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Unreleased Captain Beefheart song “Little Scratch” surfaces — listen

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    As previously reported, Rhino Records is releasing a box set containing Captain Beefheart’s early 1970s albums. Entitled Sun Zoom Spark: 1970 to 1972, the four-disc set collects remastered versions of Lick My Decals Off, Baby (1970), The Spotlight Kid (1972), and Clear Spot (1972). A fourth disc features 14 never-before-released alternate versions, outtakes, and trial runs from the Clear Spot and The Spotlight Kid recording sessions.

    Among those unreleased tracks is an early outtake of “Little Scratch”. Here, we get an inkling of just how important the remastering process can be, as this long-circulating bootleg is given new life thanks to a wee bit of studio magic. The psych-funk guitars wail a little harder, the blues elements and gritty rhythms shine that much brighter, and you can really hear and feel the hoarse intensity in Beefheart’s voice. Listen in below (via Rolling Stone).

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    Other rarities include a version of “I Can’t Do This Unless I Can Do This / Seam Crooked Sam” with sung lyrics instead of the spoken-word performance found on Bat Chain Puller; a rowdy take on Doc at the Radar Station’s “Dirty Blue Gene”; and a “nearly unrecognizable” instrumental rehearsal of Ice Cream For Crow’s “The Witch Doctor Life”.

    The box set is due out November 11th and will be available as four-LP vinyl set or four-disc CD set. A digital version will also be released. Find the entire tracklist below.

    Sun Zoom Spark: 1970 to 1972 Tracklist:

    Lick My Decals Off, Baby
    (October 1970)
    01. Lick My Decals Off, Baby
    02. Doctor Dark
    03. I Love You, You Big Dummy
    04. Peon
    05. Bellerin’ Plain
    06. Woe-Is-uh-Me-Bop
    07. Japan in a Dishpan
    08. I Wanna Find a Woman That’ll Hold My Big Toe Till I Have To Go
    09. Petrified Forest
    10. One Red Rose That I Mean
    11. The Buggy Boogie Woogie
    12. The Smithsonian Institute Blues (or the Big Dig)
    13. Space-Age Couple
    14. The Clouds Are Full of Wine (not Whiskey or Rye)
    15. Flash Gordon’s Ape

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    The Spotlight Kid (January 1972)
    01. I’m Gonna Booglarize You Baby
    02. White Jam
    03. Blabber ‘n Smoke
    04. When It Blows Its Stacks
    05. Alice in Blunderland
    06. The Spotlight Kid
    07. Click Clack
    08. Grow Fins
    09. There Ain’t No Santa Claus on the Evenin’ Stage
    10. Glider

    Clear Spot (November 1972)
    01. Low Yo Yo Stuff
    02. Nowadays a Woman’s Gotta Hit a Man
    03. Too Much Time
    04. Circumstances
    05. My Head Is My Only House Unless It Rains
    06. Sun Zoom Spark
    07. Clear Spot
    08. Crazy Little Thing
    09. Long Neck Bottles
    10. Her Eyes Are a Blue Million Miles
    11. Big Eyed Beans from Venus
    12. Golden Birdies

    Outtakes
    01. Alice in Blunderland – Alternate Version
    02. Harry Irene
    03. I Can’t Do This Unless I Can Do This/Seam Crooked Sam
    04. Pompadour Swamp/Suction Prints
    05. The Witch Doctor Life – Instrumental Take
    06. Two Rips in a Haystack/Kiss Me My Love
    07. Best Batch Yet – (Track) Version 1
    08. Your Love Brought Me To Life – Instrumental
    09. Dirty Blue Gene – Alternate Version 1
    10. Nowadays a Woman’s Gotta Hit a Man – Early Mix
    11. Kiss Where I Kain’t
    12. Circumstances – Alternate Version 2
    13. Little Scratch
    14. Dirty Blue Gene – Alternate Version 3

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