Captain Beefheart’s Musical Genius Back In Spotlight

It takes an outsize ego to make great art. By all accounts that was the case with Don Van Vliet, a.k.a. Captain Beefheart, leader of theRead More

Detroit Tube Works 1971

Detroit Tube Works 1971

Hmmm… is this the very best surviving clip of Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band? I think it could be: Recorded on 15 January 1971 atRead More

Orange Claw Hammer with Frank Zappa

This version of Orange Claw Hammer is one of my very favourite things that either Captain Beefheart or Frank Zappa ever recorded. It’s an acoustic performanceRead More

Revenant Beefheart box set update archive

4/9/98 Update From Dean Blackwood at Revenant: Hey guys. Things are still coming together nicely. John French is busy on the bulk of the notes andRead More

Grow Fins review by Monica Kendrick

My primal memories involve Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band, whose difficult masterpiece Trout Mask Replica came out the same year I did. My father wasRead More

Hungry and Weird: Grow Fins review by Richard Gehr

Since the 1969 release of Trout Mask Replica, the artist dubbed Captain Beefheart has incarnated the gold standard by which “weirdness” in rock has been calibrated.Read More

Bully for Beef: Grow Fins review by Sean O’Hagan

Legend has it that before he reinvented rock music, Don Van Vliet, aka Captain Beefheart, sold vacuum cleaners for a living, wandering the scattered trailer communitiesRead More

Review for Grow Fins by Ramsay Pennypacker

More than any other artist, Don Van Vliet – aka Captain Beefheart – defined Surrealism in rock ‘n’ roll. Like Salvador Dali or Rene Magritte, hisRead More

Review for Grow Fins by Byron Coley

Review for Grow Fins by Byron Coley

Although it was their third released album, Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band arrived with 1969’s sprawling Trout Mask Replica. The ability to appreciate its seeminglyRead More

My Ears Stand Up When I Hear That Sound: Grow Fins review by Graham Johnston

My Ears Stand Up When I Hear That Sound: Grow Fins review by Graham Johnston

After spending over a quarter of a century sitting in cardboard boxes, being furtively traded between dedicated fans; at long last the secret history of CaptainRead More

Revenant: The Weirdest, Coolest Reissue Label In The World by Mark Coleman

“We’re in the luxurious position of putting out eactly what we want,” says Dean Blackwood. The Nashville attorney, along with guitarist John Fahey, is the co-proprietorRead More

Resurrection Shuffle by Byron Coley

Since Smithsonian Folkways’ ballyhooed reissue of Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music, many of our world’s duller knobs seem to have been reborn as expertsRead More

Grow Fins retail Promotional Flyer

Grow Fins retail Promotional Flyer

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Grow Fins promotional sampler CD

Grow Fins promotional sampler CD

The cover for the Grow Fins promo, featuring the magic man himself. If his vacuum cleaner sales routine was as impressive as this then who couldRead More

Grow Fins promo shot

Grow Fins promo shot

Revenant have produced a beautiful monochrome promotional advertisement featuring a Cal Schenkel photograph. Click for a large view:

Grow Fins advertisement

Grow Fins advertisement

Revenant’s colour A4 Grow Fins advertisment, featuring the sleeve and other info. Click for large view:

The Bathroom Tapes by Mike Barnes

Captain Beefheart likened making music to going to the bathroom – it’s not something he wants to look back on. Here, Mike Barnes grills the RevenantRead More

Grow Fins: Rarities 1965-1982 discography

Grow Fins: Rarities 1965-1982 discography

The Grow Fins sleeve. Beautiful, isn’t it? The official Revenant blurb Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band set rock on its ear from 1965 until 1982,Read More

Grow Fins on vinyl

Grow Fins on vinyl

A special vinyl edition of Grow Fins was released on Table Of The Elements containing six LPs, a small poster (pictured above) and a 24 pageRead More

Cosmic soldier back in the fray with new discs by Tom Moon

Oh, the yin and yang of it all. At the exact moment the music industry is overrun with homogenized teen harmonisers, along comes a grizzled, determinedlyRead More

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