Song list: Side 1 Nowadays a Woman’s Gotta Hit a Man I Wanna Find a Woman That’ll Hold My Big Toe Till I Have To Go Hot Head Ashtray Heart Dirty Blue Gene The Smithsonian Institute Blues Sue Egypt Side 2 Best Batch Yet Safe As Milk One Red Rose That I Mean China Pig Spitball Scalped the Baby / Hair Pie (Bake 2) Side 3 Doctor Dark Bat Chain Puller My Human Gets Me Blues Sugar ‘N Spikes Sheriff of Hong Kong Side 4 Kandy Korn Veteran’s Day Poppy Big Eyed Beans from Venus Hard Workin’ Man Light Reflected Off the Oceands of theRead More →

Song list: Tupelo Somebody In My Home Old Folks Boogie Evil Radar Station Overview A 4 track EP of songs recorded at the Avalon Ballroom in 1966 (the exact date is unknown) for the radio station KSAN pressed on blue vinyl with luxury wrap round sleeve. Recording is very good stereo with Beefheart introducing “Evil” cut saying “We got a request for a Howlin’ Wolf number”. A great cartoon label too although the group named is ‘The Soots’ – a pre-Magic Band collaboration between the young Zappa and Vliet. All these tunes are now legitimately available on Grow Fins (Rarities 1965-1982) A fifth ‘lost’ Avalon track known as ‘BluesRead More →

Song List: Side One DAF – Kleblabtraume (1980) Bow Wow Wow – Radio G String (10/80) Bow Wow Wow – Homo Sexay Apache (10/80) Bow Wow Wow – Fools Rush In (10/80) Bow Wow Wow – I Want My Baby On Mars (10/80) Pere Ubu – Lonesome Cowboy Dave (1981) Side Two John Cale – Waiting For The Man (1975) Captain Beefheart & Frank Zappa – Sam with the showing scalp flat top (5/75) Captain Beefheart & Frank Zappa – Camarillo Brillo Bomp (5/75) T. Rex – Write Me A Song (1977) Radar Station Overview A Various Artists compilation bootleg of mainly post punk acts, possibly Spanish in originRead More →

Song list: Mirror Man Upon The My-O-My Crazy Little Things Full Moon Hot Sun Sugar Bowl This Is The Day Keep On Rubbing Be Your Dog Sweet Georgia Brown Abba Zaba Peaches Peaches Radar Station Overview Recorded live at Cowtown, Kansas City on 22nd April,1974 (a rare early FM broadcast). This European bootleg looks to be one of those ‘grey’ releases – is it legit or not? It was widely available for a time. There is an official looking stamp on the back cover which is Italian in origin and could explain the confusion over legitimacy. As it says on the cover this is taken from a radio broadcastRead More →

Song list Mirror Man Upon The My-Oh-My Crazy Little Things Full Moon Hot Sun Sugar Bowl This Is The Day Keep On Rubbing Be Your Dog Sweet Georgia Brown Abba Zaba Peaches Sam with the scalp showing flat top Grow Fins Tracks 1-11: recorded at Cowtown, Kansas City 22nd April 1974 Track 12: recorded May 1975 Track 13: recorded 1977 Radar Station Overview A single CD in a nicely designed digipak with various well known photographs recoloured. This is the excellent quality FM broadcast of the Cowtown show that was also booted as Crazy Little Things. However it does also include a version of ‘Sam with theRead More →

Song List Metal man has won his wings Instrumental/Electricity Tupelo Mississippi Somebody walking in my home Avalon (Old Folks) Boogie Evil Somebody’s leaving Somebody walking in my home Sure nuff ‘n yes I do (1) Call on me Yellow brick road (1) Plastic Factory Sure nuff ‘n yes I do (2) Yellow brick road (2) Abba Zabba Kandy Korn Safe as milk Trust us Can’t do this Flaming Autograph Kiss me my love Sun zoom spark blues Drink paint run run Information given on CD is as follows: Tracks 1 – 2: 1963 LA Tracks 3 – 6: 1966 Ca, USA Tracks 7 – 16:Read More →

Song list: Suction Prints (intro version) My Human Gets Me Blues Nowadays A Woman’s Got To Hit A Man Hot Head Ashtray Heart Dirty Blue Gene Best Batch Yet Safe As Milk A Carrot Is As Close As A Rabbit Gets to A Diamond One Red Rose That I Mean Dr. Dark Bat Chain Puller Sugar ‘N Spikes Veteran’s Day Poppy Sheriff Of Hong Kong Suction Prints (full band version) Big Eyed Beans From Venus ‘Suction Prints (intro version)’ is in fact a bass solo with sax accompaniment On the Musically Tuned version track one is listed as ‘Flavor Bud Living’ and ‘Dirty Blue Gene’ isRead More →

Song List Hard Working Man (blue collar 7″ version) Moody Liz (strictly personal outtake) Odd Jobs (bat chain outtake) Mirror Man (drury lane 1974) Torture (bongo fury outtake) Little Scratch (outtake) Funeral Hill (outtake) Dirty Blue Gene (early version) Picture of Mahavishnu (live) Light Reflected (rare 12″) Evil (avalon ballroom 1966) Flash Gordon’s Ape (alternate vocal No. 1) Lick My Decals Off (instrumental version) Hard Working Man (obscene version) Radar Station Overview A great selection of Beefheart rarities, many of which are still pretty difficult to get hold of. The sound quality throughout is very good. Unfortunately the packaging is basic. Sleeve notes: “It’s over a decade since the CaptainRead More →

Song List Soundcheck Moonlight on Vermont One Nest Rolls After Another Best Batch Yet Doctor Dark Ashtray Heart Dirty Blue Gene One Man Sentence The One Red Rose That I Meet My Human Gets Me Blues Abba Zabba Well Bat Chain Puller Old Farts At Play (sic) Veteran’s Day Poppy Suction Prints Desserts of Time (sic) Kandy Korn Big Eyed Beans from Venus Snake Radiating Light Radar Station Overview Recorded live at various venues during the late 1970s and early 1980s. I’ve not been able to identify all the sources but the first show from Atlanta 1978 is well represented. This is a interesting ‘Bloodshot Rollin’ RedRead More →

Song list: Lost In A Whirlpool Teenage Maltshop Metal Man Has Lost His Wings Tupelo Mississippi Somebody’s Walking Old Folks Boogie Evil Blues Jam Out Of The Frying Pan – alt version Almost Grown Call On Me – slow version Sure Nuff and Yes I Do Moody Liz – rare acetate version Korn Ring Finger Frownland Ella Guru Hair Pie – Bake 1 / Hair Pie Bake 2 Pachuco Cadaver Sugar ‘N Spikes Neon Meat Dream Of A Octofish The Blimp – edit / Candy Man / China Pig Well Well Well (sung by Rockette Morton) Tracks 5 – 8: Avalon Ballroom 1966 (incorrectly says 1968Read More →

Song List Tropical Hot Dog Night Nowadays A Woman’s Gotta Hit A Man Owed T’Alex Dropout Boogie Harry Irene Abba Zaba Her Eyes Are A Blue Milion Miles Old Fart At Play Well Ice Rose Floppy Boot Stomp You Know You’re A Man When I See A Mommy, I Feel Like A Mummy Veteran’s Day Poppy Safe As Milk Suction Prints Recorded at My Father’s Place, New York on 18th November 1978. Broadcast on WLIR FM 11th December 1978. Radar Station Overview A nicely packaged single CD set of this excellent show with one of Anton Corbijn’s photo’s on the cover along with the ‘one nest’ quote inRead More →

Song List Yellow Brick Road Abba Zaba Sure Nuff ‘n’ Yes I Do Electricity Beatle Bones ‘n’ Smokin’ Stones Safe As Milk Kandy Korn Trust Us Electricity Sure Nuff ‘n’ Yes I Do Rollin’ ‘n’ Tumblin’ Tarotplane Kandy Korn Sun Zoom Spark Tracks 1 – 4: Top Gear BBC Jan 24 1968 Tracks 5 – 8: Top Gear BBC May 6 1968 Tracks 9 – 10: Cannes Film Festival France Jan 27 1968 Tracks 11 – 13: Kidderminster UK May 12 1968 Tracks 14: Amorgies France October 1969 Radar Station Overview This bootleg gathers together almost all the known live material available from the classic 67/68Read More →

Song List Disc One ‘Toaster’ (bass solo) Nowadays a Woman’s Gotta Hit a Man Abba Zabba Hot Head Dirty Blue Jean Best Batch Yet One Man Sentence (poem) Safe As Milk Flavor Bud Living Her Eyes Are A Blue Million Miles One Red Rose That I Mean Doctor Dark Disc Two Bat Chain Puller My Human Gets Me Blues Sugar ‘N’ Spikes Veteran’s Day Poppy Dropout Boogie Sheriff of Hong Kong Kandy Korn Suction Prints Big Eyed Beans from Venus Radar Station Overview Recorded live at Rotter’s Club, Liverpool on 29th October, 1980 This excellent 2CD set of the complete Liverpool show was the first. Subsequent versionsRead More →

Song List 1) Toaster (bass solo) 2) Nowadays A Woman’s Got To Hit A Man 3) Abba Zaba 4) Hot Head 5) Dirty Blue Gene 6) Best Batch Yet 7) One Man Sentence (poem) 8) Safe As Milk 9) Flavor Bud Living 10) Her Eyes Are A Blue Million Miles 11) One Red Rose That I Mean 12) Doctor Dark 13) Bat Chain Puller 14) My Human Gets Me Blues 15) Sugar ‘N’ Spikes 16) Veteran’s Day Poppy 17) Dropout Boogie 18) Sheriff Of Hong Kong 19) Kandy Korn 20) Suction Prints 21) Big Eyed Beans From Venus Radar Station Overview Recorded at the Rotters Club,Read More →

A bit of a curious phenomenon these discs began appearing in the late 1990s (as far as I know – does anyone have a more precise date?). The Zappa discs were made between 1989 and 1995 but I have no information about the Beefheart ones. They are six inch square single-sided flexi discs. Made of very thin plastic they include one song, which may be edited to fit the disc. The plastic comes in many, often vivid, colours including clear. Each disc may be available in three different colours. The covers are simple black and white designs which may or may not include something Beefheart-related. There doesn’t appear to be a patternRead More →

Song list: Little Scratch Dirty Blue Gene Funeral Hill Flash Gordon’s Ape Sun Zoom Spark Key To The Highway Hot Head Ashtray Heart Safe As Milk China Pig Sheriff of Hong Kong Kandy Korn Veteran’s Day Poppy Big Eyed Beans from Venus Hoboism Tracks 1 – 4: Studio out-takes 1970 Tracks 5 – 6: Studio rehearsal 1972 Tracks 7 – 8: Saturday Night Live Nov 1980 Tracks 9 – 14: The Country Club Reseda, CA Jan 28 1981 Track 15: Studio demo 1975 Radar Station Overview Although track 4 (Flash Gordon’s Ape) is definitely from 1970 and is a Decals out-take, tracks 1 to 3 areRead More →

Song List Disc One (early show) Tropical Hot Dog Night Nowadays A Woman’s Gotta Hit A Man Owed T’Alex Dropout Boogie Harry Irene Abba Zaba Her Eyes Are A Blue Million Miles Old Fart At Play/ Dust Blows Forward Ice Rose Moonlight on Vermont Floppy Boot Stomp Smithsonian Institute Blues Bat Chain Puller When I See A Mommy Veterans Day Poppy Bass Solo Suction Prints Disc Two (late show) Tropical Hot Dog Night Owed T’Alex Dropout Boogie Harry Irene Low Yo Yo Stuff Her Eyes Are A Blue Million Miles Well Ice Rose Floppy Boot Stomp My Human Gets Me Blues Bat Chain Puller WhenRead More →

Song List Nowadays A Woman’s Gotta Hit A Man Abba Zaba Hot Head Ashtray Heart Dirty Blue Gene Best Batch Yet Safe As Milk Flavor Bud Living Her Eyes Are A Blue Million Miles One Red Rose That I Mean One Man Sentence Doctor Dark Bat Chain Puller My Human Gets Me Blues Sugar ‘n’ Spikes Veteran’s Day Poppy Dropout Boogie Sheriff Off Hong Kong Kandy Korn Suction Prints aka Save The Mulez Big Eyed Beans from Venus Recorded live at The Paradiso, Amsterdam on 1st November, 1980. According to the cover: “Take from the original source tape – complete gig in full stereo – TotalRead More →

Song List Nowadays A Woman’s Gotta Hit A Man Abba Zaba Hot Head Ashtray Heart Dirty Blue Gene Best Batch Yet Safe As Milk Flavor Bud Living Her Eyes Are A Blue Million Miles One Red Rose That I Mean One Man Sentence Doctor Dark Bat Chain Puller My Human Gets Me Blues Sugar ‘n’ Spikes Veteran’s Day Poppy Dropout Boogie Sheriff Off Hong Kong Kandy Korn Suction Prints aka Save The Mulez Big Eyed Beans from Venus Recorded live at The Paradiso, Amsterdam on 1st November, 1980. According to the cover: “Taken from the original source tape – complete gig in full stereo. Total time:Read More →

Song list: Abba Zaba Hot Head Ashtray Heart Dirty Blue Gene Best Batch Yet Safe As Milk Flavor Bud Living Her Eyes Are A Blue Million Miles One Red Rose That I Mean One Man Sentence Doctor Dark Bat Chain Puller My Human Gets Me Blues Sugar ‘N Spikes Veteran’s Day Poppy Dropout Boogie Sheriff of Hong Kong Kandy Korn Suction Prints Big Eyed Beans from Venus Radar Station Overview Recorded live at The Paradiso, Amsterdam, Holland on 1st November, 1980. Yet another boot of this particular show. As with most other versions this is missing the first song (‘Nowadays A Woman’s..’), and the between song aggravation DonRead More →