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The Dust Blows Forward (An Anthology)

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Captain Beefheart 8/17/1999

Review

Leaving alone the obvious condition that Captain Beefheart's numerous experimental albums aren't as prime for a best-of treatment as the discographies of most artists are, this is a pretty good overview of career highlights. The two CDs span his 1966 "Diddy Wah Diddy" single to his final album (1982's Ice Cream for Crow), each disc weighing in at about 75 minutes. With so much material to draw from (not even counting that mammoth five-CD box set of unreleased stuff), there will be inevitable disagreements among fans as to which songs were selected; there are seven from Clear Spot, for instance, but only two from Safe as Milk. Every period is sampled, however, and his weakest albums (Unconditionally Guaranteed and Bluejeans & Moonbeams) are judiciously represented by just one cut each. A few rarities do crop up, including a quite good and bluesy previously unreleased Clear Spot outtake ("Little Scratch"), "Hard Workin' Man" (from the soundtrack to Blue Collar), and the 1982 instrumental B-side "Light Reflected off the Oceands [sic] of the Moon." There are also little detours from Beefheart's albums for two tracks from 1966 singles and two collaborations with Frank Zappa from Zappa's Bongo Fury. It's not for the collector, but it's a decent package for someone who wants to get familiar with the Captain or doesn't need more than a few of his regular albums. Comprehensive notes in a 60-page booklet offer a good straightforward cruise through his oft-confusing history and shifting Magic Band personnel. ~ Richie Unterberger
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Diddy Wah Diddy [Original Single Release] Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band 2:24
  3. 2 Frying Pan Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band 2:4
  4. 3 Electricity Captain Beefheart 3:7
  5. 4 Abba Zaba Captain Beefheart 2:43
  6. 5 Beatle Bones 'N Smokin' Stones Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band 3:19
  7. 6 Safe as Milk Captain Beefheart 5:26
  8. 7 Moonlight on Vermont Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band 3:56
  9. 8 Ella Guru Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band 3:6
  10. 9 Old Fart at Play Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band 1:53
  11. 10 Sugar 'N' Spikes Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band 2:31
  12. 11 Orange Claw Hammer Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band 3:36
  13. 12 My Human Gets Me Blues Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band 2:47
  14. 13 China Pig Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band 4:2
  15. 14 Lick My Decals Off, Baby Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band 2:39
  16. 15 Woe-Is-Uh-Me-Bop Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band 2:3
  17. 16 I Wanna Find a Woman That'll Hold My Big Toe Till I Have to Go Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band 1:54
  18. 17 The Smithsonian Institute Blues (Or The Big Dig) Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band 2:11
  19. 18 I'm Gonna Booglarize You Baby Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band 4:34
  20. 19 Click Clack Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band 3:31
  21. 20 Grow Fins Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band 3:31
  22. 21 When It Blows Its Stacks Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band 3:42
  23. 22 Little Scratch Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band 2:33
  24. 23 Big Eyed Beans from Venus Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band 4:23
  25. 24 Golden Birdies Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band 1:39
  26. 1 Nowadays a Woman's Gotta Hit a Man Captain Beefheart 3:46
  27. 2 Low Yo Yo Stuff Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band 3:40
  28. 3 Too Much Time Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band 2:45
  29. 4 My Head Is My Only House Unless It Rains Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band 2:54
  30. 5 Clear Spot Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band 3:37
  31. 6 Upon the My-O-My Captain Beefheart 2:42
  32. 7 Party of Special Things to Do Captain Beefheart 2:45
  33. 8 Sam with the Showing Scalp Flat Top Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band 2:53
  34. 9 Debra Kadabra Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band 3:28
  35. 10 Hard Workin' Man [Main Title from Blue Collar] Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band 3:23
  36. 11 Bat Chain Puller Captain Beefheart 5:24
  37. 12 The Floppy Boot Stomp Captain Beefheart 3:52
  38. 13 Tropical Hot Dog Night Captain Beefheart 4:47
  39. 14 Owed T'Alex Captain Beefheart 4:4
  40. 15 Hot Head Captain Beefheart 3:22
  41. 16 Ashtray Heart Captain Beefheart 3:25
  42. 17 Sue Egypt Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band 2:58
  43. 18 Making Love to a Vampire with a Monkey on My Knee Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band 3:11
  44. 19 Ice Cream for Crow Captain Beefheart 4:34
  45. 20 The Past Sure Is Tense Captain Beefheart 3:22
  46. 21 Light Reflected off the Oceans of the Moon Captain Beefheart 4:48

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