CAPTAIN BEEFHEART/FRANK ZAPPA The History & Collected Improvisations of Frank Zappa & Captain Beefheart

The Frank & Cappy Hour
The History & Collected Improvisations of Frank Zappa & Captain Beefheart.

The duo’s officially released unions (1959-1975) from the discs Hot Rats, Trout Mask Replica, Bongo Fury, Grow Fins, The Lost Episodes, Mystery Disc, YCDTOSA4 and a 1975 bootlegged radio broadcast. It’s hardly complete, as Beefheart’s harp appeared unbilled on a few Zappa albums. Besides… I’m just sure something’s been forgotten. It begins with a string of Frank & Don’s obscure 50s/60s live-in-the-studio recordings, includes a few tapes from a joint, syndicated radio show (get the entire show over at Studio Zappa), a few studio classics (“The Blimp,” “Willie The Pimp”) and concludes with tracks from Bongo Fury, the pair’s 1975 live album. There are plenty of cool tracks for the uninitiated; an alternate “The Torture Never Stops,” odd spoken-word takes, 1969’s “Alley Cat” and more. The early live studio stuff is a riot, especially when the good Captain gets his pig squeal going. For connoisseurs, it’s an alt listening sequence. Hear the first 5 tracks below.


The Birth Of Captain Beefheart (0:19) Mystery Disc
Tiger Roach (2:21) The Lost Episodes
Metal Man Has Won His Wings (3:07) Mystery Disc
Alley Cat (2:47) The Lost Episodes
Lost In A Whirlpool (2:46) The Lost Episodes
I Was A Teen-Age Malt Shop (1:11) Mystery Disc
The Blimp (Mousetrapreplica) (2:05) Trout Mask Replica
Willie The Pimp (9:17) Hot Rats
The Grand Wazoo (2:13) The Lost Episodes
Instrumental (w/Story) (1:44) An Evening with Frank Zappa & Captain Beefheart
Orange Claw Hammer (1975 radio) (4:39) Grow Fins (Rarities 1965-1982)
I’m A Band Leader (1:14) The Lost Episodes
The Torture Never Stops (Original) (9:16) You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore Vol 4
Debra Kadabra (3:54) Bongo Fury
Sam With The Showing Scalp Flat Top (3:22) Bongo Fury
Poofter’s Froth Wyoming Plans Ahead (2:33) Bongo Fury
200 Years Old (4:33) Bongo Fury
Man With The Woman Head (1:29) Bongo Fury
Muffin Man (5:34) Bongo Fury


9 Comments

  • 1
    illlich
    July 4, 2008 - 02:14 | Permalink

    You know. . . probably the best thing about that Zappa "Lost Episodes" cd, ISN'T the Beefheart stuff (as much as I love Don), but the insane version of "Wonderful Wino" with Ricky Lancelotti on vocals
    : heavy guitars, silly lyrics about getting drunk, and insane over the top (and still tuneful) vocals.

  • 2
    Capt. Willard
    July 12, 2008 - 03:35 | Permalink

    Your right. There's a lot cooler stuff on Mystery Disc, too. But… I was just curious how much Frank & Don there was. Thanks for commenting.

  • 3
    Anonymous
    September 12, 2008 - 01:54 | Permalink

    SIEMPRE TUVE LA DUDA DE QUIEN ESTABA MAS LOCO ZAPPA O EL CAPITAN
    ?, QUIZA MUERA CON ESA DUDA, COLECCIONO DESDE HACE MAS DE 30 AÑOS TODO, Y DISTRIBUYO TODO, SOY EL ZAPPADIFUSOR, EL MISMISIMO TTURNESS AL QUE TANTAS MUJERES HAN AMADO

  • 4
    Anonymous
    April 7, 2009 - 00:45 | Permalink

    Framtambamulous!!

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    Capt. Willard
    November 15, 2009 - 14:52 | Permalink

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  • 6
    April 23, 2012 - 11:27 | Permalink

    Hey, thanks for the new link. Nice soundtrack for puttering around on a cool but sunny Monday morning…

  • 7
    Duke!
    April 24, 2012 - 17:53 | Permalink

    Thanks for the re-up.

  • 8
    ilovedoves
    September 28, 2012 - 19:13 | Permalink

    Thanks for this one, been searchin a while.

  • 9
    Pablo
    July 27, 2013 - 15:46 | Permalink

    Thank you!

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