UPGRADED! CAPTAIN BEEFHEART Live London ’74- Theatre Royal, Drury Lane – London 1974 (2006) + London 1974 (1993)

Live London ’74- Theatre Royal, Drury Lane – London 1974 (2006)
London 1974 (1993)
Sans The Magic Band, But Not Bad

We first posted the original Portuguese issue of London 1974 (on Movie Play Gold) back in 2010, and figured it was time to post the superior (and more complete) upgraded reissue from 2006, Live London ’74 – Theatre Royal, Drury Lane – London 1974. Even historical revisionism can’t elevate Captain Beefheart’s bleak “commercial” period of 1974. Bluejeans & Moonbeams and Unconditionally Guaranteed – recorded without the difficult dexterity of his Magic Band – were Beefheart’s failed attempts at reaching a larger market, and are as questionable today as they were back then. The Captain’s trials & tribs at Virgin Records are well-known, but one bright moment did come from their union. In 1975, two outstanding live tracks appeared on V (HERE, look twice), an obscure 2LP Virgin sampler. “Mirror Man” and “Upon The My O My” whet the appetite for a Virgin live album that, sadly, never materialized… until Movie Play Gold released this material in 1993. Recorded on June 8th (or 9th), 1974 at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, this 40 minute disc is from the Unconditionally Guaranteed tour. Sans the Magic Band, many have considered this for completists only. Au contraire. The sound is fantastic, the Captain himself is in fine form, and the version of “My O My” is simply… definitive – oozing a sense of psychedelia that the Captain’s Magic Band(s) rarely dignified. Beefheart’s new band is certainly more conventional than his famed Magic Bands of yore, but that’s not necessarily bad. What’s wrong with this show is easy to pinpoint, however. It’s the Guaranteed songs themselves (though, these live versions are more interesting than the studio originals). Make no mistake, this gig is no substitute for any featuring The Magic Band, but there are moments here that make this disc worth owning. Hit the archives to find a bevy of Beef & Magic (HERE). Go to Amazon to find London ’74 (HERE) and Live London ’74 – Theatre Royal, Drury Lane – London 1974 (HERE).

Live London ’74 – Theatre Royal, Drury Lane – London 1974
Mirror Man (4:47)
Upon The My-O-My (4:06)
Full Moon, Hot Sun (3:28)
Sugar Bowl (2:54)
Crazy Little Thing (3:58)
Keep On Rubbin’ (a.k.a. Mighty Crazy) (10:58)
Sweet Georgia Brown (5:52)
This Is The Day (7:45)
New Electric Ride (3:19)
Abba Zaba (3:14)
Peaches (6:06)
Capitol Radio Concert Ad (0:33)

London 1974
Mirror Man (4:48)
Upon The My Oh My (4:07)
Full Moon Hot Sun (3:30)
Sugar Bowl (2:55)
Crazy Little Thing (3:46)
This Is The Day (7:49)
New Electric Ride (3:21)
Abba Zabba (3:17)
Peaches (6:03)


  • Capt. Willard
    November 5, 2010 - 17:41 | Permalink

    Find it HERE.

  • Anonymous
    November 5, 2010 - 20:22 | Permalink

    THANK YOU ! Captain Beefheart is always welcome.

  • snakeboy
    November 5, 2010 - 21:03 | Permalink

    Glad I found you again. Welcome back and thanks for the Captain.

  • Art Ducko
    November 6, 2010 - 04:33 | Permalink

    We need a little Beefheart in this neck of the woods. Always a welcome here.

  • Doomcan
    November 6, 2010 - 06:08 | Permalink

    Smashing to see you you back in action, Willard! Thanks again for all the cool shit you've shared…


    – DC

  • Anonymous
    November 6, 2010 - 14:42 | Permalink

    Willard, Great to find you again. Thanks for returning. Beefheart: Cheers! Ian of Cornwall

  • Bob 1950
    January 30, 2014 - 11:04 | Permalink

    Just found your web site. Will be checking in daily. Love the Beefheart stuff.

    Love the outakes and obscurites. Keep up the good work.

    • Willard
      January 30, 2014 - 11:12 | Permalink

      Welcome aboard and thanks.

  • Leo Rattans
    January 12, 2015 - 13:09 | Permalink

    I’m a relative newcomer too, and I want to thank you very much for all the education and enjoyment you’re providing.

    I like the title track of B&M, but my favourite CB era is represented by the new box set (which has [Sun Zoom] Spark-ed a controversy, google all about it) with Lick My Decals Off, Baby on top.

    I have the “V”-sampler and I’d really like to hear all of it again. It’s great, and I think it has a couple of exclusive tracks. Hope someone fills my c-box wish. Til then, thanks for letting me hear “hello, hello,hello” at the end of Mirror Man (one of my moments…)

  • January 16, 2015 - 14:54 | Permalink

    I can’t believe how pristine this show sounds! Thanks for posting

    • Willard
      January 16, 2015 - 18:39 | Permalink

      Yeah, it does sound good, though some of the songs themselves are pretty rank. The 1993 version sounded great, but the new 2006 version, which is heard on the streaming player, is even better.

  • laughinggravy22
    January 18, 2015 - 23:31 | Permalink

    Wow, even more Beefy goodness. Thanks.

  • Tony Lauber
    January 27, 2015 - 11:56 | Permalink

    Thanks for this recordings. The 1974 Magic Band played very different than the original band. When I’m listening to this I’m asking myself: Where is the fucking magic? It’s just gone away.

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