Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* ‎– Grow Fins: Rarities (1965-1982)

Label:
Revenant ‎– Revenant 210
Format:
4 × CD
CD, Enhanced
Box Set, Album
Country:
Released:
Genre:
Style:

Tracklist Hide Credits

Just Got Back From The City (1965-67)
1-1 Obeah Man (1966 Demo) 2:47
1-2 Just Got Back From The City (1966 Demo) 1:53
1-3 I'm Glad (1966 Demo) 3:44
1-4 Triple Combination (1966 Demo) 2:48
1-5 Here I Am I Always Am (Early 1966 Demo) 3:15
1-6 Here I Am I Always Am (Later 1966 Demo) 2:32
1-7 Somebody In My Home (1966 Live)
Written-By – Chester Burnett
3:03
1-8 Tupelo (1966 Live)
Written-By – Hooker*
4:15
1-9 Evil Is Going On (1966 Live)
Written-By [Uncredited] – Willie Dixon
2:33
1-10 Old Folks Boogie (1967 Live)
Written-By – Slim Green
3:15
1-11 Call On Me (1965 Demo)
Drums – Vic Mortensen
3:04
1-12 Sure Nuff N Yes I Do (1967 Demo) 2:11
1-13 Yellow Brick Road (1967 Demo) 1:45
1-14 Plastic Factory (1967 Demo) 2:57
Electricity (1967-68)
2-1 Electricity (1968 Live)
Tin Whistle – Don Van Vliet
3:42
2-2 Sure Nuff N Yes I Do (1968 Live)
Tin Whistle – Don Van Vliet
2:57
2-3 Rollin N Tumblin (1968 Live) 11:08
2-4 Electricity (1968 Live) 3:54
2-5 Yer Gonna Need Somebody On Yer Bond (1968 Live) 6:25
2-6 Kandy Korn (1968 Live) 4:21
2-7 Korn Ring Finger (1967 Demo) 7:23
Trout Mask House Sessions (1969)
3-1 (Untitled 1) 4:59
3-2 (Untitled 2) 8:18
3-3 Hair Pie: Bake 1 5:04
3-4 Hair Pie: Bake 2 2:44
3-5 (Untitled 5) 1:04
3-6 Hobo Chang Ba 2:02
3-7 (Untitled 7) 1:57
3-8 Hobo Chang Ba (Take 2) 3:08
3-9 Dachau Blues 2:06
3-10 Old Fart At Play 1:23
3-11 (Untitled 11) 1:01
3-12 Pachuco Cadaver 4:08
3-13 Sugar N Spikes 2:40
3-14 (Untitled 14) 1:00
3-15 Sweet Sweet Bulbs 2:30
3-16 Frownland (Take 1) 2:51
3-17 Frownland 1:52
3-18 (Untitled 18) 1:10
3-19 Ella Guru 2:33
3-20 (Untitled 20) 0:08
3-21 She's Too Much For My Mirror 1:30
3-22 (Untitled 22) 0:35
3-23 Steal Softly Through Snow 2:22
3-24 (Untitled 24) 1:51
3-25 My Human Gets Me Blues 2:53
3-26 (Untitled 26) 1:05
3-27 When Big Joan Sets Up 4:32
3-28 (Untitled 28) 0:04
3-29 (Untitled 29) 0:56
3-30 China Pig 4:14
Trout Mask House Sessions (Storytime Portion) (1969)
4-1 Blimp 5:09
4-2 Herb 1:06
4-3 Septic Tank 0:51
4-4 Overdub
Voice [At End] – Frank Zappa
5:26
Cannes Beach, France, 1968 6:58
4-Video1a Electricity
4-Video1b Sure Nuff N Yes I Do
Amougies, Belgium, 1969 5:31
4-Video2a She's Too Much For My Mirror
4-Video2b My Human Gets Me Blues
Detroit, Michigan, 1971 12:51
4-Video3a When Big Joan Sets Up
4-Video3b Woe Is Uh Me Bop
4-Video3c Bellerin Plain
Paris, France, 1972 2:55
4-Video4a Click Clack
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band Grow Fins (1969-82)
5-1 My Human Gets Me Blues (1969 Live)
Drums – Jeff Bruchell
3:56
5-2 When Big Joan Sets Up (1971 Live)
Marimba – Art Tripp
6:13
5-3 Woe Is Uh Me Bop (1971 Live)
Marimba – Art Tripp
2:46
5-4 Bellerin Plain (1971 Live)
Marimba – Art Tripp
3:26
5-5 Black Snake Moan (1972 Radio Phone-In) 1:04
5-6 Grow Fins (1972 Live) 5:12
5-7 Black Snake Moan II (1972 Radio) 1:52
5-8 Spitball Scalped Uh Baby (1972 Live) 9:16
5-9 Harp Boogie I (1972 Radio) 1:34
5-10 One Red Rose Than I Mean (1972 Live) 1:48
5-11 Harp Boogie II (1972 Radio) 0:55
5-12 Natchez Burning (1972 Radio)
Written-By – Burnett*
0:45
5-13 Harp Boogie III (1972 Radio Phone-In) 0:52
5-14 Click Clack (1973 Live)
Bass – Roy Estrada
2:53
5-15 Orange Claw Hammer (1975 Radio)
Acoustic Guitar – Frank Zappa
4:39
5-16 Odd Jobs (1975 Piano Demo)
Piano – Don Van Vliet
5:13
5-17 Odd Jobs (1976 Band Demo)
Guitar – Denny Walley, John FrenchSynthesizer – John Thomas (5)
5:12
5-18 Vampire Suite (1980 Worktapes/Live)
Drums – Robert Williams*Guitar – Jeff Moris Tepper, John French, Richard SnyderKeyboards, Mellotron – Eric Drew FeldmanWhistle – Don Van Vliet
3:48
5-19 Mellotron Improv (1978 Live)
Keyboards, Synthesizer, Mellotron – Don Van Vliet
1:25
5-20 Evening Bell (1980 Piano Worktape)
Piano – Don Van Vliet
0:56
5-21 Evening Bell (1982 Guitar Worktape)
Guitar – Gary Lucas
2:18
5-22 Mellotron Improv (1980 Live)
Keyboards, Synthesizer, Mellotron – Don Van Vliet
2:22
5-23 Flavor Bud Living (1980 Live)
Guitar – Gary Lucas
1:16

Companies, etc.

Credits

Notes

This box set consists of heavy card photo-laminated outer box, containing heavy card photo-laminated wallet book that has a 112-page booklet & 5 CDs (in 5 natural card jackets) bound into the wallet spine. Booklet contains interviews, essays and rare photos, as well as track info.

Disc 4 is a partially-enhanced CD [Macromedia / Quicktime] containing tracks of live footage from 1968-72 performances.

Tracks 1-1 to 1-3 recorded at Original Sound, Hollywood, C.A.
Track 1-4 recorded at Vliet's mother's house, Carolside, Lancaster, CA. (One channel uses an 'Electrovoice 664' microphone for Vliet).
Tracks 1-5, 1-6, recorded at Wally Heider Studios, Hollywood, CA.
Tracks 1-7 to 1-10 recorded live at Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, CA. (Aug/Sep '67).
Track 1-11 recorded at Gold Star Studios, Los Angeles, CA.
Tracks 1-12 to 1-14 recorded at Original Sound Studios, Los Angeles, CA.
Tracks 2-1, 2-2 recorded live at MIDEM Pop Festival, Cannes beach, France.
Tracks 2-3 to 2-6 recorded live at Frank Freeman's Dance Studio, Kidderminster, UK.
Track 2-7 recorded at T.T.G Studios, Los Angeles, CA.
Tracks 3-1 to 4-4 recorded at the Magic Band house, Ensenada Drive, Woodhills, CA.
(3-2 voices are Amway delivery driver & his wife.
3-3 - 3-4 are outtakes and NOT the identically titled tracks on TMR. This is true of other similarly titled tracks to TMR on CD3- all outtakes)
Track 4-2 is reference to Herb Alpert (A&M), not Herb Bermann.
Track 5-1 recorded live at Amougies, Belgium 1969.
Tracks 5-2 to 5-4 recorded live at Detroit Tubeworks. (Jan 1971).
Tracks 5-5 and 5-13 recorded live via phone-in radio KHSU, CA.
Tracks 5-6, 5-8 & 5-12 recorded live at Bickershaw Festival, Lancashire, UK.
Tracks 5-7, 5-9, 5-11 and 5-12 recorded live at radio WBCN, Boston, MA.
Track 5-10 recorded live at Town Hall, NYC.
Track 5-14 recorded live at Bataclan, Paris.
Track 5-15 recorded live at radio KWST.
Track 5-18 recorded live at The Venue, London, UK.
Track 5-19 recorded live at Paradise, Boston, MA.
Track 5-21 recorded at home, NYC.
Track 5-22 recorded live at Stanhope, NJ. (1980).
Track 5-23 recorded live at Beacon Theater, NYC. (1980).

Track 1-5 voice references to "her" & "she" being Dorothy Heard - relating to the demo gaining an A&M signing for the band via Heard and Grant.

Track 1-8 also known as "Tupelo, Mississippi".
©Hooker

Track 1-9 Credited incorrectly in booklet to Chester Burnett (Howlin' Wolf), who recorded it. It was written for him by Willie Dixon.
Also known as "Evil (Is Going On)".
©Burnett (Evil Is Going On; Natchez Burning; Somebody In My Home)

Track 2-3 is a traditional blues song, recently attributable to McKinley Morganfield in its most popular form.
Tracks 5-5 & 5-7 is a traditional blues song, most recently attributable to Blind Lemon Jefferson in its most popular form.

Art Direction at "world of anArchie, Atlanta, Georgia"
Audio at "Gravelvoice, Seattle, Wshington".
Mastering at "Airshow Mastering, Boulder, Colorado"
Remastering at "Bill Schnee Studios, California"

℗©1999 John Fahey's 'Revenant'
Under license from various owners.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Underside Of Outer Box-Sleeve): 6 30814 0210 23
  • Matrix / Runout (CD 1): 3422-2-1 ALLIED DT
  • Mastering SID Code (CD 1): IFPI L452
  • Mould SID Code (CD 1): ifpi 7715
  • Matrix / Runout (CD 2): 3498-1-1 ALLIED DT
  • Mastering SID Code (CD 2): IFPI L451
  • Mould SID Code (CD 2): ifpi 7708
  • Matrix / Runout (CD 3): 3385-2-1 ALLIED DT
  • Mastering SID Code (CD 3): IFPI L452
  • Mould SID Code (CD 3): ifpi 7709
  • Matrix / Runout (CD 4): 3422-1-1 ALLIED DT
  • Mastering SID Code (CD 4): IFPI L451
  • Mould SID Code (CD 4): ifpi 7702
  • Matrix / Runout (CD 5): 3402-1-1 ALLIED DT
  • Mastering SID Code (CD 5): IFPI L451
  • Mould SID Code (CD 5): ifpi 7714

Recommendations

Reviews

Add Review

swagski

swagski

April 3, 2009

From the formative years of a pre low-register Beefheart in the 1966 demo of "Obeah Man" on the opening track of CD 1, to the instrumental complexities of the Gary Lucas rendering of "Flavor Bud Living" on the closing track 23, CD 5, this excellently produced and presented box set should enable every keen collector to join up an awful lot of dots in the magical musical journey of the obscure genius that is Captain Beefheart.

This is a formidable collection of cuts, track out-takes, field recordings, enhanced CD video footage, snippets and mutterings, all cleverly herded together by the production team and supported by a glossy 112-page booklet of extensive notes & photos that provides invaluable insights in the machinations of the band's development. This retrospective project, thanks to Revenant's John Fahey, has enabled John 'Drumbo' French to dig deep among band member's memories to provide a fascinating historical document. A credit to French, and one he didn't get on the all-important 'Trout Mask Replica', which is just one of the key albums you'll really need to familiarize yourself with - along with the 'Grow Fins' title source on 'The Spotlight Kid' - before tackling this five-star cornucopia of delights.

The highlight for me is the Captain's rendering of "Orange Claw Hammer", accompanied by Frank Zappa on acoustic guitar. A duet by two alumni of the genre who's paths crossed so often, but were alike as chalk and cheese. Possessing this box set is not a matter of life and death. It's more important than that...

Not one for the faint-hearted.