Song List Side A: Pink Floyd – Interstellar Overdrive (with Zappa on guitar) Side B: Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band – introduction by Zappa – My Human Gets Me Blues – When Big Joan Sets Up – Blues Jam ( with Zappa on guitar) Radar Station Overview This is a good recording of the Magic Band’s rare appearance promoting Trout Mask Replica in a cold and wet turnip field on the French/Belgian border at the Amougies Actuel Festival in October 1969. Released as a limited 200 copy pressing this quickly became a much sought after item with Floyd, Zappa and Beefheart collectors all wanting to get their hands onRead More →

Song List A Steal Softly Thru Snow B Click Clack Bit of an oddity this one. A 7″ vinyl with picture sleeve of two songs ‘Steal Softly Thru Snow’ and ‘Click Clack’ taken from the band’s appearance on the German TV show “Beat Club” in 1972. Apparently only 50 copies were cut so it’s definitely a rarity. Not sure why this was issued as the tracks are readily available on the Lost Broadcasts DVD and double vinyl LP. It’s a pity more thought wasn’t taken with the picture on the front which shows the 1975 touring band rather than the 1972 band that was onRead More →

Song List 1. Hair Pie Bake III 2. Smoking Rio 3. Hair Pie Bake III 4. The Mascara Snake 5. The Mascara Fake 6. The Mascara For God’s Sake 7. When It Blows It Stacks 8. Click Clack 9. Grow Fins 10. Band Intro 11. Hobo Chang Ba 12. I’m Gonna Booglarize You Baby 13. Old Black Snake 14. Peon 15. Abba Zabba 16. Woe is Uh Me Bop 17. Alice In Blunderland 18. Spitball Scalped A Baby 19. More 20. Bass Solo 21. My Human Gets Me Blues 22. Steal Softly Through Snow 23. Saxophone Solo 24. Saxophone & Drums Medley 25. Band IntroductionRead More →

Song List 1. Intro [Apes Ma + bass solo with sax] 2. Nowadays a Woman’s … 3. Abba Zaba 4. Hot Head 5. Ashtray Heart 6. Dirty Blue Gene 7. Best Batch Yet 8. Safe As Milk 9. Dr Dark 10. A Carrot Is As Close… 11. One Red Rose That I Mean 12. Bat Chain Puller 13. My Human Gets Me Blues 14. Sugar ‘n’ Spikes 15. Sheriff of Hong Kong 16. The Dust Blows Forward… 17. Kandy Korn 18. Suction Prints 19. Big-Eyed Beans From Venus Notes A recording of the 11 December 1980 show at Harpo’s in Detroit. Publicity blurb from GonzoRead More →

Song List 1. Bat Chain Puller 2. Seam Crooked Sam 3. Harry Irene 4. 81 Poop Hatch 5. Flavor Bud Living 6. Brickbats 7. Floppy Boot Stomp 8. A Carrot Is As Close As A Rabbit Gets To A Diamond 9. Owed T’Alex 10. Odd Jobs 11. 1010th Day Of The Human Totem Pole 12. Apes-Ma 13. Bat Chain Puller 14. Harry Irene 15. Flavor Bud Living 16. Floppy Boot Stomp 17. Owed T’Alex 18. Well Well Well 19. My Human Gets Me Blues Tracks 1 to 12: the original Bat Chain Puller Tracks 13 – 17: taken from the My Fathers Place 1978 showRead More →

Song List 1. Bat Chain Puller 2. Seam Crooked Sam 3. Harry Irene 4. 81 Poop Hatch 5. Flavor Bud Living 6. Brickbats 7. Floppy Boot Stomp 8. A Carrot Is As Close As A Rabbit Gets To A Diamond 9. Owed T’Alex 10. Odd Jobs 11. 1010th Day Of The Human Totem Pole 12. Apes-Ma + nine mystery live tracks From Ozit publicity drivel 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 sureRead More →

Song List When It Blows It Stacks Poofters from Wyoming Alice in Blunderland Big Eyed Beans From Venus Natchez Burning Moonlight On Vermont Dali’s Car Electricity Abba Zabba Deserts of Time Sax and Drum Duet Beatles Bones and Smoking Stones My Human Gets Me Blues Dali’s Claw Sam With The Showing Scalp Flat Top Notes Ozit Publicity:- This is the third in the series of Nan True’s Hole Tapes . All these tracks were recorded live in England in the 1970’s and taken from John Peel’s former archive of Beefheart live tapes. This volume presents more of a mystery than the others as Peel hadRead More →

Song list: 1. Nowadays a Woman’s Gotta Hit a Man 4.03 2. Abba Zaba 3.10 3. Hot Head 4.14 4. Ashtray Heart 3.16 5. Dirty Blue Jean 3.41 6. Best Batch Yet 5.13 7. A Carrot is as Close as a Rabbit Gets to a Diamond 2.14 8. Doctor Dark 2.58 9. Bat Chain Puller 5.45 10. Sheriff of Hong Kong 6.46 11. Kandy Korn 4.51 12. Big Eyed Beans from Venus 5.34 Bonus Tracks: 13. When Big Joan Sets Up 6.18 14. Woe-Is-Uh-Me-Bop 2.23 15. Bellerin’ Plain 3.48 16. Orange Claw Hammer 4.19 17. Hot Head 3.41 18. Ashtray Heart 3.45 Tracks 1-12: (FMRead More →

Song List Abba Zabba Acapella Beefheart Alice in Blunderland Bass Solo – Hair Pie Booglarise Click Clack Grow Fins Hobo Chang Ba Peon When It Blows It Stacks Golden Birdies Spitball Scalped A Baby Steal Softly Through Snow My Human Gets Me Blues Notes Ozit Publicity: Tracks recorded live in England in 1972, taken from John Peel’s former archive of Beefheart live tapes. This is the classic period of The Magic Band, Rockette Morton, Zoot Horn Rollo, Orejon, Ed Marimba, Winged Eel Fingerling. Radar Station’s overview Well it doesn’t come as any great surprise that volume two has appeared. It didn’t take a great leapRead More →

Four disc boxset Rarities through the years – live show recordings, rehearsals, alternate mixes, demos, out-takes. Tracks never before on CD   Song list Disc 1 “Lick My Decals Off, Baby” Instrumental Out-takes 1. Lick My Decals Off, Baby 2. Doctor Dark 3. I Love You Big Dummy 4. Bellerin’ Plain 5. Woe Is Uh Me Bop 6. Japan In A Dishpan (Take 1) 7. Big Toe #25 8. Petrified Forest 9. The Buggy Boogie-Woogie 10. The Big Dig (The Smithsonian Institution Blues) 11. Space Age Couple 12. Clouds Are Full Of Wine 13. Flash Gordon’s Ape 14. Japan In A Dishpan (Take 2) 15.Read More →

Four disc boxset Rarities through the years – live show recordings, rehearsals, alternate mixes, demos, out-takes. Tracks never before on CD Song list Disc 1 1. Lost In A Whirlpool (’59) The Soots ’63 2. Teenage Maltshop 3. Metal Man Has Lost His Wings. Avalon Ballroom 1966 – 4. Tupelo, Mississippi 5. Somebody’s Walking 6. Old Folks Boogie 7. Evil 8. Avalon Blues Jam. pre-Safe As Milk Demos 9. Out Of The Frying Pan (Alternate Version) 10. Almost Grown 11. Call On Me (Acetate Slow ) Strictly Personal OTs 12. Moody Liz (Rare Acetate) 13. Korn Ring Finger Alt Trout Mask Demos 14. Frown LandRead More →

Acetate only release limited to 25 copies Front cover with obi Front cover without obi Disc labels Song list: Side 1: Hair Pie Bake 2 Sugar ‘n Spikes Old Fart At Play My Human Gets Me Blues Dali’s Car Moonlight On Vermont Ella Guru Side 2 When Big Joan Sets Up Hair Pie Bake 2 Steal Softly Thru Snow Hobo Chang Ba Veterans Day Poppy Review by Paul Brown This DELUXE Bootleg LP limited to 25 Copies Only, features live recordings from various venues. the earliest being the “LA Cave” Club in Cleveland Ohio 1971, up to and including two of the album’s stand-out tracksRead More →

180 gram vinyl double album with gatefold sleeve Song List Side One Suction Prints Crazy Little Thing Electricity Golden Birdies Side Two I’m Gonna Booglarise You Baby King Bee /Sugar Mama Side Three Low Yo Yo Stuff Mirrorman Peon 2 Peon Side Four Bass Solo Suction Prints Sugar ‘n’ Spikes Notes Ozit Publicity: The title obviously is a reworking of Clear Spot – Translucent Fresnel (Fresnel is a spotlight). From the late 1960’s 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 aroundRead More →

Catching up on three remastered CDs and a couple of vinyl boots. The Japanese seem to follow their own odd agenda of releasing Beefheart albums. However, when they do it’s usually worth checking out, especially when they remaster anything. And that’s what we have here. Lick My Decals Off, Baby At the back of 2014 (yes, I know, but I’ve only just got hold of a copy) they released a remastered version of ‘Lick My Decals Off, Baby‘. It’s packaged in a jewel case with booklet containing lyrics in English and Japanese. It has been remastered by Ryuichi Tanaka (Mixer’s Lab) at Warner Music Mastering. This isRead More →

Here are two recent interviews with John ‘Drumbo’ French which are worth checking out. The first can be found at the No Apologies Blog, a Christian oriented blog: This is a text interview where John mainly talks about his Christian faith. However there is plenty of other stuff to keep the Beefheart fan interested. (Thanks to Joshua for contacting the Radar Station about his interview with John). The second interview is a 30 minute audio piece at The Trap Set which focuses on talking to drummers. “Joe Wong talks to John “Drumbo” French about blazing a singular path with Captain Beefheart, slipping under theRead More →

Album reviews and Magic Band interviews 90 pages A5 Publication Wisdom Twins Books 2015 Printed to order for each customer Publicity blurb: A 90 page album guide to the music of Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band, with words from Art Tripp, John Drumbo French, Robert Williams, Zoot Horn Rollo, Cliff Martinez and others. Radar Station Overview: As the title so succinctly puts it this is a book of Beefheart album reviews and Magic Band interviews. A fairly slim volume at only 90 pages it keeps to the point and avoids pretentious waffling. As the author says in his introduction “I haven’t gone to writeRead More →

The third in the series of live shows released by Gonzo Multimedia. Song List 1. Suction Prints 2. Low Yo Yo Stuff 3. Nowadays and 4. Woman’s Gotta Hit a Man 5. Abba Zabba 6. Band Intro 7. Sugar ‘n’ Spikes 8. Peon 9. I’m Gonna Booglarize You Baby 10. Old Black Snake 11. Alice in Blunderland 12. I’m a King/Sugar Mama 13. Mirror Man 14. Big Eyed Beans from Venus 15. Golden Birdies The Radar Station Overview This is the third in Gonzo’s releases in their series “Somewhere Over…” or “Live From…”series . They can’t seem to make their mind up which one to go with so have used both – one onRead More →

Sun Zoom Spark has been one of the most anticipated Beefheart releases for a long time. Subsequently it which has a lot of expectations to live up to. It has certainly created some controversy amongst fans which has rebounded unfavourably on Rhino. Here’s what we think of it at the Radar Station: Read the Sun Zoom Spark: 1970 to 1972 reviewRead More →

Song List Disc 1 – Lick My Decals Off, Baby (1970) [as original release] Disc 2 – The Spotlight Kid (1971) [as original release] Disc 3 – Clear Spot (1972) [as original release] Disc 4 – Out-takes 1. Alice in Blunderland – Alternate Version 2. Harry Irene 3. I Can’t Do This Unless I Can Do This/Seam Crooked Sam 4. Pompadour Swamp/Suction Prints 5. The Witch Doctor Life – Instrumental Take 6. Two Rips in a Haystack/Kiss Me My Love 7. Best Batch Yet – (Track) Version 1 8. Your Love Brought Me To Life – Instrumental 9. Dirty Blue Gene – Alternate Version 1Read More →

A 2 CD set of the excellent show at the Le Nouvel Hippodrome, Paris in 1977. Song List Disk 1 1 Hair Pie: Bake III 2 Suction Prints 3 Low Yo Yo Stuff 4 Bat Chain Puller 5 I Wanna Fina A Woman That ‘ll Hold My Big Toe Till I Have To Go 6 Abba Zaba 7 Dali’s Car 8 One Nest Rolls After Another 9 The Dust Blows Forward and the Dust Blows Back 10 Nowadays a Woman’s Got To Hit A Man 11 Click Clack 12 Grow Fins 13 Golden Birdies Disk 2 1 Electricity 2 A Carrot Is As Close AsRead More →