Thursday, May 22, 2014

Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band Live From Harpo's 1980 Gonzo 2014

The artist who laid the ground work for the independent creative spirit, Captain Beefheart is back!
 
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Captain Beefheart was an enigma. Fans flocked to him despite the lack of what we would measure today as true commercial success and fellow musicians while admiring his creative bent, occasionally feared him. Harpo's Detroit Dec. 11 1980 is an archival find and one of those rare concert gems that allows you to relive the magic all over again.
 
A friend and occasional musical co-conspirator with the legendary Frank Zappa, Beefheart adopted his new persona in 1964 and the rest is as they say - history. Born Don Glen Vliet his elective vision was a mix of rock, blues, and psychedila with the avant-garde and contemporary experimental composition. A cult following was born to be sure. While the 1969 recording Trout Mask Replica still holds on to a coveted position as one of the 500 greatest albums from the 2003 Rolling Stone poll, Beefheart went on to enjoy a far more profitable career in the art world with his work commanding high prices to this day.
 
The Magic Band were a rotating band of musicians that Beefheart often ruled with an iron fist. Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band live captures the ensemble on their Doc at the Radar Station tour. An absolute must for fans and historians!
Tracks: Nowadays A Woman's Gotta Hit A Man; Abba Zabba; Hot Head; Ashtray Heart; Dirty Blue Gene; Best Batch Yet; Safe As Milk; Doctor Dark; A Carrot Is As Close As A Rabbit Gets To A Diamond; One Red Rose That I Mean; Bat Chain Puller; My Human Gets Me Blues; Sugar And Spikes; Sheriff Of Hong Kong; The Dust Blows Forward; The Dust Blows Back-Kandy Korn; Suction Prints; Big Eyed Beans From Venus.