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Captain Beefheart
Knebworth Park. July 5, 1975.


Captain Beefheart (Don Van Vliet)- Vocals, Mouth Harp
Winged Eel Fingerling- guitar
Ella Guru Davidson -guitars
Drumbo- guitar / drums
Jimmy Carl Black (introduced as Indian Ink) -drums
Bruce'fossil' Fowler - trombone,
Moonlight On Vermont 
Abba Zabba 
Band Introduction 
Orange Claw Hammer 
Dali's Car 
When It Blows Its Stacks 
My Human Gets Me Blues 
Alice In Blunderland 
Beatle Bones 'n' Smokin' Stones 
Gimme Dat Harp Boy 
I'm Gonna Booglarize You Baby 
Sam With The Showing Scalp Flat Top
Big Eyed Beans From Venus
65 minutes 
Aud tape: quality v good. 

© Chris Rigby.


God, I should have been here to see this, I had tickets, but a family feud prevented me from going ( basically my parents thought I was reprehensible for abandoning my wife with a two month old baby to go see this, I bowed to pressure, but have ever since regretted that I did) .

    Beefheart was the main reason for wanting to be here. He had had a rough patch, abandoning his wonderful Magic Band , taking up with a bunch of hams who had no feel for the music at all,  bringing out two substandard albums in a bid to be commercially successful, but I'd heard he was back on track, with some of the old players in the band line-up and I needed to SEE him live again to see if he still had the old fire in his belly.

   Apparently the audience was completely polarized between those who thought Beefheart was awful ( the majority) and the die hard fans who thought this was a return to form. Some people were converted. I can just imagine what the average Pink Floyd- "only really like Dark Side of the Moon "  person would have thought of this set, but I think I would have LOVED it .

  A far more comprehensive report of this show, with many pictures and personal comments by folks who were there, can be viewed here at Captain Beefheart timeline pages. Go there NOW,but it would be nice if you also returned here at some time soon ....

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Reviews of Captain Beefheart shows I have seen can be found if you click on these links.
  • Leicester 1972.
  • Leicester 73.
  • Bickershaw 72. 

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