Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Lick My Decals Off, Baby on 180g LP
In the wonderfully idiosyncratic discography of the-one-of-a-kind artist Captain Beefheart (aka Don Van Vliet), attention usually focuses on the carefully wrought, experimental music heard on his noted 1969 masterwork Trout Mask Replica. As a consequence, the three stellar albums recorded soon after - Lick My Decals Off, Baby (1970), The Spotlight Kid (1972) and Clear Spot (1972) - are often criminally overlooked.
Rhino rectified that with the limited edition box set Sun, Zoom, Spark 1970-1972 which revisits the albums Beefheart recorded with the Magic Band in the early-70s. It included all three albums, which were remastered for the first time, as well as an entire LP featuring 14 previously unissued outtakes from the era. Now they're offering remastered individual pressings of Lick My Decals Off, Baby, The Spotlight Kid and Clear Spot on 180g vinyl.
Released in 1970 on Frank Zappa's Straight Records label, Lick My Decals Off, Baby served as the direct follow-up to Trout Mask Replica. Despite its predecessor's staggering reputation it is often regarded as Beefheart's finest album...catchy, warped and visionary in equal measure. The title cut's opening salvo truly says it all here: "Rather than I want to hold your hand, I wanna swallow you whole."