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CB Clear Spot Backing Tracks & Alternate Mixes - 1972 Tape 47.30 (jazzfan)
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Post 2009-03-20 13:04   [Quote] 
Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band
August-September 1972
Amigo Studios, 13601 Ventura Blvd #214, Sherman Oaks, North Hollywood, California

Clear Spot Instrumentals & Outtakes

01. My Head Is My Only House Unless It Rains (Instrumental) (3:46) additional 48 sec
02. Clear Spot (Instrumental) (3:45)
03. Crazy Little Thing (Instrumental) (3:04)
04. Dirty Blue Gene (Instrumental) (3:43)
05. Big Eyed Beans From Venus (Instrumental) (4:41)
06. Frying Pan (Instrumental) (3:30) AKA Untitled Instrumental #4
07. Sun Zoom Spark (Instrumental) (2:30)
08. Nowadays A Woman's Gotta Hit A Man (Instrumental) (4:27) additional 40 sec intro
09. Low Yo Yo Stuff (Instrumental) (3:51)
10. Too Much Time (Instrumental) (3:12) closes with "Ok"
11. Long Neck Bottles (Instrumental) (3:24) missing harmonica
12. Circumstances (3:23) slower, different ending
13. Little Scratch (Version 2) Reprised (3:55) 2 takes

Lineage tracks 01-11: Studio->'Where's The Beef' tape (unknown low gen)->Wavelab->WAV->some soundedits->TLH->FLAC
Lineage tracks 12-13: Studio->'Clear Spot Outtakes' tape (unknown higher gen)->Wavelab->WAV->some soundedits->TLH->FLAC

Total length: 47:30

Line-up:
Don Van Vliet: vocals, harmonica
Mark Boston: rhythm guitar
Roy Estrada: bass guitar
Bill Harkleroad: sologuitar, steel appendage guitar, glass finger
Art Tripp: drums, percussion

Ted Templeman: producer
Don Landee: engineer

Comments:
Bill Harkleroad: Clear Spot was recorded at the Warner Brothers' in-house studio. Rehearsals were usually painful. At best Don wasn't there half the time - either sleeping in his bedroom or off somewhere. When he was there we didn't get much rehearsing done because there was always a problem about something. Every once in a while it was great fun and when Don loosened up he would show what he never could on record he would sing his ass off.
Right from the word go it was more professional. There was more money, it was a clean smelling studio and we could take time to record! So it was totally different, there was a big budget compared to the other LPs - more than two or three times as much. By now I was feeling stronger and I think the rest of the band felt that way too. Don's attitude towards us as a unit seemed to have improved. Not to say, of course there weren't numerous incidents, but it was still better than it was before. We still didn't have much money, but all of a sudden my clothes were cleaner and there was a few more of them. We were actually flying down to LA to record and staying in a hotel room which was nice and clean!
One of the factors that made a huge difference on Clear Spot was the presence of producer Ted Templeman. Ted came in and we performed the tunes for him. He was a very professional and personable guy. It was a vast difference after being in what Frank Zappa described as the 'anthropological' version of the band - in other words the Trout Mask album period. After that we had been through the low budget get-it-done-quick phase of Decals, and then the just-dead feeling of The Spotlight Kid. Ted was professional and actually did some arrangements which affected the way the tunes came together. Not in a huge way but he did make suggestions and changes.
Of course, Don had the final say on Clear Spot, as he had done on the previous albums. But to keep Ted Templeman on the project, I'm sure that he must have made some concessions. Of course, there were still all the usual band blow-ups and fights - the same old shit. This time however, I got the feeling that Ted had taken Don to one side and said something along the lines of, "I'm not going to put up with this."
The final outcome was an album that, because of the production on it and the simpler tunes, really stands out. In my opinion it was not our best album, because you can't refute the fast painting approach of Trout Mask and Decals.
(Bill Harkleroad: Lunar Notes)

jazzfan 2009-03-20


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Post 2009-03-20 13:56   [Quote] 
Thank you very muchly !

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Post 2009-03-20 14:25   [Quote] 
Thanks, jazzfan. Your recent seeds have been wonderful.
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Post 2009-03-20 15:03   [Quote] 
Thanks jazzfan!
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Post 2009-03-20 15:13   [Quote] 
Clear Spot was the first Beefheart album I bought back in 1972, and it's always been one of my favorites. Thanks!

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Post 2009-03-20 15:41   [Quote] 
I was just gonna shoot you an email, asking about the stauts of these. I'm stoked!
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Post 2009-03-20 17:35   [Quote] 
Studio Beefheart = Paradise!

Thank you so much!!

By the way, I have to ask you... is there any circoulating studio outtake from "Doc at The Radar Station" and "Ice Cream for Crow"?

cheers to your great work!

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Post 2009-03-20 19:08   [Quote] 
This is amazing, thank you. I haven't picked up any of your torrents yet but one day soon I'll get 'em all and bask in The Magic Band!!! Can't wait.
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Post 2009-03-20 20:36   [Quote] 
The Bastard Son wrote:
Studio Beefheart = Paradise!

Thank you so much!!

By the way, I have to ask you... is there any circoulating studio outtake from "Doc at The Radar Station" and "Ice Cream for Crow"?

:cheers: to your great work!


As far as I know there are no outtakes from Doc At The Radar Station.

Beside the Ice Cream For Crow rehearsal tape I've heard some rumours about further Ice Cream For Crow Instrumentals and/or outtakes. These tracks would be the last bunch of Beefheart outtakes I am aware of.
I am in contact to a possible source. Let's hope the best.
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Post 2009-03-20 22:34   [Quote] 
Are the Unconditionally Guaranteed backing tracks in the works?
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Post 2009-03-20 23:38   [Quote] 
JWB wrote:
Are the Unconditionally Guaranteed backing tracks in the works?


Shared on Dime some time ago. Banned within minutes, they didn't want this 1974 stuff.

Got another maybe better sounding version from frogseye in between. Unpolished diamonds, ahem...

JWB, do you want to hear the Unconditionally Guarateed backing tracks?
Does anybody want to hear them?


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Post 2009-03-20 23:42   [Quote] 
jazzfan wrote:

Does anybody want to hear them?


I do Very Happy

And I would like to hear "Bluejeans & Moonbeams" as well Razz

No kidding, I like these two albums

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Post 2009-03-21 00:11   [Quote] 
jazzfan wrote:
JWB, do you want to hear the Unconditionally Guarateed backing tracks?
Does anybody want to hear them?


Oh yes, absolutely! I've been trying to get my hands on those for years!
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Post 2009-03-21 00:32   [Quote] 
JWB wrote:
jazzfan wrote:
JWB, do you want to hear the Unconditionally Guarateed backing tracks?
Does anybody want to hear them?


Oh yes, absolutely! I've been trying to get my hands on those for years!


Hmm, that makes 2 votes pro UC b/t.
And afterwards everybody (else) is mourning again about the lame stuff.

The drummer's view on the b/t:
Q: What were your thoughts on that Unconditionally Guaranteed album?
Art Tripp: We truly had fun working up the songs on that album. Alex St. Clair had joined us since the recent tour, and he was delightful to work with. Because most of the cuts were pretty simple, I doubt whether the fans would have really got behind us doing more commercial music. However, we'll never know. The voice was pumped up to the point of obliterating the band. When we left the Hollywood studio after laying down the tracks, I recall thinking that those tracks were just about the best thing we'd ever done-- in terms of both time and feel. I especially enjoyed a song called "Peaches". However, when the band finally got our album copies, we were horrified. As we listened, it was as though each song was worse than the one which preceded it. The mixing was terrible, and all you could hear was the voice. We were speechless. I think at that point we started realizing that we'd either have to get a lot more dough to continue on, or get ourselves another singer. Soon after, we started work on what would become "Mallard".
(http://www.beefheart.com/datharp/artinterview.htm)
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Post 2009-03-21 00:34   [Quote] 
I'd love to have the backing tracks for "Upon The My-o-my" and "New Electric Ride" at the every least.
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