16 dicembre 2014

La ripubblicazione degli album post-Trout Mask Replica di Captain Beefheart Lick My Decals Off Baby, The Spotlight Kid e Clear Spot riuniti dalla Rhino in Sun Zoom Spark: 1970-1972 assieme a un cd di rarità e inediti - ha suscitato presso novizi e intenditori plauso e diffidenza in pari misura, ponendo diversi interrogativi di natura etica e di ordine qualitativo in merito all'operazione. La controversia è riassunta nell'accurata analisi condotta da Steve Froy in Radar Station, luogo beefheartiano tra i migliori sul web fin dal suo primo apparire, nel lontano 1998: "It’s great to see Beefheart get the full remastered box treatment especially when it’s three of his albums that seem to have been neglected over the years. None of them having a proper CD release. Lick My Decals Off Baby has been very difficult to find on CD due to the fallout from the Zappa/Herb Cohen legal wrangle. The short run issues on Enigma and Rhino still sell for top prices if they appear on the market. The Spotlight Kid and Clear Spot were released in 1990 as a poor two-on-one CD package but not in a remastered form. What’s more this Sun Zoom Spark package has the blessing of Jan Van Vliet which is good to hear. So this release carries a lot of expectations .. and that’s without mentioning the extra disc of outtakes. However, along with those expectations I began to feel a few reservations...".
Il pezzo di Froy, e i numerosi interventi a commento, si leggono per intero in http://www.beefheart.com/sun-zoom-spark-1970-to-1972