A Carrot Is as Close as a Rabbit Gets to a Diamond

A Carrot Is as Close as a Rabbit Gets to a Diamond

by Captain Beefheart


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A Carrot Is as Close as a Rabbit Gets to a Diamond

Although it was rendered obsolete by the release of the superior The Dust Blows Forward: An Anthology, this career retrospective is noteworthy for a few reasons. It concentrates exclusively on Beefheart's work for Virgin -- Unconditionally Guaranteed, Blue Jeans and Moonbeams, Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller), Doc at the Rader Station, Ice Cream for Crow, and the Light Reflected Off the Oceans of the Moon EP -- so it may interest people who already own Trout Mask Replica and want to get only one more Beefheart album, as well as those who have difficulty finding his aforementioned Virgin releases. Also, the compilation intersperses brief snatches of Beefheart's songs in between the 18 complete songs on this album -- mostly spoken word excerpts from "Apes Ma," "Hey Garland, I Dig Your Tweed Coat," "Cardboard Cutout Sundown," "8! Poop Hatch," "Making Love to a Vampire with a Monkey on My Knee," "Party of Special Things to Do," and "Flavor Bud Living." This appears to be an unsuccessful attempt to make this compilation seem more like a cohesive album by recreating the informal ambience of Trout Mask Replica; most people will probably find it annoying, but some may enjoy it. Otherwise the album contains numerous good songs but omits some of Beefheart's best material from his Virgin period, such as "Ashtray Heart" and "Hot Head."

Product Details

Release Date: 06/30/1998
Label: Emi Europe Generic
UPC: 0077778830320
catalogNumber: 788303

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Captain Beefheart   Primary Artist,Harmonica,Vocals
Jimmy Caravan   Keyboards
Gary Lucas   Guitar
Eric Drew Feldman   Synthesizer,Bass,Electric Piano,Mellotron,Piano (Grand)
Mark Gibbons   Keyboards
Ira Ingber   Bass
Mark Marcellino   Keyboards
Rockette Morton   Bass
Gene Pello   Drums
Richard Redus   Guitar,Accordion,Slide Guitar,Fretless Bass Guitar,Bottleneck Guitar
Michael Smotherman   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Jeff Moris Tepper   Acoustic Guitar,Steel Guitar,Slide Guitar
Don Van Vliet   Harmonica,Bass Clarinet,Horn,Soprano Saxophone,Vocals,Human Whistle,Chinese Gong
Bob West   Bass

Technical Credits

Kate Bush   Sleeve Notes
Ry Cooder   Sleeve Notes
Pere Ubu   Sleeve Notes
Peter Johnson   Producer
David Thomas   Sleeve Notes
Gary Lucas   Sleeve Notes
John Peel   Sleeve Notes
Don Van Vliet   Producer
Simon Hopkins   Sleeve Notes

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