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Sad news, indeed. I was funneled through Captain Beefheart through the Frank Zappa connection. As for albums I have purchased/listened to Trout Mask Replica, Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller), and Safe As Milk, in that order. They all had really unique qualities. I remember a Frank Zappa book described Trout Mask as album without any definable musical influences (even stating that Captain Beefheart's previous work doesn't serve as a precedent). It truly is its own thing.
For the real fans out there, shat's the next album I should try after listening to those three?
Honestly almost everything the dude has released is worth of the time. Like antonius said: Clear Spot is very accessible and should be the next one to listen. At least it was my third pick after Safe and Trout.
And I've lost my copy of Safe as Milk :( Fortunately, it's available on Rhapsody.
Thanks for the tips.
Another piece on the Captain on Pitchfork