Captain Beefheart

Avalon '66

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Supposedly, this was recorded live in San Francisco in 1966, although the decent fidelity, as well as the absence of crowd noise, suggest that these might be demos. Anyway, it's a hellacious little slice of Chess Records-style blues-rock, with none of the twisted avant-gardisms with which Beefheart would make his mark. It sounds like an American counterpart to the very early Rolling Stones, and Beefheart sounds very much like Howlin' Wolf (Wolf's "Evil" is one of the tunes). A fine, too-brief look at Beefheart's straight blues-rock roots.