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.