Music On Vinyl
Captain Beefheart’s debut album, originally released in 1967, is the most accessible and pop-inflected from his entire catalogue. Still, “Safe As Milk” is a very strong and heavily blues-influenced work but it also hints on many of the features that would later become the trademarks of Captain Beefheart.
A nice fact is that not only did a 20-year old Ry Cooder play bass & guitar on “Abba Zaba” and “Grown So Ugly”, he also arranged the latter as well as “Sure ‘Nuff ‘N Yes I Do”. Also, Cooder’s role in the recording process was ‘to translate the Captain‘s wilder notions to the rest of the band and generally acts as musical director’. With him as a supervisor, the sessions proceeded more or less smoothly and “Safe As Milk“ was recorded within a month.