Sunday Big Note – Listening Session #7

I had a completely different artist in mind for this week’s listening session before the sad, untimely passing of poet, painter, musician and all round iconoclast, Don Van Vliet (aka Captain Beefheart).

It wasn’t too difficult, though, to pick my favourite concert from the many that I’ve collected through the years. Each had their own very special charm (even those with the Tragic Band backing Beefheart). It came down to a choice between Beefheart’s 1980 Paradiso show in Amsterdam, and the one I’m presenting today. This particular show, quintessential live Beefheart in my opinion, shows Vliet and the Magic Band at the top of their game, verbally and musically (fortunately caught live and mixed directly to a 2-track stereo reel-to-reel tape).

Listening to the follow tracks, you’ll probably agree that Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band‘s November 18th, 1978 performance at My Father’s Place in Roslyn, Long Island, New York is one of the major performance highlights of Vliet’s astounding career:

Tropical Hot Dog Night

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Nowadays A Woman’s Gotta Hit A Man

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Owed T’ Alex

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Dropout Boogie

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Harry Irene

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Abba Zaba

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Her Eyes Are A Blue Million Miles

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Old Fart At Play

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Well

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Ice Rose

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Moonlight On Vermont

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The Floppy Boot Stomp

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You Know You’re A Man

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Bat Chain Puller

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Apes-Ma

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When I See Mommy I Feel Like A Mummy

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Veteran’s Day Poppy

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Safe As Milk

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Suction Prints

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Line-up:

Don Van Vliet: Vocals, tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, harmonica and whistling.
Jeff Moris Tepper: Guitar and slide guitar.
Richard Redus: Guitar, slide guitar, slide bass and accordion.
Eric Drew Feldman: Bass guitar, synthesiser and keyboards.
Bruce Fowler: Trombone, air bass.
Robert Williams: Drums, percussion.
Mary Jane Eisenberg: Shake bouquet.

Goodnight, Captain.

13 Responses to “Sunday Big Note – Listening Session #7”

  1. jonnybutter2 says:

    Great show, UG. Thanks.

  2. Harry Barris says:

    Good Choice, UrbanG.! (This doesn’t have that disturbed audience member’s heckling either, unlike Paradiso ’80.)

  3. urbangraffito says:

    A quote from Harry Barris:

    Good Choice, UrbanG.! (This doesn’t have that disturbed audience member’s heckling either, unlike Paradiso ’80.)

    Indeed! I discovered it nearly impossible to edit out that distracting heckler completely from the 1980 Paradiso show, which is unfortunate because otherwise it’s one of Beefheart and the Magic Band’s great performances. Why the venue didn’t toss the asshole out I’ll never understand. Perhaps they think heckling is a given right in Amsterdam?

  4. Danny says:

    is there a torrent of this show available anywhere?

  5. Blob says:

    Excellent quality two disc was once available from Rhino Handmade. Is it still in print? “I’m Going To Do What I Wanna Do”

  6. urbangraffito says:

    A quote from Danny:

    is there a torrent of this show available anywhere?

    A quote from Blob:

    Excellent quality two disc was once available from Rhino Handmade. Is it still in print? “I’m Going To Do What I Wanna Do”

    While Rhino Handmade only produced a limited edition hard copy of this show, they still offer downloads in mp3 ($13.99), and flac, wma, and apple lossless formats ($20.99) at:

    http://www.rhino.com/shop/product/captain-beefheart-and-the-magic-band-im-going-to-do-what-i-wanna-do-live-at-my-fathers-place-1978-us-release

  7. Danny says:

    Ah, thanks for that.

  8. Spectral Igloo says:

    It must certainly be heresy to not like Captain Beefheart,
    but I don’t like Captain Beefheart.

    That’s not exactly true, I love a few things that he has done, but most of it are pieces that I cannot listen to consistently.

    Hey, I used to love Led Zep, too.
    Not anymore.

  9. urbangraffito says:

    A quote from Spectral Igloo:

    It must certainly be heresy to not like Captain Beefheart,
    but I don’t like Captain Beefheart.

    That’s not exactly true, I love a few things that he has done, but most of it are pieces that I cannot listen to consistently.

    Hey, I used to love Led Zep, too.
    Not anymore.

    What exactly do you like besides the funky sounds they pipe into the homes for aging baby boomers these days?

  10. Spectral Igloo says:

    Oh, I dunno. Ever heard of a band called “GO FUCK YOURSELF”?

  11. sjz says:

    I love that band!

  12. phil says:

    What about a band called machine gun fellatio?

  13. urbangraffito says:

    A quote from Spectral Igloo:

    Oh, I dunno. Ever heard of a band called “GO FUCK YOURSELF”?

    Indeed, I have! Didn’t they open for “TAKE A JOKE, PLEASE”?

    That said, I’m always open to suggestions for future listening sessions. It’s always easier to say what one does not like than what one does not. Whether it’s Led Zep, Beefheart, Return To Forever, or more recent music, what I like about music transcends time and the fads and trends of taste and fashion. Music is music. Whatever turns you on is good. I’m not here to change your mind or tastes, just present what’s available (and Zappa related).

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