Tuesday

Captain Beefheart and His Magic Bands

Railroadism (Live in the USA 72-81)

Although it's heavy on recordings from the Captain's late 70s-early 80s "comeback" period, this live compilation pulls together so many of the facets that made his live appearances so brilliantly bizarre; the bits of spoken word, the baiting of a surly audience, and a band that both sounds like it's being held together by a thread but could nail every inch of music with razor-sharp precision. Perhaps most memorable is that at least three different incarnations of his Magic Band are represented, and thanks to meticulous track selection and sequencing, the effect of presenting the hodgepodge as a singular concert is overwhelmingly successful. The highlights are numerous, but my favorites include "The Blimp," "I'm Gonna Booglarize You Baby" and "Dirty Blue Jean." Tremendous quality. 

5 comments:

Slidewell said...

Living on a diet of Beefheart and electric Miles. I think the heat is starting to warp you, JR. :)

Thanks for keeping me warped.

Look for the Weather Report-Tokyo comin' at ya soon!

JR HeatWarp said...

Yep. I'm dead-on crazed. I've had Miles' wah-wah'd horn in one ear and the Captain's clarinet blowing in the other. Rumor has it that Sun Ra might stop by for a visit later. I'm finished!

Kill Me Sarah said...

Thanks for this great live album. I miss Captain Beefheart...

GanjaStar said...

Thank you for this! you make life worthier to live :D

great taste and uploads ;)

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