Yeah the "Hair Pie" tracks seem to be ignored sometimes
Posted by Pugeye on April 5, 2018, 9:19 am, in reply to "Re: Each of the 4 sides seem to be a nice mix of highlights and "lesser" cuts IMO"
probably mainly because they're 2 of 3 instrumentals on a 28 track album where the vocals and lyrics are a major focus (again, partly because of the mixing). But compositionally, I've always considered the piece one of the strongest on the album. It's also one of the tracks that Drumbo had the most to do with in terms of composition (was one of my favorites to drum along to back in the day). And it's great to really be able to hear what the band's doing due to the absence of The Captain (again, this is why I recommend the house sessions disc on the "Grow Fins" box).
I actually think that "Fallin' Ditch" might be the most underrated track on the album. You *never* hear anyone talk about it, but I love everything about it. Some great rhythms on that one (especially towards the end), solid relatively straightforward lyrics (a warped take on the classic "mortality blues" motif) and Beefheart's delivery is among the most powerful on the album. And it's the main track on the album where you can *really* hear the bass- it's practically the lead instrument- which makes the "Rockette Morton runs on laser beans" intro pretty appropriate.