The Legendary A&M Sessions

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The Legendary A&M Sessions
Captain Beefheart Legendary A&M Sessions.jpg
EP by Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band
Released October 1984
Recorded early 1966
Genre Experimental rock, blues rock
Length 11:46
Label A&M
Producer David Gates
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars [1]

The Legendary A&M Sessions is an extended play featuring five songs by Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band, recorded early in their career for their original record label A&M Records. The EP was released by the company in 1984 after Captain Beefheart had gone into retirement.


The EP is compiled from two singles originally released through A&M in 1966. The first of these paired the Bo Diddley cover "Diddy Wah Diddy" with a track written by Don Van Vliet (Beefheart) called "Who Do You Think You're Fooling?"

The second, "Moonchild", was written by producer David Gates (later of the band Bread), and was backed with Van Vliet's "Frying Pan".

The fifth song, "Here I Am I Always Am", was a rejected B-side which was initially planned as the B Side of "Moonchild" (and appears as such on a test pressing) but was passed over in favor of "Frying Pan". It was first officially released on this EP.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Don Van Vliet, except where noted.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Diddy Wah Diddy" (Willie Dixon, Ellas McDaniel) 2:28
2. "Who Do You Think You're Fooling?" 2:10
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Moonchild" (David Gates) 2:30
2. "Frying Pan" 2:05
3. "Here I Am I Always Am" 2:33



  1. ^ Unterberger, Richie. AllMusic review
  2. ^ Barnes, p. 357