Repost Bonanza: Captain Beefheart – The Early Years 1959-1969

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Don Van Vliet aka Captain Beefheart
The Early Years 1959-1969
eac > wav > flac

Download: FLAC/MP3

1-Lost In A Whirlpool(Antelope Valley HS, 1959)
2-Teenage Maltshop (Zappas’ Cucamonga,Cal. studio 1963)
3-Metal Man Has Lost His Will (“)
4-Tupelo Mississippi (Avalon Ballroom, S.F.,Cal. 1966)
5-Somebody’s Walking (“)
6-Old Folks Boogie (“)
7-Evil (“)
8-Blues Jam (“)
9-Out Of The Frying Pan (alt.)
10-Almost Grown
11-Call On Me (slow)
12-Sure Nuff And Yes I Do (John Peel Show 1968)
13-Moody Liz (rare acetate)
14-Korn Ring Finger
15-Frownland (‘Trout’ rehearsals)
16-Ella Guru (“)
17-Hair Pie Bake 1/Hair Pie Bake 2
18-Pauchuco Cadaver
19-Sugar And Spikes
20-Neon Meat Dream of a Octofish
21-The Blimp (Candy Man/China Pig)
22-Well Well Well (sung by Rockette Morton)

The Musicians: (buy their buyable stuff)

Don Van Vliet(Captain Beefheart)-Vocal,Harmonica
Frank Zappa-Guitar (1)
Alex St. Clair-Guitar
Jerry Handley-Bass(4-8)

From the original uploader:
Doug Moon bootleg bringing together a whole bunch of rare and unavailable Magic Band goodies. Much of the content has since been included on the Grow Fins box set and Zappa’s Mystery Disc CD but there are a couple of items here that are still not available commercially. Overall the sound is pretty good although the Avalon tracks are not as good as they could have been (still great to get the very rare ‘Blues Jam’ track included though).

For a change this is a boot that has been compiled by a real fan and this shows in the sleeve notes which I’ll include here:-

“The first track in this collection is probably the earliest recording of Don Van Vliet, recorded in a classroom at Antelope Valley College/High with Zappa on guitar and Beefheart on Vocals.
‘Teenage Maltshop’: believed to have been recorded circa 1963/4 at Zappa’s Cucamonga studio Z, as part of a Teenage Opera, offered to Dot Records but turned down because of the distorted guitar. ‘Metal Man…’ also recorded in Studio Z in the main studio, but with Beefheart outside in the corridor to the studio singing whatever words were scribbled on the walls!
‘Avalon Ballroom’ 1966 was the first CB & Magic BAnd, probably CB, Doug Moon, Jerry Handley & Paul Blakely. This shows the influence of Howlin Wolf – he even says people have requested a Wolf song before singing ‘Evil’.
‘Frying Pan Acetate’: An alt version. predates release on A&M.
‘Almost Grown’: Is an unreleased variation of a Chuck Berry song, & ‘Call On Me’: A much slower version than as released on Safe As Milk.
The ‘Moody Liz Acetate’, although very similar to the recently located Strictly Personal OT found by Sequel, is a White Label test Pressing with a similar as released version of ‘On Tomorrow’. An item this fan would give my right arm to own.
Possibly more exciting is ‘Korn Ring Finger’. Why this was not included on the Sequel CD amazed me … An excellent track that you hope will never end.
This brings us up to the ‘Trout Rehearsals’ – they sound if they were made to be a part warm-up to the actual recordings. You can hear Don in the back throughout blowin his Sax from different parts of the room experimenting with the sound on ‘Hair Pie’ Variations. It was said by Beefheart that although the album was recorded very quickly, the amount of work that must have been put in by all the band members; to get to a stage where the instrumental backing was rteady for Beefheart to sing over these complex rhythms is awe inspiring … & how he actually managed to add the vocals only he knows.
The immediate contrast between ‘Moody Liz’ & ‘Korn Ring Finger’ from the S. Personal Ots is extraordinary especially considering there is barely a year between the recordings … ‘Ella Guru’ is a sheer delight to hear in its instrumental form, as are others on the CD.
These are not the digital recordings of the 90s … But to be ‘a fly on the wall’ whilst one of the most amazing albums was being prepared for an unsuspecting public, & to hear some of the Early Years of Mr Don V Vliet playing with an equally very young Mr Zappa is a treat. We have included hopefully some of the rarities that maybe, just maybe will entice someone to try to dig into the vaults & find these hidden gems.

Repost Bonanza: Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band – Spotlight Kid & Pompadour Sessions

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Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band
The Spotlight Kid & Pompadour Sessions
October-early November 1971
Record Plant Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Acoustic Blues Session

Download: FLAC/MP3

(1) studio->tape 2nd gen->stand alone CD burner->CDR->flac->TLH->wav->Wavelab 5.0: sound editing->TLH->flac
(2) studio->tape 3rd gen?->Spotlight Kid DVD (from puzzleoyster)->wav->Wavelab 5.0: sound editing->TLH->flac (2nd revision)->TLH->wav->Wavelab 5.0: sound editing->TLH->flac
(3) studio->tape 3rd gen?->The Spotlight Kid Outtakes CDR (from perebeef)->wav->Wavelab 5.0: sound editing->TLH->flac (2nd revision)->TLH->wav-> Wavelab: sound editing->TLH->flac
(4) studio->tape 3rd gen?->Beefheart Studio Sessions 1970-72 (flac torrented on DIME)->TLH: wav->Wavelab 5.0: sound editing->TLH->flac (2nd revision)->TLH->wav->Wavelab 5.0: sound editing->TLH->flac

1-01 Drink Paint Run Run
1-02 Seam Crooked Sam (Version 2)
1-03 Dirty Blue Gene (Version 1)
1-04 Sun Zoom Spark (Version 3)
1-05 Kiss Me My Love
1-06 Funeral Hill (Version 1)
1-07 Harry Irene – jazzy guitar version,
1-08 Open Pins
1-09 Dual & Abdul
1-10 Semi-Multicoloured Caucasian (Version 2)
1-11 Balladino
1-12 Clear Spot (Instrumental)
1-13 Circumstances
1-14 I’m Gonna Booglarize You, Baby (Instrumental)
1-15 Low Yo Yo Stuff (Instrumental)
1-16 Semi-Multicoloured Caucasian (Version 1)
1-17 Little Scratch (Version 2)

Pompadour Session
2-01 Pompadour I 2 takes
2-02 Pompadour II 5 takes

3-01 Suzy Murder Wrist
3-02 U Bean So Cinquo
3-03 The Witch Doctor Life
3-04 Little Scratch (Version 1)
3-05 Flaming Autograph
3-06 Love Grip
3-07 No Flower Shall Grow
3-08 Best Batch Yet (Version 1) 3 takes
3-09 Your Love Brought Me To Life 2 takes
3-10 That Little Girl
3-11 Campfires
3-12 Well Well Well
3-13 Funeral Hill (Version 3)
3-14 Seam Crooked Sam (Version 1)
3-14 Alice In Blunderland
3-15 Funeral Hill (Version 2)
3-16 Best Batch Yet (Version 2)
3-17 Dirty Blue Gene (Version 2)

The Acoustic Blues Session (mono)
4-01 Sun Zoom Spark (Version 1)
4-02 Scratch My Back
4-03 Blues Medley
4-03a Down In The Bottom (Howlin’ Wolf, 1961)
4-03b Key To The Highway (Big Bill Broonzy, 1941)
4-03c Grandpa Don’t Love Grandma No More
4-04 Sun Zoom Spark (Version 2)

Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Captain Beefheart – Hoboism


Captain Beefheart – Hoboism
Liberated Bootleg

Download: FLAC/MP3

Silver CD -> EAC -> WAV -> FLAC level 8

Studio outtakes 1970:

01. Little Scratch
02. Dirty Blue Gene
03. Funeral Hill
04. Flash Gordan’s Ape

Studio rehearsal 1972:

05. Sun Zoom Spark
06. Key To the Highway

Saturday Night Live Nov 1980:

07. Hot Head
08. Ashtray Heart

Live-The Country Club, Reseda CA Jan 28 1980:

09. Safe As Milk
10. China Pink
11. Sheriff of Honk Hong
12. Kandy Korn
13. Veterans Day Poppy
14. Big Eyed Beans From Venus

Studio demo:

15. Hoboism

Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Captain Beefheart – Milwaukee, WI (12/13/80)


Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band
The Starship, Milwaukee, WI

Download: FLAC/MP3

DISC 1 (78:45)

01 Hair Pie (Bass/Sax)………………….(4:28)
02 Nowadays A Woman’s Gotta Hit A Man…….(4:45)
03 Hot Head……………………………(4:24)
04 Ashtray Heart……………………….(4:31)
05 Dirty Blue Gene……………………..(4:54)
06 Best Batch Yet………………………(5:43)
07 Safe As Milk………………………..(4:02)
08 A Carrot Is As Close As A Rabbit Gets To A
09 One Red Rose That I Mean……………..(2:41)
10 Doctor Dark…………………………(2:58)
11 Bat Chain Puller…………………….(6:35)
12 My Human Gets Me Blues……………….(4:14)
13 Sugar ‘N Spikes……………………..(3:07)
14 Sheriff Of Hong Kong…………………(7:16)
15 Kandy Korn………………………….(6:37)
16 Suction Prints………………………(5:12)
17 Big Eyed Beans From Venus…………….(5:05)


Captain Beefheart/Don Van Vliet – vocals, tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, chinese gongs
Eric Drew Feldman – bass, english room deodorizer, keyboards, synthesizer, mellotron, fire hat
Robert Williams – percussion, beekeeper hat & staff
(Richard) Brave Midnight Hatsize Snyder – guitar, slide guitar
Jeff Morris “Rob Hunter” Tepper – slide guitar, guitar

Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Captain Beefheart – Bat Chain Puller

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Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band
Bat Chain Puller
(Unreleased LP)

Links removed, this seems to have been finally officially released.

1. Bat Chain Puller
2. Seam Crooked Sam
3. Harry Irene
4. Poop Hatch
5. Flavor Bud Living
6. Brickbats
7. Floppy Boot Stomp
8. A Carrot Is As Close As A Rabbit Gets To A Diamond
9. Owed T’Alex
10. Odd Jobs
11. The 1010th Day Of The Human Totem Pole
12. Apes-ma

DON VAN VLIET – vocals/tenor sax/soprano sax/bass clarinet
DENNY WALLEY – guitar/slide guitar
JEFF MORIS TEPPER – guitar/slide guitar
JOHN THOMAS – keyboards
JOHN FRENCH – drums/percussion/guitar

This album was recorded in early 1976 but never released. This particular dub was made from an ANA(1) copy given to a record company employee by Beefheart himself. This same tape has been bootlegged on CDR with excessive noise reduction, but this fresh new transfer is completely free of NR. Don’t be fooled by the European bootleg “Dust Sucker” which comes from a very poor quality tape, and not the “Captain’s original tapes” as the liner notes claim. This copy is the real deal!

ANA(2) -> CDR -> WAV -> FLAC