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BAND #4
MARK BOSTON rockette morton * bass guitar
JOHN FRENCH drumbo * drums * percussion * vocals * harmonica
GARY LUCAS * guitar
DENNY WALLEY feeler's reedo / walla walla * guitar
MICHAEL TRAYLOR * drums * percussion

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LIVE RADIO PERFORMANCE
part of the summer 2004 europe tour

wednesday 7 july 2004 LONDON england BBC RADIO 1 STUDIO
attendance: around 30 (full studio)

simultaneous broadcast: JOHN PEEL SHOW
country ENGLAND medium RADIO + WEB date 7 july 2004
station BBC RADIO 1 program JOHN PEEL SHOW narration ENGLISH
john peel show - logo


it seems that john peel, the famous english disc jockey and long time dedicated promoter of captain beefheart, had a black out at the time the magic band played its first ever gig: at the april 2003 all tomorrow's parties festival in - notably - his homeland. or maybe someone simply had forgotten to send him a copy of the recording of the february rehearsals (which eventually would be mixed to the 'back to the front' album)....

anyway, perhaps you remember what happened afterwards:

simon glass - alt.fan.capt-beefheart - 020503:

The All Tomorrow's Parties gig was broadcast on the John Peel show on BBC Radio 1 earlier this week (tuesday 29 april - t.t.) - and [...] John admitted that he didn't make the effort to see the Magic Band in the UK recently because he assumed that it was just a tribute band cashing in. But after he had played the recording he was overcome with enthusiasm and emotion - he could hardly continue the radio show!

fortunately john is a tough man, and he managed to beat his crisis. and although it must have brought him many a sleepless night, more than a year after his slip he is able to make good for his blunder. this time he sure will be there when the magic band will perform - in his own studio! very clever of you, john!

now, the guy may be a veteran from the sixties, but that doesn't mean he's living in the past. so, since a couple of years his RADIO shows wave through the INTERNET too. good chance to listen along for everybody who won't be admitted to the studio recording (which is almost everyone).

let's just keep an eye - and an ear or two - on JOHN PEEL and we'll find out all...

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PLAY LIST

vocal part:
[DIDDY WAH DIDDY (no van vliet composition) the legendary a&m sessions 1966]
CIRCUMSTANCES clear spot 1972
NOWADAYS A WOMAN'S GOTTA HIT A MAN clear spot 1972
instrumental section:
HAIR PIE bass bake trout mask replica 1969
'DRUMBO SOLO'
ON TOMORROW strictly personal 1968 originally a song
STEAL SOFTLY THRU SNOW trout mask replica 1969 song
ABBA ZABA safe as milk 1967 song
MY HUMAN GETS ME BLUES trout mask replica 1969 song
ALICE IN BLUNDERLAND the spotlight kid 1972
HAIR PIE: BAKE 2 trout mask replica 1969
EVENING BELL ice cream for crow 1982
vocal part:
ELECTRICITY safe as milk 1967
THE FLOPPY BOOT STOMP shiny beast (bat chain puller) 1978
MIRROR MAN mirror man 1968
MOONLIGHT ON VERMONT trout mask replica 1969
BIG EYED BEANS FROM VENUS clear spot 1972
total time: 66 minutes

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extremely provisory but honest REVIEW:

WOOOOOOW! WHAT A MUST HEAR!

quick notes:
* the archived broadcast is the complete radio show. by the time the magic band enters your speakers it is 01:53:30
* while listening, you can look at the twenty pictures in the photo gallery
* the show suddenly might get cut off: it's an internet connection, you know

the magic band - reunion - line-up 4 - john peel radio and web show 070704
sir peel and his magic band

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