It’s Magic Band week on LTW! The band are over in the UK to tour and we’re celebrating… Captain Beefheart was one of the great rock mavericks. He restructed rock music to his own ends and his imagination, stained by John Coltrane, free jazz and the primal blues of Howling Wolf was limitless.
The Revenant Demos (1965-1967) The Evolution Of A Weird Blues Band A collection of demos from Captain Beefheart’s early days as a budding blues man, circa ’65-’67. This set comes from Revenant Records’ Grow Fins box set, a massive collection of rarities put together by various members of The Magic Band. Personally, I’m not the biggest fan of the box – too many muddy live recordings for my tastes. But, along with the cool disc of Trout Mask Replica rehearsals is this disc of early demos, featuring Van Vliet originals some Howlin’ Wolf & John Lee Hooker covers. That publicity shot might be illegal these days.
Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band Ungano's New York City, NY January 25, 1971 Aud -> ? -> tape (2nd gen) -> Wavelab 3.0/Timeworks Mastering EQ -> cdr -> shn
Editors'Pick The last time the Magic Band played in Oslo – October 30, 1975, to be precise – they were led by the not-entirely benevolent musical dictator Don Van Vliet , aka Captain Beefheart . The Captain shuffled off this mortal coil on December 17, 2010, but had ceased recording or performing music nearly 30 years before that. Luckily for us youngsters, some of the men who helped Beefheart carve his own weird niche in rock history are still playing live in 2012. It had long been a source of rancour among those who had recorded with Beefheart that he claimed full songwriting credits, despite the players often left to construct songs from impressionistic instructions ("Play it like a bat being dragged out of oil and it's trying to survive, but it's dying from asphyxiation", for example).
(Don Van Vliet) As Burroughs might have said each song, each painting "has a fish pond in it, quite a flower garden ... it's extraordinary if you really keep your ears and eyes open". Propulsive, unstoppable shipmate
Our Day With Zoot Horn Rollo by Alex Duke & Rob DeNunzio November 1997 interview with Bill Harkleroad Bill Harkleroad a.k.a. Zoot Horn Rollo was a guitarist for Captain Beefheart in what many consider to be one of the greatest rock bands of all time. Moreover, he took part in Beefheart’s magnum opus, Trout Mask Replica. In his capacity as the Captain’s guitarist, he co-hosted bills with and performed for many of rock’s most well known legends, and in 1990 made it into ‘Spin’ magazine’s list of the top 35 guitar gods (beating out the likes of Brian May, Thurston Moore, and Eddie Van Halen). Now, after many years of a quiet life filled with guitar lessons, golf games, and a regular job, he is at the forefront of a musical renaissance.
Released during a time when there is an overabundance of ideas and talent, Genus Records somehow finds a truly innovative vehicle to expose new artists -- the use of the tribute album with material from one of rock's true genius madmen. Mama Kangaroos: Philly Women Sing Captain Beefheart could have probably given Don Van Vliet a much larger platform had it been released in the '70s. Global Transmission take "The Witch Doctor Life" and turn it into highly listenable pop.
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A few months ago, the Republican candidate Jon Huntsman tweeted : “I wonder if a tweet where I admit how much I like Captain Beefheart will make the followers skyrocket even more!” Not so much, Jon. But the former governor of Utah isn’t alone in his enthusiasm. Last year, the Library of Congress inducted a Captain Beefheart record into its National Recording Registry.
It was a Tuesday night, or more accurately very early Wednesday morning in 1966. I had just gotten off my shift at Lockheed Aircraft in Burbank, California and had made it back to Lancaster in just over an hour. Good time for the Thanksgiving Day traffic, which had already begun its bleed on the Los Angeles freeway system, out of the city. I had driven straight through, pulling up in front of the house on Carolside Avenue at just after 1 a.m. I was coming for Thanksgiving dinner with Captain Beefheart.
In 1965, Don Vliet followed his boyhood chum Frank Zappa into the world of avant-garde rock 'n' roll with his group Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band . My birth name is Donald Aldridge, and I grew up in Lancaster, California, where Don and I became close friends in the mid sixties. He later changed his surname to Van Vliet.
Impossible to find 1974 Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band Clear Shot Album promo shirt. Red Turtleneck shirt with black and white image from the album on the front. 70's BVD brand shirt that's all cotton. shirt has held up very well and the image is clear and bright as well. it's a small shirt, measuring about 34 inches around the chest and it's 23 inches from neck to bottom. There are a few light marks surrounding the center image, but nothing terrible, and this shirt should probably be washed very carefully to preserve it in it's current state. <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>