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Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Trout Mask Replica 180g Vinyl 2LP - direct audio

Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Trout Mask Replica 180g Vinyl 2LP

Third Man Records

  • $ 2698

Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Trout Mask Replica 180g Vinyl 2LP

Cut by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering!

Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - Rated 60/500!

Trout Mask Replica is a touchstone in the history of recorded music. The mix of dada absurdist blues and previously unexplored experimental avenues has long been praised as one of the greatest albums of all time. As so eloquently put by John Peel, ''If there has been anything in the history of popular music which could be described as a work of art in a way that people who are involved in other areas of art would understand, then Trout Mask Replica is probably that work.''

In full partnership with the Zappa Family Trust and to celebrate the relaunch of the seminal Bizarre label imprint, Third Man Records is proud to announce Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band's Trout Mask Replica.

Out of print on vinyl for nearly ten years, this remaster was helmed by industry legend Bob Ludwig and cut by the estimable Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering. Utilizing crystalline-quality safety masters kept in the Zappa family vault for decades by the trustworthy Joe Travers, the audio here is positively glorious. Every last skronk breathes full life into the room. Every twisted guitar figure uncurls onto paths previously unpaved. Every last bark and howl shines resolute through the vast emptiness of your mind.

Previous countless Trout Mask Replica repressings used scans of scans of scans of the cover image, but the original Cal Schenkel cover photo has been tracked down and reproduced here at its clearest - its resolution from the original release in 1969. If you've only ever seen a jpg online or fuzzy, smeared-looking CD issues from the '90s, be prepared to be wowed by the fully engaging spectrum this iconic image casts. This 2xLP is pressed on heavyweight 180-gram black vinyl for that full-on frenetic feeling.

"Over five decades, Trout Mask Replica has proven incredibly durable, still sounding as bracing and radical as any rock music since. That's even clearer in this remaster, sourced not from the decayed original masters but from less-worn backups. But was the music worth what Beefheart put the Magic Band through? French and Harkleroad have both said that though they wouldn’t want to endure it all again, they were thrilled to have created such a landmark. They certainly deserve more credit than they got from Beefheart, who often claimed to be the sole songwriter (he even left French off the original album credits completely, apparently as punishment for leaving the band before it was released).

But luckily each member's vital contribution is loud and clear in every note, beat, and weird and wonderful turn. Captain Beefheart might have led this cult, but Trout Mask Replica is the work of a collective—a serendipitous line of charged neurons that wired together to make something truly magical." - Paste Magazine, Best New Reissue, Rated 10/10, April 2018

Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Trout Mask Replica Track Listing:


1. Frownland
2. The Dust Blows Forward 'N The Dust Blows Back
3. Dachau Blues
4. Ella Guru
5. Hair Pie: Bake 1
6. Moonlight On Vermont
7. Pachuco Cadaver
8. Bill's Corpse
9. Sweet Sweet Bulbs
10. Neon Meate Dream Of A Octafish
11. China Pig
12. My Human Gets Me Blues
13. Dali's Car


1. Hair Pie: Bake 2
2. Pena
3. Well
4. When Big Joan Sets Up
5. Fallin' Ditch
6. Sugar 'N Spikes
7. Ant Man Bee
8. Orange Claw Hammer
9. Wild Life
10. She's Too Much For My Mirror
11. Hobo Chang Ba
12. The Blimp (Mousetrap Replica)
13. Steal Softly Thru Snow
14. Old Fart At Play
15. Veteran's Day Poppy

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