Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band

Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band

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American rock group from Lancaster, California, formed in 1965 by Alex St. Clair Snouffer, and fronted by Don Van Vliet.

After two singles in the vein of "popular rhythm n' blues," the group underwent dramatic changes in their musical style, culminating in the Frank Zappa-produced album "Trout Mask Replica", a work conceived and directed by Don Van Vliet - better known as Captain Beefheart. He then followed a career as a solo artist, working with a rotating assembly of musicians comprising The Magic Band.

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Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band Discography

Albums

Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band Safe As Milk (Album, Comp) Buddah Records US 1967 Sell This Version
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Strictly Personal (Album) Blue Thumb Records, Blue Thumb Records UK 1968 Sell This Version
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica (Album) Straight, Straight UK 1969 Sell This Version
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Mirror Man (Album) Buddah Records US 1971 Sell This Version
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* The Mirror Man Sessions (Comp, Album) Buddha Records Europe 1999 Sell This Version
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Grow Fins: Rarities (1965-1982) (Album) Revenant US 1999 Sell This Version
LP 5217 Captain Beefheart + His Magic Band* It Comes To You In A Plain Brown Wrapper(2xLP, Album, 180) Sundazed Music LP 5217 US 2008 Sell This Version
LETV110LP Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* The Lost Broadcasts(LP) Let Them Eat Vinyl LETV110LP UK 2013 Sell This Version
DOR2028H Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band Live In Kansas City, 1974(LP) DOL DOR2028H Europe 2015 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band Moonchild (Single) A&M Records US 1966 Sell This Version
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Diddy Wah Diddy (Single) A&M Records Canada 1966 Sell This Version
none Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Here I Am, Here I Always Am(Acetate, 10", S/Sided, Single, Mono) Sunset Sound Recorders none US 1966 Sell This Version
65975 Captain Beefheart* Frying Pan(Acetate, 10", S/Sided) A&M Records 65975 US 1966 Sell This Version
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Yellow Brick Road (Single) Buddah Records US 1967 Sell This Version
U3KM-5550, U3KM-5553 Captain Beefheart* Sure Enough / Grown So Ugly(Acetate, 10", Single, Mono) RCA, RCA U3KM-5550, U3KM-5553 US 1967 Sell This Version
Captain Beefheart* Sure 'Nuff 'N Yes I Do (Single) Buddah Records, Barclay France 1968 Sell This Version
BD 1 Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band Zig Zag Wanderer(7", Single) Buddah Records BD 1 Netherlands 1968 Sell This Version
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Plastic Factory / Where There's Woman (Single) Buddah Records US 1969 Sell This Version
PRO 434 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band* Radio Spots For Captain Beefheart "Lick My Decals Off, Baby"(7", Single, Promo) Reprise Records PRO 434 US 1970 Sell This Version
2C 006-91200 M, 2C 006-91.200 M Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Pachuco Cadaver(7", Single) Straight, Straight 2C 006-91200 M, 2C 006-91.200 M France 1970 Sell This Version
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Diddy Wah Diddy (EP, Comp) A&M Records UK 1971 Sell This Version
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Sure 'Nuff 'N' Yes I Do (Single) Buddah Records, Pye Records UK 1978 Sell This Version

Compilations

Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band The Legendary A&M Sessions (Comp, Maxi, MiniAlbum) A&M Records US 1984 Sell This Version
Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band Safe As Milk / Mirror Man (Album, Comp) Castle Communications UK 1988 Sell This Version
CD CRM 1032 Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band Frownland(CD, Comp) Charly Records CD CRM 1032 Europe 1995 Sell This Version

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GoodGuyAttorney

GoodGuyAttorney

September 22, 2014
Agreed. I suggest a singular artist entry for "Captain Beefheart." The titles such asCaptain Beefheart And His Magic Band - Safe As Milk, Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* - Strictly Personal, Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* - Trout Mask Replica and Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* - Mirror Man (along with any single issues form those LPs) will then also identify "The Magic Band" (with an ANV for "His Magic Band") as artists. Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band - Lick My Decals Off, Baby through Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band - Ice Cream For Crow currently identify Captain Beefheart as a "solo" artist and The Magic Band as separate artists, so the change will not be drastic. Unofficial, early acetates, some early singles, promotional discs and appearances on compilations and as guest artists will then be included under one artist.

These confusing submissions will then be corrected: Captain Beefheart is currently credited on Frank Zappa - Hot Rats in 1969 under the "solo" Captain Beefheart artist listing, but that artist didn't release an official recording until Decals in 1970. Likewise, acetates from the Safe As Milk sessions and the earlier A&M sessions are only credited on the label to "Captain Beefheart" without any mention of a Magic Band (See:Captain Beefheart* - Frying Pan, Captain Beefheart* - Sure Enough / Grown So Ugly and Captain Beefheart* - Sure 'Nuff 'N Yes I Do). Those very early submissions are now listed under the "solo" Captain Beefheart rather than the chronologically correct "Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band" (or should it be "Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band?"). Those very early submissions simply don't make sense chronologically even though they appear correct based on the releases' information. Unofficial recordings are even more confusing when those records only identify the artist as Captain Beefheart. Captain Beefheart - Another Chapter From The Lives And Times Of Captain Beefheart is an example of an unofficial double disc release with one disc of "His Magic Band" material and one disc of "The Magic Band" material, but is listed under the "solo" artist Captain Beefheart. Conversely, Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* - Grow Fins: Rarities (1965-1982) is a conglomeration of material from both "His Magic Band" and "The Magic Band" eras, yet is listed under the "His Magic Band" listing. Even more confusing is the fact that Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* - Trout Mask Replica and Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band - Lick My Decals Off, Baby are recorded by essentially the same personnel, yet those releases are listed under different artists.

Other confusing, and arguably incorrect submissions include Captain Beefheart - Captain Beefheart At His Best and Captain Beefheart - Zig Zag Wanderer which both only credit the "solo" Captain Beefheart," but are both listed under the "His Magic Band" artist. Yes they are reissues of Safe As Milk, but they only credit Captain Beefheart without any mention of a Magic Band - similar to the early singles and acetates identified above which are listed under the "solo" artist without any mention of a Magic Band. Which is correct and which is incorrect? Then there is Captain Beefheart / Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band - Safe As Milk / Mirror Man, which is a compilation of Safe as Milk and Mirror Man, both "His Magic Band" era releases that were originally credited to Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band. Captain Beefheart / Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band - Safe As Milk / Mirror Man is only credited to Captain Beefheart on the cover and label, yet shows art of the original Safe As Milk and Mirror Man covers that identify Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band as the artist. Captain Beefheart / Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band - Safe As Milk / Mirror Man is listed under both the Captain Beefheart and Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band artists entries and, inexplicitly, has even received "Correct" votes.

Based on the foregoing inconsistent submissions, it appears clear that the only way to correct these confusing listings is to merge the Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band artist into the Captain Beefheart artist while maintaining the separate The Magic Band artist.
rollinred251

rollinred251

August 15, 2014
It does seem ludicrous to have entries for 'Captain Beefheart' and also 'Captain Beefheart & His (or The) Magic Band.' - Half the band's Albums and Singles released are in different lists? I have found this extremely difficult when searching for or submitting entries and it does seem to have caused problems with people often submitting the same release in different sections.
.. Would it not be simpler to have all releases under 'Captain Beefheart & His (or The) Magic Band?'

NB. The section for 'The Magic Band' should stay because that is the 2004 reformed Magic Band without Captain Beefheart.
jokedevivre

jokedevivre

September 27, 2013
I agree that it's totally ridiculous to chop Beefheart's discography in two based on different iterations of the Magic Band. Is there an easy-ish way to remedy this without having to change it on every pressing of every release?
Cool_Bloke_Upstairs

Cool_Bloke_Upstairs

March 31, 2013
Well, I correct myself. I've just seen that there are a couple of recordings of The Magic Band without Cpt. Beefheart, (after he died) but I still think that Captain Beefheart and HIS or THE Magic Band should go into the same entry. Is only a technicality and very very fussy to separate the just because of that...
Stonehunter

Stonehunter

September 20, 2011
Excuse me, but where are all his other albums, like Lick My Decals Off Baby, Clear Spot, Spotlight Kid, Bluejeans & Moonbeams, Unconditionally Guaranteed, Ice Cream For Crow, Bat Chain Puller and Doc At The Radar Station? Or did I just imagine these? Please complete this discography...

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