Had this powerful concert been issued somewhat more concurrent to its performance, the appreciation of Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band as an active recording and touring unit might have been radically altered. As it stands, the mid- to late ‘70s were not kind to Beefheart (aka Don Van Vliet) who became mired in litigation and ultimately forced to surrender the master tapes to a project titled Bat Chain Puller recorded at Frank Zappa's Utility Research Muffin Kitchen studios. After reassembling a new version of the Magic Band, Beefheart emerged with his compromise to the preceding project – now re-titled Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller). In support, the Magic Band were booked into small clubs throughout the States.
Captain Blood, from the Rafael Sabatini novel, is a big picture. It’s a spectacle which will establish both Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland. Director Michael Curtiz hasn’t spared the horses. It’s a lavish, swashbuckling saga of the Spanish main.
"Debuted in 1976 as “Keiichi Suzuki with Moonriders” with the album Hinotama Boy (“Fireball Boy”). Moonriders was formed as a band in which all 6 members were also both songwriters and producers. Constantly incorporating new sound and technology, they produce cutting-edge new works. Their various experimental directions during live performance have also had a great influence on others. In 2005, they launched their own label, Moonriders Records, which continues to release new musical works."
In this engaging costume melodrama of skulduggery on the low seas set back in the 18th-century, the Royal Crown suspects a bit of smuggling is going on in this locale, and they send Captain Collier and his crew to check it out. As the Captain gets into his investigation, mysterious swamp phantoms cloud up the real issue which seems plain enough to see. Captain Collier suspects that the odd village vicar might be hiding something, and what better way to do that than by fortuitous ghosts to scare away the curious, or by posing as someone he is not?