Don Van Vliet—would for the most part have nothing to do with the mainstream, not even as a target for mockery. Beefheart's deconstruction of the blues ultimately managed to match the visceral vocal presence of Howlin' Wolf with the atonality, dissonance, and unpredictability of free jazz. Though the music he and his often-remarkable Magic Band recorded is not without its share of hooks, it would be easier to find said hooks if the band members didn't sometimes sound like they were all playing different songs at once.
Although he retired from music in to concentrate on his painting, Beefheart is still one of the most influential and iconoclastic singers and songwriters to emerge from the '60s. I love it. Look, this isn't the place to get converted. For that, proceed immediately to Safe As Milk. Then you'll be ready for the mind blow that is Trout Mask Replica.
Then to take the edge off hit his grittiest, Lick My Decals Off. This set is where the fanatical prostrate themselves before the psychedelic altar in the fish eyed moonlight. A rare tune full of surreal Bo Diddley boasts and dirty, mean back street Blues. Disc 1 reveals Howlin' Wolf's massive influence and a band that could beat the crap out the Stones and Yardbirds. Going to show that for all that was to come, your Captain was flying high on the same influences as his contemporaries.
Its what he did with those influences later that set him apart. Right through the looking glass and into the topsy turvy world beyond. The second disc features blistering live work outs that will make your hair curl and ears smoke.
Electricity is an assault on the senses. Van Vliet's Howlin' Wolf growl grown dark and sinister. His band wielding the Blues like a pair of brass knuckles. With the warped demo of Korn Ring Finger, we begin to get a glimpse of what's to come. Disc 3 covers the fabled Trout Mask Sessions and this one really is for obsessives. Without a doubt, its the least accessible disc but its a priceless window into the process that created a landmark album. What's frightening is, none of it was arbitrary but meticulously deliberate.
Disc 4 features more of what disc 3 covers in addition to some enhanced CD live footage which no self respecting fan is going to turn their nose up at. Disc 5 dips into the Captain's 70's and 80's work with live freak outs, demented radio performances and demos.
Its great to hear some Trout Mask in a live setting. Throughout this audio scrap book, you get glimpses of the maestro at his most playful and ornery. While it may all make for uneasy listening, that's what Captain Beefheart fans clamor for, right? Well, you got it. The Revenant label does an outstanding job on the packaging.
It not only looks inviting on the shelf, the liner notes are copious. Box sets like this are for the serious consumer and on that front, it will not disappoint. Mad waters indeed, but unless you dive in, you'll never know if you'll grow fins or drown. Although they could have fit discs one and two onto one disc, I don't care. Although they could have added more video cuts or even some "clean" copies of Beefheart gems for which we have been waiting years e.
Although the Trout Mask Sessions disc is filled with endless meaningless studio chatter, I don't care. Music CDs Captain Beefheart Rock CDs Captain Beefheart. Compilation CDs Captain Beefheart.
When Big Joan Sets Up Candy Man Blimp playback 2. Herb Alpert 3. Septic Tank 4. Cannes Beach live '68 "Electricity" and "Sure Nuff" 2. Paris Bataclan live '73 "Click Clack" 3. Bellerin Plain live 'Detroit Tubeworks' 5. Grow Fins live Bickershaw '72 7. Spitball Scalped Uh Baby live, Bickershaw '72 9. Harp Boogie III radio phone in approx Click Clack Paris, '73 Orange Claw Hammer '75 from radio with Zappa on accoustic guitar Odd Jobs Don piano demo, '76 If you want to hear them in the order they appeared on the album, program as follows: 17, 9, 19, 3, 12, 15, 30, 25, 4, 27, 13, 21, 6, 23, For the track listing and other information about the vinyl sets, please head towards the Grow Fins on vinyl information page.
Because he was walking on a college campus during the moment to which I was referring, I somehow mistakenly twisted the words, making it appear that Gary was a few years older and also that he was going to Syracuse University. Lucas actually should be credited with Bass on that live performance and somehow it was overlooked.
Thanks to Gary Lucas for all your help! Interested in how this box-set came together? If anyone is able to complete or update any of the information above, then please do get in touch.