Available now. NON-RETURNABLE. The Captain's 1980 classic, available once again. Featuring classics like "Hot Head" and "Ashtray Heart", 'Doc At The Radar Station' is generally acclaimed as the strongest album of CAPTAIN BEEFHEART's late 70s/early 80s comeback.
Available now. NON-RETURNABLE. With yet one final Magic Band lineup in place, featuring Richard Snyder on bass and Cliff Martinez on drums alongside returning vets Jeff Moris Tepper and Gary Lucas, CAPTAIN BEEFHEART put the final touch on his recording career to date with 1982's 'Ice Cream For Crow'. It's a last entertaining blast of wigginess from one of the few truly independent artists in late 20th century pop music, with humor, skill, and style all still intact!
Available now at a lower price. This CD includes the 12 tracks from The Captain's own tape of the original 'Bat Chain Puller' album, featured in Mojo's classic lost albums feature. There are a further 7 extra tracks including 5 live recordings of tracks from 'Bat Chain Puller' plus a version of "Well Well Well" featuring Rockette Morton and a live festival performance of "My Human Gets Me Blues".
Excl. - This 2LP set includes the 12 tracks from the Captain's own tape of the original "Bat Chain Puller" album (you will never have heard these tracks in this quality). When Mojo did a feature recently on classic lost albums this was one of the main albums featured. "Dustsucker" features 7 extra tracks including 5 live recordings of tracks from "Bat Chain Puller" plus a version of "Well Well Well" featuring Rockette Morton and a live festival performance of "My Human Gets Me Blues".The new Ozit 180 gm vinyl sets are presented in deluxe packaging with gatefold sleeves and pvc protective covers. These sets are limited to 1000 copies only worldwide and will not be around for too long.
Jan. 27 street date. Remastered reissue of one of the greatest albums of all time (according to many people), CAPTAIN BEEFHEART's "Safe As Milk". With A&M junior popmeister Richard Perry, jack of all trades Ry Cooder, songwriting genius Russ Titelman, The Captain makes his first real shot at being legendary - and succeeds! Originally released in 1967, this issue is INTENSIFIED in true RevOla style for your pleasure - who can say no? With detailed liner notes and 7 bonus tracks.
May 10 stree date. 180 gram vinyl, packaged in a gatefold sleeve. From the late 1960s through to 1980, John Peel collected tapes of recordings of CAPTAIN BEEFHEART's live shows, particularly ones in the UK. During a tidy up at Nan True's Hole in 2003, he discovered around six large reels of tape containing many of Beefheart's live UK performances and he sent these on to Ozit Morpheus Records. Here is Volume 1 of material from the tapes. Like all Beefheart live tracks they are chaotic, erratic and yet charming. Because of the age of the material and sometimes crude recording techniques there is the odd glitch in the recordings but rather than try and digitally repair the sound you get it exactly as it came off the tapes, warts and all, but full of Beefheartian energy. Volume 1 is songs mainly from the 'Clear Spot' era tour of the UK.
October 18 street date. Captain Beefheart's 1982 release Ice Cream For Crow was his final recording before retiring from the music business forever to devote himself to painting full time. A more somber affair than the previous record Doc At The Radar Station it is still a strong final musical statement from him. A more streamlined new Magic Band is back for this recording and masterfully help send the Captain off in style. Featuring hit songs (in an alternate universe!) such as "The Host The Ghost The Most Holy-O", "Hey Garland I Dig Your Tweed Coat" and "81 Poop Hatch".
October 18 street date. Captain Beefheart's 1980 release Doc At The Radar Station is considered by many fans to be one of his best albums and a strong comeback after Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller). Featuring the sizzling hot new Magic Band providing superb backing for the Captain's songs and poetic flights of the imagination this goes way beyond the "new wave" so dominant at the time it was made. Who else could make a record that is influenced as much by the blues, rock, free jazz and poetry with a singular, it could only be one person in the world vision? With songs such as "Ashtray Heart", "A Carrot Is As Close As A Rabbit Gets To A Diamond" and "Making Love To A Vampire With A Monkey On My Knee" there is little doubt as to who made this record.
Nov. 15 street date. A limited edition vinyl 2LP of this CAPTAIN BEEFHEART live album which until now has only been available on CD. Recorded live at Rotters Club, Liverpool October 1980. This was Captain Beefheart's fifth gig of the tour after an absence from touring of almost two years.
NON-RETURNABLE. Before retiring, Captain Beefheart toured North America one last time in late 1980 and early 1981, and it was during this final tour that the radio broadcast presented here was made. Included on the final week of the tour, Beefheart and band played two dates in Canada, on 16th and 17th January 1981, at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver. The second of these dates was the subject of an FM Radio broadcast and forms the first section of this CD. The setlist that cold January night almost 30 years ago included six cuts from his then most recent record, 'Doc At The Radar Station', mixed with tracks from many other of his most acclaimed records. Bonus tracks are from a 1971 Detroit TV broadcast and a 1980 Saturday Night Live performance.
September 22 street date. 180 GRAMS AUDIOPHILE VINYL / LIMITED EDITION OF 1.500 COPIES ON MILKY WHITE VINYL / INCLUDES INSERT / 50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF THE LEGENDARY DEBUT ALBUM / INCLUDING 7 BONUS TRACKS / FEATURING RY COODER AND TAJ MAHAL. Captain Beefheart’s debut album, originally released in 1967, is the most accessible and pop-inflected from his entire catalogue. Still, Safe As Milk is a very strong and heavily blues-influenced work but it also hints on many of the features that would later become the trademarks of Captain Beefheart.
July 3 street date. New Updated version of the 'Dustsucker' album which will be deleted after the current pressing has sold through. Captain Beefheart’s original tapes of the Bat Chain Puller album sent to his friend Roger Eagle in the UK to make sure they got released in the UK as in the USA the tapes were tied up in a dispute between Frank Zappa and his manager Herb Cohen. Son of Dust Sucker combines Captain Beefheart’s original tapes sent to Roger Eagle with nine extra surprise live bonus tracks from the Captain’s illustrious career.
Available now! "In the Heart of the Moon" is a duet recording by Malian guitar slinger Ali Farka Toure and Mandé lineage griot Toumani Diabate on kora. There are a few other players who contribute percussion here and there, and Ry Cooder plays a Kawai piano on a couple of tracks and a Ripley guitar on one, but other than these cats, this is a live duo set without edits or enhancements of any kind. There were three sessions in the conference room of the Mande Hotel in Mali, the first of which was on the eve of Farka Toure being elected mayor of his town, Niafunké. Most of the music here dates back to the Jurana Kura (translated as new era) cultural movement, which was part of the independence struggle in the 1950s and early '60s. The music created by the Jurana Kura for the guitar created a entirely new style of rhythmic fingerpicking. For those familiar with Farka Toure's blazing lead style, this disc may come as a shock. While he does solo many times here, he is also playing in balance with Diabate, whose kora has the larger lyric and harmonic palette, so he is in a supporting role. It doesn't matter. Everything echoes this earlier era because it has informed all Malian and Guinean music since. The purpose was to make people aware not only of its existence but to inspire and exhort. The music is insistent but not strident. It contains a gentleness and tenderness that seem to drip from the region, one of the poorest in the world. The players' focus and intensity are captured, but they make it all come off so easily that the listener gets lost in the pleasure of these gorgeous melodies and the call-and-response style of interaction between the players. Simply put, In the Heart of the Moon is nothing short of remarkable, and one of the best offerings World Circuit/Nonesuch have ever released." - AllMusic.
November 20 street date. Now on CD for the first time! (the 2LP came out last year.) Like all Beefheart live tracks they are chaotic, erratic and yet charming. Because of the age of the material and sometimes crude recording techniques there is the odd glitch in the recordings but rather than try and digitally repair the sound you get it exactly as it came off the tapes warts and all but full of Beefheartian energy. Band line up for most of these tracks : Captain Beefheart -Don Van Vliet -vocals and harmonica / Zoot Horn Rollo- Bill Harkleroad - guitar slide guitar / Rockette Morton- Mark Boston- bass guitar,guitar / Alex St Clair- Alex Snouffer- slide guitar / Ed Marimba- Art Tripp- drums, percussion / Orejon -Roy Estrada- bass guitar.
November 20 street date. NTSC/Region 0. The Lost Broadcasts are a series of DVDs featuring performances that have rarely been seen since the original transmission on German television, in some cases more than forty years ago. Some of the artists featured within the series are legendary and these "Lost" performances will be a fine addition to any music fans collection. The series covers a number of styles and genres however all of the performances are of a high calibre. NON-RETURNABLE.
February 5 street date. NON-RETURNABLE. Recorded by Dutch radio at Paradiso in Amsterdam on November 1st 1980 on a European Tour. Superb quality and s mastered from the original record tapes. 18 tracks, over 75 minutes of music + 12-page booklet with unseen photos.
April 20 street date. 2013 RSD release. Deluxe 180 Gram vinyl LP on purple wax with gatefold sleeve. One of the highlights of Captain Beefheart’s 1968 tour of the UKwas the concert at Frank Freeman’s Dance Club in Kidderminster. Fortunately legendary DJ John Peel brought his tape recorder and recorded four brilliant numbers from the show which appear on this album along with four other tracks from that era. Pride of place on the front cover of the LP goes to one of the recently discovered 1968 screen printed posters for the Frank Freeman’s Beefheart show. With Beefheart coming from a country where band names like Quicksilver Messenger Service and Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen were de rigeur, when Peel told Captain Beefheart he was driving him to a concert venue in Kidderminster called Frank Freeman’s Dance Club , Beefheart said "What a groovy name" thinking it was in the same hippy west coast vibe as the aforementioned bands. Peel explained it wasn’t a groovy name but simply a Dance Club run by Frank Freeman. Track list : Side 1 : Rollin and Tumblin, Well well well, Electricity, Neon meat dreams of a octafish. Side 2 : Kandy Korn, Sure enuff yes I do, Moody Liz, Yer gonna need somebody on your bond.
August 13 street date. Dandelion Records 180 gram blue vinyl gatefold LP release from Ozit- numbered limited edition. Probably the most exciting Beefheart vinyl release for years. Previously unreleased live and studio recordings mainly from the Spotlight Kid and Clearspot album and tour eras together with a spread of many previously unpublished rare photographs of Don and the Magic Band.
October 7 street date. Friday Music is very proud to announce the authorized 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl release of Captain Beefheart’s classic Mirror Man. Mastered from the authorized Buddah Records tapes by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios and Capitol Mastering in Hollywood, these classic tracks truly reach sonic heights in the audiophile vinyl domain. For a very short time, we are also including the super rare psychedelic die-cut gatefold LP cover artwork not seen in decades, to further enhance your listening pleasure, plus three poems on the back cover from the pen of Don Van Vilet. Captain Beefheart will be forever known as one of the first originators of art rock, prog-rock and punk rock all rolled into one. With his Howlin’ Wolfesque growl and blazing harmonica blues wailing, Don Van Vilet a/k/a/ Captain Beefheart truly delivered the goods with his legendary Mirror Man album. Originally recorded between 1965 and 1967, The Captain and his Magic Band created some of the most masterful funk and progressive rock ever waxed with this stellar session. Consisting of lengthy jam packed champions like his classic Tarotplane and 25th Century Quaker, Beefheart continues to rock further with the international title track hit Mirror Man and the funkified rocker Kandy Korn.
November 11 street date. Limited Edition Four-Disc Boxed Set Includes Newly Remastered Versions Of Lick My Decals Off, Baby, The Spotlight Kid And Clear Spot, Plus An Entire Disc Of Unreleased Outtakes. Recorded over a couple of weeks in the summer of 1970 at United Recording Group in Hollywood, Lick My Decals Off, Baby was released the following October. One of Van Vliet's favorites, the album represents the apex of his dissonant style and includes such standout tracks as the quirky-funny "I Love You, You Big Dummy" and the exquisite solo guitar piece "One Red Rose That I Mean."
August 14 street date. Compilation of great live material recorded in the UK and in Europe. The tracks are taken from John Peels personal collection of live reel to reel tapes and this album was put together by John Peel in 2002 and passed across for release on the Dandelion label. The gatefold sleeve contains many previously unseen Captain Beefheart images. The initial pressing will be 1000 units in 180 gram yellow vinyl.
March 4 street date. Non-returnable CD. Italian author Luca Ferrari has curated a fascinating collection of words and sounds dedicated to the man who is possibly the most enigmatic rock and roll artists of all time. Those who, over the last twenty years, have loved the music of Captain Beefheart cannot forget that he decided to abandon the music scene (it would seem definitively) to devote himself full-time to painting. Specialist rock critics, who were left the sad task of a retrospective tribute to his career, each time have boldly tried to establish correlations between yesterday’s music and today’s painting. Contains a 24page deluxe booklet.