If you got ears...

Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band ~~~ Live.. .. .


Sound Quality:  I appreciate this is subjective and to a large extent depends on what you are used to. The majority of these shows are audience recordings, recorded with basic equipment. But for a general guide this is how I rate them:-

5 - very good,
4 - good,
3 - listenable if you're a fan

an added ! means the tape has come from the taper or very close to the source

If the venue is hyperlinked you'll find the setlist for that show and maybe a few other comments about the performance or tape quality.


1966 | 1970 | 1971 | 1972 | 1973 | 1974 | 1975 | 1976 | 1977 | 1978 | 1980 | 1981

venue date
dd/mm/yy
length sound quality
**1960's**
Avalon Ballroom,SF ??/??/66 30m 4+
"Top Gear" BBC Radio 24/01/68 20m 4/4+
MIDEM Festival, Cannes 27/01/68 10m 4/4+
"Top Gear" BBC Radio 06/05/68 20m 4+
Frank Freeman's Dancing School, Kidderminster 12/05/68 25m 4/4+
Festival Actuel, Amougies, Belgium 25/10/69 35m 4
 
**1970**
Pepperland SF 18/09/70 40m 4
 
**1971**
Detroit "Tubeworks" ??/??/71 15m 4/4+
Le Cave, Cleveland 18/01/71 35m 4-
Ludlow’s Garage, Cincinnatti 19/01/71 40m 4
Sargent's Gym, Boston 23/01/71 60m 3/3+
Unganos, NYC 25/01/71 45m 4-
Paramount Theater, Portland 25/06/71 40m 4
Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver 17/09/71 40m 4-
Tufts University, Boston
(aka University of Medford, Mass. 02/72)
??/10/71
(or is it 02/72?)
65m 4-
 
**1972**
Anderson Theater, NY 15/01/72 70m 3-
Fenway Theater, Boston 22/01/72 50m 4+!
Music Hall, Cincinnati ??/02/72 45m 4
Long Beach, Ca ??/??/72 45m 3+
Colston Hall, Bristol 24/03/72 45m 4!
Royal Albert Hall 27/03/72 60m 3/3+
The Dome, Brighton 29/03/72 90m 4
De Montfort Hall, Leicester 30/03/72 80m 3+/4
Free Trade Hall, Manchester 01/04/72 60m 4!
Kelvin Hall, Glasgow 02/04/72 80m 4
City Hall, Newcastle 05/04/72 90m 3
Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen 11/04/72 80m 4/4+
German TV "Beat Club" 12/04/72 25m 5
Jahrhunderhalle, Frankfurt 14/04/72 40m 4
Bataclan, Paris 15/04/72 20m 4-
Bataclan, Paris (with interview) 15/04/72 25m 4-
La Scope, Norfolk, Va 22/04/72 30m 3
West Palm Beach, Florida 29/04/72 30m 4
Bickershaw Festival 07/05/72 60m 4!
Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica 31/05/72 55m 3
Chicago 13/10/72 45m 4
Town Hall, NYC 28/10/72 45m 4/4+
 
**1973**
The Troubadour, Los Angeles 05/01/73 45m 3+/4
The Troubadour, Los Angeles ??/01/73 45m 3+/4
Town Hall, NYC 24/02/73 75m 4+
Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver 03/03/73 60m 4/4+
Ebbetts Field, Denver 09/03/73 80m 4
Winterland, SF 31/03/73 60m 3+/4
City Hall, Sheffield 12/04/73 70m 4
Greens Theatre, Glasgow 13/04/73 80m 4+
Empire Theatre, Edinburgh 14/04/73 80m 3+/4
Rainbow Theatre, London ??/04/73 80m 4!
Colston Hall, Bristol 21/04/73 62m 3
Locarno, Stevenage 22/04/73 10m 4/4+!
Nottingham University 30/04/73 90m 3+/4!
Leicester University 01/05/73 60m 4!
Leeds University 02/05/73 90m 4/4+!
Southampton University 05/05/73 75m 4
Kent University, Canterbury 08/05/73 80m 3+/4
 

1966 | 1970 | 1971 | 1972 | 1973 | 1974 | 1975 | 1976 | 1977 | 1978 | 1980 | 1981

**1974**
Whisky A GoGo 03/04/74 60m 4
Convocation Hall, Toronto 07/04/74 55m 4+!
Cowtown, Kansas 22/04/74 65m 5
Peformance Center, Cambridge MA 03/05/74 60m
Dallas, Texas 08/05/74 45m 4
Paris 24/05/74 40m 4+
East Anglia University, Norwich 31/05/74 80m 4
Leeds University 01/06/74 45m 4
Free Trade Hall, Manchester 06/06/74 80m 4
Drury Lane, London 09/06/74 40m 5
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam 22/06/74 50m 4-
 
**1975**
Bongo Fury Tour with Zappa see separate list    
Knebworth Festival 05/07/75 70m 4/4+!
Roxy, Los Angeles ??/07/75 55m 4-
Roxy, Los Angeles 14/07/75 60m 4/4+!
Halles de la Villette, Paris 19/10/75 8m 4-
Kulttuuritalo, Helsinki, Finland 27/10/75 55m 4!
Oslo, Norway 30/10/75 80m 4
Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen 31/10/75 60m 4/4+
New Victoria Theatre 14/11/75 70m 4!
Friars, Vale Hall, Aylesbury 22/11/75 60m 4/4+!
Southampton University 24/11/75 60m 4/4+
Colston Hall, Bristol 28/11/75 60m 3/3+
Guildhall, Portsmouth 01/12/75 60m 4/4+
Paramount Theater, Oakland, SF 26/12/75 45m 4
Inglewood Forum, LA 31/12/75 45m 4
 
**1976**
Keystone Korner, SF 05/12/76 70m 4+
Unknown venue (probably Keystone Korner) ??/12/76 20m 4+
Troubadour, Los Angeles 12/12/76 80m 3+/4
 
**1977**
Keystone Korner, SF 21/04/77(1st show) 85m 4+!
Keystone Korner, SF 21/04/77(2nd show) 25m 4+!
Palo Alto 23/04/77(2 shows) 110m 4
Golden Bear, Huntington Beach 15/07/77(1st show) 70m 4
Golden Bear, Huntington Beach

15/07/77(2nd show)

85m

4

Colonial Tavern Club,Toronto 01/11/77(2 shows) 85m 4+!
Colonial Tavern Club,Toronto 02/11/77(2 shows) 85m 4+!
Red Creek Inn, Rochester, NY 03/11/77(1st show) 45m 4
Red Creek Inn, Rochester, NY

03/11/77(2nd show)

60m

4

My Father's Place, New York 06/11/77 60m 4
Childe Harold, Washington 12/11/77 35m 4-
Nouvel Hippodrome, Paris 19or20/11/77 90m 4+
Bottom Line, New York 25/11/77(2 shows) 135m 4/4+!
Bottom Line, New York 26/11/77(2 shows) 145m 4/4+!
 
**1978**
Roxy, Los Angeles 28/01/78 65m 4+
The Back Door, San Diego 16/02/78 45m 4-
Golden Bear, Huntington Beach, Ca (?) 17/02/78 (?) 70m 4/4+
Golden Bear, Huntington Beach, Ca 18/02/78 95m 4+
The Old Waldorf, SF 31/10/78 65m 4/4+!
Roxy, Los Angeles 28/10/78 60m 4+
Paradise Theater, Boston 11/11/78 70m 4
The Bottom Line, New York 13/11/78 75m 4!
My Fathers Place, Long Island, NY 18/11/78 85m 5
The Bayou Club, Washington 22/11/78 45m 4/4+
SE Music Hall, Atlanta 28/11/78 (1st show) 75m 4+
SE Music Hall, Atlanta 28/11/78 (2nd show) 75m 4+
Tipitina’s, New Orleans 29/11/78 75m 4-
Opry House, Houston, Texas 01/12/78 70m 4/4+
 

1966 | 1970 | 1971 | 1972 | 1973 | 1974 | 1975 | 1976 | 1977 | 1978 | 1980 | 1981

**1980**
Colston Hall, Bristol 26/10/80 60m 4/4+
Rotters Club, Liverpool 29/10/80 85m 4+/5!
Apollo Theatre, Manchester 30/10/80 85m 4/4+
Paradiso,Amsterdam 01/11/80 80m 4+
Vrije University, Brussels 05/11/80 90m 4/4+
Theatre De Empire, Paris (Chorus TV) 07/11/80 30m 4+
Elysees Montmarte, Paris 09/11/80 75m 4
The Venue, London 12/11/80 80m 4+!
Civic Hall, Guildford 13/11/80 80m 3+/4
The Venue, London 14/11/80 90m 4
Loughborough University 15/11/80 80m 4
York University 17/11/80 80m 4/4+!
"Saturday Night Live" ??/11/80 10m 4+
Beacon Theatre, NY 28/11/80 80m 4+!
The Bayou Club, Washington DC 02/12/80 (2 shows) 140m 4
My Father's Place, NYC (inc. soundcheck) 03/12/80 90m 4
Paradise Rock Club, Boston 05/12/80 100m 4+!
Paradise Rock Club, Boston 06/12/80 90m 4
Mudd Club, NY(aka "Dark Footage") 10/12/80 30m 4/4+
Harpo's, Detroit 11/12/80 85m 4
Tut's, Chicago 12/12/80 (2 sets) 140m 3/4
The Starship, Milwaukee 13/12/80 90m 4+
Whisky A GoGo 20/12/80(early) 70m 4/4+
Whisky A GoGo 20/12/80(late) 90m 4+/5
Texas Soundcheck ??/12/80 20m 4
 
**1981**
Showbox, Seattle 15/01/81 80m 4+
Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver
+ soundcheck

17/01/81
(FM broadcast 28/02/81)

50m

4

Euphoria Tavern, Portland 18/01/81 65m 4/4+
Wow Hall, Eugene 21/01/81 85m 4+
Old Waldorf, SF 24/01/81(early) 75m 4/4+
Old Waldorf, SF 24/01/81(late) 75m 4-
Petaluma, Ca 25/01/81 70m 4+
LA Country Club, Reseda 29/01/81 90m 5
Golden Bear, Huntington Beach, Ca 30/01/81 90m 4+
Golden Bear, Huntington Beach, Ca 31/01/81 90m 4+/5
 
One Man Sentence/Live At The Radar Station (various venues) late ‘70s/early ‘80s 140m 4

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