Unconditionally Guaranteed

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Unconditionally Guaranteed
Unconditionally Guaranteed cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 1974
StudioHollywood Sound
GenreBlues rock[1]
LabelMercury (US), Virgin (UK)
Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band chronology
Clear Spot
Unconditionally Guaranteed
Bluejeans & Moonbeams
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideB–[2]
Rolling Stone Album Guide (1992)2.5/5 stars[3]

Unconditionally Guaranteed is the eighth LP by Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band, originally released in 1974. It was recorded at , Los Angeles.

Upon release it was criticised for being too commercial; even so, it failed to give Beefheart any real chart success, peaking at #192 on the Billboard Top 200.


Immediately after recording of the album the entire Magic Band quit – as biographer Mike Barnes has stated, "[Beefheart] was in effect sacked by his own group."[5] They had become increasingly disenchanted with the lack of financial success, having subsisted on food stamps and donations from their parents, and with Beefheart's tyrannical control over the group. In the words of guitarist Bill Harkleroad "we had had enough of him treating us like punching bags."[6]

The album's lackluster and unchallenging music was the last straw. Drummer Art Tripp recalled, "When the band finally got our album copies, we were horrified. As we listened, it was as though each song was worse than the one which preceded it."[7]

After his contract with Mercury Records ended at the end of 1974, Beefheart disowned the record along with its successor Bluejeans & Moonbeams. He urged his fans to "take copies back for a refund" and called the albums "horrible and vulgar".[8]

Track listing[]

All tracks are written by Don and Jan Van Vliet and Andy DiMartino.

1."Upon the My-O-My"2:43
2."Sugar Bowl"2:13
3."New Electric Ride"3:02
4."Magic Be"2:55
5."Happy Love Song"3:54
6."Full Moon, Hot Sun"2:19
7."I Got Love on My Mind"3:08
8."This Is the Day"4:51
9."Lazy Music"2:49


Additional personnel
  • Mark Marcellino – keyboards
  • Andy DiMartino – acoustic guitar
  • Del Simmons – tenor saxophone, flute


  1. ^ Jump up to: a b Mason, S. (2011). "Unconditionally Guaranteed - Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band". AllMusic.com. Retrieved 22 July 2011.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: C". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved February 23, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  3. ^ DeCurtis, Anthony (1992). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York: Random House. ISBN 0-679-73729-4.
  4. ^ S.P. (2011). "Giant Step For The Captain – Unconditionally Guaranteed review". Captain Beefheart Radar Station. Retrieved October 31, 2015.
  5. ^ Barnes, Mike (2000). Captain Beefheart. London: Quartet Books. ISBN 0-7043-8073-0.
  6. ^ Harkelroad, Bill (1998). Lunar Notes. Wembley, Middx: SAF Publications. ISBN 0-946719-21-7.
  7. ^ Froy, Steve (2006). "Art Tripp is Ed Marimba is Ted Cactus". Captain Beefheart Radar Station. Retrieved October 31, 2015.
  8. ^ Weitzman, Steve (1975). "Zappa and the Captain Cook". Captain Beefheart Radar Station. Retrieved October 31, 2015.
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