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Lick My Decals Off, Baby

Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band

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Album Review

Produced by Captain Beefheart himself, Lick My Decals Off, Baby was a further refining and exploration of the musical ideas posited on Trout Mask Replica. As such, the imaginative fervor of Trout Mask is toned down somewhat, but in its place is an increased self-assurance; the tone of Decals is also a bit darker, examining environmental issues in some songs rather than simply concentrating on surreal wordplay. Whatever the differences, the jagged, complex rhythms and guitar interplay continue to amaze. Those wanting to dig deeper after the essential Trout Mask Replica are advised to begin doing so here.

Customer Reviews

Beefheart's Masterpiece finally made available again.

If you've gotten this far, don't even think twice. This was his own favorite recording and the one favored by the members of the Magic Band. Trout Mask may be the most celebrated by the academics and some fervent fans, but the addition of Art Tripp, doubling Zoot Horn's guitar lines on marimba, as well as Don's own careful production gives this subsequent album a strength and sophistication that he would never equal. The songs are heavily varied, but nothing less than his strongest composition. It's been nearly 20 years since an official digital format has been available. Since the dear Captain's recent passing, this is an excellent time to release this unequaled gem.

Brilliant and Original

FInally this album is available again. You should but htis immediately, listen to it, get past the vocals (they will grow on you) and listen to the band. I saw them perform these tunes note for note...it is not random and is certainly not conventional. Trout Mask Replica was a raw prelude to this refined masterpiece. The world lost a true original this year. I seriously doubt there will ever be anything as free and original in modern music again any time soon.

Beefy & Hearty

Absolutely beautiful music. Perfect background music for dinner partys or for getting it on in the bedroom or for relaxing in the bath surrounded by candles or driving the kids to soccer practice or painting the kitchen or going for a jog or dancing up in the club. One of the band's greatest accomplishments. And this is a band that has accomplished a lot.

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