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Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by chemobrain, Jul 17, 2017.

  1. chemobrain

    chemobrain Friend of Leo's

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    these out takes have some really great playing. Some of the performances are Truely Magic, lots of cool guitar playing and tones, these are the out takes, and yet there are bits that are shining like a beam of light, and yet very soulful.

     
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  2. Dan R

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    Capt. Beefheart broke new ground. He pushed limits on what was acceptable as a performance. He was never averse to new sounds and presentations.
     
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    i remember anticipating his appearance on SNL. the band did "Ashtray Heart" and "Hothead". It's been years since I've been able to find a video of that. they were great.
     
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    Capt. Beefheart is in the same category as Zappa. Brilliant and visionary.
     
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    I will not stay in your frownland.
     
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    Met him when he opened for Tull in the early 70s. He was a very cool guy.
     
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    On Letterman's show, years ago, Frank Zappa was asked regarding The Captain, "Is he really that weird?" (or something to that effect). Frank's reply was, "Oh, he's WEIRD alright!"

    If Zappa says someone is very odd, they can't be all bad, imo.

    'Sides, I saw The Captain & MB open up for Jethro Tull's "Thick As a Brick" tour. Just how totally awesome the show was is: All I can say is it changed my LIFE!!!!

    (RIP Donald Van Vliet and Frank Zappa).
     
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    As a long term fan of Captain Beefheart, I stumbled across these guys who have a great Beefheart/ Doors vibe:
     
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    Read the books by Zoot Horn Rollo and Drumbo at your own risk.
     
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    One of my friends got obsessed with Beefheart back in the '80s. I've heard plenty. No thanks.
     
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    I'm a fan! Captain Beefheart is important because he was at the nexus of rock, psychedelia, free jazz, and avant-garde or experimental music. He got kicked out of Zappa's band early on because he smoked weed and of course Zappa was notoriously anti-drug, even in the countercultural late 1960's.

    Beefheart is also the source of that great story about the importance of making one note count when he went to hear Thelonious Monk in concert:

    I saw Monk once at a theatre in San Fernando Valley. They gave him a grand piano, a really beautiful Steinway, with a cut glass bowl of roses. He came in late wearing a trench coat. He dumped the bowl in the piano, knocked down the lid, and hit one note. The sound: everything going into the piano, the strings, the water splashing, the roses. And then he left.

    My recommendations? Check out the following:









     
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    I'm still working through the John Drumbo French book. Fascinating stuff. Takes you right there. Still love all the music.
     
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    Bill Harkleroad's (Zoot Horn Rollo) and John French's (Drumbo) books are well worth reading both for insights into the music and into the peculiarities of the Don Van Vliet persona. Sometimes necessary to separate the art from the artist and the artist from the human!
     
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    One of the most amazing voices of his-or any other-era.....and he did a whole bunch of interesting things with it.

    Hard to categorise: an avant-garde Howling Wolf, maybe?
     
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