Here’s an extensive list of the vinyl and CD releases of Beefheart material that is of dubious origin.

Love them or loathe them bootleggers have provided the Beefheart fans with quite a number of goodies over the years. Some boots are quite exceptional, others are just dreadful. Find out which are which here.

This list also includes those releases that exist due to loopholes in the copyright system, legitimate labels taking a chance because no one seems to be protecting Don’s musical legacy.

Now that almost anyone can burn some CDs and create their own mini-bootlegging operation there are many more titles out there. These ‘burnlegs’ are often produced in very short runs and are next to impossible to keep track of and equally difficult to get hold of. So, in the majority of cases these are not included here apart from one or two exceptions. Then there’s the file sharing and torrents … but that’s another story and is not part of this list except, again, for a few special collections!

If you can supply information about other bootlegs that are out there, or can add something to what we have here please contact Steve on steve@beefheart.com

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The list below is in reverse chronological order – the most recent release is at the top. If you’re looking for something specific you might prefer checking out the A-Z listing.


reseda81-coverLive from Reseda 1981

Year recorded: 1981
Year released: 2016
see full info

live-at-knebworth-park-ozit-frontLive At Knebworth Park – Saturday 5th July 1975

Year recorded: 1975
Year released: 2016
see full info

warner-bros-outttakes-frontWarner Bros. Outtakes

Year recorded: 1970-72
Year released: 2016
see full info

 

plastic-factory-boot

Plastic Factory

Year recorded: 1966-68 and 1973
Year released: 2015
see full info

muffin-man-goes-to-college-ltev-vol2-frontThe Muffin Man Goes To College Vols. 1 & 2

Year recorded: 1975
Year released: 2015
see full info

live-kansas-city-DOL-vinyl-frontLive in Kansas City 1974

Year recorded: 1974
Year released: 2015
see full info

full-moon-hot-sunFull Moon – Hot Sun Live in Kansas

Year recorded: 1974
Year released: 2015
see full info

transmission-impossibleTransmission Impossible

Year recorded: various (1960s to 1980s)
Year released: 2015
see full info

batlight-clearkidBatlight Clearkid 1970s

Year recorded: various 1970s
Year released: 2015
see full info

live-in-cowtown-kansasLive in Cowtown Kansas City

Year recorded: 1974
Year released: 2015
see full info

live at german tv 2015 - smlLive German TV 1972

Year recorded: 1972
Year released: 2015
see full info

rough raw and amazing - ozit 2015 - smlRough Raw and Amazing

Year recorded: 1972
Year released: 2015
see full info

full-moon-cowtown-cdFull Moon In Cowtown

Year recorded: 1974
Year released: 2014
see full info

vancouver1973-cover

Live from Vancouver 1973

Year recorded: 1973
Year released: 2014
see full info

Paris 1977 - coverLive from Paris 1977

Year recorded: 1977
Year released: 2014
see full info

Providence College 1975Providence College, Rhode Island 1975

Year recorded: 1975
Year released: 2014 (CD) & 2015 (vinyl)
see full info

live1966-67 - frontLive 1966-67

Year recorded: 1966 – 68
Year released: 2014
see full info

HARPOS DETROIT - COVERLive from Harpos

Year recorded: 1980
Year released: 2014
see full info

frank-freemans-dance-clubFrank Freemans Dance Club and other rarities

Year recorded: 1968 + various
Year released: 2013
see full info

lost-broadcasts-vinylThe Lost Broadcasts

Year recorded: 1972
Year released: 2013
see full info

Ozit - rarest unreleased vinyl

Rarest Previously Unreleased 1970s Live And Studio Tracks

Year recorded: 1970 and 1972
Year released: 2013
see full info

dustsucker_sonof_frontSon of Dust Sucker

Year recorded: 1976
Year released: 2012
see full info

NansTrueHole_vol3frontThe Nan True’s Hole Tapes Volume 3

Year recorded: 1975
Year released: 2012
see full info

anashtrayheart_frontAn Ashtray Heart

Year recorded: mainly 1981
Year released: 2011
see full info

NansTrueHole_vol2frontThe Nan True’s Hole Tapes Volume 2

Year recorded: 1972
Year released: 2011
see full info

merseytrout-vinyl-frontMerseytrout (vinyl)

Year recorded: 1980
Year released: 2011
see full info

whirlpoolvol1_frontA Whirlpool of Korn and Meat – Volumes 1 and 2

Year recorded: 1959-81
Year released: 2011
see full info for Volume 1
see full info for Volume 2

tmrlive_japanboot_front_withobiTrout Mask Live

Year recorded: 1971-80
Year released: 2011
see full info

translucent_frontTranslucent Fresnel – The Nan True’s Hole Tapes Vol. 1

Year recorded: 1972-73
Year released: 2011
see full info

water turning black - frontWater Turning Black

Year recorded: 1975
Year released: 2011
see full info

muffin man goes to college 1975 - frontMuffin Man Goes To College

Year recorded: 1975
Year released: 2010
see full info

KandyKorn_flexiRussian flexi discs

Year recorded: various
Year released: various
see full info

interzappa_coverInterZappa Overdrive

Year recorded: 1969
Year released: 2008
see full info

CB_MB_GBCB and his MB live in GB

Year recorded: various
Year released: 2008
see full info

boston-music-hall-late-frontBoston Music Hall 27/04/1975 (Late Show) 200 Years Special

Year recorded: 1975
Year released: 2008
see full info

PoetMusiciansPoet Rock Musicians of the Desert

Year recorded: various
Year released: 2007
see full info

bickershaw_ozitLive at Bickershaw Festival

Year recorded: 1972
Year released: 2007
see full info

captainslastThe Captain’s Last Live Concert Plus

Year recorded: 1981
Year released: 2006
see full info

shiny-beast-outtakesShiny Beast Outtakes and Backing Tracks

Year recorded: 1978
Year released: n/a
see full info

The Spotlight Kid OuttakesSpotlightOuttakes2009cover

Year recorded: 1971-72
Year released: 2005
see full info

PrimeBeef_coverPrime Quality Beef

Year recorded: 1967 & 1974
Year released: 2005
see full info

livenrareLive ‘n’ Rare

Year recorded: 1972 – 80
Year released: 2004
see full info

dichotomyDichotomy

Year recorded: 1966 – 78
Year released: 2003
see full info

elecpoet1Paradiso, Amsterdam 1980

Year recorded: 1980
Year released: various
see full info about the various vinyl and CD releases

somebody-in-my-home-smlSomebody In My Home

Year recorded: 1980
Year released: 2001
see full info

abbazabaatlanta_frontAbba Zaba Atlanta

Year recorded: 1978
Year released: 2001
see full info

hoboism_frontHoboism

Year recorded: 1970 – 80
Year released: 2000
see full info

caseofpunksCase Of The Punks

Year recorded: 1980
Year released: 2000
see full info

merseytroutfrontMerseytrout – Live In Liverpool 1980

Year recorded: 1980
Year released: 2000
see full info

no-bacon-for-breakfast-frontNo Bacon For Breakfast

Year recorded: 1975
Year released: 2000
see full info

golden-bear-1981Live at The Golden Bear 31/1/81

Year recorded: 1981
Year released: 1999
see full info

country-club-reseda-1981Country Club, Reseda 1981

Year recorded: 1981
Year released: 1999
see full info

liveinliverpoolThe Captain Live in Liverpool (2CD)

Year recorded: 1980
Year released: 1998
see full info

el paso or die - frontEl Paso or Die

Year recorded: 1975
Year released; 199?
see full info

bongo-fury-in-el-paso-frontBongo Fury In El Paso

Year recorded: 1975
Year released; 199?
see full info

eveningwithAn Evening With Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart

Year recorded: various
Year released: 1998
see full info

outhere-overthereOut Here Over There

Year recorded: 1968-69
Year released: 1998
see full info

HOTBEEFHot Beef Injection

Year recorded: various
Year released: 1997
see full info

live-at-my-fathers-place-cdLive At My Father’s Place

Year recorded: 1978
Year released: 1995
see full info

earlyyearsThe Early Years 1959-1969

Year recorded: 1959-69
Year released: 1995
see full info

live-at-radar-station-1cdLive At The Radar Station

Year recorded: 1978-80
Year released: 1994
see full info

if-you-got-earsIf You Got Ears

Year recorded: various
Year released: 1994
see full info

dbpsleeveDon’s Birthday Party

Year recorded: 1981
Year released: various
see full info about the various vinyl and CD releases

originalbcp+parisThe Original Bat Chain Puller

Year recorded: 1976
Year released: various
see full info about the various vinyl and CD releases

pullermanPuller Man

Year recorded: 1963-74?
Year released: 1994
see full info

CaptHook_frontCaptain Hook

Year recorded: 1974
Year released: 1993
see full info

crazylittleCrazy Little Things

Year recorded: 1974
Year released: 1993
see full info

new-york-hotdog-nightThe New York Hot Dog Night

Year recorded: 1978
Year released: 1992
see full info

zappa_violentrape_coverViolent Rape

Year recorded: 1975
Year released: 1985 & 1987
see full info

losbotas2Los Botas Graciosas Marchan Sobre Polonia (Various, features Beefheart)

Year recorded: 1975
Year released: 1982
see full info

BBYFRONTBest Batch Yet

Year recorded: 1981
Year released: 1981
see full info

easyteeth_frontEasy Teeth

Year recorded: 1978
Year released: 1981
see full info

tanks_frontT’anks For The Mammaries (Various, features Beefheart)

Year recorded: 1966, 75
Year released: 198?
see full info

TOOHARDIt’s Too Hard – It’s Beefheart

Year recorded: 1966 & 80
Year released: 198?
see full info

hotdognight_frontHot Dog Night

Year recorded: 1974 & 80
Year released: 198?
see full info

my-fathers-place-smlLive at My Fathers Place Vol.1 & Vol. 2

Year recorded: 1978
Year released: 198?
see full info

BOOGABIGWhat’s All This Booga Booga Music?

Year recorded: 1973
Year released: 198?
see full info

avalonfrontAvalon ’66

Year recorded: 1966
Year released: 198?
see full info

another_frontAnother Chapter From the Lives and Times of Captain Beefheart

Year recorded: 1966-71
Year released: 1989
see full info

livestimesThe Lives & Times of Captain Beefheart

Year recorded: 1963-80
Year released: 198?
see full info

elecpoet2Electric Poetry Vol. 1 & Vol. 2 (aka Through The Eyes Of A Genius)

Year recorded: 1980
Year released: 198?
see full info

blank-vinylA Token Of My Extreme

Year recorded: 1975
Year released: 198?
see full info

flavorbudlivingFlavor Bud Living

Year recorded: 1980
Year released: 1980
see full info

chronicleChronicle

Year recorded: various
Year released: 1979
see full info

metalmanbootMetal Man Has Hornet’s Wings (aka Confidential)

Year recorded: 1963-74
Year released: 1976
see full info

blank-vinylGULP (Various, features Beefheart)

Year recorded: 1965
Year released: 196? / 197?
see full info

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