Sunday, January 11, 2015

CD Review: The Latest Gonzo Multimedia Live Release Centers Around Captain Beefheart's Vancouver Show

U.K. music label Gonzo Multimedia is rolling out its latest live album from Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band. Following earlier live releases from Paris and Detroit, this third volume features the Captain performing in Vancouver, Canada on March 3rd, 1973. Like other volumes in the set, the audio is a bit rough, as this was never intended to become an official live album. So, this could be best described as an official bootleg release. By the second song, the intense instrumental "Suction Prints," you already become use to the album's production. The crowd are really into Captain Beefheart's performance as every song is followed with a roaring applause. The show supports two of Captain Beefheart's biggest releases in the U.S. ("The Spotlight Kid" and "Clear Spot"). Both albums cracked the Top 100 on the Billboard album charts in 1972, a first for the Captain. He mixes in new favorites like "Low Yo Yo Stuff" and "I'm Gonna Booglarize You Baby" along with long-time concert staples "Abba Zaba" and "Sugar N'Spikes." The Magic Band are in top form, picking up the tempo of "Alice In Blunderland," before heading into the bluesy cover of "I'm A King Bee." The highlight of the show has to be the ten-minute jam of "Mirror Man" as the Captain really gets into his performance of the song. The album closes the same way as the album "Clear Spot," with the guitar driven "Big Eyed Beans From Venus" and the poetry reciting of "Golden Birdies." To find out more about this latest live release of Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band, please visit

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