April 21, 1977 Early Show

Keystone Korner Berkeley, Calif.

set list

01. Hair Pie Bake III ( Bass Solo )
02. When Big Joan Sets Up
03. Electricity
04. Abba Zaba
05. Low Yo Yo Stuff
06. Nowaday's A Woman's Gotta Hit A Man
07. A Carrot Is As Close As A Rabit Gets To A Diamond
08. China Pig
09. Orange Claw Hammer
10. preamble to Bat Chain Puller
11. Bat Chain Puller
12. Floppy Boot Stomp
13. a very quiet audience
14. tuning
15. Moonlight On Vermont
16. tuning
17. On Tomorrow
18. tuning
19. Owed T' Alex
20. Owed T' Alex ( Solo Voice )
21. Pachuco Cadaver
22. Drum / Horn Improvisation
23. My Human Gets Me Blues
24. Click Clack

Total Time approx 76 minutes

band members . . . .

Captain Beefheart Don Van Vliet vocals, tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, bass clarinet
Eric Drew Feldman bass guitar, keyboards, mellotron
Gary Jaye drums, percussion
Jeff Moris Tepper guitar, slide-guitar
Denny Walley guitar, slide guitar

Audience Recording. Unknown ( low ) Gen.

Maxell XLII-S Tapes > Sony TC-WE805S Deck > TDK DA-3826 > CD-R > PC > Wav > Traders Little Helper Flac level 8 > dimeadozen

transfer - mcchocchoc aka JBK

notes about the recording . . . The sound here ranges from Excellent to Very Good.
. . . . the first couple of minutes find the sound shifting around a bit before it settles. I think the taper may have moved the mics or recording device as the second half of the show sounds a bit different than the first. There is a bit of interference on trk. 10
( no music just talking ) and the left channel drops for a few seconds during the band version of Owed T' Alex. That about sums it up. All that said, this is a great show and a joy to listen to.

A Very cool show with a pretty sweet set-list and as far as Beefheart shows go, a pretty good amount of horn solos ! Denny and Jeff work well together and overall the guitar playing on this show is just great. Also features drummer Gary Jaye who did not play many live shows with the band. His drumming gives the songs a different kind of vibe/energy.
It works very well. Gary and Don even perform a dual solo / freakout late in the set.
Many stand out versions on here . . China Pig, Low Yo Yo Stuff, Big Joan, On Tomorrow,
to name a few. All of them are just rippin'. Another show with a very attentive and quiet crowd. Nice. . . . the version of Bat Chain Puller is also pretty sweet, a bit different than most versions on live tapes. I really like the 76/77 era shows and ( for my tastes )this is among the best of them. Enjoy.

Much thanks to Brad for the tapes and thanks to all the traders who I traded with through the mail for so many years. Lastly, a huge thanks to the original taper !

upped on dimeadozen on August 15, 2010