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Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band - Railroadism: Live in the USA 1972-1981 (2003) Retail CD
This album carries a sound quality warning about the limitations of the original source material. One critic has gone so far as to say that this live compilation sounds no better than his home-made recordings of the good Captain in the 1970s. But, while "Railroadism" hardly challenges the ECM and DG record labels for sonic clarity, I have heard an awful lot worse.Most importantly the quality of the material and performances shines through (like a diamond in the mud, one might say). "Railroadism" starts off fantastically, with an unaccompanied (save for introductory harmonica) rendition of "Oldmore… Black Snake." Beefheart had one of the greatest blues voices ever and this is as terrifying a display as you could hope for; the resonance, range and menace unequalled since. "I'm Goona Booglarize You, Baby" succeeds in being even more insistent than the studio original and "Big Eyed Beans From Venus" and "Truce Day Poppy" if hardly matching the superlative album versions still rock in the way only the Magic Bands plural could. While this might not be the best start for Beefheart Novices (I would recommend "Safe As Milk" or "Clear Sport" before taking a deep breath and exposing yourself to "Trout Mask Replica" - weird, disorientating but, after lengthy exposure, magnificent) its merits are certainly enough to make it relevant for more than completists.
|1||Old Black Snake Fenway Theatre, Boston , 22/1/72|
|2||King Bee Town Hall, Nyc, 24/2/73|
|3||The Blimp/Air Bass-Soft Shoe(Sax Improv) The Roxy, L.A, 14/7/75|
|4||I'm Gonna Booglarise You, Baby The Roxy, L.A, 14/7/75|
|5||A Carrot Is As Close As A Rabbit Gets To A Diamond Rochester, Ny 3/11/77|
|6||China Pig/ Railroadism Red Creek Inn, Rochester, Ny 3/11/77|
|7||I Love You, You Big Dummy (Spoken) Red Creek Inn, Rochester, Ny 3/11/77|
|8||Grow Fins Bottom Line ( Early Show ), Ny, 25/11/77|
|9||Floppy Boot Stomp Bottom Line ( Late Show ), Ny, 25/11/77|
|10||Harry Irene Texas Opry House, Houston, 1/12/78|
|11||The Dust Blows Forward 'N' The Dust Blows Back Texas Opry House, 1/12/78|
|12||Ashtray Heart The Country Club, Reseda, Ca 29/1/81|
|13||Dirty Blue Gene The Country Club, Reseda, Ca 29/1/81|
|14||Smithsonian Institute Blues The Country Club, Reseda, Ca 29/1/81|
|15||One Red Rose That I Mean The Country Club, Reseda, Ca 29/1/81|
|16||Veteran's Day Poppy The Country Club, Reseda, Ca 29/1/81|
|17||Big Eyed Beans From Venus The Country Club, Reseda, Ca 29/1/81|
|18||Avalon Blues Avalon Ballroom, Sf 1966|
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