- The Spotlight Kid
Infobox Album | Name = The Spotlight Kid
Released = 1972
Recorded = 1972
Length = 35:54
Label = Reprise
Reviews = *
AllmusicRating|4|5 [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:5huk6jah71t0 link]
Last album = "Mirror Man" (1971)
This album = "The Spotlight Kid" (1972)
Next album = "
Clear Spot" (1972)
"The Spotlight Kid" is the sixth
albumby Captain Beefheart& the Magic Band, originally released in 1972. Often cited as the most commercial of Beefheart's albums, it is solidly founded in the bluesbut also introduces such exotic instruments as marimbaand what the liner noteslist as jingle bells.
John Peelmoving on from Beefheart to other avant-garde artists, the album failed to match the UK Top 20 success of " Lick My Decals Off, Baby", only peaking at #44 and dropping out after two weeks. However, in the US "The Spotlight Kid" was the first Captain Beefheart album to appear in the "Billboard" Top 200. Its peak of #131 remains the highest attained by any Beefheart album. The album is now available as a "two for one" CD along with Beefheart's follow-up album, " Clear Spot". Separately, the two albums are available as vinyl LP reissues.
All songs written by Captain Beefheart except where noted.
#"I'm Gonna Booglarize You Baby" – 4:33
#"White Jam" – 2:55
#"Blabber 'n Smoke" – 2:46 (Lyrics by Jan Van Vliet)
#"When It Blows Its Stacks" – 3:40
#"Alice in Blunderland" – 3:54
#"The Spotlight Kid" – 3:21
#"Click Clack" – 3:30
#"Grow Fins" – 3:30
#"There Ain't No Santa Claus on the Evenin' Stage" – 3:11
#"Glider" – 4:34
*Captain Beefheart - vocals,
harmonica, jingle bells
*Zoot Horn Rollo (
Bill Harkleroad) - guitar, slide guitar
*Rockette Morton (
Mark Boston) - bass, guitar
*Drumbo (John French) - drums, percussion
*Ed Marimba (
Art Tripp) - drums, percussion, marimba, piano, harpsichord
*Winged Eel Fingerling (
Elliot Ingber) - guitar
Rhys Clark- drums
Ted Cactus- drums
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