Plastic Factory

Avalon Ballroom San Francisco 1966 plus bonus tracks


Song list

  1. Down In The Bottom 02:39
  2. Don’t Start Me Talkin’ 02:16
  3. The Sun Is Shining 02:41
  4. Tupelo 04:23
  5. Somebody In My Home 02:53
  6. Old Folks’ Boogie 03:22
  7. St. James Infirmery 06:18
  8. Evil (Is Going On) 02:36
  9. Harp Instrumental 03:15
  10. Somebody In My Home 02:40
  11. Sure ‘Nuff ‘N’ Yes I Do 02:06
  12. Call On Me 03:04
  13. Yellow Brick Road 01:33
  14. Plastic Factory 02:55
  15. Sure ‘Nuff ‘N’ Yes I Do 02:47
  16. Yellow Brick Road 02:54
  17. Abba Zaba 03:36
  18. Kandy Korn 04:24
  19. John Peel Interview 13:50


Publicity blurb:

Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band had supported Love at the Avalon Ballroom a month before, but they returned on June 17th 1966 as headliners. Then seen as a blues musician with a big voice, rather than the avant-garde experimentalist he would become, Beefheart didn t disappoint, performing no fewer than four Howlin Wolf numbers in amongst a number of other blues covers and a smattering of originals. The Magic Band at this time were Doug Moon and Alex St. Clair on guitars, Jerry Handley on bass and Paul Blakely on drums. The Oxford Circle supported on the night, and coming from a Them/Yardbirds impulse as they did, they were well received by the blues enthusiasts in attendance. This Avalon show is augmented here by a number of bonus cuts from radio sessions and demos recorded between 1966 and 1968, all originals and all in surprisingly good quality for material of this vintage. The CD is completed with a rare radio interview (well, more of a chat really) between veteran Brit DJ John Peel and Beefheart, recorded one night in 1973 when the Good Captain joined Peel on his radio show, while touring the UK.


This boot CD is exactly the same as the Keyhole label’s Live 1966-67 released earlier in 2015 except that there is an additional item – a 13 minute radio chat between John Peel and Don which took place during the 1973 UK tour by the band.

A double vinyl edition of this collection has also been released.

plastic factory - vinyl - front - Parachute Records Cat PARA007LP


  • 2015 CD Go Faster Records
  • 2016 2LP vinyl Parachute Records PARA007LP





    1. Author

      That’s for spotting my mistake. It should be 1966 (for Avalon tracks), 1968 (for BBC session tracks) and 1973 (for Peel interview)

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