After a number of years in the wilderness, 1980 saw the release of Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band s epic late period masterpiece Doc At The Radar Station, at the height of the British post-punk movement and American New Wave scene. Promoted as being the godfather of these sporadic genres, critics and fans alike were delighted at the continuation of his new lease of life, started by the re-recorded Bat Chain Puller [aka Shiny Beast] in 78. His return to the type of music that most devotees had loved him for in the first place; experimental, left field and primal but most notably without the obvious attempt to merely increase success - something he d d been guilty of during the mid 1970s, in what came to be known as his tragic-band era. Still to come was 1982 s Ice Cream for Crow, made with the Gary Lucas version of the Magic Band, and ultimately Beefheart s swansong the record completed his musical career as thereafter he concentrated on his art for the best part of 30 years, before losing his life, in 2011, to the cruel symptoms and complications of multiple sclerosis. Before retiring, Beefheart toured North America one last time in late 1980 and early 1981, and it was during this final tour that the radio broadcast presented here was made. Included on the final week of the tour, Beefheart and band played two dates in Canada, on 16th and 17th January 81, at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver. The second of these dates was the subject of an FM Radio broadcast and forms the first section of this CD. The set-list that cold January night almost, 30 years ago, included 6 cuts from his then most recent record, Doc At The Radar Station, mixed with tracks from many other of his most acclaimed records. The six bonus cuts here include both songs played during his 1980 Saturday Night Live appearance in November 1980, an ultra rare Orange Claw Hammer , recorded with Frank Zappa for a special radio show the two compiled and presented in 1975, plus three tracks going back to a 1971 broadcast, when he plays two tracks from the just released Lick My Decals Off Baby and one from its predecessor, the mighty Trout Mask Replica. Running at over 75 minutes in total this CD represents the oft forgotten power and dynamics of Beefheart in concert, and reminds us all just what an extraordinary performer the man christened Don Van Vliet really was.