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Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band – Sugar ‘n’ Spikes

Joyous free Rock with a huge dose of the Delta blues from Don Van Vliet’s truly seminal 1969 album ‘Trout Mask Replica’.


Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band – Boogler Risin’

This track is ‘Boogler Risin’, which later became both “I’m Gonna Booglarize You Baby” , as well as ‘Suction Prints’ . This was possibly recorded around 69/71 (or maybe during the ‘Strictly Personal’ sessions).

Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band – Moonlight On Vermont

To celebrate what would have been Don’s 78th birthday, we give you a track from his seminal album ‘Trout Mask Replica’.

Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band – German TV 1972

1. Steal Softly Thru Snow (0:01)

2. Click Clack: (3:26)

3. Golden Birdies: (7:06)

4. I’m Gonna Booglarize You, Baby: (9:03)

Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band – Sure ’nuff ‘n Yes I Do (Midem Festival Cannes, France 1-27-68)

The magic band living up to their name as Don and the boys rock a beach in Southern France.

Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band – Korn Ring Finger

A brilliant track that, astoundingly, never made it onto any of Beefheart’s albums proper; Korn ring Finger was made around the same time as the ‘Mirror Man’ album, and fits in perfectly with that sound. This is The Sentinel’s favourite era of the tCaptains music, and this piece is just as good as ’25th Century Quaker’,‘Tarotplane’ etc. The sound, like ‘Mirror Man’ is bouncy, expansive, and effortlessly psychedelic.
1967; amazing.

Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band – Tarotplane

Sprawling Free-Rock of the highest order here from Don and the guys ‘Mirror Man’. Delta Blues infected by Free Jazz and the Avant-Garde; something the crew would delve into even further on their seminal ‘Trout Mask Replica’ album. The bouncy and expansive, yet subtle, psychedelia of these tracks makes one long for the abandoned album. Nevertheless, we got there in the end and these titanic pieces are here to be submerged in time and again. Recorded in 1967, released in 1971, ‘Mirror Man’ was a mop up of some of the tracks from sessions for the shelved album ‘It Comes To You In A Plain Brown Wrapper’*.

  • other pieces from those sessions were re-recorded and released as ‘Strictly Personal”.

Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band – Veteran’s Day Poppy

Today would have been Don Van Vliet’s 77th birthday if he was still in this dimension. So to celebrate this we give you the closing track from Don’s main masterpiece (as opposed to all of his other one’s), 1969’s “Trout Mask Replica’. This track has three sections to it, all three are wonderful, but somehow that coda is where the real magic is.

Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band – When Big Joan Sets Up (Live in Detroit 15/01/1971)

This was pretty soon after the Captain and his band emerged form the house on Ensenada drive in the woodland hills, after spending 8 months cooped up (and in the case of the band members, imprisoned) rehearsing and recording the seminal ‘Trout Mask Replica’ album. As one can see in this performance, Don Van Vliet looks pretty well fed, whilst the rest of them look scrawny, wild eyed and manic. One can only imagine what it was like in that house, where the atmosphere must have been akin to living within an intense cult; but the stunning results are undeniable when one listens to the ‘Trout Mask Replica’ album, or to this gig where the band blast out tangles, intricate, hyped-up Avant-Rock of the highest order.

Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band – Electricity (Cannes Live 1968)

Don and His Magic Band (who truly live up to their name here) juggle fiery demon blues and witchy Americana; managing to keep all the volatile ingredients in place and delivering grooves and thangs. Also, was nice to see this song referenced in Twin Peaks: the Return. Did anyone notice?

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