THE MAGIC BAND Peel Sessions July, 2004 & 21st Century Mirror Men (2005)

Peel Sessions July, 2004 (2004)
21st Century Mirror Men (2005)
Impossible Music Made Possible Again

Two live slabs of Captain Beefheat’s impossible musical madness, as realized by the (then) newly reformed Magic Band, sans the good Captain. These live sets are excellent representations of past glories, as this incarnation of The Magic Band (John French, Gary Lucas, Mark Boston, Denny Walley and auxiliary drummer Michael Traylor) attacks this music with the fervor of youngsters, illustrating the exceptional power of the original arrangements. I won’t bore you with a recap of this band’s credentials, uniqueness or otherworldly abilities. You can hear some examples for yourself below. 21st Century Mirror Men is a compilation of performances from the band’s 2003/2004 European tour, issued in 2005, while the unreleased Peel Sessions set was recorded July 7th, 2004 for the BBC. If you think you’re not interested because of the absence of Beefheart, you need to get your mind right. Drummer John French (alias Drumbo) does more than an admirable job in providing the vocal eruptions that have historically punctuated this time shifting weirdness. We’ve got The Magic Band’s excellent 2003 live studio album Back To The Front in the archives (as well as Drumbo’s solo album, Mallard and plenty of Beefheart himself). 21st Century Mirror Men (with a live DVD) is still at Amazon.

Diddy Wah Diddy (3:11)
Circumstances (3:59)
Nowadays A Woman’s Gotta Hit A Man (4:42)
Hair Pie (2:01)
On Tomorrow (4:47)
Steal Softly Thru Snow (2:31)
Abba Zaba (4:11)
My Human Gets Me Blues (3:12)
Alice In Blunderland (3:30)
Hair Pie (3:09)
Evening Bell (2:42)
Electricity (6:18)
The Floppy Boot Stomp (4:06)
Mirror Man (7:30)
Moonlight On Vermont (5:31)
Big Eyed Beans From Venus (5:07)

Introduction by Matt Groening
Moonlight On Vermont (3:50)
Floppy Boot Stomp (3:59)
Smithsonian Institute Blues (2:26)
Drum Solo/Abba Zaba (5:12)
Circumstances (3:41)
On Tomorrow (4:01)
Steal Softly Thru Snow (2:25)
My Human Gets Me Blues (3:08)
Alice In Blunderland (2:44)
Hair Pie (2:23)
Grow Fins (4:59)
Veteran’s Day Poppy (4:27)
Mirror Man (6:59)
When It Blows Its Stacks (5:14)
Electricity (4:13)
Big-Eyed Beans From Venus (4:36)


  • Capt. Willard
    November 1, 2010 - 19:25 | Permalink

    Get them HERE.

  • Anonymous
    January 25, 2011 - 17:43 | Permalink

    I discovered your blog just a few days before when I returned from Amsterdam, NL. looking for some Out of Print Records I can't find in the net. Well, at least got one of them. Now I found your great blog, none of the searched OOPR but other great stuff, like these Magic Band Recordings. I'm looking foreward to listen.
    Thank you for the Flash Harry infos (I have this record). I try to do my personell Lowell George Anthology and sometimes it's hard to find credits.
    thanks a lot

  • W
    January 25, 2011 - 18:03 | Permalink

    Cool, thanks for commenting.

  • snakeboy
    October 5, 2011 - 17:44 | Permalink

    Many thanks for this and the above reheasals. You’ve filled a void in my collection.

  • Leave a Reply