The Magic Band

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A rotating assembly of musicians dedicated to interpreting, recording or performing the concepts and works of songwriter Don Van Vliet, both in support of his performing persona Captain Beefheart and as a solo unit.

Members of an early line-up of The Magic Band (who performed without Vliet at Blue Lakes) also formed the short-lived Mallard. After Vliet's retirement, in 1982, members of the The Magic Band were reformed in 2003 by drummer John French, who also took on the vocal role.

The original Magic Band, formed by guitarist Alexis Snouffer in the mid-sixties, had become a popular rhythm n' blues group "Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band". By the release of their debut album "Safe As Milk" there was much conflict within the group, leading to dramatic changes in its musical direction. With the founder members gone and a troubled trail of label-changes and contract disputes, Don Van Vliet emerged to take control in new directions with his Frank Zappa produced opus "Trout Mask Replica". This was followed by eight further official albums, released under his Beefheart persona, until his retirement in 1982.

On completion of the album "Unconditionally Guaranteed", on which Magic Band founder Snouffer reappeared, the entire band once again had disputes with Vliet and departed. A replacement ensemble was quickly formed for the album's 1974 tour. Lacking full understanding or rehearsals of the Beefheart catalog, this line-up is often cuttingly referred to by passionate followers as 'The Tragic Band'.
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Albums

The Magic Band - Lick My Decals Off, Baby album art Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band - Lick My Decals Off, Baby (Album) Straight US 1970 Sell This Version
The Magic Band - Clear Spot album art Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Clear Spot (Album) Reprise Records Germany 1972 Sell This Version
The Magic Band - Bluejeans & Moonbeams album art Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Bluejeans & Moonbeams (Album) Virgin, Virgin France 1974 Sell This Version
The Magic Band - Unconditionally Guaranteed album art Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Unconditionally Guaranteed (Album) Mercury US 1974 Sell This Version
RL-48-4 The Magic Band - 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
The Magic Band - 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 Canada 1978 Sell This Version
The Magic Band - 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 Netherlands 1980 Sell This Version
The Magic Band - Ice Cream For Crow album art Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band - Ice Cream For Crow (Album) Virgin Canada 1982 Sell This Version
RHM2 7741 The Magic Band - 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
The Magic Band - Dust Sucker album art Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Dust Sucker (Album, Comp) Milksafe Productions UK 2002 Sell This Version
The Magic Band - Back To The Front album art The Magic Band Back To The Front (Album) ATP Recordings USA & Canada 2003 Sell This Version
PRPCD026 The Magic Band - 21st Century Mirror Men album art The Magic Band 21st Century Mirror Men(CD, Album + DVD-V) Proper Records (2) PRPCD026 UK 2005 Sell This Version
MLP12CD The Magic Band - Amsterdam '80 album art Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band - Amsterdam '80(CD, Album) Major League Productions Ltd. MLP12CD UK 2006 Sell This Version
CDVR2238 368577 25 The Magic Band - Live In London - Drury Lane '74 album art Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band - Live In London - Drury Lane '74(CD, Album) Virgin Records Ltd. CDVR2238 368577 25 UK 2006 Sell This Version
The Magic Band - Performing The Music Of Captain Beefheart - 1: Oxford, U.K. June 6, 2005 album art The Magic Band Performing The Music Of Captain Beefheart - 1: Oxford, U.K. June 6, 2005 (Album) Sundazed Music US 2011 Sell This Version
OZITLP 8008 The Magic Band - Translucent Fresnel album art Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Translucent Fresnel(2xLP, Comp) Ozit-Morpheus Records, Dandelion Records (3) OZITLP 8008 UK 2011 Sell This Version
PRPCD116 The Magic Band - Plays the Music of Captain Beefheart: Live In London, 2013 album art The Magic Band Plays the Music of Captain Beefheart: Live In London, 2013(CD, Album) Proper Records (2) PRPCD116 UK 2014 Sell This Version
The Magic Band - Somewhere Over Paris album art Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band - Somewhere Over Paris (Album) Let Them Eat Vinyl UK 2014 Sell This Version
The Magic Band - Somewhere Over Detroit album art Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band - Somewhere Over Detroit (Album) Let Them Eat Vinyl UK 2015 Sell This Version
OZIT DAN LP 8024 The Magic Band - Rough, Raw And Amazing (Live At Leicester De Montfort Hall 1972) album art Don Van Vliet And The Magic Band Don Van Vliet And The Magic Band - Rough, Raw And Amazing (Live At Leicester De Montfort Hall 1972)(2xLP, Num, Yel) Dandelion Records, Ozit-Morpheus Records OZIT DAN LP 8024 2015 Sell This Version
MSIL 230 The Magic Band Plays the Music of Captain Beefheart: Live In London, 2013(CD, Album, Pap) Proper Records (2), MSI (Music Scene Incorporated) MSIL 230 Japan 2015 Sell This Version
The Magic Band - Live At Knebworth Park Saturday 5th July, 1975 album art Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Live At Knebworth Park Saturday 5th July, 1975 Dandelion Records, Ozit-Morpheus Records UK 2016 Sell This Version
GONZO GSGZ006CD The Magic Band - Easy Teeth album art Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Easy Teeth(2xCD, Album, RE, RM) Gonzo Multimedia GONZO GSGZ006CD UK 2016 Sell This Version
GZO109CD The Magic Band - Somewhere Over California: Live At The Country Club, Reseda, California 1981 album art Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band - Somewhere Over California: Live At The Country Club, Reseda, California 1981(2xCD, Album) Gonzo Multimedia GZO109CD UK 2016 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

The Magic Band - Too Much Time album art Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band - Too Much Time (Single) Reprise Records US 1972 Sell This Version