Strictly Personal

Captain Beefheart - Strictly Personal
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Based on 29 ratings
1968 Ratings: #43
October 1, 1968 / Release Date
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Blue Thumb / Label
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While it retains a lot of the fervor and power of Safe As Milk, the sole issue is that it lacks in terms of production quality; the album is held back immensely by the production choices, ruining what were most likely great songs underneath. As such, it is a very conflicting listen.
After recording "Safe as Milk" Beefheart recorded an alum called "Mirror Man". That album was scrapped, rerecorded with some different tracks, fucked up by the producer, and re-titled "Strictly Personal". The album isn't bad, but it's not as good as it could have been.


Best Track(s): Safe as Milk, Trust Us, Kandy Korn
Worst Track: Ah Feel Like Acid
There is a mysterious story surrounding the recording of this album, where Beefheart didn’t get what he wanted out the project. A story about some tapes that Beefheart wasn’t fond of that made their way onto the final product. The feeling of Don Van Vliet’s touch of personality not being present on this record is very evident and it’s a shame he had no say in the matter. This album could have been fascinating but it falls flat on its face due to these mishaps.
The blue-eyed blues never had such a provocative "strictly personal" warning for those who really desire to feel them.
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Added on: August 11, 2013