Trout Mask Replica is the third studio album by American rock band Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band, released as a double album on June 16, 1969 by Straight Records. Combining elements of R&B, garage rock, and blues with free jazz, avant-garde approaches, and other genres of American music, the album is regarded as an important work of experimental music and art rock.
Captain Beefheart’s 1969 masterpiece set an unmatched standard for avant-rock. This new reissue from Third Man puts it back in print on vinyl. And though Beefheart could be pathologically controlling with his bandmates, he was surprisingly open to chance and accident throughout Trout Mask Replica.
Trout Mask Replica is Captain Beefheart's masterpiece, a fascinating, stunningly imaginative work that still sounds like little else in the rock & roll canon. Given total creative control by producer and friend Frank Zappa, Beefheart and his Magic Band rehearsed the material for this 28-song double album for over a year, wedding minimalistic R&B, blues, and garage rock to free jazz and avant-garde experimentalism
Trout Mask Replica is an amazing and inventive album, Beefheart is a musical genius but unfortunately he didn�t get much recognition because of the era this album was released in and the fact that Beefheart is a crazy pimp. This album contains 28 tracks and clocks in at around 75 minutes long. I realize that this sounds very overbearing and considering the fact that I recently described this album as extremely unconventional and abstract just stick with me, I�ll explain everything
Trout Mask Replica' is the most Beefheartian album that the singer himself, Don Van Vliet, ever made. Ed Caraeff/Getty Images. 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Here is an apparent chaos of pure impulse performed with insanely drilled conviction on a double LP of 29 tracks, only eight of which pass the three-minute mark; a mass of disparate roots - field hollers and Fifties R&B; Sixties garage rock and psychedelia; free jazz and tape manipulation - whipped together in a taut, explosive confrontation with no clear precedent and, after.
It is such a shame that an album and band as good as this doesn't get played more often by more people. It's a shame that something like this would be forgotten as generations progress. I hope this beautiful album never gets forgotten. 2 1 Fathers Whiskers 2 Old MacDonald 3 Grandfathers Clock 4 Playmate 5 Strawberry Jam 6 Jack Can I Ride 7 Skip To My Lou 8 Clap Your Hands 9 Bird's Counting Song 10 My Uncle Roasted A Kangaroo Side 3 1 A Froggie Went A'Courtin 2 The World Turned Upside Down 3 Bill Grogan's Goat 4 Please Go Away. And Let Me Sleep 5 Fooba Wooba John 6 Old Joe Clark Side 4 1 Shoo Fly 2 Captain Jinks 3 Cindy 4 The Sow Took The Measles 5 The Animal Fair 6 Reuben- Rachel 7 Where Did You Get That Hat 8 Scarborough Fair 9 Alley Galoo Galoo This record's condition Vinyl: VG+9, NM-9+
CD face: "Manufactured in Germany by Record Service GmbH Alsdorf".
The 20-page booklet contains reproduction of the text & illustrations used for the 6-page insert that accompanied the original US vinyl. The 'young Vliet' portrait also appeared on that insert and is used on CD face.
(Guitars, tuned for slide, used by Harkleroad & Cotton were a Telecaster & Gibson respectively. Track 4 'Flesh Horn' is a Vliet affectation for 'hands cupped to mouth'. French gets a credit on this issue, unlike the vinyl)
(In regard to "Special electronic modifications on Captain Beefheart's band equipment..." - For the 'field recordings' at the The Magic Band House; Kunc used a Shure eight-channel mixer remounted in a briefcase. The outputs of the briefcase mixer fed a Uher portable tape recorder. This tape machine was also used direct by the band to capture episodes. "The Blimp" was 'phoned in to FZ's studio console at The Log Cabin - it also contains The Mothers, performing the drum-passage to "Charles Ives" [aka "Didja Get Any Onya?" The Mothers Of Invention* - Weasels Ripped My Flesh] which was resident on the console.)