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Released in 1972, Captain Beefheart's sixth studio album was the first to be credited solely to Captain Beefheart, completely avoiding any mention of the Magic Band, who were obviously still very much present on this album. Returning to a more blues-based music, the songs on The Spotlight Kid appear to utilise much simpler arrangements to those on his two previous records, Trout Mask Replica and Lick My Decals Off, Baby, therefore the album being generally thought of as his most accessible to date. Joined by Bill Harkleroad and Elliot Ingber on guitars, Mark Boston on bass, John French on drums and Art Tripp on marimba, the Captain allegedly resorted to the same sort of bullying tactics present on the Trout Mask sessions, with a particular resentment towards Bill Harkleroad, who was at one point thrown into a dumpster. Though the music was largely blues-based, the inclusion of the marimba provided a unique angle as exemplified on Blabber and Smoke.