Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller) (studio album) by Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band

Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)
Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller) by Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band
Year: 1978
Overall rank: 2,430th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
76/100 (from 112 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top albums of 1978 (45th)
Award Top albums of the 1970s (454th)
Award Best albums of all time (2,430th)
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Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller) [CD]
Condition: Brand New
Time left: 1d 20h 51m 45s
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Shiny Beast Bat Chain Puller Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band CD Import FL
Condition: Very Good
Time left: 2d 36m 43s
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Captain beefheart & the magic band shiny beast bat chain puller 180 g wb vinyl
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Time left: 3d 12h 5m 1s
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Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band bestography

Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller) is ranked 2nd best out of 4 albums by Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band is Doc At The Radar Station which is ranked number 2382 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 666.

Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band album bestography « Higher ranked (2,382nd) This album (2,430th) Lower ranked (2,848th) »
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Average Rating: 
76/100 (from 112 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 7% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 76.3/100, a mean average of 75.5/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 76.5/100. The standard deviation for this album is 15.7.

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From 07/19/2020 22:51
If you're accustomed to and love Captain Beefheart's sound and unorthodoxies, you'll love Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller). Fantastic arrangements, no instrument is too prevalent in the mix, it all blends into a beautiful mass. And if you're like me and saw synthesizer in the credits and said to yourself, "Oh no," I wouldn't be too worried.
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From 08/29/2013 05:53
Better than TMR, better than Safe as Milk. I'm sober, and I'm serious. This is like all the best of Beefheart's eccentrities, but in what is a very accesible piece of work. Lovely guitar work on most of the tracks.

Favourite tracks: Bat Chain Puller, Candle Mambo.. But you know what, most of the tracks are on similar level I think.
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From 06/20/2012 20:30
Although I disagree with you, I understand how you arrived at that conclusion. I was initially torn between including either this or the brilliant 'Doc At The Radar Station' in my list. However, after much thought, I finally settled on the former. I find this to be one of Beefheart's most uncompromising and intriguing albums. In my view, it's one of the most musically diverse and spectacular works the Captain ever produced. The album bristles with vitality and imagination that transcends the kinds of kitsche elements associated with cocktail lounge and salsa - assentuated by the prominent sounds of the marimba and trombone - of the kind you refered to. The album maintains a revolutionary cutting edge that's never far from the surface.
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From 05/10/2012 18:25
Following a relatively fallow creative period for the Captain, the master returned to form with this brilliantly uncompromising, acerbic and vibrant tour de force of an album, arguably his greatest record since 'Trout Mask Replica'. It was as though the post-punk aesthetic that Beefheart invented (which at the time the release of this album was now taking shape) had rejuvinated his creative juices once more. The sonic experience on this album is spectacularly visceral and it still sounds as revolutionary now as it did 35 years ago. A critical re-evaluation of this brilliant work is long overdue.
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