Captain Beefheart

Real Name:
Don Glen Vliet
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Born: 15th January 1941, Glendale, California, USA
Died: 17th December 2010, Arcata, California, USA.
Captain Beefheart, aka Don Van Vliet; vocalist, harp-player, saxophonist, flautist, songwriter, lyricist, poet & painter. As a frontman of "Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band" or as artist working with or without The Magic Band the captain recorded a dozen official albums and more besides. Later on, a lot of live releases would follow - some of them perhaps not entirely official. Van Vliet's career path was also interwoven with that of Frank Zappa, and was followed by secluded 'retirement' with his wife in 1982 - when he began painting full-time. He maintained an affinity with wild life throughout his life and was a keen conservationist. He forged a successful career as a painter, exhibiting in galleries in New York, the UK & Europe, before dying of complications from multiple sclerosis. First recorded appearance: "A Low Forceps Delivery", featuring Don Glen Vliet, at Glendale Research Hospital 16:25 hours on 1941-01-15.
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BDS 5001 Captain Beefheart - Safe As Milk album art Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band* Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band* - Safe As Milk (Album, Comp) Buddah Records BDS 5001 US 1967 Sell This Version
none Captain Beefheart - Untitled album art Captain Beefheart Untitled(Acetate, LP, Mono) RCA, Kamasutra Records none US 1967 Sell This Version
none Captain Beefheart - Untitled  album art Captain Beefheart Untitled (Acetate, LP) Bell Sound Studios, Inc. none US 1967 Sell This Version
LBS 83172 Captain Beefheart - Strictly Personal album art Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band* Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band* - Strictly Personal (Album) Blue Thumb Records, Blue Thumb Records, Blue Thumb Records LBS 83172 UK 1968 Sell This Version
STS 1053, 2 STS 1053 Captain Beefheart - Trout Mask Replica album art Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* - Trout Mask Replica (Album) Straight, Straight STS 1053, 2 STS 1053 US 1969 Sell This Version
6420, RS 6420, RS-6420 Captain Beefheart - Lick My Decals Off, Baby album art Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band - Lick My Decals Off, Baby (Album) Straight 6420, RS 6420, RS-6420 US 1970 Sell This Version
BDS 5077 Captain Beefheart - Mirror Man album art Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* - Mirror Man (Album) Buddah Records BDS 5077 US 1971 Sell This Version
PRO 447 Captain Beefheart - An Interview With Captain Beefheart / Ry Cooder - Talking About album art Captain Beefheart / Ry Cooder Captain Beefheart / Ry Cooder - An Interview With Captain Beefheart / Ry Cooder - Talking About(LP, Mono, Promo) Reprise Records PRO 447 US 1971 Sell This Version
REP 54.007 Captain Beefheart - Clear Spot album art Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Clear Spot (Album) Reprise Records REP 54.007 Germany 1972 Sell This Version
REP 44 162 Captain Beefheart - The Spotlight Kid album art Captain Beefheart The Spotlight Kid (Album) Reprise Records REP 44 162 Germany 1972 Sell This Version
RL-37-2 Captain Beefheart - The Spotlight Kid / Tapestry album art Captain Beefheart / Don McLean Captain Beefheart / Don McLean - The Spotlight Kid / Tapestry(LP, Transcription) AFRTS RL-37-2 US 1972 Sell This Version
SRM 1-1018 Captain Beefheart - Bluejeans & Moonbeams album art Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Bluejeans & Moonbeams (Album) Virgin, Virgin SRM 1-1018 Canada 1974 Sell This Version
SRM-1-709 Captain Beefheart - Unconditionally Guaranteed album art Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Unconditionally Guaranteed (Album) Mercury SRM-1-709 Canada 1974 Sell This Version
RL-48-4 Captain Beefheart - Desitively Bonnaroo / Unconditionally Guaranteed album art Dr. John / Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band Dr. John / Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band - Desitively Bonnaroo / Unconditionally Guaranteed(LP, Transcription) AFRTS RL-48-4 US 1974 Sell This Version
K 59209 Captain Beefheart - Bongo Fury album art Zappa* / Beefheart* / Mothers* Zappa* / Beefheart* / Mothers* - Bongo Fury (Album) Discreet K 59209 UK 1975 Sell This Version
RL 20-6 Captain Beefheart - Bongo Fury / Another Live album art Zappa* / Beefheart* / Mothers* / Todd Rundgren's Utopia* Zappa* / Beefheart* / Mothers* / Todd Rundgren's Utopia* - Bongo Fury / Another Live(LP, Transcription) AFRTS RL 20-6 US 1976 Sell This Version
M8 3256 Captain Beefheart - Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller) album art Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller) (Album) Warner Bros. Records M8 3256 US 1978 Sell This Version
202870 Captain Beefheart - Doc At The Radar Station album art Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Doc At The Radar Station (Album) Virgin 202870 France 1980 Sell This Version
V2237 Captain Beefheart - Ice Cream For Crow album art Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band - Ice Cream For Crow (Album) Virgin V2237 Australia 1982 Sell This Version
MPG 74025 Captain Beefheart - London 1974 album art Captain Beefheart London 1974 (Album) Movieplay Gold MPG 74025 Portugal 1994 Sell This Version
XER-LP 97 7/8 Captain Beefheart - Grow Fins: Rarities (1965-1982) album art Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* - Grow Fins: Rarities (1965-1982) (Album) Revenant XER-LP 97 7/8 US 1999 Sell This Version
74321 91644 1 S125038 Captain Beefheart - The Mirror Man Sessions album art Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* - The Mirror Man Sessions (Comp, Album) Buddha Records 74321 91644 1 S125038 UK & Europe 1999 Sell This Version
RHM2 7741 Captain Beefheart - I'm Going To Do What I Wanna Do (Live At My Father's Place 1978) album art Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - I'm Going To Do What I Wanna Do (Live At My Father's Place 1978)(2xCD, Album, Ltd, Num) Rhino Handmade RHM2 7741 US 2000 Sell This Version
BF6003 Captain Beefheart - Dust Sucker album art Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Dust Sucker (Album, Comp) Milksafe Productions BF6003 UK 2002 Sell This Version
VIPER CD 011 Captain Beefheart - Magnetic Hands (Captain Beefheart And His Magic Bands Live In The UK 72-80) album art Captain Beefheart Magnetic Hands (Captain Beefheart And His Magic Bands Live In The UK 72-80)(CD, Album, Liv) Viper (2) VIPER CD 011 UK 2002 Sell This Version

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WOEBOT

WOEBOT

August 17, 2016
Discogs should reconcile the two entries for Beefheart into one profile. The current split is a poor memorial. I don't even think it does the original Magic Band any service.

https://www.discogs.com/artist/119009-Captain-Beefheart

and

https://www.discogs.com/artist/256164-Captain-Beefheart-And-His-Magic-Band
swagski

swagski

January 29, 2010
Could it be that Beefheart was the big dummy and Vliet the ventriloquist?...

The name "Don Vliet" first appeared before the record-buying public on “Who Do You Think You're Fooling”. A self-penned B-side to his first official single “Diddy Wah Diddy”, a cover of a Bo Diddley hit, released early in 1966 under his performing persona of "Captain Beefheart", fronting one of the early line-ups of "The Magic Band". This B-side also appeared on the band's second single "Moonchild" in the UK, which had another Don Vliet number "Frying Pan" on the flipside in America. It was not until the release, a year later, of the "Safe As Milk" album and its "Yellow Brick Road" single that Vliet's nom de plume of "Don Van Vliet" would emerge.

By July 1966 the name "Don Vliet" had also featured on the sleeve of a ground-breaking double album, listed on the inner gatefold of ‘Freak Out!’ by ‘The Mothers Of Invention’. A small but significant credit, buried enigmatically among 8 columns of 179 entries, headed “These people have contributed materially in many ways to make our music what it is. Please do not hold it against them”. A credit that stands as an open acknowledgement from Frank Zappa to a mutual creative relationship, representing the ‘stick that poked down’ in two musical paths that began when they met as two disaffected teenagers at Antelope Valley Junior High. Two paths on tracks that would criss-cross throughout their careers in the making of music ‘from the other side of the fence’.

Whilst Zappa managed to carve his own vast and unique genre in the output of ‘alternative rock’ the work of Don Van Vliet often lay dormant in the wings of mainstream popularity, defying classification. His key talent was his voice. His vocal rendering akin to that of Chester Burnett, plumbed from the depths of the delta swamps, vibrantly delivered like the saxophones of Kirk or Coleman - with whom he briefly associated. Whilst his own accompaniment of ‘free-jazz’ saxophone or other reed-instrument playing should not be considered in the same light as such artists, his skilled blues harmonica was fittingly brought to bear in much of his work. In this respect Vliet also pops up in two further nomenclatures on Zappa works, as "Bloodshot Rollin’ Red" and, one assumes, his college-pal nickname of "Donnie Vliet".

Lyrically, Vliet’s work comes from all points of the compass. It ranges from the unashamedly romantic “Her Eyes Are A Blue Million Miles”, used in the film “The Big Lebowski”, to the gritty blues howl of “Hard Workin’ Man” on the Nitsche soundtrack of the film “Blue Collar”. Then there is the other side of the coin, where Vliet plays the wild card. The Jack of uncourtly prose and obliquity. From the angst-ridden “Veteran’s Day Poppy”, “Dachau Blues” or “Ashtray Heart”, to the angularity of “Brickbats” or the acidic dreamscape of “Making Love To A Vampire With A Monkey On My Knee”. If Vliet had a failing it was the fact that he never compromised, much to the chagrin of the many record executives with whom he dealt. He was so often an idiosyncratic and self-centered personality, like a Munchausen character, conducting his own world of dreams and imaginings. A trait which both distanced him from the realities of the music industry and the musicians with whom he worked. He became an artist who was hostage to fortune and circumstance, a dropout fish continually in search of a school in which to swim.

Vliet made his last official album “Ice Cream For Crow” in 1982 and retired from the attractions of the ‘turquoise jewelry’ that was the 'music business'. He headed off into the sunset of the Mohave desert with his wife Jan to take up his love of painting and poetry full-time. An encapsulation of his artistic direction and success in this field can be found in the limited edition of “Riding Some Kind Of Unusual Skull Sleigh”, an art catalogue of prints with a CD of poems in a hand-made box set. This also contains a DVD of a short documentary film by Anton Corbijn. A film that also appeared on general release, entitled “Some YoYo Stuff”.

From the blues-oriented debut album “Safe As Milk”, hailed by 'Rolling Stone' magazine as “One of the forgotten classics of rock and roll“, to the third free-reined and iconic album “Trout Mask Replica” described by the magazine as “...the most astounding and most important work of art ever to appear on a phonograph record”, Vliet took the world of ‘alternative rock music’ and shook it by the throat. For those who had ears, for those who became his hardcore followers, the world was never the same again. Don Van Vliet will continue to be one of the most important of ‘underground rock’ musicians in our time.

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