Trout Mask Replica (LP)

 
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Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
Trout Mask Replica (LP)

[ Bizarre Industries / 2 LP ]

Release Date: Saturday 13 April 2019

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. Atonal, sometimes singsong melodies; jagged, intricately constructed dual-guitar parts; stuttering, complicated rhythmic interaction -- all of these elements float out seemingly at random, often without completely interlocking, while Beefheart groans his surrealist poetry in a throaty Howlin' Wolf growl. The disjointedness is perhaps partly unintentional -- reportedly, Beefheart's refusal to wear headphones while recording his vocals caused him to sing in time with studio reverberations, not the actual backing tracks -- but by all accounts, the music and arrangements were carefully scripted by the Captain (aided by John "Drumbo" French), which makes the results even more remarkable. As one might expect from music so complex and, to many ears, inaccessible, the influence of Trout Mask Replica was felt more in spirit than in direct copycatting, as a catalyst rather than a literal musical starting point. However, its inspiring reimagining of what was possible in a rock context laid the groundwork for countless future experiments in rock surrealism, especially during the punk/new wave era.

Tracks:

SIDE A
Frownland
The Dust Blows Forward 'N The Dust Blows Back
Dachau Blues
Ella Guru
Horn [Flesh Horn] - Antennae Jimmy Semens
Hair Pie: Bake

SIDE B
16 Moonlight On Vermont
Pachuco Cadaver
Bills Corpse
Sweet Sweet Bulbs
Neon Meate Dream Of A Octafish
Horn [Simran Horn], Musette - Captain Beefheart
China Pig
Guest [Special Guest Artist], Guitar - Doug Moon
My Human Gets Me Blues
Dali's Car

SIDE C
Hair Pie: Bake 2
Pena (Lead Vocals - Antennae Jimmy Semens)
Well
When Big Joan Sets Up
Fallin' Ditch
Sugar 'N Spikes
Ant Man Bee
Saxophone [Tenor & Soprano Sax Simultaneously] - Captain Beefheart

SIDE D
Orange Claw Hammer
Wild Life
She's Too Much For My Mirror
Hobo Chang Ba
The Blimp (Mousetrapreplica)
Steal Softly Thru Snow
Old Fart At Play
Veteran's Day Poppy