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Boxset/Compilation, released in 1999

Songs / Tracks Listing

CD 1 Just Got Back From the City (1965-67)

1. Obeah Man (1966 demo) (2:46)
2. Just Got Back From the City (1966demo) (1:55)
3. I'm Glad (1966 demo) (3:43)
4. Triple Combination (1966 demo) (2:50)
5. Here I Am I Always Am (early 1966 demo) (3:17)
6. Here I Am I Always Am (later 1966 demo) (2:33)
7. Somebody In My Home (live Avalon '66) (3:03)
8. Tupelo (live Avalon Ballroom '66) (4:15)
9. Evil (live Avalon Ballroom '66) (2:33)
10. Old Folks Boogie (live Avalon Ballroom '67) (3:15)
11. Call On Me (1965 demo) (3:04)
12. Sure 'Nuff 'n Yes I Do (1967 demo) (2:11)
13. Yellow Brick Road (1967 demo) (1:45)
14. Plastic Factory (1967 demo) (2:57)

Total Time 39:39

CD 2 Electricity, 1968

1. Electricity (live at Cannes 1968)
2. Sure Nuff (live at Cannes 1968)
3. Rollin n Tumblin (Kidderminster 1968)
4. Electricity (Kidderminster 1968)
5. You're Gonna Need Somebody On Your Bond (Kidderminster 1968)
6. Kandy Korn (Kidderminster 1968)
7. Korn Ring Finger (1967 demo)

Total Time 40:05

CD 3 Trout Mask House Sessions, 1969

1. Hobo chang ba and dachau blues tuning up (4:59)
2. "bush recording" (8:18)
3. Hair Pie (BAKE 1) (5:04)
4. Hair Pie (BAKE 2) (2:44)
5. noodling (1:04)
6. Hobo Chang Ba (2:02)
7. Hobo Practice (1:57)
8. Hobo Chang Ba take 2 (3:08)
9. Dachau Blues (2:06)
10. Old Fart at Play (1:23)
11. noodling (1:01)
12. Pachuco Cadaver (4:08)
13. Sugar N´Spikes (2:40)
14. noodling (1:00)
15. Sweet Sweet Bulbs (2:30)
16. Frownland take 1 (2:51)
17. Frownland take 2 (1:52)
18. noodling (1:10)
19. Ella Guru (2:33)
20. silence (0:08)
21. She´s too much for my mirror (1:30)
22. noodling (0:35)
23. Steal Softly Trhough Snow (2:22)
24. noodling (1:51)
25. My Human Gets me Blues (2:53)
26. noodling (1:05)
27. When Big Joan Sets Up (4:32)
28. silence (0:04)
29. Candy Man (0:56)
30. China Pig

Total Time 72:57

CD 4 Trout Mask House Sessions Pt. 2, plus Enhanced CD

1. Blimp playback (5:09)
2. Herb Alpert (1:06)
3. Septic Tank (0:51)
4.We'll overdub it 3 times (5:26)

Total Time 12:33
plus the following cd-rom-accessible video/audio footage:

1. Cannes Beach live '68 ("Electricity" and "Sure Nuff")
2. Paris Bataclan live '73 ("Click Clack")
3. Detroit Tubeworks program, winter of late 1970/early 1971. ("Big Joan," "Woe Is Me," "Bellerin Plain")
4. Amougies live '69 ("Too Much For My Mirror," "Human Gets Me Blues")

Total Time approx. 30:00

CD 5: Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band Grow Fins (1969-81)

1. My Human Gets Me Blues (live Amougies '69) (4:02)
2. When Big Joan Sets Up (live 'Detroit Tubeworks' 1971) (6:30)
3. Woe Is Uh Me Bop (live 'Detroit Tubeworks' 1971) (2:26)
4. Bellerin Plain (live 'Detroit Tubeworks' 1971) (3:24)
5. Black Snake Moan I (KHSU '72) (approx 1:00)
6. Grow Fins (live Bickershaw '72) (5:11)
7. Black Snake Moan II (WBCN '72) (approx 1:24)
8. Spitball Scalped Uh Baby (live, Bickershaw '72) (9:30)
9. Harp Boogie I (WBCN '72) (approx 1:20)
10. One Red Rose That I Mean (Town Hall '72) (2:12)
11. Harp Boogie II (WBCN '72) (approx :40)
12. Natchez Burning (WBCN '72 (approx :42)
13. Harp Boogie III (1972 radio phone in) (approx :52)
14. Click Clack (Paris, '73) (2:50)
15. Orange Claw Hammer ('75 from radio with Zappa on accoustic guitar) (4:25)
16. Odd Jobs (Don piano demo, '76) (5:05)
17. Odd Jobs (full band demo '76) (5:10 )
18. Vampire Suite (1980 worktapes / live) (3:48)
19. Mellotron Improv (live '78) (approx 1:25)
20. Evening Bell (Don piano demo '81) (1:00)
21. Evening Bell (Lucas worktape '81) (2:15)
22. Mellotron Improv (live '80) (approx 4:00)
23. Flavor Bud Living (live '81) (1:10)

Total Time 69:51

Line-up / Musicians

- as this release covers the whole career of captain beefheart
too many line-ups are involved to mention them in detail
except for...:

- Don Van Vilet (Captain Beefheart)

Releases information

5 CD set of unreleased gems, including the Trout Mask Sessions recordings, released 1999

Thanks to memowakeman for the addition
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Review by HolyMoly
3 stars This is a very attractive looking 5 disc box set consisting of practically every rare recording that Beefheart fans the world over could dig out of their boxes of bootlegs. The word "bootleg" is used strategically here, because although this is a legitimate release, and a beautiful looking one at that (I just love holding it close to my chest sometimes), the actual recordings included within are mostly bootleg-quality. Still, there are enough treasures in here to entice the fanatic, and perhaps even some curiosities to rouse the merely curious.

The main attraction is disc three - "The Trout Mask Rehearsals". Between this and John French's long essay contained in the booklet, my view of the Trout Mask Replica album was changed forever. The stock line on that album had always been that Don Van Vliet was some musical genius who re-taught all his bandmates how to play their instruments a special way to accommodate his twisted visions. In fact, the band was pretty much left to itself to work out the music, based on some very non-specific (certainly non-musical) direction from Van Vliet, translated to the band in musical notation form by drummer John French. In the rehearsals, you can hear the band play through almost all of the album's songs, without vocals, bringing the instrumental interplay into sharp focus, and showing just how painstakingly intentional all this musical madness was. This is the point at which you realize how incredibly talented they were, and how incredibly hard they worked to play stuff that was this off-the-wall. The sad punch line to this story is that John French did not even receive a performing (let alone composing) credit on the original Trout Mask Replica vinyl release (go ahead and check! he's not there! I think he's credited on the CD release though), thanks to a momentary fight/spat between French and Beefheart just as the album went to print. That's just not cool.

The other discs are only fitfully interesting. Disc One focuses on the very early days, presenting some high and low quality demos for Safe As Milk songs, as well as other songs that didn't make the cut. Disc Two focuses on the live performance side of that band, the intersection between their blues raveups and their psychedelic experimentation. Some cool non-album tracks like Korn Ring Finger (later released on a reissue of Safe as Milk) are of special interest. Disc Four only contains a few minutes of "music", mostly just some dialogue from the TMR rehearsal tapes, but on the CD there are also some video files featuring rare footage of the band. The footage of the Lick My Decals Off band playing "Bellerin' Plain" for a TV is the clear highlight for me. Wow. Disc Five is a random collection of odds and ends across the whole career, without much to recommend it.

Basically a two-star affair, but I'll award it an extra star for the revelations offered by the Trout Mask Sessions portion, as well as the excellent booklet and beautiful beautiful packaging (I'm gonna hold it close to me again... mmmmm)

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