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Captain Beefheart And His Magic Bands - Railroadism: Live In The USA 72-81

Dispelling once and for all the myth that Van Vliet was appreciated less in his native land than elsewhere, this excellent trawl through nearly a decade of US truck-stops is as much an opportunity to compare Magic Bands as it is to marvel at the Don. Plenty of high points (the Delta growl of "Old Black Snake" from '72; a swampy "Grow Fins" from NYC's Bottom Line in '77; a strangely tender "Harry Irene" a year later), but on this evidence, the newly semi-reformed '81 line-up—six cuts from Reseda Country Club, California—takes some serious shifting.

Rating: 4 / 10


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The 46th (And Last) Playlist Of 2014


Sorry I didn't manage to post a playlist last week; a combination of germs, deadlines and various other professional/seasonal distractions meant that I ran out of time.

Here, though, is our last office list of 2014, with lots of strong new entries. A few highlights...