martes, 29 de diciembre de 2009

Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band Clear Spot

Don Van Vliet (born Don Glen Vliet on January 15, 1941) is an American musician and painter, best known by the stage name Captain Beefheart. His musical work was mainly conducted with a rotating assembly of musicians called The Magic Band, which was active between the mid-1960s and the early 1980s. Van Vliet was chiefly a singer and harmonica player, occasionally playing saxophone, bass clarinet and keyboards. His compositions are characterized by their odd mixtures of shifting time signatures and by their surreal lyrics, while Van Vliet himself is noted for his dictatorial approach to his musicians and for his enigmatic relationship with the public.

The Magic Band's early output was rooted in blues but soon began to draw on additional influences. 1969's Trout Mask Replica takes cues from free jazz and contemporary experimental composition. Frustrated with a lack of commercial success, and fed up with Van Vliet's paranoia and dictatorial nature, the group disbanded in 1974. After a brief flirtation with more conventional rock music — resulting in two albums that he has since disowned — Van Vliet formed a new Magic Band with a group of younger musicians and produced three albums that revisited the eccentricities of his earlier work. Van Vliet's music attracted a devoted following and his influence on fellow musicians, particularly those of the punk and New Wave movements, has been described as "incalculable."

Clear Spot is the seventh album by Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band, originally released on LP in 1972 in a clear plastic sleeve.

2 comentarios:

Mark dijo...

blxl dijo...

Thanks for this. Great blog.

Try this. I'm sure you'll like it.

We refer to it as "Analog Music from a Lost World" -- previously unreleased post-punk experimental rock from 1981, unlike anything else recorded before or after.

Double-LP vinyl release (with extra material) later this year on Academy LPs (NYC);
Available now as a FREE DOWNLOAD at WFMU's Free Music Archive --

New Karen Cooper Complex video made by a fan in LA:

Shinjuku Birdwalk reveals a group of musicians that were ahead of their time. The music is eerily magnetic and should appeal to those who like to stray off the safe path. This is a must-download. --

"...some hefty grooves, and plenty of 'holy shit" moments'. It's a spacious but highly rewarding listen, and I wouldn't be surprised if some label makes an effort to press this on vinyl in the near future." --

What makes this band so fascinating is that you think of a hundred different bands when you listen to them, but at the same time KAREN COOPER COMPLEX sound like no one else...Great band! --

"Hopefully, some enterprising reissue label will snatch this one up, as it's too good to exist only in the ephemeral form of a download." -- Mutant Sounds

Jason Sigal, Managing Director at WFMU said:
"This is amazing stuff and we would be honored to feature it in wfmu's curated portal on the free music archive... we have a lot of stuff to wade through to find gems like these."

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