Trout Mask Replica

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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Huey
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
ew wave era.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/7/2009
  • Label: Hi Horse Records
  • UPC: 075992719612
  • Catalog Number: 20270
  • Sales rank: 32,746

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band Primary Artist, Track Performer
Captain Beefheart Indexed Contributor, Guitar, Harmonica, Bass Clarinet, Horn, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals, Musette
Mark Boston Bass, Guitar
Drumbo Drums
John French Drums
Jerry Handley Bass
Bill Harkleroad Guitar
The Mascara Snake Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Vocals
Douglas Moon Guitar
Rockette Morton Bass, Vocals, Narrator
Zoot Horn Rollo Flute, Guitar
Antennae Jimmy Semens Guitar
Technical Credits
Frank Zappa Producer
Dick Kunc Engineer
The Mascara Snake Illustrations
Don Van Vliet Arranger, Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    HA HA! I'M THE FIRST PERSON TO RATE THE GREATEST ALBUM EVER MADE!

    No, seriously, this is one of the greatest albums ever made. I first ordered a copy from A&B Sound in June 2003, because I was becoming a fan of Frank Zappa, and I knew that it was important to own a copy of this great album. And I'm glad I did! I liked it a little bit on first listen, but a year later, it has since become one of my all-time favorites. I have all 28 tracks in my mp3 player and can't help but groove to them! Hear the Captain shout and growl some of the most deconstructed blues-rock you'll ever hear. Even though there is a feeling of sameness in many of the tracks, the Captain manages to move the listener around from genre to genre, even making some tracks sound like they were recorded a hundred years ago! If you'll at least take the time to enjoy this album, you will eventually. I did! (However, I was not pleased with "Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)".)

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