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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrotum Scissor View Post
    Rustic Hinge (with Drachen Theaker and the Arthur Brown-connection),
    Awaiting delivery on Sun Zoom Spark, bought for Decals and the rarities disc (which should have had many more tracks) but glad to hear that the booklet is good too.

    Delighted to se mention of Rustic Hinge, totally in thrall to the Captain though they were their few recordings have stayed with me for as long as Beefhearts, and to think that almost no-one has heard the completed T On The Lawn with vocals is criminal, wish had a better quality tape of it.

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    Boy, back when the stuff came out there didn't seem to be many brains drinking up the Beefheart albums. Good to see them being appreciated. Can't pick a favorite, (love em'all and can't argue w/ the Decals camp) but Veteran's Day Poppy and Kandy Korn were real good early gateway opiates.

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    I only have Trout & Shiny, though I used to own Strictly Personal & Mirror Man (they're probably in a box of vinyl somewhere). It took me forever to connect with Trout but the others connected quickly. I prefer 'some' Zappa but its a limited list. Guess I need to add Lick My Decals at some stage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NogbadTheBad View Post
    I only have Trout & Shiny, though I used to own Strictly Personal & Mirror Man (they're probably in a box of vinyl somewhere). It took me forever to connect with Trout but the others connected quickly. I prefer 'some' Zappa but its a limited list. Guess I need to add Lick My Decals at some stage.
    iTunes has Decals. I think you'd love it. I've still never heard Strictly Personal OR Mirror Man!
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    Is Bluejeans and Moonbeams (which I've never heard) salvageable or does it deserve its reputation?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oreb View Post
    Is Bluejeans and Moonbeams (which I've never heard) salvageable of dose it deserve its reputation?
    It's not painful to listen to or anything; it just has very, very little of what makes the Captain unique.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr_Rubbish View Post
    Delighted to see mention of Rustic Hinge, totally in thrall to the Captain though they were their few recordings have stayed with me for as long as Beefhearts, and to think that almost no-one has heard the completed T On The Lawn with vocals is criminal, wish I had a better quality tape of it.
    Like me you probably downloaded it from Rod Goodway's website when it was available -- and the quality *is*execrable. I added it as "Penalty Tracks" on my CD-R of "Replicas."

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    TMR was definitely a "hipper-than-thou" LP back in the daze, a head turner in Study Hall, sure 'nuff. These days I mostly reach for Decals, Shiny Beast, and Doc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oreb View Post
    Is Bluejeans and Moonbeams (which I've never heard) salvageable or does it deserve its reputation?
    This is the only one I know from the Tragic Band era. This is from Unconditionally Guaranteed. Not bad, but not Don either -

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    In addition to Rustic Hinge what other bands scratch the Beefheart itch?
    * Crazy Backwards Alphabet
    * Fast 'n Bulbous
    * Magic Band

    I have albums by Drumbo John French, Zoot Horn Rollo Bill Harkleroad, and Gary Lucas and while worthwhile they are not particularly Beefheartian.

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    I'm partial to Safe as Milk, Strictly Personal, and Doc at the Radar Station

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcarlberg View Post
    In addition to Rustic Hinge what other bands scratch the Beefheart itch?
    * Crazy Backwards Alphabet
    * Fast 'n Bulbous
    * Magic Band
    I just wrote that, dammit!

    Hampton Grease Band
    Kräldjursanstalten

    And, to some degree:
    Pere Ubu (espec the first three-four recs)
    Edgar Broughton Band (albeit mostly vocally)


    And a cuppa the bands on Skin Graft Recs:
    U.S. Maple
    Yowie
    Colossamite
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    Jimmy Ågren has some Beefheart inspired albums. "Glass finger ghost", "Close enough for Jazz" are particularly good. Also check out "The Music of Captain Beefheart", which features Jimmy, Mats & Morgan (Jimmys brother), and Denny Walley. And not to forget singer Freddie Wadling, who does a great job without beeing a Beefheart copy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trondis23 View Post
    Jimmy Ågren has some Beefheart inspired albums. "Glass finger ghost", "Close enough for Jazz" are particularly good. Also check out "The Music of Captain Beefheart", which features Jimmy, Mats & Morgan (Jimmys brother), and Denny Walley. And not to forget singer Freddie Wadling, who does a great job without beeing a Beefheart copy.

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    I haven't listened to The Captain in a long time. Shiny Beast and Doc At The Radar Station were my favourites but I just couldn't get into TMR. I don't know why but maybe my expectations were too high for it. My musical tastes have become more angular over the last few years so maybe I need to revisit all things DVV.
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    If I could only keep one Captain, it'd actually be Lick over Trout. It's still as quirky and bizarre, but it's more overtly "together" - if that means anything at all.
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    The sonics/mastering on Decals sounds stellar, to these ears.Good separation,good balance,and the bass is clear and audible under every moment of the music.

    The two instrumentals are crazy good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trondis23 View Post
    Jimmy Ågren has some Beefheart inspired albums. "Glass finger ghost", "Close enough for Jazz" are particularly good. Also check out "The Music of Captain Beefheart", which features Jimmy, Mats & Morgan (Jimmys brother), and Denny Walley. And not to forget singer Freddie Wadling, who does a great job without beeing a Beefheart copy.
    WHAAA??? Where can I find this "Music of CB"?

    I have "Glass Finger Ghost" and "Get This Into Your Head" but never heard he's done a Beefheart tribute album. I'd love to have it.

    I forgot about "Kräldjursanstalten" -- that's another good representation. Hampton Grease Band, meh, I don't find it that Beefhearty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcarlberg View Post
    Hampton Grease Band, meh, I don't find it that Beefhearty.
    Pleeche... PLEECHE findit justa bitty Beefy? Pleeche?

    [Er, that Jimmy Å. CD is really good; a live recording, I believe - and with several members from Simon Steensland's group]
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    @Carlberg - here: http://www.mellotronen.com/
    Search Beefheart, and its the one at the bottom of the list.

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    There's a wonderful John French instrumental called Disposable Thoughts on the first French Frith Kaiser Thompson album written very much in the Van Vliet style. Well worth checking out.

    And yes, US Maple for sure.

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    Also, Buzz Osborne has described Melvins as a 'heavy metal Captain Beefheart' and there's certainly something in that.
    Dale Crover has a little of the John French about his playing and their debut Gluey Porch Treatments scratches a similar itch to TMR for me.

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    Van Vilet influences show up in A LOT of recordings...here are a couple of clips that might do the scratch for you:


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    There was a band called Stump that had an album entitled A Fierce Pancake that I always thought sounded very much like Beefheart/Magic Band. Other albums to consider: Tom Waits Swordfishtrombones is very Beefheartian. Also Massacre's Killing Time sounds very Beefheart inspired. And once when I was driving Jeff Moris Tepper around Detroit we were listening to Gang Of Four's Solid Gold and he thought they were totally ripping off Beefheart.
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