UPGRADED The only two releases from Mallard, a revamped version of The Magic Band, without the services of vocalist/leader Captain Beefheart. Features Mark Boston (Rockette Morton), Art Tripp (Ed Marimba) & Bill Harkleroad (Zoot Horn Rollo) – Mallard’s core trio – along with John French (Drumbo), John Thomas, Sam Galpin, John Bundrick and a few others. The band line-up changed, not just from LP-to-LP, but sometimes from track-to-track, as French left halfway through Mallard and Tripp was replaced before In A Different Climate. What you’ll hear are echoes of what made The Magic Band great; aggressive rhythms, halting time shifts, the patented guitar/marimba interplay… plus, some not-so-convincing stabs at crossover appeal. Vocalist Galpin, however, is a poor substitute for the good Captain – a role John French would inherit (and nail) in future Magic Bands into the new millennium. Includes a re-working of “Peon,” from Captain Beefheart’s Lick My Decals Off, Baby. The debut was reportedly financed by Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson. We first posted this back in 2009, but now have an upgrade @320 to offer, with many thanks to Slidewell. BONUS: We’ve also included an epub of John French’s book, Beefheart: Through The Eyes Of Magic (ask Google what software you need to read it). This also provides an opportunity to remind you of some of the other rare Magic Band related material to be found in the archives, including… THE MAGIC BAND Back To The Front (HERE), The Peel Sessions July, 2004 & 21st Century Mirror Men (both HERE), JOHN FRENCH (a.k.a. Drumbo) O Solo Drumbo (HERE), ZOOT HORN ROLLO We Saw A Bozo Under The Sea (HERE), CAPTAIN BEEFHEART & HIS MAGIC BAND Trout Mask Replica, Trout Mask House Sessions + Grow Fins Promo Sampler (all HERE), I’m Going To Do What I Wanna Do (Live At My Father’s Place 1978) (HERE), Hoboism 1970-1981 (HERE, bootleg), The Dust Blows Forward: An Anthology (HERE), The Revenant Demos (1965-1967) (HERE), Bat Chain Puller, Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller), Dust Sucker & Son Of Dust Sucker (all HERE), The Spotlight Kid/Clear Spot (HERE in Readers Links, August 7, 2014) and for you gotta-have-it-alls, Live London ’74 – Theatre Royal, Drury Lane – London 1974 & London 1974, featuring The “Tragic Band,” the Captain’s 1974 Magic Band replacements, (both HERE). This Mallard post is the 1995 reissue, which you can find at Amazon, HERE.
Back On The Pavement
She’s Long And She’s Lean
Road To Morrocco
One Day Once
Desperados Waiting For A Train
A Piece Of Me
Reign Of Pain
South Of The Valley
IN A DIFFERENT CLIMATE
Your Face On Someone Else
Old Man Grey
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