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
[audio:SBN_20101226_01 Tropical Hot Dog Night.mp3]
Nowadays A Woman’s Gotta Hit A Man
[audio:SBN_20101226_02 Nowadays A Woman’s Gotta Hit A Man.mp3]
Owed T’ Alex
[audio:SBN_20101226_03 Owed T’ Alex.mp3]
[audio:SBN_20101226_04 Dropout Boogie.mp3]
[audio:SBN_20101226_05 Harry Irene.mp3]
[audio:SBN_20101226_06 Abba Zaba.mp3]
Her Eyes Are A Blue Million Miles
[audio:SBN_20101226_07 Her Eyes Are A Blue Million Miles.mp3]
Old Fart At Play
[audio:SBN_20101226_08 Old Fart At Play.mp3]
[audio:SBN_20101226_10 Ice Rose.mp3]
Moonlight On Vermont
[audio:SBN_20101226_11 Moonlight On Vermont.mp3]
The Floppy Boot Stomp
[audio:SBN_20101226_12 The Floppy Boot Stomp.mp3]
You Know You’re A Man
[audio:SBN_20101226_13 You Know You’re A Man.mp3]
Bat Chain Puller
[audio:SBN_20101226_14 Bat Chain Puller.mp3]
When I See Mommy I Feel Like A Mummy
[audio:SBN_20101226_16 When I See Mommy I Feel Like A Mummy.mp3]
Veteran’s Day Poppy
[audio:SBN_20101226_17 Veteran’s Day Poppy.mp3]
Safe As Milk
[audio:SBN_20101226_18 Safe As Milk.mp3]
[audio:SBN_20101226_19 Suction Prints.mp3]
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.