News has reached us of the death of Don Van Vliet aka Captain Beefheart.
He is said to have died of complications from multiple sclerosis.
A tribute is due. And we will bring it, starting next week as we explore the albums, one every week.
Click Clack, live in Paris in 1973
A truly GREAT clip, they’re all enjoying themselves so much. Was this the tour that came through Bradford in the early 70s? n blew our socks off? Best gig and tightest band I’ve ever seen. Better than Miles Davis.
Alastair Johnson comments: “I think it was 1973. John Peel introduced them at Newcastle City Hall and Liverpool had just beaten N’cle 5-nil… so there was tension in the air when Peelie came on. First there was a ballet dancer (with no music), then a belly dancer, then Rockette Morton came on playing bass, then Ed Marimba, John French, Winged Eel Fingerling joined in, and it was about 20 mins before Beefie appeared. It was one of the best gigs ever!”
Captain Beefheart documentary (Part 1 of 6) BBC documentary from 1997, narrated by John Peel, featuring Beefheart, Frank Zappa, Ry Cooder and more
Some YoYo Stuff: An observation of the observations of Don Van Vliet by Anton Corbijn. 1993.
www.beefheart.com is the source of much Beefheart goodness
Captain Beefheart’s 10 Commandments of Guitar Playing
Captain Beefheart’s lyrics
Singin through you to me
Thunderbolts caught easily
Shouts the truth peacefully
High voltage man kisses night to bring the light to those who need to hide their shadow deed
Go into bright find the light and know that friends don’t mind just how you grow
Midnight cowboy stained in black reads dark roads without a map
To free-seeking electricity
Lighthouse beacon straight ahead straight ahead across black seas to bring
High voltage man kisses night to bring the light to those who need to hide their shadow-deed hide their shadow-deed
Muzikifan’s Top 9 releases of 2010
- Magazine – The Light Pours Out Of Me (Version) – Scree (Rarieties) 1978-1981 CD – Virgin
- Super Mama Djombo – Faibe Guine – Super Mama Djombo CD – Cobiana
- Glen Brown And King Tubby – Version 78 Style – Termination Dub (1973-1979) CD – Blood and Fire
- Little Feat – Fat Man In The Bathtub – Rampant Synchopatio download - www.wolfgangsvault.com/little-feat/concerts/winterland-february-14-1976.html
- Tabu Ley Rochereau – Ohambe – Voice Of Lightness Vol 2 2xCD – Sterns www.sternsmusic.com
- Dennis Alcapone & Nicky Thomas – Have Faith
- Bob Dylan – It’s All Over Now Baby Blue – Live 1966 2xCD – Columbia
- Fela Ransome Kuti & Nigeria 70 – Viva Nigeria – African Serenades Vol 10 CD – thanks to Matt & Grumpy
- Keith Hudson – Felt We Felt The Strain – Greensleeves 12”
- Prof. Omari Shabani – Kujenga Nyumba – The Best Of Prof. Omari Shabani & John Ngereza
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