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The Magic Band

The Magic Band was the backing group for the legendary Captain Beefheart over the course of his recording career. Of course, the personnel changed over time, so the name simply referred to whomever was backing the Captain at the time. Until 2003, that is. Matt Groening was appointed curator of the All Tomorrow's Parties festival for 2003. As a major Beefheart fan, Groening proposed convening a new version of the Magic Band comprised of Beefheart veterans for the performances. And so, a version of the Magic Band that never actually backed Captain Beefheart was born: John French (Drumbo) on drums and vocals, Mark Boston (Rockette Morton) on bass, and Gary Lucas and Denny Walley on guitars. (Robert Williams manned the drum chair when Drumbo was singing). They not only played the festival, but also recorded one of the rehearsals for the shows that was released as Back to the Front in 2003. In 2011, Sundazed released Oxford, UK-June 6, a live date originally recorded in 2005, that featured the much same lineup as on Back to the Front. ~ Sean Westergaard & Al Campbell
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Track List: Back To The Front

1. My Human Gets Me Blues

2. Click Clack

3. Abba Zaba

4. I'm Gonna Booglarize You Baby

5. Sun Zoom Sparks

6. Alice In Blunderland

7. Steal Softly Thru Snow

8. Dropout Boogie

9. Moonlight On Vermont

10. Circumstances

11. On Tomorrow

12. The Floppy Boot Stomp

13. Hair Pie

14. Nowadays A Woman's Gotta Hit A Man

15. When It Blows Its Stacks

16. I Wanna Find A Woman That'll Hold My Big Toe Till I Have To Go/Sure 'Nuff 'N Yes I Do

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,Is it any wonder why I love frank ZAPPAA aand Caaptaain Beefheart a lot, more than life itself! We lost a unique voice in Doñ Van Veitt and frank zappeea. Now dwezzil will have to carry on thee torch.
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I think Matt Groening had a neat idea. The band even sounds comparable to stuff I've heard on records. It's just somehow lacking a crucial element, namely "the Captain." His phrasing and vocal presence truly MADE The Magic Band. It was HIS. This stuff kinda comes across sometimes like a deflated balloon.
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While all of these performers backed up Don at one time or another, the four were never in the band at the same time. As such, this version never backed Captain Beefheart (although all but Rockette appear on Doc at the Radar Station.)
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bradelee
This bio of th Magic band is not accurate...t h e s e are personnel who played with Don over the years, most notably John Drumbo French, who played before and through the trout mask replica project and beyond.

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