Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band - Live in Huntington Beach 1978 (Easy Teeth Bootleg) - Part 1

Posted: Aug 20, 2011

Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band Easy Teeth Bootleg Golden Bear, Huntington Beach, CA February 18, 1978 Part 1: Hair Pie: Bake 3 (mistitled as Flavor Bud Living) Suction Prints (unlisted) Electricity Part 2: Click Clack A Carrot Is As Close As A Rabbit Gets To A Diamond Floppy Boot Stomp Part 3: Bat Chain Puller Nowadays A Woman's Gotta Hit A Man Crazy Little Thing Part 4: When I See Mommy I Feel Like A Mummy Owed T'Alex I Love You, You Big Dummy (poem reading by Don Van Vliet) Low Yo Yo Stuff Part 5: Pachuco Cadaver Abba Zaba Grow Fins Part 6: Dali's Car China Pig "Denny Walley on guitar" Part 7: Sure 'Nuff 'N Yes I Do Sun Zoom Spark When You Smile (vocals: Paul 'Easy Teeth' Young) Big Eyed Beans From Venus Golden Birdies Whitney Quinn: One time (late '70's?) I got a chance to meet him backstage at the Golden Bear in Huntington Beach, California, and Don and I spent about two hours in a wonderful one-on-one conversation, where we talked about everything BUT music. Being a professional musician myself, I'm not usually an awe-struck fan, but, punk kid that I was, I asked Don if he might autograph an LP for me. He said sure, so I went back to my car, came back with an armful and said, "Which one?" His eyes lit up, and Don signed every one, inscribed, "To Whitney - love over gold. Love, Don" and the date. The things I remember most about seeing him and his band were the consistently tight ensemble playing, the roaringly powerful performances by Don himself, his gentle and playful interaction with his audiences and his beautiful soprano sax improvisation. That such creative energy can be physically contained in one body is astonishing. Steve Froy: This is a 2 record US bootleg with a heavy card cover featuring a black and white photograph on the front of Don wearing sunglasses and looking uncomfortable on a sofa. The labels are black spirals on a yellow background. A reasonable quality but a bit bass-y recording of an excellent show which includes a rare (but not very successful!) outing for 'Sure Nuff'. The crowd sound pretty stoked and Don attempts to calm them down between songs by reciting various lyrics, including 'Big Dummy' and 'China Pig'. He tries to gain their sympathy with "they put these damned lights on me and give me no water!". He also tells the Roland Kirk and ribs story. Before 'Owed T'Alex' he explains the song's about Alex St Claire and his tendency to always blame things on his motorbike and then after 'Electricity' he says "that song is 25 years old ... it's a square dance .. that's right ... it's a dance for squares". At one point he realises Bruce Fowler is in the audience and, amid much whooping from the audience, tries to get him to join the band on stage, vaguely asking someone "do you have a trombone?".