The Mirror Man Sessions

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Barnes & Noble - Douglas Wolk
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Douglas Wolk
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.
All Music Guide - Steve Huey
The Mirror Man Sessions features the complete remastered contents of Mirror Man, albeit in a resequenced running order, and fills out the rest of the CD with a number of bonus tracks taken from additional recordings, both finished and unfinished, made around the same time for what would have been a double album titled It Comes to You in a Plain Brown Wrapper. As a listening experience, the package will appeal more to those who value the instrumental Beefheart; the Mirror Man album is, of course, essentially a 50-plus-minute jam session, containing as it does only four songs, and the bonus tracks -- many of which appeared on the One Way label's reissue of Safe as Milk -- mostly consist of jams and instrumentals which push the boundaries of conventional blues-rock, with a Beefheart vocal tossed in here and there. Some may miss Beefheart's surreal poetry, gruff vocals, and/or free jazz influence, while others may find it fascinating to hear the Magic Band simply letting go and cutting loose.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972463629
  • Catalog Number: 724636
  • Sales rank: 28,697

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band Primary Artist
Captain Beefheart Harmonica, Vocals, Indexed Contributor
John French Drums
Jerry Handley Bass
Alex St. Clair Guitar
Jeff Cotton Guitar
Technical Credits
Captain Beefheart Contributor
Elliott Federman Mastering
Bob Krasnow Producer
Don Van Vliet Composer, Author
John Platt Liner Notes, Annotation
Michael Mendel Art Direction
David Richman Redesign
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Buckle Up!!!!!!!!!

    This is how music was meant to be! God save the queen....and Captain Beefheart!

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