Prior to signing with Buddah and recording SAFE AS MILK, Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band had a two single deal with A&M Records in 1965. THE LEGENDARY A&M SESSIONS assembles those two 45s along with a fifth song, the previously unreleased "Here I Am, I Always Am." Clearly indebted to blues and R&B artists such as Howlin' Wolf and Johnny "Guitar" Watson, this southern California band was not alone in their explorations--contemporaries included Ry Cooder and Taj Mahal's Rising Sons and Lowell George's Factory. Beefheart was soon to further personalize his approach, but these first recordings are an important look at his beginnings. By strange confluence, the sessions were produced by David Gates, later to find fame in the soft-rock band Bread.