Doc at the Radar Station

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Doc at the Radar Station
Studio album by Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band
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 and the Magic Band 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]
Robert Christgau A−[2]
Down Beat 4.5/5 stars[3]
Los Angeles Times (Favorable)[4]
New York Times (Favorable)[5]
Rolling Stone 4.5/5 stars [6]

Doc at the Radar Station is the eleventh studio album by Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band, released in August 1980 to favorable reviews.

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."[7]

Packaging[edit]

The album cover was painted by Don Van Vliet. It was placed at number forty-nine on Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Album Covers.

Song info[edit]

The tracks "A Carrot is as Close as a Rabbit Gets to a Diamond", "Flavor Bud Living" and "Brickbats" were originally intended and recorded for the proposed album Bat Chain Puller but it wasn't released due to Frank Zappa owning the master tapes as DiscReet cofounders Herb Cohen and Zappa feuded over the production of the album, because Cohen funded the production with Zappa's royalty checks.

Former drummer of the Magic Band John French plays slide guitar, guitar, marimba, bass and drums on the tracks "Ashtray Heart" and "Sheriff of Hong Kong".

Reissues[edit]

In 2011, 4 Men With Beards released a 180-gram version of the album that is being distributed by City Hall Records.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Don Van Vliet

Side One
No. Title Length
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
No. Title Length
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[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Huey, S. "Doc at the Radar Station - Captain Beefheart | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 22 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Christgau, R. "Robert Christgau: CG: Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 22 July 2011. 
  3. ^ Carman. "The Captain Beefheart Radar Station - Doc At The Radar Station". beefheart.com. Retrieved 22 July 2011. 
  4. ^ Matsumoto, J. "The Captain Beefheart Radar Station - Doc At The Radar Station". beefheart.com. Retrieved 22 July 2011. 
  5. ^ Palmer, R. "The Captain Beefheart Radar Station - Doc At The Radar Station". beefheart.com. Retrieved 22 July 2011. 
  6. ^ Rolling Stone Album Guide (1992) ISBN 0-679-73729-4
  7. ^ Barnes, Mike. Captain Beefheart: The Biography. London: Quartet Books, 2000.

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