CAPTAIN BEEFHEART & THE MAGIC BAND I’m Going To Do What I Wanna Do (Live At My Father’s Place 1978) (2000)

live_at_my_father's_place_rhinoI’m Going To Do What I Wanna Do (Live At My Father’s Place 1978) (2000)
Best Live Beef Money Can Buy

FIRST POSTED IN 2007 There’s no shortage of live Captain Beefheart floating around. Quality live Captain Beefheart is another matter. By virtue of its outstanding sound quality, this Rhino Handmade 2000 release stands as the best overall concert recording you can find of the good Captain and one of his Magic Bands. Recorded November 11th, 1978 for a radio broadcast on WLIR in New York, this complete, 85 minute show features the ’78 version of The Magic Band, with Jeff Moris Tepper on guitar and Bruce Fowler, late of the Mothers, on trombone. They were on the road to promote the Captain’s return-to-form LP, Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller) (HERE, in the archives). How good do they sound? Note the slow, flawless fade-out they execute on the opening number, “Tropical Hot Dog Night.” After that, it’s a satisfying mix of old, new and obscure with Van Vliet sounding musically at home after his two misguided commercial albums for Mercury Records. Listen for the hula part in “Safe As Milk,” below. The limited edition run sold out long ago, so your disc options now are Ebay, Amazon (HERE) and a boatload of money. Find tons of Captain Beefheart, The Magic Band & solo albums in the archives, HERE.

Tropical Hot Dog Night
Nowadays A Woman’s Gotta Hit A Man
Owed T’Alex
Dropout Boogie
Harry Irene
Abba Zaba
Her Eyes Are A Blue Million Miles
Old Fart At Play
Ice Rose
Moonlight On Vermont
The Floppy Boot Stomp
You Know You’re A Man
Bat Chain Puller
When I See Mommy I Feel Like A Mummy
Veteran’s Day Poppy
Safe As Milk
Suction Prints


  • Capt. Willard
    September 10, 2007 - 21:55 | Permalink

    Captain Beefheart (vocals, harmonica, sax)
    Jeff Moris Tepper (guitar)
    Bruce Fowler (trombone)
    Eric Drew Feldman (bass, keys)
    Richard Redus (guitar)
    Robert Arthur Williams (drums)

    Search HERE

  • Anonymous
    September 11, 2007 - 18:25 | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing this. I can now replace the 64 kb files that I found a few years back of tis performance! :-)

  • Jake Thee Pope
    September 11, 2007 - 19:31 | Permalink

    Absolutely BRILLIANT!

    Thanks muchly, and damn, what an awesome assortment of oddities you have here.

  • woody
    September 14, 2007 - 03:19 | Permalink

    I love the sound of this crazy guy!!

  • Anonymous
    October 6, 2007 - 15:38 | Permalink

    aaaabbbbaaaa zzzzaaabbbbaaa!!!! Great Thanks.

  • Hugo
    October 7, 2009 - 03:35 | Permalink

    Love the beef. I must of got this one from you when you first put it up because I've been listening to it a lot at work this summer. Good freak-out quality stuff.

    Beefheart's kind of an acquired taste, but man, once he gets you, he gets you GOOD.

  • Anonymous
    October 7, 2009 - 07:58 | Permalink

    I thank you…missed this the first time…always listening in

  • Stephen
    October 7, 2009 - 08:50 | Permalink

    Great stuff. Thanks. (And thanks for all the other good stuff you have; sometimes I can even see the films.)

  • Johnny Vandal
    October 7, 2009 - 10:34 | Permalink

    I was at this show and it was magnificent. Thanks for the memories!

  • D. Jon Moutarde
    October 7, 2009 - 16:28 | Permalink

    And my thanks to you, Willard.

    I must've been born with a Beefheart gene, 'cause I didn't need to acquire a taste for him at all. ;)

  • Quark
    October 7, 2009 - 20:57 | Permalink

    A friend of mine used to give me a lift to work many years ago and i remember first hearing the good Captain on his car cassete player, my comment of "What`s this racket" did not go down too well.
    As Hugo say`s above…"Once he gets you"… I actually joined the fan club `Steal Softly Through Snow` and am now a Beefheart fanatic…The Magic band are just AMAZING!

  • Anonymous
    October 16, 2009 - 18:19 | Permalink

    Thanks, very much looking forward to this one!

  • Anonymous
    March 24, 2011 - 21:03 | Permalink

    Hands down the best live Beefheart recording I've heard. God bless you, good sir!

  • apf
    October 12, 2014 - 01:35 | Permalink

    Thank you so much!

  • Bob 1950
    October 13, 2014 - 16:40 | Permalink

    I too thought that Beefheart was an acquired taste. But like the man said, once you are in you are in for good.

  • Emilio Marengo
    November 18, 2014 - 01:09 | Permalink

    live magic…regards

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