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I'll have to get this. The Magic Band is well trained.

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Release date February 3:

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Spotlight Kid/Decals era rehearsal tape.


Beefheart at Ungano's, 1/26/71. My first Beefheart show; I was 15.

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Release date November 11:

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In the legendary Captain Beefheart discography, attention usually focuses on the carefully wrought, experimental music heard on Trout Mask Replica. As a consequence, the three stellar albums recorded soon after Lick My Decals Off, Baby, The Spotlight Kid and Clear Spot are often overlooked.

Rhino intends to change that with a four-disc collection that revisits the albums Captain Beefheart (aka Don Van Vliet) recorded with the Magic Band in the early Seventies. It includes all three albums, which have been remastered for the first time, as well as an entire disc featuring 14 previously unissued outtakes from that era.

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PopMarket has the box today for $44.99 (CD) or $74.99 (LP).

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Amazon has a pre-sale price on the CD set of $50.98, so not a huge discount from PopMarket on this one.

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I'm still on the fence about buying this. I already have Decals (on vinyl) and that twofer CD of Spotlight Kid and Clear Spot. I'd like to hear it to see if there's a great aural improvement. And what I'd REALLY like is a remixed Spotlight Kid: they need to bring the band up in the mix and Beefheart's vocals better integrated with the band. There is something seriously wrong with the way Beefheart mixed that album.

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  • Big to do on FB about this one.
  • John French unhappy about band members not getting paid anything from box sales.
  • Fans calling for a boycott.

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I'm really only interested in the extra disk. I have the albums on CD.

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Thanks for the heads up. Interesting concept!

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Meanwhile, circa 1968-69, in Atlanta GA, the Col. begins his mad career.  Saw HGB several times in the late 60s-early 70s, and caught them just before the end when they opened for Mahavishnu Orchestra around 1972.  Bruce later formed various various jam bands including ARU and The Codetalkers.

 

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