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Post 2006-01-26 23:28   [Quote] 
RESEED FROM DIMEADOZEN:
http://www.dimeadozen.org/torrents-details.php?id=46208
(naturally - feel free to jump in and seed it here if you already grabbed it from there)

Lineage of the sources (the early steps are just an assumption):
(1) The Spotlight Kid Outtakes CD-R:
Studio>Tape (Henry Kaiser)>Tape (1 gen)>CD-R>CD-R>EAC>wav>Wavelab 5.0/Freefilter/Timeworks Mastering EQ>FLAC Flac Frontend (level 8)

(2) The Spotlight Kid Outtakes Tape:
Studio>Tape (Henry Kaiser)>Tape (3, 4 maybe 5 gens)>Wavelab 4.0/Freefilter/Timeworks Mastering EQ>CD-R>EAC>wav>Wavelab 5.0/Freefilter/Timeworks Mastering EQ>FLAC Flac frontend (level 8)

(3) Lick My Decals Off, Baby Outtakes Tape:
Studio>Tape (Henry Kaiser)>Tape (2 gens)>Wavelab 4.0 /Freefilter/Timeworks Mastering EQ>CD-R>EAC>wav>Wavelab 5.0/Freefilter/Timeworks Mastering EQ>FLAC Flac frontend (level 8)

(4) Where's The Beef? Tape:
Studio>Tape (Henry Kaiser)>Tape (2 gens)>Wavelab 4.0/Freefilter/Timeworks Mastering EQ>CD-R>EAC>wav>Wavelab 5.0/Freefilter/Timeworks Mastering EQ>FLAC Flac frontend (level 8)

(5) Spotlight Kid Outtakes 1971 SHN:
available at: http://www.dimeadozen.org/torrents-details.php?id=45732
Studio>Tape (Henry Kaiser)>Tape (different sources, 2-5 gens)>>SHN>dbPoweramp>wav>Wavelab 5.0/Freefilter/Timeworks Mastering EQ>FLAC Flac frontend (level 8)

(6) Beefheart Studio Sessions 1970-1972 FLAC:
available at: http://www.dimeadozen.org/torrents-details.php?id=44033
Studio>Tape (Henry Kaiser)>Tape (2 gens, maybe the same steps as the Lick My Decals Off Baby Outtakes Tape)>store made and bought CD-R>EAC>CD-R>I-tunes with error correction>wav>xACT>FLAC>dbPoweramp>wav>Wavelab 5.0/Freefilter/Timeworks Mastering EQ>FLAC Flac frontend (level 8)

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This version of the The Spotlight Kid Outtakes is sorted into 5 sections:
- The 'Pompadour Session' (May? 1971)
- The Spotlight Kid Outtakes: Songs (May-September? 1971)
- The Spotlight Kid Outtakes: Instrumental Sketches' (May-September? 1971?)
- The 'Sun Zoom Spark' Session (Early 1972?)
- The Pre-Clear Spot Outtakes/'Brown Star' Sessions (Summer 1972?)

I tried to put together the best available version of each track concerning completeness and sound quality. Most of the tracks are equed using Wavelab, Freefilter and Timeworks Mastering EQ (I don't like tape hiss on studio outtakes).
You can find comments on each track at the bottom of the description/info file including assumptions about the personnel, the source for the track, and some details which helps to identify the often mislabelled tracks.
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'Pompadour' Session
Probably recorded at Record Plant Studios, Los Angeles, CA in May 1971.

1-01-I'm Gonna Booglarize You Baby Jam (Take 1) (4:12)
1-02-I'm Gonna Booglarize You Baby Jam (Take 2) (1:33)

1-03-Pompadour I (Take 1) (4:23)
1-04-Pompadour I (Take 2) (8:40)
1-05-Pompadour II (Take 1) (0:42)
1-06-Pompadour II (Take 2) (0:29)
1-07-Pompadour II (Take 3) (4:17)
1-08-Pompadour II (Take 4) (0:51)
1-09-Pompadour II (Take 5) (5:39)

The Spotlight Kid Outtakes: Songs
Probably recorded at Record Plant Studios, Los Angeles, CA in May-September 1971.

2-01-Funeral Hill #1 (5:30) aka Don't Get Chicken Blues 'wild version'.
2-02-Drink Paint Run Run (7:23) alternative Run Paint Run Run, which was released on Doc At The Radar Station.
2-03-Seam Crooked Sam #1 (2:09) aka Can't Do This Unless I Do That, very different version of the track recorded for Bat Chain Puller.
2-04-Dirty Blue Gene #1 (2:46) different from Dirty Blue Gene #2, completely different version released on Doc At The Radar Station.
2-05-Kiss Me My Love (2:28) aka Two Rips In A Haystack. Don: "I've gotta hear that thing, man".
2-06-Alice In Blunderland (3:41) instrumental, Ingber's guitar mixed low.
2-07-Clear Spot (4:36) different instrumental version of the song later released on Clear Spot.
2-08-Low Yo Yo Stuff (2:06) instrumental version of the song later released on Clear Spot, different start, slow version, cut.
2-09-Seam Crooked Sam #2 (2:15) aka Can't Do This Unless I Do That, less harmonica than Seam Crooked Sam #1.
2-10-Funeral Hill #2 faded (3:04) aka Don't Get Chicken Blues, less harmonica.

The Spotlight Kid Outtakes 'Instrumental Sketches'
Probably recorded at Record Plant Studios, Los Angeles, CA in May-September 1971.

3-01-Semi-Multicoloured Caucasian (4:24) different version released on Ice Cream For Crow
3-02-Dual & Abdul (2:51)
3-03-Open Pins (5:58)
3-04-Ballerino (2:21) early version of A Carrot Is As Close As A Rabbits Gets To A Diamond, guitar instrumental
3-04-Best Batch Yet #1 (3:43) different version released on Doc At The Radar Station, Take #1 (2:22), Take #2 (0:37), Take #3 (0:33).
3-06-Suzy Murder Wrist (3:41) aka Instrumental #3
3-07-Obenso Cinco (2:47) aka Instrumental #4
3-08-The Witch Doctor Life (3:45) aka Instrumental #5 , different version released on Ice Cream For Crow
3-09-Little Scratch #1 (4:46) AKA Natural Charm early The Past Sure Is Tense, which was released on Ice Cream For Crow
3-10-Flaming Autograph (4:40), faded versions existing (2:45) and (3:51)
3-11-Love Grip (4:41) aka Instrumental #6, ends with Don saying, "Amen!"
3-12-No Flower Shall Grow (6:04) aka Instrumental #7, jamming on a section of Petrified Forest. Don, "alright ... I don't want you to have anymore fun on that ... that's it!"
3-13-Best Batch Yet #2 (2:25) different version released on Doc At The Radar Station, begins with, "that is three"
3-14-Your Love Brought Me To Life (Take 1) (2:40) aka Instrumental #8, somebody saying "let's take it from there, let's take it from your soul ... and touch it in" "alright"
3-15-Your Love Brought Me To Life (Take 2) (1:32) aka Instrumental #8
3-16-That Little Girl (5:12) aka Instrumental #9
3-17-Campfires (5:56) aka Instrumental #1 1971/72 faded version existing (3:15)

'Sun Zoom Spark' Session
Probably recorded in early 1972 (mono)

4-00-Intro (0:06) short harp theme, could also be the outro of the session
4-01-Sun Zoom Spark #1 (8:09)
4-02-Scratch My Back (2:01)
4-03-Blues Medley (7:28)
a. Down In The Bottom (Howlin' Wolf, 1961) AKA Going Down To The Border AKA Going To The Bottom
b. Key To The Highway (Big Bill Broonzy, 1941)
c. Grandpa Don't Love Grandma No More
4-04-Sun Zoom Spark #2 (8:45)

Pre-Clear Spot Outtakes/'Brown Star' Sessions
Probably at Amigo Studios, Sherman Oaks, North Hollywood, California in summer 1972

5-01-Sun Zoom Spark #3 (3:58) electric version, different version released on Clear Spot
5-02-Funeral Hill #3 (3:42) cut/faded
5-03-Harry Irene (2:52) 'jazzy guitar version', different version recorded for Bat Chain Puller, another version released on Shiny Beast , mono
5-04-Little Scratch #2 (3:02) AKA Natural Charm, faded version existing (2:29)
5-05-Dirty Blue Gene #2 (3:10) different version released on Doc At The Radar Station
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Comments:
The Spotlight Kid Outtakes

Don Van Vliet: I was thinking warm and nice when I did that one (Spotlight Kid) and I feel that it has all come through. Actually, though there are only ten tracks on the album, we recorded thirty-five songs altogether.
(Roy Carr: Svengali Zappa And A Horrible Freak Called Beefheart. New Musical Express. January 12, 1972)

Mike Barnes: Bill Harkleroad explains the genesis of the mass of unfinished material from this era: 'We had a blocked amount of time (for The Spotlight Kid) and we had an cache of tunes. We just went in there in the typical way that we worked. Just take it, keep it, move on. Don was trying to use the studio more. (He thought) here we are, they're paying for it, let's get the most out of it and put some things down - unfinished licks and riffs that he thought were songs. It was a very incomplete, uncontrolled situation, like "What the hell's going on, what are we playing and where does this go?" Even with tunes that were "done", and that people think are great, a lot of them were unfinished ideas with a part missing here and there.
(Mike Barnes: Captain Beefheart, 2000)

Dave Lynch: An incredible quantity of various takes in semi-annotated form, many given different titles; everybody seems to have a different set of these. All in all, they're interesting demos, but not particularly cohesive, with lots of loose jamming and repetition. Quality is mostly clean, although a significant amount of tape hiss mars some spots.
(Dave Lynch: Captain Beefheart Tapes)

Pete Mulvey: There are more out-takes for Spotlight Kid than any other album. Well, more to my knowledge, but you're right, that might just be sloppy controls for a brief period in history. There must have been a large number of demo tapes flying around as Beefheart sought to get out from under Zappa, and as Warners tried to capitalize on their investment. Beefheart regularly used to claim that none of the first three albums recouped their recording costs sufficiently to pay royalties, a wonderful allegation gleefully repeated in acolyte interviews, yet the Captain also claims that the album was recorded in under five hours. Let's say that two and a half days is a more rational estimate. The Record Company would also pay for rehearsals, and the band was note perfect on arrival, but rehearsal space is not the big expense. No, if the man has not been accounted for royalties on Trout Mask, it is because there are large cash advances to be deducted, keeping the band in meals, women, socks, drugs and rock 'n' roll. Don't blame them, myself, but there's no substitute for a happy band on the road, getting their material straight in front of people who cannot hear the detail of the difficulties they are experiencing. So, the band completed the sixties and started touring the more accessible blues approach that would be The Spotlight Kid.
The out-takes of the period are an extraordinary bunch. I have heard two C90s, the first of which contains a range of material most of which does not make the album, but gets resurrected on a future release. The second is more extended, instrumental-based stuff, reminiscent of those tapes of backing tracks that are around for some of the albums. Some are rambling runs, seven minutes of Drink Paint, Run, Run and twenty-five of a blues-based jam which contains the words Sun Zoom Spark, along with Key To The Highway and Baby Scratch My Back. Beefheart can be heard referring to the number as Sun Zoom Spark, but he kept very little of this Bill Harkleroad performance, the emphasis shifting to that extraordinary rhythm. Hard to hear such work-outs without thinking that if anyone came up with the key phrase, new sound, or decent rhythmic touch, then Beefheart would incorporate it. If not, they take place simply to loosen fingers. If so, the musicians' claims to have had more than a hand in the writing could carry a little weight. Of course, if they can't prove it with their tape collection, then maybe Beefheart wrote the lot. It is just so hard to believe because it is such a varied but excellent body of work, and so hard to imagine someone describing what they want from an instrument they cannot play.
There are instrumentals that are part of the development of backing tracks that will one day carry lyrics, Best Batch Yet and Clear Spot, and there are instrumentals that will be honed into, well, instrumentals, Alice In Blunderland and Pompadour (which became Suction Prints). These last four are intact, have their key passages all mapped out for them even at this stage. Harry Irene appears for some reason in a spacious, lilting, delicate version, close to the final answer, yet a decade away from release. Also sounding very similar to the version that appears in the Shiny Beast sessions, Bill's work presumably considered well worthy of repetition. The boring Funeral Hill is also well represented; if the tapes are anything to go by, they played that more often than anything else. Baffling. It also appeared on a recent German Mirror Man release. As so often, Beefheart has retained the number, certain that it can be something worth having, and has resurrected it in these sessions. It is just possible to believe that it metamorphosed into There Ain't No Santa Claus On The Evenin' Stage, but I can put together an argument for Glider as well. He obviously has great faith in both that and Little Scratch, although the latter at least changed cosmetically, becoming Natural Charm before it finally achieved release as The Past Sure Is Tense, in a much changed format.
While on the subject of alternate titles, I have seen Funeral Hill listed as Flat On Your Back, and Seam Crooked Sam as Can't Do This Unless I Can Do That. Little Scratch can come across as Sure Had A Real Good Time, and Kiss Me My Love as Two Rips In A Haystack. I could make up a load of them; they have a certain logic, normally the first line of the song.
The blues dominate the tapes, though. The acquisition of Winged Eel Fingerling must have been a shot in the bluesman's arm, his guitar blues education competing with his view of the unstructured potential of the blues and complementing Don's desires to veer off the mainstream blues path. The songs were obviously not created in long jams, but Elliot Ingber must have been taken with Don's music to extend anything to that length. Having said that, there are certain pictures of Ingber that suggest he would have had trouble finding an end to a tune that day at least.
The unreleased instrumentals are intriguing as work in progress. They contain classic sounding Beefheart figures, some just played to death in the absence of further instructions; the musos do not dare to express more than was required of them. Some of the backing track tapes are produced without him, but here one has the feeling of a controlling presence in the booth.
The band's line-up identifies the instrumentals anyway; they are Beefheart. His is a unique voice in composition, bringing a different sound out of familiar instruments and writing in a distinctive rhythmic style, colored with that marimba. If only he or Jan could have bolted some lyrics onto these, there would be an unreleased album fighting to get out. As it is, the potential of this twenty-five year old material will never be realized: it will tantalize forever. There are the beginnings of Clear Spot and Low Yo Yo Stuff, Seam Crooked Sam and A Carrot Is As Close. The harmonica is featured on Seam Crooked Sam in a terrific introduction to the track. The Spotlight Kid LP is only 36 minutes long; you'd have thought some of these would not have disgraced the finished album. One fears that he is providing a minimum to satisfy a contractual requirement rather than producing value for the fans.
Just listening to the twenty-five minutes of Pompadour you can hear pleasure in the band's playing that does not stay the course to the Shiny Beast version. Also you can hear the Rockette Morton bass riff from Blabber 'n Smoke and the Zoot Horn Rollo guitar from Booglarize. Were they created for Pompadour? By whom? This would have edited into an excellent track for the album, and with the references to other tracks, perhaps would have made an overture; revise a few lyrics and stick in a few self-referential solos and we could have had a concept album, and called it Conservation Act 1.
Where is the recognition that Beefheart deserves? His music demands and repays regular listens. Do Blues fans appreciate his work? I suspect not, yet cannot explain their indifference, given his obvious influences. No-one did it like that before him, and no-one could do it like that even after. Only Pere Ubu come near enough to nod in recognition, yet one would anticipate a school of composers exploring the rooms whose doors Don opened. There is no better introduction than the twofer CD Spotlight Kid/Clear Spot. Cheap to the point of gift, it contains a consistent range of' glorious songs, culled from what we now know to be a much bigger bank of material. It may not please the purist, leaning as it does towards accessibility, but it is some of the fruit of a year of hard creative work.
(Pete Mulvey: The Spotlight Kid Outtakes. Steal Softly Thru Snow #6)

Henry Kaiser: EVERYTHING IS FROM ONE SESSION. I HAVE SEEN ALL THE MASTER TAPES AND THE DATES> I KNOW THIS> JOHN FRENCH CAN CONFIRM. BUT YOU WILL HAVE TO WAIT FOR HIS BOOK.
THE ARE FINISHED MASTERS FOR FUNERAL HILL AND HARRY IRENE - THEY WERE PULLED AT THE LAST MINUTE. NO OTHER TRAKS ARE COMPLETE BECAUSE THE $$$ & TIME RAN OUT FOR THE STUDIO.
ONLY ONE SESSION FOR ALL. ELLIOT JUST COMES IN FOR THE LAST FEW DAYS. ALL SONGS EXCEPT ALICE, POMPADOR SWAMP AND BALLERINO (CARROT IS AS CLOSE>>) WERE MEANT TO HAVE VOCALS OVERDUBBED. THEY ARE ALL BASIC TRACKS FOR SONGS> THERE ARE NO SKETCHES _ IT'S JUST THAT MANY SONGS WERE NEVER FINISHED>
ALL IS LATE 1971 maybe OCT OR EARLY NOV. - I WOULD NEED TO GO IN MY VAULT TO CHECK THE TAPES FOR PRECISE DATES. ALL IS ONE SESSION. ONE SESSION>

Who was/could have been the drummer? What's about John French?
IT"S ALL JF.
(Henry Kaiser by email)

Matthew Lewis: Spotlight Kid percussion - Who did it?
This will come off as a very stupid and pointless inquiry to some, but oh well. I just got a copy of the Spotlight Kid Sessions (yup, I most definatly kick ass) this week and am trying to put together a list of personel for the recordings. I just like to know who exactly plays *what* on each song.
So far I've listened to 1 of 2 tapes and here's what I got:
Don Van Vliet-Vocals, Harmonica, Whistling
John French-Drums, Tap Dancing on "Seam Crooked Sam" (thanks Mike Barnes!)
Mark Boston-Bass Guitar
Bill Harkleroad-Guitar, Slide Guitar
Elliott Ingber-Solo Guitar (selected tracks)
Art Tripp III-Marimba, Piano, Harpsichord "A Carrot..." & "Flaming Autograph"

The Questions:
On "Seam Crooked Sam" the only instrumentation is Don's Harmonica, Tap Dancing, Shakers and what sounds like a tambourine. Well, didn't Mark Boston also do a tap dancing routine in the live shows? Is this him or John French? And who did the shakers & tambourine? If Boston danced, 1 Percussion Dude played the Shakers, The other played the Tambourine, then the track could be recorded "live" in 1 take. But then Vliet's vocals would have to be dubbed over his harmonica. So "who" played "what?"
There are also Shakers on "Little Scratch." You'd think that Tripp would be playing them since French is busy on the drums, but there's also the presence of Tripp's marimba. So there *had* to be an overdubbing.
Shakers are present on these two tracks only. Tambourine is heard only on Seam Crooked Sam. So does anyone know or have any ideas on who might have played them? Maybe my questions will be answered by tape #2. But whatever I find, I'll be sure and post my results to you all. Or has someone tackled this task already?
Another Question:
Is it certain that Tripp did the Harpsichord & Piano playing for all of the tunes or any? I just assumed that he did. I know French, Harkleroad & Vliet were all somewhat-gifted keyboardists.
And a general question about Elliott Ingber:
Inger seems to be present on about half of the tunes and coming in with what seem to be guitar equivilents of some of Don's free-form saxaphone playing. In other words, not playing "with" the band, but often just playing "over the top" of them, as if he's not really paying attention to what they're doing. Was this his role? What did he do on the tunes where he didn't play at rehearsals and in the atmosphere and such? I guess just stand there and look cool like on some of the videos I've seen of him.
Was he present at rehearsals? Or take Don's approach to them? I've read Harkleroad's book and kinda get a better feel for his actual role in the band now, and Mike Barnes book adds more insight.
Anyway, I'm losing my buzz. Thanks for the help! (if any).
(Fire Party list)

Steve Froy: I thought I'd throw my two-pennorth into the pot about the 'Brown Star' tracks.
I haven't downloaded them from or visited the site that's been mentioned in previous posts so I don't know what erroneous (if any) information has been given regarding these tracks. I have a bunch of tracks from this period ( a full list is at the end of this post).
As far as I'm aware during 1971 Don had unprecedented access to studio time, presumably courtesy of Reprise, and so a lot of the rehearsals, jams etc. seem to have been recorded. We're talking about the preparations and recording of 'The Spotlight Kid', 'Brown Star' and 'Clear Spot' albums all within the space of a year. Many of the out-takes appear to come from the 'Spotlight' and 'Brown Star' sessions. They appear (to me at least) to have the same 'downer' feel as 'Spotlight' (if you remember Bill Harkleroad spoke about the band being physically and emotionally drained at this time). I think Don realised that 'Brown Star' wasn't happening and aborted it; had a rest and then had another go which Ted Templeton moulded into 'Clear Spot'. There does exist another bunch of out-takes and backing tracks that are definitely from 'Clear Spot'.
Without knowing exactly when each one was recorded it's difficult to give definitive answers about the origins of these tracks. So much of what I've said is speculative.
Most of the 'Spotlight/Brown Star' stuff are instrumental jams although there are a couple of early vocal versions of some well known songs. This was a very productive period and Don would return to plunder it for his last three albums. Although familiar titles are used for many of the out-takes/jams it can get very confusing because Don would reuse the same title for another song at a later date.
These are the tracks I know of:

1. BLUES JAM (aka PORK CHOPS N BEANS)
2. SUN ZOOM SPARK #1
3. SUN ZOOM SPARK #2
These first three are each about 9 minutes long and have Don and Bill H. jamming together. The first has them touching on all manner of blues standards. The other two are lengthy workouts base around 'Sun Zoom Spark' which is much different to the version that finally appeared. It's one of these tracks in an edited and speeded up form that was on the 'Out Here Over There' CD boot and purported to come from the Amougies Festival!!

4. I'M GONNA BOOGLARISE YOU BABY
Early instrumental workout for the song.

5. SUZY MURDER WRIST
6. OBENSO CINCO
7. WITCH DOCTOR LIFE
8. LITTLE SCRATCH
The instrumental version of the song 'NATURAL CHARM'
9. FLAMING AUTOGRAPH
10. LOVE GRIP
11. NO FLOWER SHALL GROW
12. BEST BATCH YET
13. SEMI MULTICOLORED CAUCASIAN
14. DUAL & ABDUL
15. CAMPFIRES
16. THAT LITTLE GIRL
17. YOU BROUGHT ME TO LIFE #1 & #2
18. DIRTY BLUE GENE #1 & #2
One version is radically different from the later released version.

19. FUNERAL HILL
20. SEAM CROOKED SAM (aka CAN'T DO THIS UNLESS I CAN DO THAT)
21. HARRY IRENE
22. DRINK PAINT RUN RUN
23. BALLERINO
Early version of 'A Carrot Is As Close..'

24. KISS ME MY LOVE (aka TWO LIPS or RIPS IN A HAYSTACK)
25. POMPADOUR SWAMP #1 & #2
Lengthy workouts - both about 12 minutes - with Winged Eel Fingerling on guitar. This was the early version of 'Suction Prints'.
(Fire Party list)

Gary Lucas: Don told me the correct spelling of #6 was "U Bean So Cinquo"--"You've been so FIVE! Hey, Gary, isn't that HIP?" Just what it all meant he never actually said...
I believe also it should be "Your Love Brought Me to Life", "Balladino", "Two Rips in a Haystack" (definitely, recycled as "two tears" (as in tearing a piece of paper, not tears of joy) "in a haystack" in the "Ice Cream for Crow" lyrics--sublime yonic and anal symbolism here combined, boys and girls.
I got most of this music courtesy of Ted "Hey" Laffey, who "liberated" these tracks (with Kaiser I'm told) from the Warner Vaults in '80--Laffey used to be a special projects guy there--also of interest on these tapes is the fantastic "I Can't Do This, Unless I Can Do This", which features the mic'ed up percussive thump of John French tap dancing as the rhythm track, Don wheezing through his harp in great "White Jam" ("it's about some white people jamming, Gary"--right, not about cunning lingual mucous mules twat trala trala) style, then reciting the opening lines of Odd Jobs before it thumps to a halt.
I totally agree with that previous remark about Don's feedback harp solo on "Funeral Hill" being an analog to Hendrix's guitar, exactly what I thought when I first heard this 22 years ago, amazing performance, unbeatable track- "Man, we cut that on angel dust" --also: "Y'know, Hendrix came to me one time and said 'Hey Don...' (dramatic pause)...'Your Voice' (pointing to throat)...'My Guitar (miming air guitar)...he actually wanted me to join him in a new group! Isn't that silly?".
I never knew whether to take him seriously about alot of this...but occasionally, it did check out.
sometimes not...
"Man that poor little Marianne Faithfull, did you see her on Saturday Night Live last night? You know, she never wanted to be with JAGGER (disdainful drawn-out sarcastic pronunciation here)...she wanted to be with ME!!"
I scanned Marianne's memoirs once for a mention of this torrid infatuation... but no Don...(he does figure rather comically in Pamela des Barres book, which was actually alot more convincing a tale).
(Fire Party list)
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Pompadour Session
Probably recorded at Record Plant Studios, Los Angeles, CA in May 1971.

1-01-I'm Gonna Booglarize You Baby Jam (Take 1) (4:12)
1-02-I'm Gonna Booglarize You Baby Jam (Take 2) (1:33)

Personnel:
Elliot Ingber: guitar
Bill Harkleroad: guitar
Mark Boston: bass guitar
John French: drums

Source:
The Spotlight Kid Outtakes CD-R

Comments:
The Rollin' Web: Instrumental Jam. The tape kicks off with a Rehearsal/jam that is the basis of I'm Gonna Booglarize You Baby. Yet it is not a backing track awaiting Beefheart's vocals - but it it's 80% there!!! (even if parts of it are a little tentative) Also it has the 1974 'pick-up band's' introduction to Mirror Man. If you listen to the V-Virgin Sampler of the Drury Lane '74 version - there it is!! Not exactly 'note for note' but as near as 'damn-it!!'
(Steal Softly Thru Snow #7)

1-03-Pompadour I (Take 1) (4:23)
1-04-Pompadour I (Take 2) (8:40)
1-05-Pompadour II (Take 1) (0:42)
1-06-Pompadour II (Take 2) (0:29)
1-07-Pompadour II (Take 3) (4:17)
1-08-Pompadour II (Take 4) (0:51)
1-09- Pompadour II (Take5) (5:39)

Personnel:
Elliot Ingber: guitar
Bill Harkleroad: guitar
Mark Boston: bass guitar
John French: drums, percussion
Art Tripp: marimba

Source:
The Spotlight Kid Outtakes Tape

Comments:
David Lynch: Loose jamming on themes that would become Suction Prints, Grow Fins, Flaming Autograph.
Colin David Webb: The way in which Suction Prints evolved is also an insight into the way in which the band worked. Bootleg tapes have Winged Eel playing a twenty five minute loose version about 1971. Whether it was specifically written by Beefheart at that length or is Winged Eel experimenting with the basic theme is unclear. The live tours of the post 1972 period begin with a bass introduction that is a variation on the theme. By 1975 it had become a guitar and trombone showcase and by live shows in 1980 it featured guitar and saxophone. Clearly some material did allow for improvisation or change over time.
(Captain Beefheart. The Man And His Music. 1989)
Pete Mulvey: Just listening to the twenty-five minutes of Pompadour you can hear pleasure in the band's playing that does not stay the course to the Shiny Beast version (of Suction Prints). Also you can hear the Rockette Morton bass riff from Blabber 'n Smoke and the Zoot Horn Rollo guitar from Booglarize. Were they created for Pompadour? By whom? This would have edited into an excellent track for the album, and with the references to other tracks, perhaps would have made an overture; revise a few lyrics and stick in a few self-referential solos and we could have had a concept album, and called it Conservation Act 1.
(The Spotlight Kid outtakes. Steal Softly Thru Snow #6)
Mike Barnes: The lengthy Pompadour Swamp is a mixture of strictly composed sections with some looser passages, with Ingber again given the nod to blow his own stacks in extemporization.
(Mike Barnes: Captain Beefheart, 2000)
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The Spotlight Kid Outtakes: Songs
Probably recorded at Record Plant Studios, Los Angeles, CA in May-September 1971.

2-01-Funeral Hill #1 (5:30) AKA Don't Get Chicken Blues

Personnel:
Don Van Vliet: vocals, harmonica
Elliot Ingber: guitar
Bill Harkleroad: guitar
Mark Boston: bass guitar
John French: drums
Source: The Spotlight Kid Outtakes Tape
Comments:
David Lynch: absolutely killer version of Funeral Hill.
Steve Froy: As if these 'blues' are not enough Don rubs our noses in it with There Ain't No Santa Claus On The Evenin Stage. I have already discussed this track. I don't see how this fits in with the "warm and nice" feel Don described he had for this album. It is interesting to note that there is one out-take from this time which is very similar in feel to There Ain't No Santa Claus On The Evenin Stage but is even more depressing. It is called Funeral Hill and it is just as well this didn't make it onto the released version or it would have been a real downer of an album.
(Captain Beefheart. At the Crossroads with The Spotlight Kid. Perfect Sound Forever, 1999)
Mike Barnes: The only tracks that were mixed down to two-track for possible inclusion on The Spotlight Kid but were discarded were Harry Irene ... and Funeral Hill. This uncromisingly grim tune is as slow as the slowest tracks on the album. The railing against mortality, the fist in the face of death that hallmarked Fallin' Ditch, is itself ditched as the protagonist of the song is actually deceased. The only advantage of this state is that it avoids life. The boss man of Plastic Factory is again recast as the "fat man", the oppressor, but he can no longer "spat [sic] in your eye", as you've finally "paid your bill". There are two versions of the track: a shorter, tighter one and an elongated version where Ingber sets off a berserker-style fretboard foray.
(Mike Barnes: Captain Beefheart. 2000)
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2-02-Drink Paint Run Run (7:23)

Personnel:
Don Van Vliet: vocals, harmonica
Bill Harkleroad: guitar
Mark Boston: bass guitar
John French: drums
Source: Where's The Beef? Tape
Comments:
Colin David Webb: He also experimented with early versions of Drink Paint Run Run (totally different lyrics, the tune was to be used later as the basis for Ice Cream For Crow).
(Captain Beefheart. The Man And His Music, 1989)
Mike Barnes: Run Paint Run Run [from Doc At The Radar Station] propagates a germ of an idea from Drink Paint Run Run from the 1971 Spotlight Kid sessions, although the semantic overlap is about the only thing they have in common.
(Mike Barnes: Captain Beefheart, 2000)
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2-03-Seam Crooked Sam #1 (2:09) AKA Can't Do This Unless I Do That

Personnel:
Don Van Vliet: vocals, harmonica
Art Tripp?: tambourine?, maracas
John French: tap-dance
Source: The Spotlight Kid Outtakes Tape
Comments:
Seam Crooked Sam #2 has more vocals and less harmonica.
Mike Barnes: a rough sketch ... dating back to 1972. The only instrumentation on the spartan original was maracas, harmonica and the clattering of French doing his tap-dancing routine.
(Mike Barnes: Captain Beefheart, 2000)
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2-04-Dirty Blue Gene #1 (2:46) mono

Personnel:
Don Van Vliet: vocals, harmonica
Bill Harkleroad: guitar
Source: Where's The Beef? Tape
Comments:
anybody with a stereo version?
Scott Hand: This thing about the later albums being drawn from old material comes up a lot, so I thought I would give my take on it. While there were songs with the same titles and some of the same lyrics laying around for years, they really aren't the same songs. Right off the top of my head, I can remember first hearing the old blues version of Dirty Blue Gene, no way i would have if not for looking at the title.
(alt.fan.capt-beefheart)
Mike Barnes: Dirty Blue Gene is another example of material released at last after a lengthy metamorphosis. Its thirteen-year transmutation saw it progress from a good title(which Van Vliet obviously loved) for an instrumental piece recorded in 1967, to completely different music complete with lyrics in 1971 and then a version close to this one [released on Doc At The Rardar Station] from the 1972 Clear Spot sessions. With a few minor changes it became the thunderous song on Doc At The Radar Station.
(Mike Barnes: Captain Beefheart, 2000)
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2-05-Kiss Me My Love (2:28) AKA Two Rips In A Haystack (like the painting) AKA Two Lips In A Haystack

Personnel:
Don Van Vliet: vocals, harmonica
Bill Harkleroad: guitar
Mark Boston: bass guitar
John French: drums
Art Tripp: marimba
Source: The Spotlight Kid Outtakes Tape
Comments:
Don Van Vliet: I've gotta hear that thing, man.
Mike Barnes: The guitar line of (Ice Cream For Crow) originates from Drink Paint Run Run from the Spotlight Kid sessions from 1971, and a few ideas for the lyrics from its contemporary, Two Rips In A Haystack.
Mike Barnes: Captain Beefheart, 2000)
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2-06-Alice In Blunderland (3:41)

Personnel:
Elliot Ingber: guitar
Bill Harkleroad: guitar
Mark Boston: bass guitar
John French: drums
Art Tripp: marimba
Source: The Spotlight Kid Outtakes Tape
Comments:
David Lynch: Ingber's guitar is mixed unreasonably low in this version.
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2-07-Clear Spot (4:36) instrumental

Personnel:
Bill Harkleroad: guitar
Mark Boston: bass guitar
John French: drums
Art Tripp: marimba, piano (?)
Source: The Spotlight Kid Outtakes Tape
Comments:
Early instrumental version of Clear Spot based on Bill Harkleroad's guitar.
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2-08-Low Yo Yo Stuff (2:06) cut

Personnel:
Bill Harkleroad: guitar
Mark Boston: bass guitar
John French: drums, (overdubbed?)
Art Tripp: marimba
Source: The Spotlight Kid Outtakes Tape
Comments:
Early instrumental version of Low Yo Yo Stuff. Different start, slow.
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2-09-Seam Crooked Sam #2 (2:15) AKA Can't Do This Unless I Do That (mono)

Personnel:
Don Van Vliet: vocals, harmonica
Art Tripp?: tambourine?, maracas
John French: tap-dance
Source: Where's The Beef? Tape
Comments:
Seam Crooked Sam #2 has more vocals than #1.
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2-10-Funeral Hill #2 (3:04) AKA Don't Get Chicken Blues (faded)

Personnel:
Don Van Vliet: vocals, harmonica
Elliot Ingber: guitar
Bill Harkleroad: guitar
Mark Boston: bass guitar
John French: drums
Source: Lick My Decals Off Baby Outakes Tape
Comments:
Funeral Hill #2 has less harmonica than #1.
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The Spotlight Kid Outtakes 'Instrumental Sketches'
Probably recorded at Record Plant Studios, Los Angeles, CA in May-September 1971.

3-01-Semi-Multicoloured Caucasian (4:24)

Personnel:
Bill Harkleroad: guitar
Mark Boston: bass
John French: drums, marimba
Source: Lick My Decals Off Baby Outakes Tape
Comments:
The Rollin' Webb: Featuring guitar and inevitably, marimba.
(Steal Softly Thru Snow #7)
Mike Barnes: The instrumental Semi-Multicoloured Caucasian is, titlewise, a take on one of Van Vliet's oft-repeated quotes: "Everyone's coloured or you wouldn't be able to see them". It dates back to the Spotlight Kid era and dances like Suction Prints, although it is slower and more melodic.
(Mike Barnes: Captain Beefheart, 2000)
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3-02-Dual & Abdul (2:51)

Personnel:
Bill Harkleroad: guitar
Mark Boston: bass
John French: drums
Source: The Spotlight Kid Outtakes CD-R
Comments:
The Rollin' Webb: Dual & Abdul has been floating around for at least 20 years but always associated with the Deacals Outtakes. If it was actually recorded during the Spotlight Kid takes, as seems likely ... (it has a similar feel to many of the above) then there is also the missing Open Pins to re-locate to this period.
(Steal Softly Thru Snow #7)
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3-03-Open Pins (5:58)

Personnel:
Bill Harkleroad: guitar
Mark Boston: bass
John French: drums
Art Tripp: marimba
Source: The Spotlight Kid Outtakes CD-R
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3-04-Ballerino (2:21)

Personnel:
Bill Harkleroad: guitar
Art Tripp?: harpsichord?
Source: The Spotlight Kid Outtakes CD-R
Comments:
Paul Brown: the original title of the piece that was later re-arranged to become A Carrot Is As Close As A Rabbit Gets To A Diamond.
(Steal Softly Thru Snow #8)
Mike Barnes: The instrumental (A Carrot Is As Close As A Rabbit Gets To A Diamond) is a tightened-up version of an earlier piece entitled Ballerino.
(Mike Barnes: Captain Beefheart, 2000)
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3-05-Best Batch Yet #1 (3:43)
Take #1 (2:22)
Take #2 (0:37)
Take #3 (0:33)

Personnel:
Bill Harkleroad: guitar
Mark Boston: bass
John French: drums
Source: The Spotlight Kid Outtakes CD-R
Comments:
The Rollin' Web: Best Batch Yet is the well-known 'early 1970s-version,' with two 'alternate guitar breaks' recorded, (just in case!?). But it was to be some years before the song actually made it to vinyl. This sounds as if it could be the backing track plus two 'possible' solos! ('ready for Captain Beefheart to sing over?')
(Steal Softly Thru Snow #7)
Mike Barnes: Another song originating from the 1971 sessions is Best batch Yet. Again, the rearranged version blows holes in the original rough sketch.
(Mike Barnes: Captain Beefheart, 2000)
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3-06-Suzy Murder Wrist (3:41) AKA Instrumental #3

Personnel:
Bill Harkleroad: guitar
Mark Boston: bass
John French: drums
Source: The Spotlight Kid Outakes CD-R
Comments:
Paul Brown: another instrumental sometimes performed live pre 1974.
(Steal Softly Thru Snow #8)
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3-07-Obenso Cinco (2:47) AKA Instrumental #4 AKA U Bean So Cinco

Personnel:
Bill Harkleroad: guitar
Mark Boston: bass
John French: percussion
Art Tripp: marimba
Source: The Spotlight Kid Outtakes CD-R
Comments:
The Rollin' Webb: Obenso Cinco was more commonly known as Instrumental #4 featuring a 'guitar and marimba' in unison at the forefront. Again it's a 'stopper and a starter' but this time, a much more 'repetitive riff' and lacking the subtleties we have come to expect from Captain Beefheart. (probably, was work-in-progress?).
(Steal Softly Thru Snow #7)
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3-08-The Witch Doctor Life (3:45) AKA Instrumental #5

Personnel:
Bill Harkleroad: guitar
Mark Boston: bass
John French: drums, percussion
Source: The Spotlight Kid Outtakes CD-R
Comments:
The Rollin' Webb: Witch Doctor Life kicks in next. Starting with a distinctive riff and a more up-tempo piece, very firmly 'a drums, bass and lead guitar piece, this seems to have been the middle period of the tune.
Paul Brown: Drumbo recalls playing it in the 'late 60s' and of course it was to appear in a very different format at the end of Captain Beefheart's career.
(Steal Softly Thru Snow #7)
Mike Barnes: A piece dating back to the Brown Wrapper Sessions. ... The Witch Doctor Life was a long time in the pipeline, Van Vliet working on it then abandoning it over fifteen years. At last it made the grade.
(Mike Barnes: Captain Beefheart, 2000)
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3-09-Little Scratch #1 (4:46)

Personnel:
Bill Harkleroad: guitar
Mark Boston: bass
John French: drums
Art Tripp: marimba, maracas
Source: The Spotlight Kid Outtakes CD-R
Comments:
The Rollin' Webb: Little Scratch follows, always known as Little Scratch and the instrumental version of the out-take Natural Charm. The guitar has a slight 'echo'y effect with a marimba helping out in the background.
(Steal Softly Thru Snow #7)
Mike Barnes: Little Scratch, discarded from both The Spotlight Kid and Clear Spot sessions, resurfaces as The Past Sure Is Tense, a much tougher version than its predecessors.
(Mike Barnes: Captain Beefheart, 2000)
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3-10-Flaming Autograph (4:40)

Personnel:
Bill Harkleroad: guitar
Mark Boston: bass
John French: drums
Art Tripp: harpsichord?, marimba
Source: The Spotlight Kid Outtakes CD-R
Comments:
The Rollin' Webb: Flaming Autograph is next up, and is the shorter version without the fault on 'one of the channels.' (Fairly familiar stuff, but nice to have the name confirmed!) It's another 'marimba and guitar' piece, fairly languid in performance and also fairly repetitive. It was as yet still at a development stage. The end section of the repeated guitar riff has some 'nifty' marimba work.
(Steal Softly Thru Snow #7)
Mike Barnes: ... the serene Flaming Autograph.
(Mike Barnes: Captain Beefheart, 2000)
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3-11-Love Grip (4:41) AKA Instrumental #6

Personnel:
Bill Harkleroad: fuzz guitar
Mark Boston: bass
John French: drums
Source: The Spotlight Kid Outtakes CD-R
Comments:
The Rollin' Webb: Love Grip used to masquerade as Instrumental #6 with bass introduction followed by a 'fuzz-' lead guitar onto a middle section with some nice climbing 'guitar' notes. Presumably a 'second guitar' over-dubbed, would have made this a rather tasty completed piece!? (It is difficult to tell if these were intended for more work or not, but the band versions don't feel as complete as the duet on A Carrot or the Semi-Multicoloured Caucasian take - maybe because we know the final versions of them, or maybe because the band pieces tend to be much longer and more in the nature of a jam!?
Paul Brown: Beefheart speaks from the control room at the end "Amen!!" - (sarcastic?) Are they taking too much studio time?
(Steal Softly Thru Snow #7)
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3-12-No Flower Shall Grow (6:04) AKA Instrumental #7

Personnel:
Bill Harkleroad: guitar
Mark Boston: bass
John French: drums
Source: Spotlight Kid Outtakes 1971 shn
Comments:
The Rollin' Webb: No Flower Shall Grow is again no stranger, previously Instrumental #7 and known by this title, having sprung from that line of the Decals track Petrified Forest. Now if a single line of one song can create a whole new song, what could he have eventually come up with? Basically - lead, bass and drums, fairy jaunty in tempo but again a lot of repetitive riffs. The likelihood that this was more of a jam; comes at the end when a grumpy Captain Beefheart says from the control room "Ahl right ... I don't want you to have anymore fun on that ... That's it!!!"
(Steal Softly Thru Snow #7)
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3-13-Best Batch Yet #2 (2:25)

Personnel:
Bill Harkleroad: guitar
Mark Boston: bass
John French: drums
Art Tripp: marimba
Source: Lick My Decals Off Baby Outtakes Tape
Comments: Probably Take #1 of Best Batch Yet #1 with marimba overdubbed.
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3-14-Your Love Brought Me To Life (Take 1) (2:40) aka Instrumental #8
3-15-Your Love Brought Me To Life (Take 2) (1:32) aka Instrumental #8

Personnel:
Bill Harkleroad: guitar
Mark Boston: bass
John French: drums
Art Tripp: marimba
Source: The Spotlight Kid Outtakes CD-R
Comments:
The Rollin' Webb: Your Love Brought Me To Life features 'guitar and marimba' in a much slower piece. A laboured guitar, with the marimba in-filling, then there's a faster brighter section, with the drums more prominent, then back to the laboured 'guitar and marimba' duet. Again difficult to see it standing as a finished piece? Also, difficult to see it standing as an instrumental - on its own ...!? (but with some cutting down and a second guitar overlay ... ??) It stops abruptly in mid-phrase, then picks up again.
(Steal Softly thru Snow #7)
Paul Brown: This is one of the 'guitar and marimba' slower pieces, probably unfinished.
(Steal Softly Thru Snow #8)
Mike Barnes: Tepper looks back with particular fondness on some earlier pieces that never got past the rehearsal stage, which were, in his opinion, some of Van Vliet's most tender and most affecting musical moments: Your Love Brought Me To Life - originally from 1971 - and later pieces like Rhino In The Redwoods and Child Ecologist. The time needed to realize his more complicated pieces, together with the loss of momentum in his career, had left a lot still stuck on the drawing board.
(Mike Barnes: Captain Beefheart, 2000)
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3-16-That Little Girl (5:12) AKA Instrumental #9

Personnel:
Bill Harkleroad: guitar
Mark Boston: bass
John French: drums
Art Tripp: marimba
Source: The Spotlight Kid Outtakes CD-R
Comments:
The Rollin' Webb: That Little Girl starts with some neat guitar picking then continues as a slow-paced number with guitar to the fore again and the marimba occasionally heard in the background. In the middle there's some tentative guitar, trying to find the correct phrase, suggesting another 'work-in-progress,' rather than a finished piece.
(Steal Softly Thru Snow #7)
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3-17-Campfires (5:56) AKA Instrumental #1

Personnel:
Bill Harkleroad: guitar
Mark Boston: bass
John French: drums
Source: The Spotlight Kid Outtakes CD-R
Comments:
The Rollin' Webb: Campfires was previously known as Instrumental #1 (Brown-Star-fast-ish!). It's a lively piece with a strong drums, bass, and lead guitar line-up again. The guitar has a slightly sleazy feel to it, but again it's the repeated riffs that suggest - It is not a finished piece.
(Steal Softly Thru Snow #7)
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'Sun Zoom Spark' Session
Probably recorded in early 1972 (mono, anybody with a stereo version?)

4-00-Intro (0:06) short harp theme, could also be the outro of the session
4-01-Sun Zoom Spark #1 (8:09)
4-02-Scratch My Back (2:01)
4-03-Blues Medley (7:28)
a. Down In The Bottom (Howlin' Wolf, 1961) AKA Going Down To The Border AKA Going To The Bottom
b. Key To The Highway (Big Bill Broonzy, 1941)
c. Grandpa Don't Love Grandma No More
4-04-Sun Zoom Spark #2 (8:45)

Personnel:
Don Van Vliet: vocals, harmonica
Bill Harkleroad: acoustic guitar

Source:
4-00: Out Here Over There bootleg
4-01/4-02/4-03/4-04: Beefheart Studio Sessions 1970-1972

Comments:
Colin David Webb: The musical direction at this time is confusing. Bootleg tapes indicate a range of different approaches - straight blues in three gutsy takes of a totally different Sun Zoom Spark; a ripping blues rendition of Seam Crooked Sam; two heavy blues versions of Funeral Hill; and a medley of non-originals featuring Scratch My Back, Going To The Bottom (Border or Brazos), Keys To The Highway and Grandpa Don't Love Grandma No More.
(Colin David Webb: Captain Beefheart. The Man And His Music. 1989)
Mike Barnes: Sun Zoom Spark first came into being on a rambling rehearsal demo, with Van Vliet improvising the words over Harkleroad's guitar lines.
(Mike Barnes: Captain Beefheart, 2000)
Henry Kaiser: The above is just a blues jam for fun with El and Don. Maybe they thought to get a blues duo jam tune out of Sun Zoom Spark to us as they played it - but they got nothing finished ...
(Henry Kaiser by mail)
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Pre-Clear Spot Outtakes/'Brown Star' Sessions
Probably at Amigo Studios, Sherman Oaks, North Hollywood, California in summer 1972

5-01-Sun Zoom Spark #3 (3:58) electric version

Personnel:
Don Van Vliet: vocals
Bill Harkleroad: guitar
Mark Boston: guitar
Roy Estrada: bass
Art Tripp: drums, percussion
Source: Spotlight Kid Outtakes 1971 shn
Comments:
electric version
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5-02-Funeral Hill #3 (3:42) cut/faded

Personnel:
Don Van Vliet: vocals, harmonica
Bill Harkleroad: guitar
Mark Boston or Roy Estrada: bass
Art Tripp: drums, percussion, piano (?)
Source: Spotlight Kid Outtakes 1971 shn
Comment:
The mono version from the Where's the Beef? tape is slightly longer (3:53).
There is an uncut stereo version (3:53) coming with the 'distant cousins' outtakes collection only available as mp3.
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5-03-Harry Irene (2:52) 'jazzy guitar version' (mono)

Personnel:
Don Van Vliet: vocals, whistling
Bill Harkleroad: guitar
Mark Boston: guitar
Art Tripp: drums, percussion
Source: Where's The Beef? Tape
Comments:
Ben Waters: jazzy guitar version.
Mike Barnes: The only tracks that were mixed down to two-track for possible inclusion on The Spotlight Kid but were discarded were Harry Irene ... and Funeral Hill. ... the song ... features ... a whistling solo by Van Vliet that demonstrates his skill and control. He was obviously fond of the song. It had been recorded in the sessions for Clear Spot and its genesis dated back to the late sixties.
(Mike Barnes: Captain Beefheart, 2000)
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5-04-Little Scratch #2 (3:02) AKA Natural Charm

Personnel:
Don Van Vliet: vocals, harmonica
Bill Harkleroad: guitar
Mark Boston or Roy Estrada: bass
Art Tripp: drums, percussion
Source: Beefheart Studio Sessions 1970-1972
Comments:
Mike Barnes: The material from the Spotlight Kid era work-in-progress sessions was left aside, apart from Little Scratch, which was re-recorded and mixed down for inclusion (on Clear Spot), but again discarded.
(Mike Barnes: Captain Beefheart, 2000)
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5-05-Dirty Blue Gene #2 (3:10)

Personnel:
Don Van Vliet: vocals, harmonica
Bill Harkleroad: guitar
Mark Boston or Roy Estrada: bass
Art Tripp: drums, percussion
Source: Beefheart Studio Sessions 1970-1972
Comments:
Mike Barnes: Dirty Blue Gene is another example of material released at last after a lengthy metamorphosis. Its thirteen-year transmutation saw it progress from a good title(which Van Vliet obviously loved) for an instrumental piece recorded in 1967, to completely different music complete with lyrics in 1971 and then a version close to this one (released on Doc At The Radar Station) from the 1972 Clear Spot sessions. With a few minor changes it became the thunderous song on Doc At The Radar Station.
(Mike Barnes: Captain Beefheart, 2000)


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OK... More Captain!!! I love it.
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Do you know the length of this one?


Disc 1: 30:46
Disc 2: 35:58
Disc 3: 1:07:26
Disc 4: 26:29
Disc 5: 16:40

for a grand total of: 2:57:19
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Merci.

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Many thanks for this...!! Plus the staggering amount of info - very much appreciated..!!!! Wink
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MsPinky thinks(!!!) this has to go to a new topic - I've been lurking around here for ages

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I am not a Captain Beefheart specialist, or fan, at all.
BUT this collection of outakes is absolutely fabulous!!!!!!!!!!
It's like some kind of southbound dirty bluesy raunchy riffs which taste so real,
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