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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.


    FORMAT INFORMATION

    2xColoured LP Info: 180 gram orange vinyl.

    CD Info: This CD issue has 3 bonus tracks to the 2LP.

    Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band

    Diddy Wah Diddy / Who Do You Think You're Fooling / Moonchild / Frying Pan

      In the high desert of California, they were referred to simply as “Beefheart.”

      Don Van Vliet acquired the habit of singing along to vintage blues records while hanging with high school chum Frank Zappa. Founder Alex Snouffer formed the Magic Band in late 1964. And, by early 1965, the powerful and charismatic local blues combo had made quite a name for itself locally as “the band” for local dances at the fairgrounds. By late ’65 the inclusion of master guitarist Rich Hepner explosively changed the group’s chemistry; dances morphed to concerts – with the dancers choosing to sit on the floor, captivated by this white blues band that seemed to transform Exposition Hall into a spellbinding Louisiana swamp.

      In early 1966, the band signed with A&M Records. Producer David Gates (of Bread fame) was assigned production duties, and the first result – a cover of Bo Diddley’s “Diddy Wah Diddy” – stunned everyone. Famed Del Rio, Texas DJ “Wolfman Jack” introduced it by saying “OK everybody on the highway, you’d better pull over, cause here comes Captain Beefheart with ‘Diddy Wah Diddy.’”

      Ill-fated times intervened with the coincidental cover of “Diddy” by an East Coast group – The Remains – which was releases almost simultaneously on the Epic Records label. Confusion and chaos reigned, and the songs dropped from the charts quickly. Founder Snouffer reflected: That’s a record label’s, personal manager’s, and band’s nightmare.” Undaunted, Gates penned a follow-up to “Diddy,” entitled “Moonchild.” The band arranged it themselves – interpreting Dave’s guitar/voice demo. Gates reaction: “Boy, it wasn’t supposed to happen like this!”

      Van Vliet had also penned his first recorded compositions – “Who Do You Think You’re Fooling” for the B-side of “Diddy” and “Frying Pan” for the B-side of “Moonchild.” Van Vliet went on in later years through many incarnations of Magic Bands to create the most avante-garde rock music ever recorded, but the roots of these early pieces echo throughout all the later works.

      --John French, Lancaster, CA.

      Captain Beefheart

      Lick My Decals Off, Baby - 180 Gram Vinyl Edition

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

        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!!!!!

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        LP includes MP3 Download Code.

        Captain Beefheart

        The Spotlight Kid - 180 Gram Vinyl Edition

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

          The Spotlight Kid is a slower blusier classic from 1972 similar in style to "Clear Spot". Includes classic such as "I'm Gonna Booglarize You Baby" and "Grow Fins".

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          LP includes MP3 Download Code.

          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".

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Sara says: This is one of the Captain's more accessible albums, for those of us who can't get our heads round Trout Mask Replica...

            FORMAT INFORMATION

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

            LP includes MP3 Download Code.

            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!!!!!

            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.

                FORMAT INFORMATION

                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 & The Magic Band

                  Translucent Fresnel (The Nan Trues Hole Tape 72/73 Live)

                  The title obviously is a reworking of "Clear Spot" - Translucent Fresnel (Fresnel is a spotlight). From the late 1960s through to 1980 John Peel collected tapes of recordings of Captain Beefheart’s live shows particularly ones in the UK. During a tidy up at Nan True’s Hole in 2003 he discovered around six large reels of tape containing many of Beefheart’s live UK performances and he sent these on to Ozit Morpheus Records. Here is Volume 1 of material from the tapes. Like all Beefheart live tracks they are chaotic, erratic and yet charming. Because of the age of the material and sometimes crude recording techniques there is the odd glitch in the recordings but rather than try and digitally repair the sound you get it exactly as it came off the tapes warts and all but full of Beefheartian energy.

                  Volume 1 is songs mainly from the "Clearspot" era tour of the UK. Band line up for most of these tracks : Captain Beefheart -Don Van Vliet -vocals and harmonica / Zoot Horn Rollo- Bill Harkleroad - guitar slide guitar / Rockette Morton- Mark Boston- bass guitar,guitar / Alex St Clair- Alex Snouffer- slide guitar / Ed Marimba- Art Tripp- drums, percussion / Orejon -Roy Estrada- bass guitar.

                  John Peel said in 2003 'This tape of UK live tracks mainly from the Clearspot Tour era shows the Captain and his Magic Band in fine form. I actually remember these tracks like they were yesterday as I was at a lot of the live shows during that period'. John Peel 'Captain Beefheart was driven in pursuit of his music to the borderline between imbalance and genius'.

                  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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