Doc at the Radar Station

Doc at the Radar Station
Studio album by Captain Beefheart
Released August 1980
Recorded Sound Castle Recording Studios, LA June 1980
Genre Experimental rock, blues rock, alternative rock
Length 38:52
Label Virgin
Producer Don Van Vliet
Captain Beefheart chronology
Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)
(1978)
Doc at the Radar Station
(1980)
Ice Cream for Crow
(1982)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone Album Guide (1992) 4.5/5 stars ISBN 0-679-73729-4
Down Beat 4.5/5 stars[2]
Los Angeles Times (Favorable)[3]
New York Times (Favorable)[4]

Doc at the Radar Station is the eleventh studio album by Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band, released in August 1980 to favorable reviews. The painting on the album cover is by Don Van Vliet himself. It was placed at number forty-nine on Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Album Covers.

Although about half of the album's songs are based on old musical ideas, Mike Barnes states that "most of the revamping work built on skeletal ideas and fragments that would have mouldered away in the vaults had they not been exhumed and transformed into full-blown, totally convincing new material."[5]

Contents

Track listing

All tracks written by Don Van Vliet

Side one

  1. "Hot Head" – 3:23
  2. "Ashtray Heart" – 3:25
  3. "A Carrot Is as Close as a Rabbit Gets to a Diamond" – 1:38
  4. "Run Paint Run Run" – 3:40
  5. "Sue Egypt" – 2:57
  6. "Brickbats" – 2:40

Side two

  1. "Dirty Blue Gene" – 3:51
  2. "Best Batch Yet" – 5:02
  3. "Telephone" – 1:31
  4. "Flavor Bud Living" – 1:00
  5. "Sheriff of Hong Kong" – 6:34
  6. "Making Love to a Vampire with a Monkey on My Knee" – 3:11

Personnel

Notes

  1. ^ Huey, S. (2011 [last update]). "Doc at the Radar Station - Captain Beefheart | AllMusic". allmusic.com. http://www.allmusic.com/album/r3301. Retrieved 22 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Carman (2011 [last update]). "The Captain Beefheart Radar Station - Doc At The Radar Station". beefheart.com. http://www.beefheart.com/datharp/reviews/docrev1.htm. Retrieved 22 July 2011. 
  3. ^ Matsumoto, J. (2011 [last update]). "The Captain Beefheart Radar Station - Doc At The Radar Station". beefheart.com. http://www.beefheart.com/datharp/reviews/docrev2.htm. Retrieved 22 July 2011. 
  4. ^ Palmer, R. (2011 [last update]). "The Captain Beefheart Radar Station - Doc At The Radar Station". beefheart.com. http://www.beefheart.com/datharp/reviews/docrev3.htm. Retrieved 22 July 2011. 
  5. ^ Barnes, Mike. Captain Beefheart: The Biography. London: Quartet Books, 2000.

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