Captain Beefheart – Trout Mask Replica (1969/2021) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Captain Beefheart – Trout Mask Replica (1969/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 01:18:33 minutes | 1,76 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Zappa Records

Trout Mask Replica is the third studio album by the American rock band Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band, released as a double album on June 16, 1969, by Straight Records. The music was composed by Captain Beefheart (aka Don Van Vliet) and arranged by drummer John “Drumbo” French. 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.

Most of the album was produced by Frank Zappa and recorded in March 1969 at Whitney Studios in Glendale, California, following eight months of intense rehearsals at a small rented communal house in Los Angeles. The lineup of the Magic Band at this time consisted of Bill “Zoot Horn Rollo” Harkleroad and Jeff “Antennae Jimmy Semens” Cotton on guitar, Mark “Rockette Morton” Boston on bass guitar, Victor “The Mascara Snake” Hayden on bass clarinet, and John “Drumbo” French on drums and percussion. Beefheart played several brass and woodwind instruments, including saxophone, musette, and natural horn, and contributed most of the vocal parts, while Zappa and members of the band provided occasional vocals and narration. The well-rehearsed Magic Band recorded all instrumental tracksa for the album in a single six-hour recording session; Beefheart’s vocal and horn tracks were laid down over the next few days.

Trout Mask Replica sold poorly upon its initial release in the United States, where it failed to appear in any charts. It was more successful in the United Kingdom, where it spent a week at number 21 on the UK Albums Chart. In recent years, however, Trout Mask Replica has been widely regarded as the masterpiece of Beefheart’s musical career, as well as an important influence on many subsequent artists.[2] Its highly unconventional musical style, which includes polyrhythm, multi-octave vocals, and polytonality, continues to polarize audiences and has given the album a reputation as one of the most challenging recordings in the 20th century musical canon. It was ranked number 60 on Rolling Stone’s 2012 edition of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list, and has appeared on the “best of” lists of many other publications.

As soon as that UFO cover (a man with a trout’s head wearing a woolen waistcoat on a fluorescent pink background) comes into focus, we understand that the ground is mined and that the trip is bound to be singular; or even much more… The first notes of Trout Mask Replica resound and the devil himself has taken possession of the protagonists’ bodies embarked in a swerve of crazy blues strangely resembling free jazz, contemporary music and voodoo-optional garage rock. Produced by another iconoclast-Frank Zappa-and released in June 1969, this third album of Don Van Vliet alias Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band links real blues, fake blues, atonal improvisations, sound experimentations, funny or crazy monologues, the time of an infinite, uncontrollable and uncontrolled farandole. The whole is carried by Beefheart’s voice, like a Howlin’ Wolf on acid that would go on to strongly influence Tom Waits. To produce such a sonic delirium, our rock ‘n’ roll Salvador Dali locked himself up in a house in the San Bernardo Valley with his close friends and family, all of them wearing improbable pseudonyms: guitarist Bill “Zoot Horn Rollo” Harkleroad, bassist Mark “Rockette Morton” Boston, John “Drumbo” French, drummer Jeff “Antennae Jimmy Semens” Cotton and clarinetist Victor “The Mascara Snake” Hayden. As John Peel, the influential British DJ, would say, “If there is a single thing in the history of popular music that can be described as a work of art, in the sense understood by those who work in other fields of art, Trout Mask Replica is probably that work.” – Marc Zisman

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2. Captain Beefheart – The Dust Blows Forward ‘n the Dust Blows Back
3. Captain Beefheart – Dachau Blues
4. Captain Beefheart – Ella Guru
5. Captain Beefheart – Hair Pie: Bake 1
6. Captain Beefheart – Moonlight on Vermont
7. Captain Beefheart – Pachuco Cadaver
8. Captain Beefheart – Bill’s Corpse
9. Captain Beefheart – Sweet Sweet Bulbs
10. Captain Beefheart – Neon Meate Dream of a Octafish
11. Captain Beefheart – China Pig
12. Captain Beefheart – My Human Gets Me Blues
13. Captain Beefheart – Dali’s Car
14. Captain Beefheart – Hair Pie: Bake 2
15. Captain Beefheart – Pena
16. Captain Beefheart – Well
17. Captain Beefheart – When Big Joan Sets Up
18. Captain Beefheart – Fallin’ Ditch
19. Captain Beefheart – Sugar ‘n Spikes
20. Captain Beefheart – Ant Man Bee
21. Captain Beefheart – Orange Claw Hammer
22. Captain Beefheart – Wild Life
23. Captain Beefheart – She’s Too Much for My Mirror
24. Captain Beefheart – Hobo Chang Ba
25. Captain Beefheart – The Blimp (Mousetrapreplica)
26. Captain Beefheart – Steal Softly thru Snow
27. Captain Beefheart – Old Fart at Play
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