Captain Beefheart - Clear Spot

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'Clear Spot' is the seventh album by Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band, originally released on LP in 1972 in a clear plastic sleeve. '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. '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. 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.
LP - 180 Gram LP with Download and housed in a clear plastic sleeve as per the original.