Compiled by Jasper Leach. If you can help with any further info, please get in touch.

All songs (unless noted differently)

  • Produced by Frank Zappa
  • Engineered by Dick Kunc
  • Recorded at Whitney Studios, Los Angeles, CA; April 1969

1. Frownland

  • Captain Beefheart: vocal
  • Zoot Horn Rollo: glass finger guitar & guitar (left channel)
  • Antennae Jimmy Semens: steel guitar & guitar (right channel)
  • Rockette Morton: bass
  • Drumbo: drums

2. The Dust Blows Forward ‘n the Dust Blows Back

  • Captain Beefheart: vocal

Produced by Don Van Vliet
Engineered by John French
Recorded at Beefheart House, Woodland Hills, CA; c. 1969

3. Dachau Blues

  • Captain Beefheart: vocal, bass clarinet?
  • Zoot Horn Rollo: guitar
  • Antennae Jimmy Semens: guitar
  • Rockette Morton: bass, narration (voice at end)
  • Drumbo: drums
  • The Mascara Snake: bass clarinet?

4. Ella Guru

  • Captain Beefheart: lead vocal
  • Zoot Horn Rollo: guitar
  • Antennae Jimmy Semens: guitar, flesh horn (vocal w/ hand cupped over mouth)
  • Rockette Morton: bass
  • Drumbo: drums
  • The Mascara Snake: backup vocals

5. Hair Pie Bake 1

  • Captain Beefheart: vocal, soprano saxophone
  • Zoot Horn Rollo: guitar
  • Antennae Jimmy Semens: guitar
  • Rockette Morton: bass
  • Drumbo: drums
  • The Mascara Snake: bass clarinet
  • Two unidentified neighbours: voices at end

Recorded at The Trout House, Woodland Hills, CA, c. 1969

6. Moonlight On Vermont

  • Captain Beefheart: vocal
  • Zoot Horn Rollo: slide guitar
  • Antennae Jimmy Semens: guitar
  • Gary “Magic” Marker: bass
  • Drumbo: drums

Produced and Engineered by Frank Zappa
Recorded at Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA; late 1968

7. Pachuco Cadaver

  • Captain Beefheart: vocal, tenor saxophone
  • Zoot Horn Rollo: guitar
  • Antennae Jimmy Semens: guitar
  • Rockette Morton: bass
  • Drumbo: drums

8. Bills Corpse

  • Captain Beefheart: vocal
  • Zoot Horn Rollo: guitar
  • Antennae Jimmy Semens: guitar
  • Rockette Morton: bass
  • Drumbo: drums

9. Sweet Sweet Bulbs

  • Captain Beefheart: vocal
  • Zoot Horn Rollo: guitar
  • Antennae Jimmy Semens: guitar
  • Rockette Morton: bass
  • Drumbo: drums

10. Neon Meate Dream of an Octafish

  • Captain Beefheart: vocal, musette, simran horn (siren?)
  • Zoot Horn Rollo: guitar
  • Antennae Jimmy Semens: guitar
  • Rockette Morton: bass
  • Drumbo: drums

11. China Pig

  • Captain Beefheart: vocal
  • Doug Moon: acoustic guitar

Produced & Engineered by Captain Beefheart
Recorded at Beefheart House, Woodland Hills, CA; c. 1969

12. My Human Gets Me Blues

  • Captain Beefheart: vocal
  • Zoot Horn Rollo: guitar
  • Antennae Jimmy Semens: guitar
  • Rockette Morton: bass
  • Drumbo: drums

13. Dali’s Car

  • Zoot Horn Rollo: guitar
  • Antennae Jimmy Semens: guitar

14. Hair Pie Bake 2

  • Zoot Horn Rollo: guitar
  • Antennae Jimmy Semens: guitar
  • Rockette Morton: bass
  • Drumbo: drums
  • Unknown: sleigh bells

15. Pena

  • Captain Beefheart: backup vocals
  • Antennae Jimmy Semens: guitar, lead vocals
  • Zoot Horn Rollo: guitar
  • Rockette Morton: bass
  • Drumbo: drums
  • The Mascara Snake: voice
  • Frank Zappa: voice

16. Well

  • Captain Beefheart: vocal

Recorded at The Trout House, Woodland Hills, CA, c. 1969

17. When Big Joan Sets Up

  • Captain Beefheart: vocal, soprano saxophone
  • Zoot Horn Rollo: guitar
  • Antennae Jimmy Semens: guitar
  • Rockette Morton: bass
  • Drumbo: drums

18. Fallin’ Ditch

  • Captain Beefheart: vocal
  • Zoot Horn Rollo: guitar
  • Antennae Jimmy Semens: guitar
  • Rockette Morton: bass, “narration”
  • Drumbo: drums

19. Sugar ‘n Spikes

  • Captain Beefheart: vocal
  • Zoot Horn Rollo: guitar
  • Antennae Jimmy Semens: guitar
  • Rockette Morton: bass
  • Drumbo: drums

20: Ant Man Bee

  • Captain Beefheart: vocal, soprano & tenor saxophone
  • Zoot Horn Rollo: guitar
  • Antennae Jimmy Semens: guitar
  • Rockette Morton: bass
  • Drumbo: drums

21. Orange Claw Hammer

  • Captain Beefheart: vocal

Produced by Don Van Vliet
Engineered by John French
Recorded at The Trout House, Woodland Hills, CA; c. 1968

22. Wild Life

  • Captain Beefheart: vocal, bass clarinet
  • Antennae Jimmy Semens: guitar
  • Zoot Horn Rollo: guitar
  • Rockette Morton: bass
  • Drumbo: drums

23. She’s too Much For my Mirror

  • Captain Beefheart: vocal
  • Antennae Jimmy Semens: guitar
  • Zoot Horn Rollo: guitar
  • Rockette Morton: bass
  • Drumbo: drums
  • Richard Kunc: voice

24. Hobo Chang Ba

  • Captain Beefheart: vocals, jingle bells
  • Antennae Jimmy Semens: guitar
  • Zoot Horn Rollo: guitar, flute
  • Rockette Morton: bass
  • Drumbo: drums

25. The Blimp

  • Antennae Jimmy Semens: lead vocal
  • Captain Beefheart: hunting horn, voice
  • Frank Zappa: voice
  • Roy Estrada: bass (uncredited)
  • Arthur Tripp III: drums & percussion (uncredited)
  • Don Preston: piano (uncredited)
  • Ian Underwood & Bunk Gardner: alto & tenor saxes (uncredited)
  • Buzz Gardner: trumpet (uncredited)
  • Recorded over telephone (vocal) and at Columbia University, New York, 1969

26. Steal Softly Thru Snow

  • Captain Beefheart: vocal
  • Antennae Jimmy Semens: guitar
  • Zoot Horn Rollo: guitar
  • Rockette Morton: bass
  • Drumbo: drums

27. Old Fart at Play

  • Captain Beefheart: reading
  • Antennae Jimmy Semens: guitar, voice
  • Zoot Horn Rollo: guitar
  • Rockette Morton: bass
  • Drumbo: drums

28. Veteran’s Day Poppy

  • Captain Beefheart: vocal
  • Antennae Jimmy Semens: guitar
  • Zoot Horn Rollo: guitar
  • Gary “Magic” Marker: bass
  • Drumbo: drums

Recorded at Sunset Sound, Hollywood

Nicknames

Captain Beefheart – Don Van Vliet
Antennae Jimmy Semens – Jeff Cotton
Zoot Horn Rollo – Bill Harkleroad
Rockette Morton – Mark Boston
Drumbo – John French
The Mascara Snake – Victor Hayden

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