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Live, released in 2005

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Matt Groening spoken introduction (1:04)
2. Moonlight on vermont (3:49) [3]
3. The floppy boot stomp (3:59) [2]
4. Smithsonian institute blues (2:26) [2]
5. Drum solo/abba zaba (5:11) [3]
6. Circumstances (3:40) [4]
7. On tomorrow (4:01) [3]
8. Steal softly thru snow (2:25) [4]
9. My human gets me blues (3:08) [4]
10. Alice in blunderland (2:43) [4]
11. Hair pie (2:23) [4]
12. Grow fins (4:59) [2]
13. Veterans day poppy (4:26) [3]
14. Mirror man (6:58) [3]
15. When it blows it's stacks (5:14) [4]
16. Electricity (4:12) [1]
17. Pig eyed beans from venus (4:35) [1]

Total Time: 65:13

1. My human gets me blues
2. Abba zaba
3. Hair pie bake II
4. Steal softly thru snow
5. On tomorrow
6. Alice in blunderland
7. I wanna find me a woman to hold my big toe

Line-up / Musicians

- Mark 'rockette morton' Boston / bass
- John 'drumbo' French / vocals, harmonica, drums on instrumentals
- Gary 'mantis' Lucas / guitars (left ear guitar)
- Denny 'feelers reebo' Walley / guitars (right ear guitar)
- Michael Traylor / drums on vocal tracks
- Robert Arthur Williams / drums (vocal tracks) on camber sands bonus dvd

Releases information

Proper records, cd + dvd, produced by john french
mixed by john french and jerry hayes

all compositions by don van vliet

Cd contains:
Recorded live on tour 2003/4
[1] recorded at all tomorrow's party festival, long beach, ca, usa - 2003/11/08
[2] recorded at the royal festival hall, london, england - 2004/01/23
[3] recorded at liquid room, edinburgh, scotland - 2004/01/24
[4] recorded at rescue rooms, nottingham, england - 2004/07/06

DVD contains material recorded live at camber sands, england - 2003/04/06

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Review by Sean Trane
3 stars 3.5 stars really!!!

The backing band of Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band reprise their best moments without Don Van Vliet. In the absence of Beefheart, as you'd guess, The Magic Band covers their own material in an instrumental fashion, which is rather very interesting (since the emphasis is on the backing band's music rather than on Don's growling and sometimes overpowering presence. This two disc affair is composed of a live CD recorded in 3 and 04 throughout the US and mostly the UK and a DVD recorded one night on that same tour. While both are relatively equivalent in quality, clearly the DVD resituates the wild and crazy feeling of one of their concert. I always found that Don & His Boys' music was best understood live, and this second disc is yet another proof even without the master's presence. While not quite revolutionary or even wildly adventurous after over three decades of this type of music, the group manages to give the audience a fully applied musical hoof in your butt, something that they've done so well over the years.

While quite enjoyable, I can imagine that only Capt Beefheart unconditional fans would really be all that interested in such an album. Even if it is easy to see that this is also a perfect introduction to Beefheart's universe: although it might just be a bit of a shame to discover this rather special oeuvre with a record that is precisely without the master's presence, it actually is also evident that Don Van Vliet's absence makes the penetration of his works all that much easier, more accessible for the novice to start understanding it.

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