Ice Cream for Crow is the twelfth studio album by Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band, released in September 1982. It is the last Don Van Vliet recorded before abruptly retiring from music to devote himself to a career as a painter.
Mastered at CBS Studios, New York, on the CBS Disc Computer TM System. Album dedicated to Janet Van Vliet and Brian Rohan. Printed in West Germany Made in West Germany.
Album dedicated to Janet Van Vliet and Brian Rohan". Reissue of original 1980 USA vinyl release (VA 13148). Mastering SID Code: L385. Mould SID Code: IFPI 6100.
Many of the songs on Doc either reworked or fully developed unused material composed around the time of the creatively fertile Trout Mask sessions, which adds to the spirited performances. Even if the Captain's voice isn't quite what it once was, Doc at the Radar Station is an excellent, focused consolidation of Beefheart's past and then-present.
I had just two albums with Captain Beefheart on it in the LP (vinyl) era: Zappa's Bongo Fury, which he guested on and Doc At The Radar Station. Trout Mask Replica was the first CB CD. That one I really can't recommend. Track by track, this thing smokes. Hot Head" sets a four-note octave-hopping riff in motion, propelled by a Drumbo-like beat by superlative drummer Robert Williams.
Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band 1980 Doc At The Radar Station 03 A Carrot Is As Close As A Rabbit Gets To A Diamond. Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band 12 Making Love To A Vampire With A Monkey On My Knee. Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band - Doc at the Radar Station (1980) 05. Sue Egypt. CAPTAIN BEEFHEART & The MAGIC BAND - Doc at the Radar Station (1980) 11. Sheriff of Hong Kong.
If ever there was an artist whose output sums up the word "eclectic" it would be Don Van Vliet, more commonly referred to by his stage name Captain Beefheart. Whether you believe that the man was a genius and a visionary or merely an overrated buffoon, there is no doubt as to his abject refusal to play by the rules. The musical landscape at the time was of course dominated by punk rock and the looming onset of the new wave but Beefheart was anything but a conformist and refused to embrace the contemporary norms.