Today, let’s groove to ‘Zig Zag Wanderer’. Still a full year away from mastering his tremendous vocal union of Howlin’ Wolf and Lord Buckley, the Captain Beefheart of 1967 still shared the same Rolling Stones obsessions as his schoolmate Frank Zappa. And like The Mothers of Invention’s FREAK OUT, the Captain’s debut LP SAFE AS MILK rocks all the more tremendously for it. Who else but The Mothers and the Magic Band were, in those early years, capable of such crushing rhythms? Why, the bass alone would have been enough to propel Beefheart’s near-Ray Charlesian vocal delivery. Add to that Ry Cooder’s monstrous guitar and you gotta stone classic on your hands.