The Mirror Man Sessions

The Mirror Man Sessions

by Captain Beefheart & the Magic BandCaptain Beefheart & the Magic Band


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Let's quash the rumors first: Despite their original packaging, the four long, gristly jams that make up 1971's original MIRROR MAN weren't recorded in 1965 but in late 1967, as part of a projected double LP. This reissue tries to reconstruct what that album might have sounded like. As such, half the disc presents extended live-in-the-studio workouts that shatter Beefheart's earlier concise garage rock into loose, extemporaneous fantasias on blues tropes, while the other half offers utterly unique, hallucinatory songs with instruments and voices doubling up, splitting in half, and drifting across the sound field. (Most of the latter were subsequently recorded for STRICTLY PERSONAL; some overflow from these sessions appears on the SAFE AS MILK reissue.) Beefheart's singing distills the excesses of the Delta blues he gorged himself on into a wonder of growls and whoops, while the band invents an idiom entirely its own. Directed by drummer John French's uneven pounding, it weaves like a drunk, then snaps back into sublime coordination.

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Release Date: 08/22/2006
Label: Imports
UPC: 0743216917426
catalogNumber: 184288


  1. Tarotplane
  2. 25th Century Quaker
  3. Mirror Man
  4. Kandy Korn
  5. Trust Us (Take 6)
  6. Safe as Milk (Take 12)
  7. Beatle Bones 'N' Smokin' Stones
  8. Moody Liz (Take 8)
  9. Gimme Dat Harp Boy

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