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Charmingly muddy soundboard tapes from an early-'80s radio broadcast show Captain Beefheart's band in a place of precision and fury on Ashtray Heart: Toronto Broadcast 1981. Recorded around the time of the group's dicey art rock masterpiece Doc at the Radar Station, the set list is heavy on tracks from that album, while touching on older material like the gonzo garage bounce of "Abba Zaba" as well as the intense album opener, "Nowadays a Woman's Gotta Hit a Man."


Born: 15 January 1941 in Glendale, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s

Born Don Vliet, Captain Beefheart was one of modern music's true innovators. The owner of a remarkable four-and-a-half-octave vocal range, he employed idiosyncratic rhythms, absurdist lyrics, and an unholy alliance of free jazz, Delta blues, latter-day classical music, and rock & roll to create a singular body of work virtually unrivaled in its daring and fluid creativity. While he never came even remotely close to mainstream success, Beefheart's impact was incalculable, and his fingerprints were...
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