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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'..........

    Captain Beefheart

    Clear Spot - 180 Gram Vinyl Edition

      Three 180g vinyl reissues  – originally released in the “Sun, Zoom, Spark” box set, they are now released separately.

      One of Captain Beefhearts more accessible albums, but it's not to the detriment of the 'Beefheart' sound. Includes classics such as "Big Eyed Beans From Venus".


      LP Info: “Clear Spot” is in a clear plastic sleeve, as per the original.

      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.


        2xColoured LP Info: 180 gram orange vinyl.

        Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band

        Mirror Man Sessions

          When Captain Beefheart went into the studio in late 1967 to record the follow-up to their debut album 'Safe As Milk' which had been released earlier that year, it was with the intention of producing a double album. Three of the tracks they recorded were long, psychedelic blues jams. These were intended to fill one of the set's two LPs.

          This concept, however, was at some point abandoned, and many of the tracks from the sessions were left unfinished and without any vocals. A number of the abandoned tracks were re-recorded in 1968, and released as 'Strictly Personal'.

          The original session tapes, however, remained the property of Buddha Records, who released them under the title 'Mirror Man' in 1971. In 1999, Buddha Records issued an expanded version of the album entitled 'The Mirror Man Sessions', which features five additional tracks taken from the abandoned tapes.

          Music On Vinyl is proud to pay homage to the late Don Van Vliet by re-releasing these 'Mirror Man Sessions' as a double album on 180g audiophile vinyl.

          Captain Beefheart

          Safe As Milk

            Captain Beefheart's 1967 debut album Safe As Milk introduced the world to a one-of-a-kind visionary whose unique output had no precedent in contemporary music. Beefheart, aka Don Van Vliet, filtered the raw influence of the blues and R&B through his own singular musical sensibility and left-field lyrical wordplay, and surrounded himself with some of the most talented and inventive young musicians around. The result was an album that, even in the heady year in which it was released, sounded like nothing else, and the stage for one of rock's most iconoclastic and idiosyncratic careers.

            With backup from the first, and perhaps finest, incarnation of Beefheart's legendary Magic Band (including future solo star Ry Cooder on guitar and teenage drum prodigy John "Drumbo" French), and production from future studio superstar Richard Perry, Beefheart unveils his fully-formed sound and vision on such landmark tracks as "Zig Zag Wanderer," "Abba Zaba," "Dropout Boogie," "I'm Glad" and "Electricity".

            This Music On Vinyl edition includes a whole extra album featuring 7 bonus tracks.


            2xLP Info: 180g vinyl edition with insert.

            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.

              Captain Beefheart

              Ice Cream For Crow

                Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band recorded thirteen albums over fifteen years which, given their frequency, chart one of the most fertile musical minds of the late twentieth century. One of the five studio-albums in this re-mastered series, "Ice Cream For Crow" was first released in 1982 and was the musical swansong in the career of Beefheart. Recorded with the inevitable Magic Band line-up change as a result of personal and financial conflict, the album nevertheless contains some extrordinary highlights and includes possibly the most 'radio friendly' of all Beefheart releases in the title track. Indeed the video for "Ice Cream For Crow" has been included in the permanent collection at the New York Museum Of Modern Art. Perhaps the most accessible of the 'hardcore' Beefheart albums it was criticially well received with the New Yorker recommending it to 'anyone who is interested in rock's limits and possibilities, and in where the music might be going', however, sadly for the thousands of Beefheart die hard's, the album represented his final music offering before concentrating on his work on canvass.

                FORMAT INFORMATION

                CD Info: This re-mastered album's booklet contains new liner notes writted by Beefheart expert Mike Barnes.

                Captain Beefheart

                Doc At The Radar Station

                  Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band recorded thirteen albums over fifteen years which, given their frequency, chart one of the most fertile musical minds of the late twentieth century. One of the five studio-albums in this re-mastered series, "Doc At The Radar Station", was release in 1980 and followed the release of "Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)". Recorded in Hollywood in May 1980 the album was harder and more powerful than its predecessor. This was in accordance with Beefheart's desire to make his music more two dimensional, like a painting. Beefheart stripped away all the excess, culling any unnecessary reverb and echo on the tracks in an effort to give the music more space. Including some extraordinary pieces like "Mkaing Love To Monkey With A Vampire On My Knee" and "Flavour Bud Living" the album is widely regarded as Beefheart's strongest album of his latter years - as the New York Times trumpetted - '"Doc at the Radar Station" finds a neglected American genius back in the rock vanguard, and that's surely where he belongs.'

                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                  CD Info: This re-mastered album's booklet contains new liner notes writted by Beefheart expert Mike Barnes.

                  Captain Beefheart

                  Introducing ...... Captain Beefheart

                  Seventeen tracks that conjure up Don Van Vliet's voodoo dolly wierdness as the good Capt'n. That's Captain Beefheart to you, one of the most unique voices in rock and one of the most surreal views of life. An introduction to his work on Virgin and Liberty labels between 1968 and 1982.

                  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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