Tied up in the legal wrangles between Frank Zappa and Herb Cohen before it could be offically released this album has been bootlegged many times over the years. Although production on the album hadn’t been finished advance copies were sent out to music reps and radio stations and it was these that enabled the easy bootlegging of this otherwise  (at the time) unreleased album. The Zappa Family Trust finally got around to releasing it in 2012 – see info on official release Here are the bootleg versions we know about: Original 1976 Shiny Beast Version (Der totem pole sagt) Year released: 198? See full info The Original BatRead More →

  Song List DISC 1 Alternate Takes and Alternate Mixes Suction Prints #1 When I See Mummy #1 Candle Mambo #1 Witch Doctor Life #1 Love Lies #1 Run Paint, Run Run (Basics Only) Owed T’ Alex Suction Prints #2 When I See Mummy #2 Candle Mambo #2 Witch Doctor Life #2 Love Lies #2 DISC 2 Basic Tracks Only Tropical Hot Dog Night #1 Run Paint, Run Run You Know You’re A Man When I See Mummy #1 Candle Mambo Floppy Boot Stomp Brickbats Bat Chain Puller Owed T’ Alex Love Lies When I See Mummy #2 Tropical Hot Dog Night #2 (incomplete) RadarRead More →

Song List Metal Man Has Hornet’s Wings Original Black Napkins Instrumental / the Story of Electricity Unconditionally Guaranteed Gone Behind The Sun Mondo Hollywood Lightning Rod Man I Think My Guitar wants To Kill Your Mama Rock Around The Clock / Sandwich Song How Could I Be Such A Fool Boogie For Berkeley Neon Meate Dream Of An Octafish King Kong Radar Station Overview An incorrectly titled Frank Zappa bootleg with “Story of Electricity” from the 1975 US Radio show , “Unconditionally Guaranteed” from Hyde Park ’74 (?) and “Neon Meat [sic] Dream of an Octafish” as well as “Metal Man Has Won His Wings” with pre-Beefheart DonRead More →

Song List John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band – Yer Blues Jam The Who – Mini Opera Buffalo Springfield – Bluebird (10 minute version) Captain Beefheart – Diddy Wah Diddy Captain Beefheart – Who Do You Think You Are Captain Beefheart – Moon Child Captain Beefheart – Frying Pan Radar Station Overview A classic example of an early bootleg album – white album case with felt tip writing on it. The label is turqoise blue with black printing. No matrix number, Mono recording. The Beefheart material is of good quality (although one song is slightly mistitled), the other bands are live and of average to poor quality. These A&M recordingsRead More →

Song List Side One Metal Man Has Lost His Wings Tupelo Mississippi Somebody In My Home Old Folks Boogie Evil Neon Meate Dream Of An Octafish Instrumental The Story of Electricity Side Two Unconditionally Guaranteed Abba Zabba Hot Head Bad [sic] Chain Puller Dropout Boogie Sheriff Off Hong Kong Radar Station Overview A single bootleg on CB63-80 (obviously referring to the dates of the recordings featured) is a predecessor to the double bootleg ‘Another Chapter In The Lives & Times Of Captain Beefheart’. The front cover gives the title as ‘The Lives & Times Of Captain Beefheart’ with a subtitle of ‘Somebody In My Home’ (one of the AvalonRead More →

Song List Side 1: Somebody In My Home 2:40 Somebody’s Leaving 2:15 Call On Me (alternate version) 3:02 Sure ‘Nuff & Yes I Do (alternate version) 2:05 Yellow Brick Road (alternate version) 1:50 Plastic Factory (alternate version) 2:55 Side 2: Yellow Brick Road 2:52 Abba Zabba 3:36 Sure ‘Nuff & Yes I Do 2:50 Safe As Milk 3:30 Kandy Korn 2:00 Trust Us 8:07 Side 3: Funeral Hill #1 4:00 Drink Paint Run Run 7:35 Can’t Do This Unless I Can Do That 2:04 Dirty Blue Gene 2:55 Sun Zoom Spark 4:15 Kiss Me My Love (2 Lips in a Haystack) 2:40 [note: not listed onRead More →

Song list: Side 1: Suction Prints Golden Birdies Black Snake Blues I’m A King Bee Jimmy Bill’s In Town Side 2 Alice In Blunderland Abba Zaba Big Eyed Beans From Venus I’m Gonna Booglarize You Baby Recorded live at The Troubadour, Los Angeles on 5th(?) January 1973 Radar Station Overview A classic boot with a basic white cover and paper insert. A great photo of Don on the front cover (from 1972?) but for some reason the song titles and names of the band are from the Knebworth Festival in 1975. Curious… Reasonably good stereo recording on colored (red splatter) vinyl. This disc is of particular interest becauseRead More →

Song List Side One Full Moon Hot Sun Sugar Bowl Crazy Little Thing This Is The Day Side Two New Electric Ride Abba Zaba Peaches Direct News Interview Side Three Nowadays A Woman’s Gotta Hit A Man Best Batch Yet Dirty Blue Gene Safe As Milk Side Four Bat Chain Puller Big Eyed Beans Form [sic] Venus Tropical Hot Dog Night Nowadays A Woman’s Gotta Hit A Man Radar Station Overview A full colour glossy sleeve for this double vinyl release of the 1974 Drury Lane and 1980 Paris shows (both of which are incomplete) plus the addition of the Direct News interview. Not sure what theRead More →

Song List Side One Best Batch Yet Dirty Blue Gene Safe As Milk Flavor Bud Living (unlisted on cover) Bain Chain Pullet [sic] Big Eyed Beans From Venus Side Two The Talking Asshole Tupelo Mississippi Somebody In My Home Old Folks Boogie Evil Radar Station Overview A single vinyl bootleg with an odd title that appeared sometime around 1982/83. Another beautifully designed and packaged release which must have been very limited as very few copies show up. The sound is not as clean as the majority of other recordings that have been released on vinyl. Side one features a number of tracks which may come from a 1978 show butRead More →

Song List The Beatles – Nowhere Man 2:40 (live) Cat Stevens – If You Wanna Be Me, Be Me 2:42 Fleetwood Mac – Purple Danger 5:46 (live) Steely Dan – Dallas 3:07 Procol Harum & the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra with The Roger Wagner Chorale – Toujours L’Amour 3:41 (live) Mott The Hoople – Rest In Peace 5:40 (live) David Bowie – Rebel Rebel 2:54 The Band – Baby Don’t Do It 3:52 Simon and Garfunkel – You Don’t Know Where Your Interest Lies 2:19 Jethro Tull – Summer Day Sand 3:42 Spirit – Red Light Roll On 5:35 Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band –Read More →

Song list: Flavor Bud Living Electricity Click Clack A Carrot Is As Close As A Rabbit Gets To A Diamond Floppy Boot Bat Chain Puller Nowadays A Woman’s Gotta Hit A Man Crazy little Thing When I See A Mommy I Feel Like A Mummy Owed T’Alex Low Yo Yo Stuff Pachuco Cadaver Abba Zaba Grow Fins Dali’s Car China Pig Sure Nuff ‘n’ Yes I Do Sun Zoom Spark Big Eyed Beans from Venus Golden Birdies Recorded live at The Golden Bear, Huntingdon Beach, California on 18th February, 1978. Radar Station Overview This is a 2 record US bootleg with a heavy card cover featuring aRead More →

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 →