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The Mirror Man Sessions

Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band

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The music that comprises The Mirror Man Sessions was not released at the time of its creation. Recorded at TTG Studios in Hollywood in 1967 — just a few months after Safe As Milk —“Tarotplane,” “Trust Us” and “25th Century Quaker” show the Magic Band fully locking into its grunting groove for the first time. For his part, Van Vliet discharges a stream of lyrics that blend blue poetry and surrealism, but even more astounding is the playing of guitarist Alex St. Clair Snouffer and drummer John French. At a time when dozens of American and British acts were getting famous by playing watered-down version of songs by Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters, the Magic Band absorbed the lessons of those forefathers and formulated a whole new strain of music. It may appear tumultuous, but they are as tuned-in to each other as John Coltrane’s classic quartet. The proceedings reach a feverish climax on “Kandy Korn,” a magnificent rock ‘n’ roll song, exploding in joy and fury.

Customer Reviews

Hey!

This is great, but in order to understand the Captain's influence on music ITunes has to get Trout Mask Replica! Its his masterpiece!

Good

I love this album, but I wish someone wold combine this and the safe as milk bonus tracks to make "It Comes to You in a Plain Brown Wrapper." (and contrary to popular belief, "Lick My Decals Off, Baby" is 10 times better than Trout Mask Replica)

Beefheart blues...

Captain Beefheart's blues on the Mirror Man Sessions is so relishable. I'm surprised how just by playing the blues in a seemingly straightforward type of way, they are breaking new ground -- white blues players -- which many were incorporating into their music in the late 60s early 70s. Janis Joplin's (the white blues-mamma) music has songs that are straightforward blues, as do the Allman Bros. Even Led Zeppelin. They all made the blues work for them. It has to work because the blues are the root, and for anyone to really be considered a great rock star, he/she must have some experience and familiarity with the blues. Listening to Captain Beefheart, one can hear an old black blues singer inside his being. It's like he was a black blues singer in his previous life and came back and took up where he left off.

I tried buying the Trout Mask Replica in '88 and didn't care for it. Hey, I was younger and not so hip to this kind of music so I sold it back to the record store for an exchange. And it was on VINYL too! I think i got it for around 5.99. Nowdays a brand new copy of Trout Mask Replica must go for around 18.99 -- what CDs originally cost when they first came out. Someday all of this pricing will balance each other out as people who release music will realize that fans no longer are only about CDs anymore. I have LPs, CDs and cassettes in great condition and continue to buy and listen to all of them. But, for me, Trout Mask Needs to be purchased vinyl because of the cover art work.

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