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Name:Captain Beefheart The Spotlight Kid Outtakes (1971 72) FLAC

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Capped this off D-A-D, so thanks to jazzfan for the torrent & laryddave for art & booklet PDF.

I have changed nothing from jazzfans' original.He has done a load of work on this & you can see this in the NFO text.

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TRACK DETAILS:
1) 'Pompadour' Session: probably recorded at Record Plant Studios, Los Angeles, CA in October/early November 1971.
1-01. Booglarize Jam (2 Takes) (5:48)
Line-up:
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)

1-02. Pompadour I (2 Takes) (13:27)
1-03. Pompadour II (5 Takes) (12:30)
Line-up:
Elliot Ingber: guitar
Bill Harkleroad: guitar
Mark Boston: bass guitar
John French: drums, percussion
Art Tripp: marimba
Source: Spotlight Kid Outtakes DVD
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)

2) The Spotlight Kid Outtakes Songs: probably recorded at Record Plant Studios, Los Angeles, CA in October/early November 1971.
2-01. Funeral Hill (Version 1) (5:48) AKA Don't Get Chicken Blues
Line-up:
Don Van Vliet: vocals, harmonica
Elliot Ingber: guitar
Bill Harkleroad: guitar
Mark Boston: bass guitar
John French: drums
Source: What's The Beef 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)

2-02. Drink Paint Run Run (7:20)
Line-up:
Don Van Vliet: vocals, harmonica
Bill Harkleroad: guitar
Mark Boston: bass guitar
John French: drums
Source: Spotlight Kid Outtakes DVD
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).
Colin David Webb: 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)

2-03. Seam Crooked Sam (Version 1) (2:15) AKA Can't Do This Unless I Do That
Line-up:
Don Van Vliet: vocals, harmonica
Art Tripp?: maracas
John French: tap-dance
Source: Spotlight Kid Outtakes DVD
Comments:
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)

2-04. Dirty Blue Gene (Version 1) (2:50) still just mono
Line-up:
Don Van Vliet: vocals, harmonica
Bill Harkleroad: guitar
Source: Where's The Beef? Tape
Comments:
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)

2-05. Kiss Me My Love (2:40) AKA Two Rips In A Haystack (like the painting) AKA Two Lips In A Haystack
Line-up:
Don Van Vliet: vocals, harmonica
Bill Harkleroad: guitar
Mark Boston: bass guitar
John French: drums
Art Tripp: marimba
Source: Where's The Beef? 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)

2-06. Alice In Blunderland (3:54)
Line-up:
Elliot Ingber: guitar
Bill Harkleroad: guitar
Mark Boston: bass guitar
John French: drums
Art Tripp: marimba
Source: Spotlight Kid Outtakes DVD
Comments:
David Lynch: Ingber's guitar is mixed unreasonably low in this version.

2-07. Clear Spot (4:45) instrumental
Line-up:
Bill Harkleroad: guitar
Mark Boston: bass guitar
John French: drums
Art Tripp: marimba, piano (?)
Source: Spotlight Kid Outtakes DVD
Comments:
Early instrumental version of Clear Spot based on Bill Harkleroad's guitar.

2-08. Low Yo Yo Stuff (2:05) cut
Line-up:
Bill Harkleroad: guitar
Mark Boston: bass guitar
John French: drums, (overdubbed?)
Art Tripp: marimba
Source: Spotlight Kid Outtakes DVD
Comments:
Early instrumental version of Low Yo Yo Stuff. Different start, slow.

2-09. Seam Crooked Sam (Version 2) (2:19) AKA Can't Do This Unless I Do That
Line-up:
Don Van Vliet: vocals, harmonica
Art Tripp?: maracas
John French: tap-dance
Source: Where's The Beef? Tape
Comments:
Seam Crooked Sam (Version 2) has more vocals than Version 1.

2-10. Funeral Hill (Version 2) (3:17) AKA Don't Get Chicken Blues cut
Line-up:
Don Van Vliet: vocals, harmonica
Elliot Ingber: guitar
Bill Harkleroad: guitar
Mark Boston: bass guitar
John French: drums
Source: Studio Sessions 1970-72 (torrented on Dime)
Comments:
Funeral Hill (Version 2) has less harmonica than (Version 1).

3) The Spotlight Kid Outtakes 'Instrumental Sketches': probably recorded at Record Plant Studios, Los Angeles, CA in October/early November 1971.
3-01. Semi-Multicoloured Caucasian (4:26)
Line-up:
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)
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)

3-02. Dual & Abdul (2:55)
Line-up:
Bill Harkleroad: guitar
Mark Boston: bass
John French: drums
Source: Spotlight Kid Outtakes DVD
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)

3-03. Open Pins (6:00)
Line-up:
Bill Harkleroad: guitar
Mark Boston: bass
John French: drums
Art Tripp: marimba
Source: The Spotlight Kid Outtakes CD-R

3-04. Balladino (2:26) AKA Ballerino
Line-up:
Bill Harkleroad: guitar
Source: Spotlight Kid Outtakes DVD
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)

3-05. Best Batch Yet (Version 1) (3:40)
Line-up:
Bill Harkleroad: guitar
Mark Boston: bass
John French: drums
Source: Spotlight Kid Outtakes DVD
Comments:
The Rollin' Web: Best Batch Yet is the well-known 'early 1970s-version,' with two 'alternate guitar breaks' recorded, (just in cas!?). 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)

3-06. Suzy Murder Wrist (3:43) AKA Instrumental #3
Line-up:
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)

3-07. U Bean So Cinquo (2:47) AKA Instrumental #4 AKA Obenso Cinco
Line-up:
Bill Harkleroad: guitar
Mark Boston: bass
John French: percussion
Art Tripp: marimba
Source: Spotlight Kid Outtakes DVD
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)

3-08. The Witch Doctor Life (3:50) AKA Instrumental #5
Line-up:
Bill Harkleroad: guitar
Mark Boston: bass
John French: drums, percussion
Source: Spotlight Kid Outtakes DVD
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)

3-09. Little Scratch (Version 1) (4:45)
Line-up:
Bill Harkleroad: guitar
Mark Boston: bass
John French: drums
Art Tripp: marimba
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)

3-10. Flaming Autograph (4:44)
Line-up:
Bill Harkleroad: guitar
Mark Boston: bass
John French: drums
Art Tripp: marimba
Source: Spotlight Kid Outtakes DVD
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)

3-11. Love Grip (4:47) AKA Instrumental #6
Line-up:
Bill Harkleroad: fuzz guitar
Mark Boston: bass
John French: drums
Source: Spotlight Kid Outtakes DVD
Comments:
The Rollin' Webb: Love Grip used to masquerade as Instrumental #6 with bass introduction followed by a 'fuzz-' lead guitar onto amiddle 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)

3-12. No Flower Shall Grow (5:44) AKA Instrumental #7
Line-up:
Bill Harkleroad: guitar
Mark Boston: bass
John French: drums
Source: Spotlight Kid Outtakes DVD
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)

3-13. Best Batch Yet (Version 2) (2:13)
Line-up:
Bill Harkleroad: guitar
Mark Boston: bass
John French: drums
Art Tripp: marimba
Source: Spotlight Kid Outtakes DVD
Comments: Probably Take #1 of Best Batch Yet (Version 1) with marimba overdubbed.

3-14. Your Love Brought Me To Life (2 Takes) (4:13) aka Instrumental #8
Line-up:
Bill Harkleroad: guitar
Mark Boston: bass
John French: drums
Art Tripp: marimba
Source: Spotlight Kid Outtakes DVD
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)

3-15. That Little Girl (5:14) AKA Instrumental #9
Line-up:
Bill Harkleroad: guitar
Mark Boston: bass
John French: drums
Art Tripp: marimba
Source: Spotlight Kid Outtakes DVD
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)

3-17. Campfires (5:47) AKA Instrumental #1
Line-up:
Bill Harkleroad: guitar
Mark Boston: bass
John French: drums
Source: Spotlight Kid Outtakes DVD
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)

4) The Instrumental Blues Session: Don and Bill doing Sun Zoom Spark, probably recorded in early 1972 (mono).
4-01. Sun Zoom Spark (Version 1) (8:10)
4-02. Scratch My Back (2:01)
4-03. Blues Medley (7:28) AKA Pork Chops 'n Beans
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 (Version 2) (8:52)
Line-up:
Don Van Vliet: vocals, harmonica
Bill Harkleroad: acoustic guitar
Source: The Spotlight Outtakes Tape
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...

5) 'Brown Star' Sessions: probably recorded at Amigo Studios, Sherman Oaks, North Hollywood, CA in summer 1972
5-01. Sun Zoom Spark (Version 3) (4:02) electric version
Line-up:
Don Van Vliet: vocals
Bill Harkleroad: guitar
Mark Boston: guitar
Roy Estrada: bass
Art Tripp: drums, percussion
Source: Spotlight Kid Outtakes DVD

5-02. Funeral Hill #3 (3:50) faded!
Line-up:
Don Van Vliet: vocals, harmonica
Bill Harkleroad: guitar
Mark Boston or Roy Estrada: bass
Art Tripp: drums, percussion, piano (?)
Source: Spotlight Kid Outtakes DVD

5-03. Harry Irene (2:53) 'jazzy guitar version'
Line-up:
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 ... awhistling 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)

5-04. Little Scratch (Version 2) (3:03) AKA Natural Charm
Line-up:
Don Van Vliet: vocals, harmonica
Bill Harkleroad: guitar
Mark Boston or Roy Estrada: bass
Art Tripp: drums, percussion
Source: Beefheart Studio Sessions 1970-72 (torrented on Dime)
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)

5-05. Dirty Blue Gene (version 2) (3:13)
Line-up:
Don Van Vliet: vocals, harmonica
Bill Harkleroad: guitar
Mark Boston or Roy Estrada: bass
Art Tripp: drums, percussion
Source: Spotlight Kid Outtakes DVD
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 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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