The exclusive vinyl-only issue ofCaptain Beefheart and His Magic Band’s mind-blowing lost 1967 sessions has just been released by Sundazed Records. This is what they have to say about it....
"Recorded in part as the follow-up to Safe as Milk, Beefheart’s debut from earlier that year, the world-shattering material on It Comes to You in a Plain Brown Wrapper was rerecorded, truncated, and issued—without the Captain’s approval—as Strictly Personal in 1968.
Mastered directly from the original analog tapes and featuring a wealth ofunedited takes never before on vinyl, Sundazed’s stunning gatefold double-LP release of this infamously enigmatic opus comes to you wrapped in a sharp outer sleeve bearing specially commissioned artwork by Frank Zappa/Straight Records illustrator Cal Schenkel replicating the album’s planned ’67 design (Deliberately not shown here.It’s a surprise!); inside are rare photos and fascinating, exhaustive liner notes by Magic Band drummer John “Drumbo” French.
So here, then, is Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band’s second album of gloriously disjointed avant-rock/blues and free-jazz skronk, presented just as nature—and the Captain—intended. Even after more than 40 years, this music is still hopelessly ahead of its time—or, as one-time Magic Band member Ry Cooder once described it, “right on time.”
TRACK LISTING 1. Gimme Dat Harp Boy 2. Dirty Blue Gene 3. Beatle Bones ’n’ Smokin' Stones Pt. 1 & 2 4. Trust Us (take 9) 5. Safe as Milk (take 12) 6. Moody Liz (take 8) 7. On Tomorrow 8. Big Black Baby Shoes 9. Flower Pot 10. Korn Ring Finger 11. Safe as Milk (take 5) 12. Trust Us (take 6) 13. Moody Liz (take 16)