It’s called Sun Zoom Spark: 1970 to 1972, and if that name isn’t clue enough, we’ll fill ya in: the legendary Don Van Vliet & Co., aka Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band, recorded a trio of classic albums in the early ’70s that were reissued late last year in a 4-disc box set via archival experts Rhino Records. It covered, per the titular dateline, Lick My Decals Off, Baby, The Spotlight Kid and Clear Spot, along with a bonus LP, Out-takes, containing 46 minutes’ worth of unreleased material from Kid and Clear Spot sessions. Do we dig it? Sho ‘nuf, yes’n we do, as our reviewer enthused at length, calling it “a loving tribute to a modern American master… every short, sharp, shocking note an essential ‘un, no lie.”

That’s an understatement. Whew.

So if you are reading this far, you probably have drool in your hot l’il lap by now. Howzabout trying to convince us you deserve to win a copy, then? We want you to toss us a couple of sentences that might suggest why you deserve to score a Beefbox, or that illustrate your level of devotion to all things Magic Band-esque.

Deadline is April 18. One lucky Beefbro (or Beefgal) will get the nod when our esteemed committee convenes on that evening of April 18 to make our selection.

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Make sure you include in the body of your message your email address AND your snail mail address.


The official product description:

Sun, Zoom, Spark: 1970 to 1972: a limited edition four-disc collection that revisits the albums Captain Beefheart (aka Don Van Vliet) recorded with the Magic Band in the early Seventies. It includes all three albums (Lick My Decals Off, BabyThe Spotlight Kid; and Clear Spot), which have been remastered for the first time, as well as an entire disc featuring 14 previously unissued outtakes, alternate versions and rehearsals from that era. Lick My Decals Off, Baby is one of Van Vilet’s favorites, and represents the apex of his dissonant style. The Spotlight Kid features more barebones blues-rock sounds. Lester Bangs wrote in Rolling Stone (March ’72) that Beefheart had struck the balance between “intensely personal type of statement” and “mass appeal, ” praising the album for its “wit and genius.” Clear Spot was released soon after with several standout tracks, such as the vulnerable love song “My Head Is My Only House Unless It Rains,” the soul ballad “Too Much Time,” and the pulsing “Big Eyed Beans from Venus.” (MSRP: $99.98 – go HERE to purchase.)


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