig Zag Wanderer" has a heavy R&B baseline and the R&B theme continues with what has to be the most "pop" tune he has ever done, "Call on Me". Nothing is mainstream though, there's sharp jangly guitars cutting through the horns gently fading in and out as as the percussion phases from left to right. Then you're hit with the weird, grungy, heavy "Dropout Boogie", the mood totally changes for the sentimental "I'm Glad" with it's Doo-Wop backing harmonies and the side finishes with the weird, high voltage, up tempo "Electricity" which utilises the Theremin to great effect. Side Two starts with the folky- rock "Yellow Brick Road" followed by " the pure psychedelia of "Abba Zabba" - Ry Cooder takes the bass here to great effect. Next comes "Plastic Factory" which sounds like Howlin' Wolf on Acid. "Where There's Women" is a touching tune with beautiful lyrics. "Grown So Ugly" is the only cover on the album and like the opening track is like heavy, psychedelic, Delta Blues. The album closes with the trippy, beautiful "Autumns Child" which again utilises the Thremin. Everyone should know this album.