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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2014 10:46 am 
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The four-disc collection 'Sun Zoom Spark: 1970 to 1972' is due out in the fall

A new Captain Beefheart box set will focus on three records the avant-garde blues singer put out after warping minds with his landmark 1969 LP Trout Mask Replica. The upcoming four-disc set, Sun Zoom Spark: 1970 to 1972, collects three remastered albums – 1970's Lick My Decals Off, Baby, and his two 1972 releases, The Spotlight Kid and Clear Spot – as well as a disc of 14 previously unreleased outtakes recorded during sessions for the latter two albums. The limited-edition collection will be available on CD, LP and digital on November 11th.

Beefheart recorded Lick My Decals Off, Baby in Hollywood over the summer of 1970, and the record found him digging deeper into the jagged atonal rock as he juxtaposed clashing, busy rhythms with bluesy, expressionistic guitar and his signature wild-beast yowls. In addition to singing, Beefheart played bass clarinet, tenor and soprano sax and harmonica on the release, while two members played broom and percussionist Art Tripp (billed as Ed Marimba) played marimba. The album was reportedly one of the singer's favorites.

Beefheart began work on The Spotlight Kid the following summer and found him taking a more markedly commercial, bluesy approach to the music (with marimba and jingle bells, of course). Members of Beefheart's Magic Band have derided the release over the years for its simplicity, though they stuck with him to record Clear Spot, which also featured a more accessible musical approach, in the summer of the following year.


That record has proven to have more staying power than its predecessor, thanks to "Her Eyes Are a Blue Million Miles" placement in The Big Lebowski and a cover of that song by the Black Keys. Nevertheless, guitarist Zoot Horn Rollo quit after the release, and the rest of the group followed suit after its 1974 follow-up, Unconditionally Guaranteed. (Absent from the set is Beefheart's 1971 release Mirror Man, likely because it was recorded in 1967.)

The fourth disc in Sun Zoom Spark highlights 14 outtakes and alternate versions of songs from the 1972 releases. It includes a sung version of "I Can't Do This Unless I Can Do This/Seam Crooked Sam," which was later featured as the spoken-word poem "Seam Crooked Sam" on Bat Chain Puller, a more raucous take of "Dirty Blue Gene" (later released on Doc at the Radar Station) and a drastically different, instrumental rehearsal of "The Witch Doctor Life" that ultimately appeared on Beefheart's swan song, Ice Cream for Crow.

Here are the outtakes featured on the fourth disc of Sun Zoom Spark:

1. "Alice in Blunderland" - Alternate Version
2. "Harry Irene"
3. "I Can't Do This Unless I Can Do This/Seam Crooked Sam"
4. "Pompadour Swamp/Suction Prints"
5. "The Witch Doctor Life" - Instrumental Take
6. "Two Rips in a Haystack/Kiss Me My Love"
7. "Best Batch Yet" - (Track) Version 1
8. "Your Love Brought Me To Life" - Instrumental
9. "Dirty Blue Gene" - Alternate Version 1
10. "Nowadays a Woman's Gotta Hit a Man" - Early Mix
11. "Kiss Where I Kain't"
12. "Circumstances" - Alternate Version 2
13. "Little Scratch"
14. "Dirty Blue Gene" - Alternate Version 3

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The project is overseen by one Jan Van Vliet (!). Note the rare art on the cover, and more to come inside chosen by Jan from the archives.


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Three of my favourites...I guess I'm in


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Just preordered mine, at a price of $50.98. That's almost $10 dollars cheaper than when I added it to my wish list. Maybe, the price will dip some more between now, and release date?

Now, I have to go shopping for a used Grow Fins box.


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Philostopher wrote:
Just preordered mine, at a price of $50.98. That's almost $10 dollars cheaper than when I added it to my wish list. Maybe, the price will dip some more between now, and release date?

Now, I have to go shopping for a used Grow Fins box.

Heh heh, nice.

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Beefheart began work on The Spotlight Kid the following summer and found him taking a more markedly commercial, bluesy approach to the music (with marimba and jingle bells, of course). Members of Beefheart's Magic Band have derided the release over the years for its simplicity, though they stuck with him to record Clear Spot, which also featured a more accessible musical approach, in the summer of the following year.


I love the simplicity of Spotlight Kid. What people seem to miss is that it wasn't necessarily simple to conceive. There's only ever gonna be one cap't beefheart. I'd hate to see somebody try to clone him.

Blabber N Smoke and My Head Is My Only House are as good as anything.
Good news about this new release. Thanks.


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That looks awesome coevad! Thanks for posting!


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I'm on it. Nov. 11? Can't wait.


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I'm on it. Nov. 11? Can't wait.


Got an email from Amazon on my preorder. Release pushed to the 17th.


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^Alright, thanks. I'm gonna pick it up at my local record shop. I should probably get Bat Chain Puller, too. I've still never heard the 2012 release.


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Is it coming Tuesday? Last email on my preorder says November 17th?


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Hell yeah! Didn't realize this came with Auto Rip on Amazon. Received an email last night, and I'm listening to it right now. I'm tempted to call in to work, and delve into Disc 4. But, I guess I'll wait until tonight. :wink:


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Hell yeah! Didn't realize this came with Auto Rip on Amazon. Received an email last night, and I'm listening to it right now. I'm tempted to call in to work, and delve into Disc 4. But, I guess I'll wait until tonight. :wink:

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My physical copy still hasn't shipped, or at least I haven't received notification yet. But, I'm listening to Disc 4 now. What a fucking awesome version of "Harry Irene"! 8)


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Your Amazon.com order of "Sun, Zoom, Spark: 1970 to 1972" has shipped!

I'd be willing to bet that most of your avid Beefheart fans will consider this box a rip off. Good thing I'm not one of them. :wink:


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It's not a rip off if you know what you're getting and you're willing to pay what they're asking.


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That's true. I can't do a cd to cd comparison yet. But from what I can tell from my Cloud Player, there will be an improvement in sound quality of The Spotlight Kid and Clear Spot. My copy of Decals sounds pretty good, so I can't really see an improvement there. But, the bonus tracks are pretty good. And, the packaging looks pretty nice. A separate mini LP sleeve for each disc. To me, it justifies the $50 price tag. And if you can score it cheaper, hat's off to you. I read some UK sellers were selling it a bit cheaper than $50.


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I ordered mine from Amazon too. Still waiting for it to arrive, but the AutoRip sure sounds good!

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Just ordered the cd box with a discount of 20 % from jpc for 25 € 8)

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Received mine Wednesday. Nice job Rhino! Awesome book with liner notes by Rip Rense. A very cool poem about Don written by Tom Waits called "Now Don Is Like The Bones Of A Watermelon".


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Just got back from a weekend away and it had been left with a neighbour. Wow, what gorgeous packaging. I can't wait to listen to Lick my Decals but don't think it'll go down too well.......

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