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Unconditionally Guaranteed (RSD21 EDITION)

    THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2021 EXCLUSIVE AND WILL BE AVAILABLE INSTORE ON SATURDAY JULY 17TH ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

    IF THERE ARE ANY REMAINING COPIES THEY WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE ONLINE AT 6PM ON THE SAME DAY (SATURDAY JULY 17TH).


    Universally recognized as being the works of a true maverick genius, the canon of recordings by the late, great Captain Beefheart aka Don Van Vliet often ably assisted by his Magic Band rank amongst the most important and influential rock music ever created and continue to inform and influence musicians to this day whilst also garnering a following of new, young musically adventurous rock fans along the way. Within these works the 1974 album “Unconditionally Guaranteed” is a true hidden gem which has been rightfully elevated to cult status over the years since its first appearance. Originally released by Virgin Records in the UK (and Mercury Records in the USA) “Unconditionally Guaranteed” represents a fascinating pivot point within Beefheart’s recordings. Known as he was for his more oblique amalgams of delta blues, avant-garde jazz and rock on albums such as “Trout Mask Replica” and “Clear Spot”, “Unconditionally Guaranteed” captures a musical moment when Beefheart deviates from that path and embarks on an exploration of more melodic soundscapes into which he continues to contribute his uniquely poetic lyrics delivered via his instantly recognizable vocals. The 10 tracks on “Unconditionally Guaranteed” include a bevy of elliptical yet beautiful love songs such as “This is the Day” and the wonderful “Lazy Music” which is undoubtedly one of Beefheart’s most ravishing and mesmeric recordings. By contrast the album opener “Upon The My-O-My” is a great example of Beefheart and The Magic Band delivering their trademark, earthy take on rock at its very best. On “Unconditionally Guaranteed” Beefheart is ably assisted by a fantastic line-up of the ever-changing Magic Band that includes key alumni such as Zoot Horn Rollo, Art Tripp, Rockette Morton and Alex Saint Claire. The album is produced by Andy Di Martino. Unavailable on vinyl for over 20 years this Record Store Day 2021 reissue of “Unconditionally Guaranteed” will return this fantastic album to the vinyl racks where it should be.
    180g clear vinyl pressing
    Cut to lacquer from ¼’ analogue masters.
    Includes promotional poster. 


    TRACK LISTING

    Side One 1. Upon The My-O-My
    2. Sugar Bowl
    3. New Electric Ride
    4. Magic Be
    5. Happy Love Song

    Side Two
    1. Full Moon, Hot Sun
    2. I Got Love On My Mind
    3. This Is The Day
    4. Lazy Music
    5. Peaches

    Captain Beefheart & His Magic Bands

    Magneticism II - The Very Best Of Captain Beefheart & His Magic Bands

      ‘Magneticism II’ features some of the finest ‘live’ performances by Captain Beefheart & his Magic Bands, many being previously unreleased rarities.

      Led by California's enigmatic singer/songwriter: Don Van Vliet (aka Captain Beefheart), his various Magic Bands were faithful in their pursuit to realise his musical visions. ‘live’ they always shone and these joyously, unforgettable performances make this a truly important collection of work, showing a unique and innovative ring master directing his collaborators in staggering form to ecstatic crowds.

      These recordings also give a broad scope of the Captain’s catalogue of work with material from the beginning of his career right up to his final compositions - reminding us today why he is still regarded as one of the most important and influential musician/artists of the Twentieth Century. To quote the Captain: 'If you got ears- you gotta listen'..........


      TRACK LISTING

      CD VERSION
      1 Old Folks Boogie 1966
      2 St James Infirmary1966
      3 Evil ( Is Going On ) 1966
      4 Carson City Poem 1977
      5 Dali’s Car 1977
      6 Abba Zaba 1977
      7 Electricity 1977
      8 China Pig 1977
      9 Click Clack 1977
      10 Harry Irene 1978
      11 Well 1978
      12 Her Eyes Are A Blue Million Miles 1978
      13 The Dust Blows Forward And The Dust Blows Back. 1980
      14 Nowaday’s A Woman’s Gotta Hit A Man 1981
      15 Hot Head 1981
      16 Ashtray Heart 1981

      VINYL VERSION
      SIDE 1
      Old Folks Boogie 1966
      St James Infirmary 1966
      Evil ( Is Going On ) 1966
      Carson City Poem 1977
      Dali’s Car 1977
      China Pig 1977

      SIDE 2
      Click Clack 1977
      Harry Irene 1978
      Her Eyes Are Blue A Million Miles 1978
      Nowaday’s A Woman’s Gotta Hit A Man 1981
      Hot Head 1981
      Ashtray Heart 1981

      Captain Beefheart

      Live At Knebworth 1975

        Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band returned to England with a new line up on July 5 1975 to appear on the bill with Pink Floyd at Knebworth Festival.

        The players : Captain Beefheart (Don Van Vliet)- Vocals, Mouth Harp / Winged Eel Fingerling- guitar / Ella Guru Davidson -guitars / Drumbo- guitar / drums / Jimmy Carl Black (introduced as Indian Ink) -drums / Bruce 'fossil' Fowler - trombone.


        TRACK LISTING

        1. Moonlight On Vermont
        2. Abba Zabba
        3. Band Introduction
        4. Orange Claw Hammer
        5. Dali's Car
        6. When It Blows It Stacks
        7. My Human Gets Me Blues
        8. Alice In Blunderland
        9. Beatle Bones 'n' Smokin' Stones
        10. Gimme Dat Harp Boy
        11. Electricity
        12. I'm Gonna Booglarize You Baby
        13. Sam With The Showing Scalp Flat Top (CD Only)
        14. Improvisation (CD Only)
        15. Big Eyed Beans From Venus (CD Only)

        Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band

        Lick My Decals Off, Baby

          Coming hot on the heels of the huge classic album "Trout Mask Replica", this is cited by many Beefheart fans as their favourite album. In the same 'experimental' style of "Trout Mask Replica" but based around a more coherent 'song' structure. Essential obviously!!!!!

          TRACK LISTING

          1. "Lick My Decals Off, Baby"
          2. "Doctor Dark"
          3. "I Love You, You Big Dummy"
          4. "Peon"
          5. "Bellerin' Plain"
          6. "Woe-Is-uh-Me-Bop"
          7. "Japan In A Dishpan"
          8. "I Wanna Find A Woman That'll Hold My Big Toe Till I Have To Go"
          9. "Petrified Forest"
          10. "One Red Rose That I Mean"
          11. "The Buggy Boogie Woogie"
          12. "The Smithsonian Institute Blues (or The Big Dig)"
          13. "Space-Age Couple"
          14. "The Clouds Are Full Of Wine (not Whiskey Or Rye)"
          15. "Flash Gordon's Ape"

          Captain Beefheart

          Sun Zoom Spark: 1970 To 1972

            This new four-disc collection revisits the albums Captain Beefheart (aka Don Van Vliet) recorded with the Magic Band in the early Seventies —Lick My Decals Off, Baby, The Spotlight Kid and Clear Spot. It includes all three albums, which have been remastered for the first time, as well as a disc of unreleased material.

            The fourth and final disc in SUN ZOOM SPARK includes 14 unreleased tracks and is a trove of alternate versions, rehearsals and outtakes from the sessions for The Spotlight Kid and Clear Spot. The disc reveals just how much some songs evolved before being released. Among the highlights are a sung-version of “I Can’t Do This Unless I Can Do This/Seam Crooked Sam,” which became a spoken-word performance on Bat Chain Puller; a raucous, off-kilter version of “Dirty Blue Gene” that pointed the way to the final version on Doc at the Radar Station; and an instrumental rehearsal of “The Witch Doctor Life” that is nearly unrecognizable compared to the version heard on 1982’s Ice Cream For Crow.

            TRACK LISTING

            Lick My Decals Off, Baby (October 1970)
            1. "Lick My Decals Off, Baby"
            2. "Doctor Dark"
            3. "I Love You, You Big Dummy"
            4. "Peon"
            5. "Bellerin' Plain"
            6. "Woe-Is-uh-Me-Bop"
            7. "Japan In A Dishpan"
            8. "I Wanna Find A Woman That'll Hold My Big Toe Till I Have To Go"
            9. "Petrified Forest"
            10. "One Red Rose That I Mean"
            11. "The Buggy Boogie Woogie"
            12. "The Smithsonian Institute Blues (or The Big Dig)"
            13. "Space-Age Couple"
            14. "The Clouds Are Full Of Wine (not Whiskey Or Rye)"
            15. "Flash Gordon's Ape"

            The Spotlight Kid (January 1972)
            1. "I'm Gonna Booglarize You Baby"
            2. "White Jam"
            3. "Blabber 'n Smoke"
            4. "When It Blows Its Stacks"
            5. "Alice In Blunderland"
            6. "The Spotlight Kid"
            7. "Click Clack"
            8. "Grow Fins"
            9. "There Ain't No Santa Claus On The Evenin' Stage"
            10. "Glider"

            Clear Spot (November 1972)
            1. "Low Yo Yo Stuff"
            2. "Nowadays A Woman's Gotta Hit A Man"
            3. "Too Much Time"
            4. "Circumstances"
            5. "My Head Is My Only House Unless It Rains"
            6. "Sun Zoom Spark"
            7. "Clear Spot"
            8. "Crazy Little Thing"
            9. "Long Neck Bottles"
            10. "Her Eyes Are A Blue Million Miles"
            11. "Big Eyed Beans From Venus"
            12. "Golden Birdies"

            Out-takes
            1. "Alice In Blunderland" - Alternate Version
            2. "Harry Irene"
            3. "I Can't Do This Unless I Can Do This/Seam Crooked Sam"
            4. "Pompadour Swamp/Suction Prints"
            5. "The Witch Doctor Life" - Instrumental Take
            6. "Two Rips In A Haystack/Kiss Me My Love"
            7. "Best Batch Yet" - (Track) Version 1
            8. "Your Love Brought Me To Life" - Instrumental
            9. "Dirty Blue Gene" - Alternate Version 1
            10. "Nowadays A Woman's Gotta Hit A Man" - Early Mix
            11. "Kiss Where I Kain't"
            12. "Circumstances" - Alternate Version 2
            13. "Little Scratch"
            14. "Dirty Blue Gene" - Alternate Version 3

            Various Artists

            Captain Beefheart - Gimme Dat Harp Boy

              A selection of tracks that helped mould the avant-garde sounds of Beefheart including some tracks from the Captain himself. A fantastic broad slice of American music from the 20s through to the 60s, this music contributed to the heady mix that manifested itself partly in the blues revival of the early 60s and subsequently in the sounds of the psychedelic years.


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