Original Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band poster, for the concert at the Fête du nouveau Populaire de Paris, November 19, 1977, signed by Beefheart

Paris: N.p., 1977. Vintage Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band concert poster, at the Fête du nouveau Populaire de Paris, "Unique Concert en Europe," November 19, 1977, boldly inscribed by Beefheart under his legal name, on the upper right, to Warner Brothers Records national publicity director, Robert Merlis, "To Robert Merlis / Thank You / Don Van Vliet." A rare, striking, two-color graphic variant of the art of the classic 1969 album "Trout Mask Replica."

In 1977, Don Van Vliet emerged from the only drought of his career, 1973-1976, and put together an ensemble that was the equal of the one that recorded "Trout Mask Replica" in 1969. He took that ensemble on tour, and upon return from the tour recorded the classic "Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)," launching the final phase of the Van Vliet's storied musical career.

According to the Captain Beefheart Radar Station website, the November 19, 1977 concert at Fête du P.S.U., at Le Novel Hippodrome, was a two-day music festival in aid of the French Nationalist Socialist Party, under a big top for an audience of about 10,000. It goes on to state that other acts included Buffy St Marie, David Allen’s Gong, Tim Blake’s Crystal Machine, Tania Maria and the Mike Westbrook Orchestra.

The Hippodrome de Pantin, Le Nouvel Hippodrome, was a permanent circus located in the Parc de la Villette, near the Porte de Pantin metro station in the north-east of Paris. This was the only performance by the band in UK or Europe between November 1975 and October 1980.

In an interview given to "Melody Maker" after the concert, Beefheart was quoted as saying: "This band is so good – the best I have ever had! … The gig we played in Paris was monstrous. It was three days ago, but I haven’t slept since—it was so good!

"And my voice, well, I can still feel that show in my voice. It hit me so hard I am down to three octaves …. I couldn’t get over the way the audience was singing along with it, singing the words back at me in English—and I don’t speak a word of French.

"This group, I tell you, I couldn’t believe that there were such nice people still around on this earth. True, they are playing what I have written, but they really are playing. This band is moving so fast that very soon I won’t have to tell them anything ... The people were dancing to Trout Mask Replica music! I mean dancing! In France!"

23.75 x 34.25 inches. Linen backed and rolled. With some faint rubbing along bottom text, and very faint waterstaining, else Near Fine. Bright and unfaded.


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