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  • Audio CD (6 Jan. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ozit records
  • ASIN: B00004U2LL
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 208,473 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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This album gives us a reminder of how powerful all the Beefheart Magic bands were. Recorded at the end of his recordig career, the band swing effortlessly from the Good Captain's very first album Safe as Milk (Abba Zaba) to much later stuff. Makes your hair stand on end!! If only he'd got a decent recording contract perhaps he'd be delivering albums to this day! Still, his talent isn't wasted - his painting are something else
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This album gives us a reminder of how powerful all the Beefheart Magic bands were. Recorded at the end of his recording career, the band swing effortlessly from the Good Captain's very first album Safe as Milk (Abba Zaba) to much later stuff. Makes your hair stand on end!! If only he'd got a decent recording contract perhaps he'd be delivering albums to this day! Still, his talent isn't wasted - his paintings are something else
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Recorded in a club in Liverpool in 1980,this is latest of shows to be released from this tour.There's a CD of a show in Amsterdam and from somewhere else on the tour now available on slightly legal bootlegs.
It's a great show,with fantastic versions of material from "Doc at the Radar Station" and from all parts of the Captain's career."Kandy Korn","Dr.Dark","Big Eyed Beans From Venus","Abba Zabba"-they're all there.Less-than-perfect sound,but what do you expect from bootleegs?
There are various live shows from 1978-81 now out as slightly legal bootlegs.If you have to choose,try to listen to any of them and buy them in order of sound quality-the material on the shows doesn't change all that much.
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HASH(0x9b222a20) out of 5 stars she can burn you up in bed just like she said 29 Sept. 2000
By Funkmeister G - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Here you would have a famous version of the Magic Band live 1980, 21 tracks, songs from 7 albums + 2 otherwise unreleased gems. I have to disagree w/ Theo below, being familiar w/ his site & writings, he's just being a bitchy trainspotter, forgetting that we don't all have a tonne of Beefheart bootlegs & are actually quite glad to see something like this come out. The sound quality is quite clear & good, & the way Don isn't always in time w/ the band is the way he almost always was live, although when he gets it right, like near the end of this gig, it's superb. It bugged me a bit too the way it was chopped up not giving it any continuity, but that doesn't warrant 1 star, Theo's shooting himself in the foot & something you need to stop analysing, sit back & listen, as I decided to do leaving room for a sense of surprise. Okay, the songs: Dr Dark is not done quite as intricately as on Lick My Decals Off Baby & seems a little bit sloppy but still good, Hot Head & Dropout Boogie rock indeed, Her Eyes shows the softer side of Beefheart but w/o getting too sappy. I was glad to see Bat Chain Puller here, its odd grooves very satisfying. Gary Lucas appears solo on guitar for Flavour Bud Living & recites One Man Sentence, but doesn't appear to play in the band though. Jeff Morris Tepper does a similar job for The One Red Rose That I Mean. Eric Drew Feldman opens up the show w/ Toaster before the whole band shows up for Nowadays & Don quips "you'd nearly think we were commercial" over snazzy drumming, though from who we can't be sure, as maybe in tribute to the sleeve of Trout Mask where Drumbo didn't mentioned, the same happens on Merseytrout. Other classics presented are My Human Gets Me Blues, Kandy Korn, Best Batch Yet, & the closer Big Eyed Bean From Venus which manages to rise above gimmicky status w/ the real driving force of the music. Historic this recording maybe isn't but damn fine it is indeed.
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HASH(0x9b222aa4) out of 5 stars Liverpool, A Final Visit 3 July 2000
By Steven Viola - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Almost 20 years after the Captain's final world voyage a "legitimate" live album appears. This concert is an excellent measuring stick for the entire tour. A number of these shows, European and American, have turned up in both vinyl and on CD. However, all were of the bootleg variety; only accessable to the die hard, hard core fanatics out there. (Of which there are still a few). The Liverpool show comes out at a time when availability of the "boots" have all but vanished. And the desire for an unheard show have reached it's peak.
The entire bands' performance was stellar, to say the least! The Captain's vocals were raw and intense and the occasional forgotten line and the fact that he forgot "Dirty Blue Jean" was off "Doc at the Radar Station" and not "Trout Mask Replica" only added to the feeling of an honest live show!
The opening bass solo, which in the past was the Spitball../Hair Pie Intro lost me. This piece, titled "Toaster", was the only lost attempt in the show. "One Man's Sentence", a recited poem that was also performed at the Beacon Theatre, NYC 11/80, is present for the first time in any recorded form. 5 of the cuts are from the newly released (at that time) "Doc at the Radar Station". Although missing oddly enough is "Ashtray Heart", usually played right after "Hot Head". The remander of the show is filled with the standards, Abba Zabba, Kandy Korn, Veterans' Day Poppy and Big Eyed Beans.
All in all a good listen. But do be advised, each track is seperated(I'm sure it's for radio play! ) and because of this, applause is not heard after a number of the tracks. In fact, "Big Eyed Beans..." ends the show, and not a peep is audible after the last note. The silence is deafening!
Thanks Captain & Band!
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HASH(0x9b220ee8) out of 5 stars Captain Beefheart - 'Merseytrout: Live In Liverpool '80' (Ozit) 2 Jan. 2005
By Mike Reed - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Keep in mind that this archive disc is the first Beefheart title I've ever had. As I've heard a couple of his older lp's, I sort of knew what to expect. 'Merseytrout: Live In Liverpool '80' was recorded live at the Rotters Club in Liverpool on October 29, 1980. A short time there after, Captain Beefheart (given name: Don Vliet) gave up touring altogether. I thought 'Merseytrout...' was a good example as to what a live Capt. Beefheart & The Magic Band gig was all about, playing their own style of eccentric blues rock. The set here of twenty-one songs has a running time of 72:55, so it would appear that we're getting an entire concert. Which is good. Some of the tracks here of this inspiring performance that I thought stood on their own were "Hot Head", "Safe As Milk", "Abba Zabba", "Kandy Korn" and the rather mellow "Her Eyes Are A Blue Million Miles". Sound isn't perfect, but it's good enough. As I dug for more info, I found that Beefheart had released something like a dozen lp's (not counting compilations) between 1967-82, when he then retired from the business altogether. Beefheart had since then taken up painting, as the booklet for this CD release features some very cool artwork by the Captain himself. Might appeal to fans of Pere Ubu, Nick Cave or The Residents. Some of the artists that have been influenced by Beefheart are Tom Waits, Bob Drake, Firehose and PJ Harvey. Beautiful cover.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b21be40) out of 5 stars Who was the drummer on this? 18 July 2000
By Steven Vacca - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I bought this and thoroughly enjoyed it. But the liner notes say that neither Robert Williams nor Drumbo played drums on it, and it doesn't list a drummer. Does anybody know?
HASH(0x9b21bd2c) out of 5 stars Beefheart's last stand 1 July 2005
By Darryl Green - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It is a shame that the person who made this recording, chopped off the songs just before they finish and cut out audience noise. It must have been done to fit it on the album. Even so id rather have a track missing that have it cut up in this way. I was at that very gig at Rotters club in liverpool (an awfull "Tiffanys" type, shirt and tie, club) and can assure you that although the songs themselves are technically quite well recorded. The feeling of the gig has been hampered by the cutting of audience reactions to songs.However as Beefheart retired from music after, this his most sucesfull tour. It is pretty much essential for beefheart freaks, in my humble opinion.
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