Thursday, 1 July 2010

Safe As Milk...

After jumping to the 90s we now skip back to the 60s and to Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band. Known for his wide- ranging vocal style, Beefheart has received a cult following in recent years, but originally the music of Beefheart was considered by most critics as an acquired taste. This is certainly reflected in the lack of mainstream accolades to Don Van Vliet's name. Nonetheless, He has been considered as one of the main influences for such genres as punk, as well as many other rock-based sounds within music.

During Captain Beefheart's musical career 12 studio albums were released between the 60s and 80s, which included some of my personal favourites: "Trout Mask Replica" and "Safe as Milk". Captain Beefheart's albums are unlike many other artist's upon listening, which makes him a truly innovative part of alternative music history.

Beefheart's music, whilst mainly blues driven, contains elements of various music genres such as,rock, psychedelia and jazz to name but a few. The music is very experimental and may remind some of a certain Frank Zappa, who was unsurprisingly a close friend of Don's.

So, today's song is from the 1967 album, "Safe as Milk" and is titled "Zig Zag Wanderer". The song has a very heavy blues based riff with a touch of the 60s pop and the overbearing yet enjoyable vocals of Don Van Vliet.

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