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Released: February 1968

Rating: 4.314 (average of 11 ratings)

Genre: psychedelic rock

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Album Tracks:

  1. Sure ‘Nuff ‘N Yes I Do
  2. Zig Zag Wanderer
  3. Call on Me
  4. Dropout Boogie
  5. I’m Glad
  6. Electricity
  7. Yellow Brick Road
  8. Abba Zaba
  9. Plastic Factory
  10. Where There’s Woman
  11. Grown So Ugly
  12. Autumn’s Child


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  • Yellow Brick Road (1/68) --

Notes: The 1999 Buddha rerelease added seven bonus tracks: “Safe As Milk,” “On Tomorrow,” “Big Black Baby Shoes,” “Flower Pot,” “Dirty Blue Gene,” “Trust Us (Take 9),” and “Korn Ring Finger.”



Safe As Milk
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
“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” (Unterberger).

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” (Unterberger).

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Last updated March 14, 2010.