captain beefheart electricity


mon 27 march 1972 england LONDON ROYAL ALBERT HALL
tue 28 march 1972 england LONDON ROYAL ALBERT HALL
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tuesday 28 march 1972

danny holloway - england 1 april 1972 NEW MUSICAL EXPRESS

notes by teejo:
exact town, venue and date not mentioned - i have chosen for the most likely event
the writer also did the interview a trip into the mind of the spotlight kid


as a prelude to the good captain, a ballerina dressed in white, with a crown to match, did her stuff, followed by a belly dancer in all the traditional garb. after she exit-ed, rockette morton (mark boston) - looking like a gangster from the twenties - played a five minute bass solo. he has an exceptional stage presence as he moves down in a crouch (similar to chuck berry's duck walk) and prances from one side of the stage to the other.

the congenial captain, spiffily dressed in a red satin suit, was accompanied by rockette morton on bass and guitars, with zoot horn rollo (bill harkleroad) and winged eel fingerling (elliot ingber) plucking guitars. ed marimba (art tripp) exercised the drum kit while roy estrada (aka orejon and audi hon) - an original mother of invention - caressed the bass strings.

the band performed skits and the captain told a few jokes and recited some poetry. the members of the magic band were often spotlighted in their own solo spots. they played 'click clack', 'i'm gonna booglarize you baby', 'long black snake' (a john lee hooker original - t.t.), a surprise rendering of 'abba zaba', 'woe is uh me bop', 'alice in blunderland' and 'neon meate dream of a octafish' (not the song, but the bass line of it - teejo) before disappearing from the stage.

the audience stamped, yelled and clapped for more. after a good three minutes the captain came out and asked: 'what are you yelling?', to which the crowd replied: 'more'. at that point the spotlight kid gave way to a touching version à la whistle of the all time classic 'more' (the tune of an american teevee show - t.t.).

someone called for 'beg, steal or borrow' but i don't think the captain heard him because he went on to do 'my human gets me blues'. it was a unique experience - i only hope he returns soon.


live picture london, england, royal albert hall, late march 1972 don van vliet / captain beefheart, mark boston / rockette morton, roy estrada / oréjon, bill harkleroad / zoot horn rollo - the dig #10 japan 1 december 1996 - picture by michael putland
  DON VAN VLIET captain beefheart vocals
MARK BOSTON rockette morton bass guitar
ROY ESTRADA oréjon / audi hon bass guitar
BILL HARKLEROAD zoot horn rollo guitar

picture by michael putland

notes by teejo:
* unfortunately unspecified picture from japan 1 december 1996 THE DIG #10
* reproduced in liner notes to first hoboism bootleg
* i have chosen for the most likely event


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