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Charted: December 23, 1972

Rating: 4.150 (average of 10 ratings)

Genre: psychedelic rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Low Yo Yo Stuff
  2. Nowadays a Woman’s Gotta Hit a Man
  3. Too Much Time
  4. Circumstances
  5. My Head Is My Only House Unless It Rains
  6. Sun Zoom Spark
  7. Clear Spot
  8. Crazy Little Thing
  9. Long Neck Bottles
  10. Her Eyes Are a Blue Million Miles
  11. Big Eyed Beans from Venus
  12. Golden Birdies

Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only --
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated --


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 191
peak on U.K. album chart --

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Too Much Time (3/73) --

Notes: This has been paired on CD with Captain Beefheart’s other 1972 album, The Spotlight Kid.


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Clear Spot
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
“Producer Ted Templeman was a bit of a surprising choice given his firmly mainstream production credits, with the Doobie Brothers already under his belt and Van Halen lurking in the near future. As it turned out, such a combination led to a better-working fusion than might be expected, making one wonder why in the world Clear Spot wasn’t more of a commercial success than it was. The sound is great throughout, and the feeling is of the coolest bar-band in town, not to mention one that could eat all the patrons for breakfast if it felt like it.” NR

“Fans of the fully all-out side of Beefheart might find the end result not fully up to snuff as a result, but those less concerned with pushing back all borders all the time will enjoy his unexpected blend of everything tempered with a new accessibility. Nowadays a Woman’s Got to Hit a Man, besides having a brilliant title, shows the balance perfectly – Van Vliet serves up his rough asides with all his expected wit and sass, while the Magic Band trade off notes here and there just so. At the same time, the track is strong blues-rock that doesn’t pander, with a particularly fierce solo thanks to Zoot Horn Rollo.” NR

My Head Is My Only House Unless It Rains is a great love song, the softer arrangement saved from being too off by Beefheart’s delivery.” NR

“Other winners include the title track, a sharp combination of an off-kilter arrangement for a straightforward melody, the great shaggy-dog story of Golden Birdies, and Big Eyed Beans from Venus, a fantastically strange piece of aggression.” NR

Review Source(s):

Nowadays a Woman’s Gotta Hit a Man

My Head Is My Only House Unless It Rains

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Last updated January 17, 2011.