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 at WABX Studio, directed by Chuck Reti. Available on the enhanced disc of Grow Fins.

Track list

  • When Big Joan Sets Up
  • Woe Is Uh Me Bop
  • Bellerin’ Plain

Line up

  • Don Van Vliet
  • Bill Harkleroad
  • Mark Boston
  • Elliot Ingber
  • Art Tripp
  • John French

2 Comments

  1. Absolutely, for my money this is definitely the best film footage of Don and the guys that I’ve ever seen. And thanks to the freaks at Zappateers I’ve seen quite a bit. Just beautiful stuff here, that makes today’s “alternative” music look/sound as lame as it really is. Miss you, Don. To me, you were the best.

  2. This is sublime. How can such apparent cacophony produce an inner state of peace? By magic of course (of course).

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