This issue of Mojo (November) has a buyers’ guide for Captain Beefheart featuring a readers’ top ten of all his albums:
- Trout Mask Replica
- Clear Spot/Spotlight Kid
- Lick My Decals Off Baby
- Doc at the Radar Station
- Dust Blows Forward (compilation)
- Strictly Personal
- Safe As Milk
- Grow Fins (compilation of unreleased gems)
- Shiny Beast
- Mirror Man
Safe As Milk would appear higher than that in my top 10 of any albums, not just Beefheart, and I’m surprised at the poor showing of Shiny Beast, another firm favourite of mine.
This is something which Warner Brothers/Rhino should take note of: people would like to be able to buy Lick My Decals Off Baby. It was last issued on CD 12 years ago and it is high time Warners / Rhino let us feast our ears on it once more.
You can tell Rhino Handmade just how much you would like them to release this extraordinary album at their website. Do refer to the above poll in a magazine which has a very similar target audience to Rhino.
Many thanks to Tom Davidson for the tip-off.