Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band: Grow Fins Rarities 1965-1982 (Revenant,1999)
Amazing 5xCD box-set released by John Fahey's label Revenant...
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band set rock on its ear from 1965 until 1982, when leader Don Van Vliet retired from music. Engineering a mutant strain of musical DNA (tuff-ass garage punk R-n-B, extraterrestrial field hollers, austere "classical" miniatures, loping sea shanties, scorched-earth delta blues, free-blowing skronk, fat-bottom groove and post-everything clangor all found their way into the soup), CB&HMB are now regarded as one of the most original and consistently compelling bands ever waxed. The closest to a Best Of collection as we are likely to see, this career-spanning set corrals rare tracks from a variety of sources (band members' personal archives, live tracks, demos, worktapes, radio spots) and the complete Trout Mask Replica house sessions.
Discs 1 2 3... HERE (172mb)
Discs 4 & 5... HERE (94mb)