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

Companion piece to last year's live-in-the-UK comp. Includes San Francisco's 1966 add-on "Avalon Blues"

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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.

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