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Captain Beefheart - Le Nouvel Hippodrome, Paris 1977

  by Nicky Crewe

published: 17 / 11 / 2014

Captain Beefheart - Le Nouvel Hippodrome, Paris 1977
Label: Gonzo Multimedia
Format: CD X2


First-rate double CD live album, recorded in Paris in 1977, from Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band

This two disc live album captures a concert with a set list any Beefheart fan will love. It’s a mix of old favourites like ‘Electricity’, tracks from ‘Bat Chain Puller’, ‘Trout Mask Replica’, ‘Clear Spot’ and ‘Spotlight Kid’. It may not be the same Magic Band I saw earlier in the 1970s, but they sound as good. There’s conversation from the stage and heckling in French. It was a significant year for music, when two sevens clashed and punk was at a peak. Here’s a maverick musician, later credited with being a huge influence on contemporary music, performing an amazing set. This recording captures a moment in time, one night, one concert in his career. Those of us who saw him may have other favourite concerts that live in our hearts and memories. But we will never see his like again, and true shaman that he is, this brings him back to life. If you saw him play live it’s a great way to remember him, and if you didn’t, it’s a new way to experience his music. According to the sleeve notes, the audience danced. So did I.

Track Listing:-
1 Hair Pie: Bake III (Live)
2 Suction Prints (Live)
3 Low Yo Yo Stuff (Live)
4 Bat Chain Puller (Live)
5 I Wanna Find a Woman That'll
6 Abba Zaba (Live)
7 Dali's Car (Live)
8 One Nest Rolls After Another
9 The Dust Blows Forward an
10 Nowadays a Woman's Got to
11 Click Clack (Live)
12 Grow Fins (Live)
13 Golden Birdies (Live)
14 Electricity (Live)
15 A Carrot Is as Close as a Rabb
16 China Pig (Live)
17 Sun Zoom Spark (Live)
18 My Human Gets Me Blues (Live
19 Floppy Boot Stomp (Live)
20 Moonlight on Vermont (Live)
21 Carson City (Live)
22 Old Black Snake (Live)
23 Pachuco Cadaver (Live)
24 Veteran's Day Poppy / Band In
25 The Blimp (Live)
26 Big Eyed Beans from Venus (Li

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