Captain Beefheart was the stage name of singer/songwriter and musician Don Van Vliet who was known for his commanding voice and wide vocal range. His musical catalog was recorded with the Magic Band, with which he released 12 studio albums. From their first recordings together, Captain Beefheart and the band's experimental music was an auspicious blend of avant-garde, psychedelic, blues-rock and free jazz sounds. After signing with Buddah Records, Captain Beefheart and the Magic band released its 1967 debut album Safe As Milk, which earned Beefheart the praise of the Beatles, particularly John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Though many musicians would have killed to have the attention of the Beatles, Beefheart did not bask in its glory but was rather critical of the band's music and took many shots at it in the 1968 album, Strictly Personal. While Beefheart came off as light-hearted and personable on stage, the Magic Band multiple lineups unanimously cited him as both verbally and physically abusive, asserting that he would intimidate the band into writing intricate music for which he would always take credit for. Captain Beefheart released his final album with the Magic Band, Ice Cream For Crow, in 1982 before retiring from music to pursue a career in painting.