Clear Spot (studio album) by Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band

Clear Spot by Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
Year: 1972
Overall rank: 3,704th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
77/100 (from 127 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top albums of 1972 (67th)
Award Top albums of the 1970s (649th)
Award Best albums of all time (3,704th)
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Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band bestography

Clear Spot is ranked 3rd best out of 30 albums by Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band is Trout Mask Replica which is ranked number 243 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 7,135.

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This album is rated in the top 4% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 76.9/100, a mean average of 75.5/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 77.2/100. The standard deviation for this album is 16.5.

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75/100
From 04/25/2023 14:11
An easy and palatable album from Captain, nice stuff.
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From 06/28/2020 00:40
Clear Spot sees Captain Beefheart pursuing his blues rock career he restarted with Mirror Man. This album is the clear peak of said blues career. Subsequent releases are seriously lacking in any sort of personality, which Don Van Vliet had become known for. Clear Spot has some instances of him yowling like a hurt dog, but also contains some of his most nuanced performances, such can be found on songs like Too Much Time and My Head Is My Only House Unless It Rains. The balance of the two vocal styles is nice and he maintains it throughout. This is easily one of his best albums.
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From 05/24/2019 15:23
A fantastic album, possibly my favourite of his. His voice is fantastic throughout and such a funky album! Stand outs are Low Yo Yo stuff, Too Much Time, My Head is My Only House (those lyrics!!) and of course one of his greatest songs ‘Big Eyes Beans From Venus’
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From 03/20/2013 06:59
Not the Captain's most consistent effort but in Too Much Time it has a definite career peak, maybe the best soul song of the 70's.
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Great album
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