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Mallard / In A Different Climate

Mallard Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (25 April 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000026LQ0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 167,090 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Back On The Pavement
2. She's Long And She's Lean
3. Road To Morocco
4. One Day Once
5. Yellow
6. Desperados Waiting For A Train
7. A Piece Of Me
8. Reign Of Pain
9. South Of The Valley
10. Winged Tuskadero
11. Peon
12. Green Coyote
13. Your Face On Someone Else
14. Harvest
15. Mama Squeeze
16. Heartstrings
17. Old Man Grey
18. Texas Weather
19. Big Foot

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Our product to treat is a regular product. There is not the imitation. From Japan by the surface mail because is sent out, take it until arrival as 7-14 day. Thank you for you seeing it.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What the Magic Band did next... 11 Nov 2002
Format:Audio CD
For various reasons, Don van Vliet parted company with the original Magic Band in the mid-Seventies and went on to make the artistically disastrous "Unconditionally Guaranteed" and "Bluejeans and Moonbeams". Fortunately, some of his sidemen, along with various other musicians, reformed as Mallard and produced these two excellent albums. "Mallard" sounds like a logical follow-on from "Spotlight Kid" or "Clear Spot"; the band are very much in a Beefheartesque polyrythymic bluesy groove, although leaning slightly more towards conventional but exquisitely performed country-rock in places. By "In A Different Climate" the van Vliet influence is waning somewhat, and the precision and warmth of the music impresses rather more than the complexity. Both of these albums are superior to the Captain's two "commercial" efforts and make one yearn for what might've been. Certainly not as impressive as Beefheart at his best, but far better than their Svengali at his worst... and definitely worth the attention of anyone who loves the classic Beefheart albums.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Magic Band play on 26 Nov 2000
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
In 1976 the then Magic Band broke up with Captain Beefheart and went off on their own. Originally they had planned to call themselves The Magic Band but could not do this for legal reasons. So adding the gravel voiced Sam Galpin as their vocalist, Mallard was born. Mallard recorded two albums, Mallard and In a Different Climate which form this CD. The first album has clear echos of Captain Beefheart's Spotlight Kid and Clear Spot but is certainly not copy. The group take blues, rock country and Beefheart to make their own potent mix. The music is syncopated with irregular rhythms that you would expect from such a group of musicians. The guitar playing is excellent. There is a sweeter version of Peon (from Lick your decals off). In Winged Tuskadero there is a hint of the Captain's off the wall poetry and imagery. The track features the marimba which is hardly surprising as their percussionist was once known as Ed Marimba. My favourite track is the old country standard Desparados Waiting for a Train. According to legend it was recorded using a slightly out of tune piano and sounds none the worse for it. In the last verse there is a slide guitar break which still sends shivers down my spine. By the second album there had been a change of drummer and the addition of a keyboard player, leaving only two members from the Magic Band. The music has progressed from the first album and has sound reminiscent of Little Feet. Perhaps slightly more melodic than the first, helped along by the keyboards. Although there isn't a single bad track on In a Different Climate, my personal favourites are Old Man Grey (more Beefheart poetry), Texas Weather and Big Foot. My original vinyl is getting worn and is not as portable as a CD. I was really pleased when I saw that this CD was available and have not regretted purchasing it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars so no captain? What you want? 12 Jan 2011
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The Magic Band free of the tyranical restraints of CB, release an album of their own. Don't expect a new Beefheart record, because it isnt. What it is, is an album by a talented band that has some elements of the Beafheart sound, but an identity of its own. Great playing, great sound, maybe more Chris Rea/ JJ Cale in the vocals, but very enjoyable. If you like classy rock, well played, then this is for you. Forget the Beefheart albums, this is not like that, just open your mind and appreciate the band. Maybe a bit like the Motown players without the stars and with an identity of their own. Recommended
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic band produce some Magic Music. 5 Jun 2007
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This album to tell you the truth is not what I expected at all. I was hoping for an instrumental beefheart album or something like that with Zoot Horn Rollo hitting a linear note for hours on end with Rockette Morton going bonkers on bass but believe me it is a real effort by the band to change direction from the puppetry of the Captain's music. The tunes sort of have a country blues feel but the music is quite marvellous with some a hint of Magic band in the music, they do resemble a more commercial band, which is quite ironic because they got no where! I think this is because of the singing, even though this guy - Sam Galpin is pretty good, his style is very different to the roar of the Captain and I think thats what people dislike about these two albums.

I personally enjoy the album not only because of the marvellous peon cover but there are some real gems here for example mama squeeze, reign of pain, big foot, green coyote.... to tell you the truth every song is really quite good. if you are looking for some really good magic band music I really do think this is the place to look but if you are after beefheart music then choose lick my decals off baby (which i got off ebay for a tenner from russia- bargain), clear spot, trout mask, doc at the radar and safe as milk.

This album is just the magic with out the beef, i personally love them both together. Just don't expect the vocals to be similar to the Cap'ns.

If you are looking for so more magic band stuff try 'we saw a bozo under the sea' by Zoot Horn Rollo, its proper marvellous stuff.
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