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Mallard were the Magic Band after they left Beefheart in 1974

Here is information on a relatively recent release.

Both MALLARD LPs released on one 72 Minute CD:

Virgin Records Ltd. has released a CD by the group MALLARD, with former musicians from Captain Beefheart's Magic Band. Their debut 1975 album "Mallard" and their second and final album from 1976 "In A Different Climate" are on one CD. Both guitarist Bill Harkleroad (a.k.a. Zoot Horn Rollo) and bassist Mark Boston (a.k.a. Rockette Morton) played with Captain Beefheart from 1969's "Trout Mask Replica" album through 1974's disastrous "Unconditionally Guaranteed" album that caused the Magic Band to quit, after Don Van Vliet (a.k.a. Captain Beefheart) hired outside producers who ruined the exciting basic tracks with lame overdubs. Drummer Art Tripp, who only appears on the first Mallard album, played with Frank Zappa and was known as Ed Marimba while he was a member of Captain Beefheart's Magic Band.

On "In A Different Climate", George Draggota takes over on drums and John Thomas plays keyboards. The vocalist on both albums is Sam Galpin. Mallard features great guitar playing (especially incredible slide guitar) by Bill Harkleroad, who arranged most of the music and who wrote a good portion of both albums. Another Magic Band member, John French (a.k.a. Drumbo), wrote some of the first Mallard album. Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson, a Magic Band fan, financed their first album which resulted in their signing with Virgin Records UK. The first Mallard album was only available in America as an import, but "In A Different Climate" was distributed by CBS Records in America during 1977 through its short lived deal with Virgin UK. The CD is now available on the budget label Caroline Blue Plate (CAROL 1897) [Virgin UK # 7243 8 39538 2 0]

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