Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band ‎– Bluejeans & Moonbeams

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UK 1st issues [V 2023 - 2xVirgins label] have matt-print sleeves by Shorewood, the reissues [V 2023 & OVED 19 - Green/Red label] have varnish-print sleeves by Robor Ltd. ("Party Of Special Things To Do" was covered by The White Stripes in Dec 2000, along with other Beefheart tracks)

The output on this album became a rather shambolic affair. It resulted in Vliet being caught up in contractual obligations to Mercury & Virgin, until the emergence of his next release "Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)" some 4 years later in '78. In the meantime, there was a helping hand from Zappa on "Bongo Fury", "One Size Fits All" & "Zoot Allures" - although fate again then befell the original "Bat Chain Puller" project during the interim.

After "Unconditionally Guaranteed" had been recorded the Magic Band acrimoniously departed, leaving Vliet to tour in the summer of '74 with a pick-up band. This band then disintegrated on return to the USA before Vliet entered the Stronghold Studio for the making of "Bluejeans & Moonbeams". Only Smotherman & Smith remained. Some of Elliot Ingber's writing was used, but his brother Ira stood in on bass. According to Greg Ladanyi, the scheduled engineer Al Thomas allegedly fell out with producers the Di Martino brothers, handing novice Ladanyi his debut as an album engineer. He completed the task on a half-consumed budget. The last track on Side 1 "Captain's Holiday" is clearly an instrumental 'filler', on which Vliet did not perform - hence the ironic title. There is one cover too, of J.J. Cale's "Same Old Blues". Rather mysteriously, Mercury's A&R Manager, Denny Rosencrantz, gets a credit on the sleeve, where both Ladanyi & Smotherman's names are incorrectly spelled. Vliet's cousin Hayden did the cover painting. Perhaps it could be interpreted as his artistic notion of the Goat, the Capricorn Vliet, jumping a fence of cosmic impossibilities. This is an album that Vliet clearly distanced himself from in interviews.

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
V2023, V 2023 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Bluejeans & Moonbeams(LP, Album, Dra) Virgin, Virgin V2023, V 2023 UK 1974 Sell This Version
MC8-1-1018 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Bluejeans & Moonbeams(8-Trk, Album) Mercury MC8-1-1018 US 1974 Sell This Version
XBLY 840.057, 840 057 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Bluejeans & Moonbeams(LP, Album) Virgin, Virgin XBLY 840.057, 840 057 France 1974 Sell This Version
V2023, V 2023 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Bluejeans & Moonbeams(LP, Album) Virgin, Virgin V2023, V 2023 UK 1974 Sell This Version
88 473 IT, V2023 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Bluejeans & Moonbeams(LP, Album) Virgin, Virgin 88 473 IT, V2023 Benelux 1974 Sell This Version
SRM 1-1018, SRM-1-1018 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Bluejeans & Moonbeams(LP, Album) Mercury, Mercury SRM 1-1018, SRM-1-1018 US 1974 Sell This Version
SRM-1-1018 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Bluejeans & Moonbeams(LP, Album) Mercury SRM-1-1018 US 1974 Sell This Version
SRM 1-1018 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Bluejeans & Moonbeams(LP, Album) Mercury SRM 1-1018 Canada 1974 Sell This Version
SRM 1-1018, SRM-1-1018 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Bluejeans & Moonbeams(LP, Album, Promo, Alb) Mercury, Mercury SRM 1-1018, SRM-1-1018 US 1974 Sell This Version
SRM 1-1018, SRM-1-1018 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Bluejeans & Moonbeams(LP, Album, Uni) Mercury, Mercury SRM 1-1018, SRM-1-1018 US 1974 Sell This Version
LP 5534, V-2023 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Bluejeans & Moonbeams(LP, Album) PGP RTB, Virgin LP 5534, V-2023 Yugoslavia 1975 Sell This Version
88473-I Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Bluejeans & Moonbeams(LP, Album) Virgin 88473-I Spain 1975 Sell This Version
V 2023 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Bluejeans & Moonbeams(LP, Album, Two) Virgin V 2023 UK 1976 Sell This Version
V2023 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Bluejeans & Moonbeams(LP, Album, RE, Red) Virgin V2023 UK 1978 Sell This Version
OVED 19 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Bluejeans & Moonbeams(LP, Album) Virgin OVED 19 Italy 1982 Sell This Version
OVED 19 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Bluejeans & Moonbeams(LP, Album, RE, Red) Virgin OVED 19 UK 1982 Sell This Version
OVED 19 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Bluejeans & Moonbeams(LP, Album, RE, Gre) Virgin OVED 19 UK 1987 Sell This Version
CDV 2023 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Bluejeans & Moonbeams(CD, Album, RE) Virgin CDV 2023 UK 1988 Sell This Version
SRM 1-1018 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Bluejeans & Moonbeams(LP, Album, RE, 180) Mercury SRM 1-1018 US 2000 Sell This Version
CDV 2023, 0946 365515 24 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Bluejeans & Moonbeams(CD, Album, RE, RM) Virgin, EMI CDV 2023, 0946 365515 24 Europe 2006 Sell This Version
CDVR2023, 0946 365515 24 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Bluejeans & Moonbeams(CD, Album, RE, RM) Virgin, EMI CDVR2023, 0946 365515 24 Europe 2006 Sell This Version
CDV 2023, 0946 365515 24 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Bluejeans & Moonbeams(CD, Album, RM, Unofficial) Virgin (2), EMI (2) CDV 2023, 0946 365515 24 Russia 2006 Sell This Version
CDVR2023 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Bluejeans & Moonbeams(CDr, Album, Promo) Virgin CDVR2023 UK 2006 Sell This Version
CDVR2023, 0946 365515 24 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Bluejeans & Moonbeams(CD, Album, RM, RP) Virgin, EMI CDVR2023, 0946 365515 24 Europe 2011 Sell This Version
MOVLP1382 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Bluejeans & Moonbeams(LP, Album, RE) Music On Vinyl MOVLP1382 Europe 2015 Sell This Version
CDVR 2023 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Bluejeans & Moonbeams(CD, Album, Promo, RE) Virgin CDVR 2023 UK Unknown Sell This Version
CDV 2023, 0777 7 87138 2 1 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Bluejeans & Moonbeams(CD, Album, RE) Virgin, Virgin CDV 2023, 0777 7 87138 2 1 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
CDVR2023, 0946 365515 24 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Bluejeans & Moonbeams(CD, Album, RM, RP) Virgin, EMI CDVR2023, 0946 365515 24 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
UK-347 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Bluejeans & Moonbeams(CD, Album, RM, Unofficial) Not On Label (Captain Beefheart) UK-347 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
OVED 19 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Bluejeans & Moonbeams(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, 180) Past & Present Records, Virgin OVED 19 UK Unknown Sell This Version
SRM 1-1018 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Bluejeans & Moonbeams(LP, Album, RE) Mercury SRM 1-1018 US Unknown Sell This Version

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earwax7

earwax7

April 11, 2018
referencing Bluejeans & Moonbeams, LP, Album, Dra, V2023, V 2023
I have spoken to a Captain Beefheart fan from back in the day .he told me that Beefheart never did anything he didn't want to do..including releasing albums.he assured me Beefheart was not pushed into corners
swagski

swagski

April 5, 2009
referencing Bluejeans & Moonbeams, LP, Album, Dra, V2023, V 2023

When I bought this record in 1974, along with its counterpart "Unconditionally Guaranteed", I wasn't aware of the controversy these two Di Martino-produced albums caused (and continue to cause) among hardcore Beefheart fans.

I simply snapped it up on day one for Vliet's rendering of J. J. Cale's 'Same Old Blues'. Yep, the man's done a cover... he's being Vliet here, not Beefheart... the name on the front of the sleeve is perhaps a millstone around Vliet's neck- it raises expectations of experimentation, freeform avant garde blues, et al. They're not here. It's just a solid bluesy album with typical Vliet lyrics.

Ok, so he might sound out of his comfort zone after 'Party Of Special Things To Do', but come on you guys- give the po' boy a break- he was in a hole at the time. Isn't that star-struck Bambi on the sleeve, painted by The Mascara Snake, jumping high enough for you? This track influenced The White Stripes sufficiently for them to do three Vliet covers on a 7" single titled 'Party Of Special Things To Do' in 2000... Good on you Jack White - one in the eye for this Album's critics.

"Love over Gold" I say too, Don. Let's just pretend it's a demo tape by an unknown and give it a listen.