In most instances, the tag "revolutionary" tends to be affixed far too casually before the name of an artist. But in the case of Don Van Vliet, aka Captain Beefheart, the appellation is more than warranted. A truly visionary savant, Beefheart exploded on the mid-'60s underground scene with his own wildly eccentric, mutant concoction of deep blues, free jazz, contemporary avant-garde, and psychedelic rock - a disjointed sound that crosses the swamp and the desert with the complex, skyscraping urban landscape. Although Beefheart disbanded his Magic Band when he retired from music in 1982 to concentrate on his similarly unique visual art, the Captain's influence on subsequent legions of forward-thinking artists remains immeasurable.
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Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band - Abba Zaba / Yellow Brick Road 7" Single
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    EXTREMELY LIMITED QUANTITIES! "Where's the Beefheart?!," intrepid record collectors have often asked. Despite being one of the most influential artists of the rock era, Captain Beefheart's vinyl catalog is often exasperatingly elusive. One of the rarest of them all is the "Abba Zaba/Yellow Brick Road" single, issued by Buddha Records in December 1967. An early blueprint of Beefheart's singular musical construction, it has long been a "holy grail" for 45 RPM enthusiasts around the world. With...

    Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band - Abba Zaba / Yellow Brick Road 7" single - Colored Vinyl
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      On colored vinyl! "Where's the Beefheart?!," intrepid record collectors have often asked. Despite being one of the most influential artists of the rock era, Captain Beefheart's vinyl catalog is often exasperatingly elusive. One of the rarest of them all is the "Abba Zaba/Yellow Brick Road" single, issued by Buddha Records in December 1967. An early blueprint of Beefheart's singular musical construction, it has long been a "holy grail" for 45 RPM enthusiasts around the world.Includes:Abba Zaba...

      Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band - It Comes to You in a Plain Brown Wrapper 2-LP Set
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        One of the most exciting aspects of reintroducing so much rare and incredible music to the world is being able to finally make available material that’s been in label-vault limbo since the day it was recorded, vital sounds locked away from the deserving ears of the legions of devoted music fans we at Sundazed count ourselves among. But when we’re able to present previously shelved material by one of the most visionary and influential artists of all time, in exceptional fidelity, with the look...

        Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band - Plastic Factory / Where Theres Woman 7" Single - Colored Vinyl
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          In an attempt to capitalize on the critical acclaim for the band's prior album Trout Mask Replica, Buddah issued a promo single of "Plastic Factory" b/w "Where There's Woman." The A-side found the Captain's voice and harmonica battling for supremacy with Ry Cooder's stinging guitar licks. The B-side, meanwhile, follows him through tempo and time signature changes as he sings his opaque version of a love song. This promo single is so rare that most Beefheart fans have never seen it, let alone...

          Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band - Safe As Milk - CD
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            Mono Edition! Captain Beefheart's 1967 debut album Safe As Milk introduced the world to a one-of-a-kind visionary whose unique output had no precedent in contemporary music. Beefheart, aka Don Van Vliet, filtered the raw influence of the blues and R&B through his own singular musical sensibility and left-field lyrical wordplay, and surrounded himself with some of the most talented and inventive young musicians around. The result was an album that, even in the heady year in which it was...

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              Mono Edition Pressed at RTI! Captain Beefheart's 1967 debut album Safe As Milk introduced the world to a one-of-a-kind visionary whose unique output had no precedent in contemporary music. Beefheart, aka Don Van Vliet, filtered the raw influence of the blues and R&B through his own singular musical sensibility and left-field lyrical wordplay, and surrounded himself with some of the most talented and inventive young musicians around. The result was an album that, even in the heady year in which...

              Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band - Upon the My-O-My / I Got Love On My Mind 7" Single
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                Being recognized as a musical pioneer is great in retrospect, but it can be an arduous journey getting there. In 1974, as Captain Beefheart recorded his eighth album, Unconditionally Guaranteed, he was eager to reach a wider audience while regaining the critical acclaim of his earlier work. To these ends, he pushed the Magic Band relentlessly during the album sessions, so much so that the band quit en masse after the album was finished. Upon its release, the LP did not achieve the commercial...