The World of Captain Beefheart is a comprehensive overview of the man also known as Don van Vliet’s towering legacy, re-imagined and infused with new blood by vocalist extraordinaire Nona Hendryx and avant-guitar legend Gary Lucas; this pair starred in a symphonic Beefheart Tribute with Amsterdam’s famed 65-piece Metropole Orchestra at the Paradiso a few years ago. The album was co-produced by Gary and Jess Krakow, recorded at Eastside Sound in NYC. The World of Captain Beefheart is being released by Knitting Factory Records on November 10.
With Nona Hendryx (Labelle, Talking Heads, Bil Laswell’s Material, and Jerry Harrison’s Casual Gods) on vocals, Gary Lucas (guitar player on the final last two Beefheart albums) on guitar, and ably supported by Jesse Krakow on bass, Richard Dworkin on drums, Jordan Shapiro on keys, The World of Captain Beefheart strikes a fine balance between the more bluesy and groove-accessible songs in the good Captain’s oeuvre and the more extreme, darker and weirder side.
The former is well represented by “Sun Zoom Spark” and “Her Eyes are a Blue Million Miles” from Beefheart’s 1973 Clear Spot album, “Too Much Time” and “When It Blows Its Stacks” from 1972’s The Spotlight Kid, “Sure ’Nuff ’n Yes I Do” and “I’m Glad" from Safe as Milk, and “Tropical Hot Dog Night” from 1977’s Shiny Beast. The latter is explored via “When Big Joan Sets Up” and “Sugar ’n Spikes” from 1969’s Trout Mask Replica, and “The Smithsonian Institute Blues” from 1970’s Lick My Decals Off, Baby.
- Sun Zoom Spark
- My Head Is My Only House Unless It Rains
- Sure 'Nuff 'n Yes I Do
- I'm Glad
- The Smithsonian Institute Blues (or The Big Dig)
- Her Eyes Are A Blue Million Miles
- Suction Prints
- Sugar 'n Spikes
- When Big Joan Sets Up
- Too Much Time
- When It Blows Its Stacks
- Tropical Hot Dog Night
Out November 10th, 2017.