BY A.D. AMOROSI
Historical vinyl’s first home, Sundazed Music, drops Beefheart and His Magic Band’s 1967 debut Safe As Milk in gloriously un-compressed mono, and it’s a doozy.
Start with the furry fact that the barking Beefheart’s instrumental blues comes from young guitarist Ry Cooder bucking like a wild deer, while John “Drumbo” French lays down oddly angled drums in collaboration with the Captain’s own angular improvisational vocal riffs and you’ve got trouble in River City. Richard Perry’s original mono mix allows Beefheart & Co.’s bolt-upright blues a bluntness that you never caught in its stereo releases. There’s a steroidal might to the Captain’s moon-howling, Delta drama weirdly rendered on “Abba Zaba” and “Zig Zag Wanderer.”
First and foremost, this unSafe mono master makes “Sure ’nuff ‘N Yes I Do” sound like the cutting classic it should’ve been from the start. Heady corrosive stuff on 180 gram vinyl? You bet.
DOWNLOAD: “Zig Zag Wanderer,” “Sure ‘nuff ‘N Yes I Do”