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Captain Beefheart - Another Chapter From The Lives And Times Of Captain Beefheart

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Scan submitted/created by [Aidanymous]
HQ Scans:
Publisher: Archive Productions
Reference :ARK 002
Date :1989
Made In :
Quality :Average
Booklet & packaging :Colour pictures and a magazine article
Total duration: 79:40

Comments
Compilation of rare tracks from 1966-1971, originally on a double LP, which has largely been superseded by the official "Grow Fins" set. Track 1 is from the Avalon Ballroom 1966 Bootleg; Tracks 2-6 are early acetates from the "Safe as Milk" sessions; Tracks 7-12 are John Peel BBC radio sessions; Tracks 13-23 are Reprise Outtakes from 1971. The quality is mediocre for the first half, but improves, and is excellent for the 1971 tracks. Langdon Winner's piece "I'm not even here, I just stick around for my friends" from the Rolling Stone magazine is printed on the inner/back sleeve.

Core collection    Track identified    Version validated    Lyrics available    Version details available    Audio excerpt available    Participants list available   
1.
Somebody In My Home(Burnett)
2:40
Song
Version validated
Demo
Acetate
Mar 1967
Captain Beefheart
2.
Almost Grown(Berry)
2:15
Song
Version validated
Version details available
Demo
Acetate
Mar 1967
Captain Beefheart
aka "Somebody's Leaving"; aka "Don't bother me"; aka "Leave me alone"
3.
Call On Me(Van Vliet)
3:02
Song
Version details available
Acetate
Safe As Milk Sessions
1967
Captain Beefheart
April-May 1967
4.
Sure 'nuff 'n Yes I Do(Van Vliet/Bermann)
2:05
Song
Version validated
Version details available
Acetate
Version 2
1967
Captain Beefheart
April-May 1967
5.
Yellow Brick Road(Van Vliet)
1:50
Song
Version validated
Version details available
Acetate
Version 2
1967
Captain Beefheart
April-May 1967
6.
Plastic Factory(Van Vliet/Bermann/Handley)
2:55
Song
Version validated
Version details available
Acetate
Version 2
1967
Captain Beefheart
April-May 1967
7.
Yellow Brick Road(Van Vliet)
2:52
Song
Version validated
Radio
BBC, Top Gear
24 Jan 1968
C1968.01.24.01
Captain Beefheart
8.
Abba Zaba(Van Vliet)
3:36
Song
Version validated
Radio
BBC, Top Gear
24 Jan 1968
C1968.01.24.02
Captain Beefheart
9.
Sure 'nuff 'n Yes I Do(Van Vliet/Bermann)
2:50
Song
Version validated
Radio
BBC, Top Gear
24 Jan 1968
C1968.01.24.03
Captain Beefheart
10.
Safe As Milk(Van Vliet)
3:30
Song
Version validated
Radio
BBC, Top Gear
6 May 1968
C1968.05.06.02
Captain Beefheart
11.
Kandy Korn(Van Vliet)
2:00
Song
Version validated
Radio
BBC, Top Gear
6 May 1968
C1968.05.06.03
Captain Beefheart
12.
Trust Us(Van Vliet)
8:07
Song
Version validated
Radio
BBC, Top Gear
6 May 1968
C1968.05.06.04
Captain Beefheart
13.
Funeral Hill(Van Vliet)
4:00
Song
Version validated
Version details available
Spotlight Kid Outtake
Version 1
1971
Captain Beefheart
aka "Don’t get Chicken Blues" wild version
Don Van Vliet - vocals, harmonica
Elliot Ingber - guitar
Bill Harkleroad - guitar
Mark Boston - bass guitar
John French - drums

Comments: David Lynch: absolutely killer version of Funeral Hill. Steve Froy: As if these ‘blues’ are not enough Don rubs our noses in it with There Ain’t No Santa Claus On The Evenin Stage. I have already discussed this track. I don’t see how this fits in with the “warm and nice” feel Don described he had for this album. It is interesting to note that there is one outtake from this time which is very similar in feel to There Ain’t No Santa Claus On The Evenin Stage but is even more depressing. It is called Funeral Hill and it is just as well this didn’t make it onto the released version or it would have been a real downer of an album. [Captain Beefheart. At the Crossroads with The Spotlight Kid. Perfect Sound Forever, 1999]

Mike Barnes: The only tracks that were mixed down to two-track for possible inclusion on The Spotlight Kid but were discarded were Harry Irene ... and Funeral Hill. This uncromisingly grim tune is as slow as the slowest tracks on the album. The railing against mortality, the fist in the face of death that hallmarked Fallin’ Ditch, is itself ditched as the protagonist of the song is actually deceased. The only advantage of this state is that it avoids life. The boss man of Plastic Factory is again recast as the “fat man”, the oppressor, but he can no longer “spat [sic] in your eye”, as you’ve finally “paid your bill”. There are two versions of the track: a shorter, tighter one and an elongated version where Ingber sets off a berserker-style fretboard foray. (Mike Barnes: Captain Beefheart. 2000)
14.
Drink Paint Run Run(Van Vliet)
7:35
Song
Version validated
Version details available
Spotlight Kid Outtake
1971
Captain Beefheart
Don Van Vliet - vocals, harmonica
Bill Harkleroad - guitar
Mark Boston - bass guitar
John French - drums

Comments: Colin David Webb: He also experimented with early versions of Drink Paint Run Run (totally different lyrics, the tune was to be used later as the basis for Ice Cream For Crow). (Colin David Webb: Captain Beefheart. The Man And His Music, 1989)

Mike Barnes: Run Paint Run Run [from Doc At The Radar Station] propagates a germ of an idea from Drink Paint Run Run from the 1971 Spotlight Kid sessions, although the semantic overlap is about the only thing they have in common. (Mike Barnes: Captain Beefheart, 2000)
15.
Seam Crooked Sam(Van Vliet)
2:04
Song
Version validated
Version details available
Spotlight Kid Outtake
Version 2
1971
Captain Beefheart
aka "Can’t do this unless I do that"
Don Van Vliet - vocals, harmonica
Art Tripp? - maracas
John French - tap-dance

Comments: has more vocals than Version 1.

Listed as "I Can't Do This Unless I Can Do This"
16.
Dirty Blue Gene(Van Vliet)
2:55
Song
Version validated
Version details available
Spotlight Kid Outtake
Version 1 - Mono
1971
Captain Beefheart
still just mono
Don Van Vliet - vocals, harmonica
Bill Harkleroad - guitar

Comments: Scott Hand: This thing about the later albums being drawn from old material comes up a lot, so I thought I would give my take on it. While there were songs with the same titles and some of the same lyrics laying around for years, they really aren’t the same songs. Right off the top of my head, I can remember first hearing the old blues version of Dirty Blue Gene, no way I would have if not for looking at the title. (alt.fan.capt-beefheart)
Mike Barnes: Dirty Blue Gene is another example of material released at last after a lengthy metamorphosis. Its thirteen-year transmutation saw it progress from a good title (which Van Vliet obviously loved) for an instrumental piece recorded in 1967, to completely different music complete with lyrics in 1971 and then a version close to this one (released on Doc At The Rardar Station) from the 1972 Clear Spot sessions. With a few minor changes it became the thunderous song on Doc At The Radar Station. (Mike Barnes: Captain Beefheart, 2000)
17.
Sun Zoom Spark(Van Vliet)
4:15
Song
Version validated
Version details available
Spotlight Kid Outtake
Version 3 (Electric) - Mono
1971
Captain Beefheart
Don Van Vliet - vocals
Bill Harkleroad - guitar
Mark Boston - guitar
Roy Estrada - bass
Art Tripp - drums, percussion
18.
Kiss Me My Love(Van Vliet)
2:40
Song
Version validated
Version details available
Spotlight Kid Outtake
1971
Captain Beefheart
aka "Two Rips in a Haystack (Like the Painting)" or "Two Lips in a Haystack"
Don Van Vliet - vocals, harmonica Bill Harkleroad: guitar
Mark Boston - bass guitar John
French - drums
Art Tripp - marimba

Comments: Don Van Vliet: I’ve gotta hear that thing, man. Mike Barnes: The guitar line of (Ice Cream For Crow) originates from Drink Paint Run Run from the Spotlight Kid sessions from 1971, and a few ideas for the lyrics from its contemporary, Two Rips In A Haystack. (Mike Barnes: Captain Beefheart, 2000)
19.
Little Scratch(Van Vliet)
3:10
Song
Version validated
Version details available
Spotlight Kid Outtake
Version 2
1971
Captain Beefheart
aka "Natural Charm"
Don Van Vliet: vocals, harmonica
Bill Harkleroad - guitar
Mark Boston - bass
John French - drums
Art Tripp - marimba

The Rollin’ Web: Little Scratch follows, always known as Little Scratch and the instrumental version of the out-take Natural Charm. The guitar has a slight 'echo'y effect with a marimba helping out in the background. (Steal Softly Thru Snow #7)
Mike Barnes: Little Scratch, discarded from both The Spotlight Kid and Clear Spot sessions, resurfaces as The Past Sure Is Tense, a much tougher version than its predecessors.
(Mike Barnes: Captain Beefheart, 2000)
20.
Sun Zoom Spark(Van Vliet)
5:08
Song
Spotlight Kid Outtake
Jam Version
1971
Captain Beefheart
21.
Little Scratch(Van Vliet)
3:15
Song
Version validated
Version details available
Spotlight Kid Outtake
Version 1 - Instrumental
1971
Captain Beefheart
aka 'Natural Charm', early version of 'The Past sure is tense'
Bill Harkleroad - guitar
Mark Boston - bass
John French - drums
Art Tripp - marimba
The Rollin’ Web: Little Scratch follows, always known as Little Scratch and the instrumental version of the out-take Natural Charm. The guitar has a slight 'echo'y effect with a marimba helping out in the background. (Steal Softly Thru Snow #7)
Mike Barnes: Little Scratch, discarded from both The Spotlight Kid and Clear Spot sessions, resurfaces as The Past Sure Is Tense, a much tougher version than its predecessors.
(Mike Barnes: Captain Beefheart, 2000)
22.
Flaming Autograph(Van Vliet)
4:12
Song
Version validated
Version details available
Spotlight Kid Outtake
Instrumental
1971
Captain Beefheart
Bill Harkleroad - guitar
Mark Boston - bass
John French - drums
Art Tripp - marimba

The Rollin’ Web: Flaming Autograph is next up, and is the shorter version without the fault on 'one of the channels.' (Fairly familiar stuff, but nice to have the name confirmed!) It's another 'marimba and guitar' piece, fairly languid in performance and also fairly repetitive. It was as yet still at a development stage. The end section of the repeated guitar riff has some 'nifty' marimba work. (Steal Softly Thru Snow #7)
Mike Barnes: ... the serene Flaming Autograph. (Mike Barnes: Captain Beefheart, 2000)
23.
(Medley)(unknown)
2:53
Medley title
(unidentified)
(date unknown)
 
Best Batch Yet(Van Vliet)
Song
Version validated
Version details available
Spotlight Kid Outtake
Instrumental - Version 1, Take 1
1971
Captain Beefheart
Bill Harkleroad - guitar
Mark Boston - bass
John French - drums
The Rollin’ Web: "Best Batch yet" is the well-known 'early 1970s-version', with two 'alternate guitar breaks' recorded, (just in case!?). But it was to be some years before the song actually made it to vinyl. This sounds as if it could be the backing track plus two 'possible' solos! ('ready for Captain Beefheart to sing over?')
(Steal Softly Thru Snow #7)
Mike Barnes: Another song originating from the 1971 sessions is Best Batch Yet. Again, the rearranged version blows holes in the original rough sketch. (Mike Barnes: Captain Beefheart, 2000)
 
Best Batch Yet(Van Vliet)
Song
Version validated
Version details available
Spotlight Kid Outtake
Instrumental - Version 1, Take 2
1971
Captain Beefheart
Bill Harkleroad - guitar
Mark Boston - bass
John French - drums
Core collection    Track identified    Version validated    Lyrics available    Version details available    Audio excerpt available    Participants list available   


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Filename: cbacftlatocb
Originally filled by: Aidanymous
Date of creation: 01 Jul 2009 22:29:17
Last filled by: Aidanymous
Last Revision Date : 09 Apr 2012 04:23:04
Online on : 01 Jul 2009
Type of media: Bootleg CD


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