Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band – Safe as Milk (1967)

Artist Credit
Arlessa Barnes Project Coordinator
Lisa Butler Project Coordinator
Captain Beefheart Guitar, Harmonica, Marimba, Primary Artist, Vocals
Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band Primary Artist
Hank Cicalo Engineer
Ry Cooder Arranger, Bass, Guitar
Jeff Cotton Guitar
Glenn Delgado Project Coordinator
Claudia Depkin Archivist
Christina DeSimone Project Coordinator
Robin Diamond Project Coordinator
Mandana Eidgah Production Coordination
Elliott Federman Mastering
Joanne Feltman Archivist
Joe Foster Producer, Recreation
John French Drums
Felicia Gearhart Project Coordinator
Laura Gregory Project Coordinator
Jerry Handley Bass, Composer
Samson Hoffman Theremin
Jeremy Holiday Project Coordinator
Milt Holland Log Drums, Percussion
Glenn Korman Archivist
Bob Krasnow Producer
Taj Mahal Guest Artist, Percussion
Robin Manning Project Coordinator
Gary Marker Engineer
Andy Morten Artwork, Design, Producer
Kris Needs Liner Notes
Ed Osborne Project Coordinator
Larry Parra Project Coordinator
Don Paulsen Archival Materials, Archivist
Richard Perry Producer
John Platt Annotation, Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
Bruce Pollock Project Coordinator
Mike Ragogna Reissue Producer
Dana Renert Project Coordinator
David Richman Redesign
Alex St. Clair Guitar
Catherine Seligman Project Coordinator
Antennae Jimmy Semens Guitar
Steve Strauss Project Coordinator
Tom Tierney Archivist
Russ Titelman Guitar
Don Van Vliet Arranger, Composer
Guy Webster Photography
Tom Wilkes Graphic Design
Robert Pete Williams Composer

Beefheart’s first proper studio album is a much more accessible, pop-inflected brand of blues-rock than the efforts that followed in the late ’60s — which isn’t to say that it’s exactly normal and straightforward. Featuring Ry Cooder on guitar, this is blues-rock gone slightly askew, with jagged, fractured rhythms, soulful, twisting vocals from Van Vliet, and more doo wop, soul, straight blues, and folk-rock influences than he would employ on his more avant-garde outings. “Zig Zag Wanderer,” “Call on Me,” and “Yellow Brick Road” are some of his most enduring and riff-driven songs, although there’s plenty of weirdness on tracks like “Electricity” and “Abba Zaba.” [Buddha’s 1999 reissue of Safe as Milk contained restored artwork and seven bonus tracks.]

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