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The Spotlight Kid/Clear Spot

Artist: Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band

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Label: Reprise
Album: The Spotlight Kid/Clear Spot
# Song Title   Time
1)    I'm Gonna Booglarize You Baby
2)    White Jam
3)    Blabber 'N Smoke
4)    When It Blows Its Stacks
5)    Alice in Blunderland
6)    Spotlight Kid, The
7)    Click Clack
8)    Grow Fins
9)    There Ain't No Santa Claus on the Evenin' Stage
10)    Glider
11)    Low Yo Yo Stuff
12)    Nowadays a Woman's Gotta Hit a Man
13)    Too Much Time
14)    Circumstances
15)    My Head Is My Only House Unless It Rains
16)    Sun Zoom Spark
17)    Clear Spot
18)    Crazy Little Thing
19)    Long Neck Bottles
20)    Her Eyes Are a Blue Million Miles
21)    Big Eyed Beans from Venus
22)    Golden Birdies

Performer Notes
  • 2 LPs on 1 CD: THE SPOTLIGHT KID (1972)/CLEAR SPOT (1972).
  • Full performer name: Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band.
  • Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band: Captain Beefheart (vocals, harmonica, jingle bells); Winged Eel Fingerling, Russ Titelman (guitar); Zoot Horn Rollo (guitar, mandolin); Rockette Morton (guitar, bass); Ed Marimba (marimba, piano, harpsichord, drums, percussion); Orejon (bass); Drumbo, Ted Cactus, Rhys Clark (drums); The Blackberries (background vocals).
  • Producers: Don Van Vliet, Ted Templeman.
  • Engineers: Phil Schler, Donn Landee.
  • Includes liner notes by Pete Johnson.
  • After the unique TROUT MASK REPLICA, Beefheart moved slowly to what we mortals would call music, very much like the stuff on SAFE AS MILK. His "music from Venus" had never been quite so easy on the ear and CLEAR SPOT was a hit album, of sorts. Nobody other than John Lennon has been able to approximate the English language so brilliantly as this man. How can you resist "My Head Is My Only House Unless It Rains" or "Her Eyes Are A Blue Million Miles?" The Captain can also fool us with a real love song, the sublime "Too Much Time."

Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (3/30/72, p.52) - "...[SPOTLIGHT KID] goes back to his most primal roots for much of its inspiration...Captain Beefheart [is] almost certainly the supreme white blues singer of our era...vital funky rock & roll..." -Lester Bangs

Q (1/1/91) - 4 Stars - Excellent

NME (Magazine) (9/18/93, p.19) - CLEAR SPOT ranked #32 in NME's list of the `Greatest Albums Of The '70s.'

NME (Magazine) (10/2/93, p.29) - CLEAR SPOT ranked #75 in NME's list of the `Greatest Albums Of All Time.'

Format:CD (0 Disc)
Studio/Live: Studio
Release Date:28 August, 2006

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For most accounts i would say this is a good introduction to Beefheart. Edgy and bluesy this album doesn't go as far as his previous 4 but amazingly works much better than his other watered down attempts (Except Clear spot which ranks highly). Containing some beautiful songs (WHite jam, spotlight kid, blabber and smoke) without a doubt a good one for anyones collection.

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