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 wouldnt 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 collectivea serendipitous line of charged neurons that wired together to make something truly magical." - Paste Magazine, Best New Reissue, Rated 10/10, April 2018
Upon its release, Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band's Trout Mask Replica immediately took on a life of its own. Its odd blend of blues, rock, free jazz, and purely avant-garde ideas make it sound more like a work of visual art than a conventional collection of musical songs, and makes you wonder if an album this strange can even be performed. In spite of the cult-like sessions, Trout Mask Replica really is a masterpiece for the ages; Beefheart's compositions on a piano he couldn't play truly question the boundaries of music, and each song warps your mind. This Third Man reissue is done 100% correctly: cut by Chris Bellman from hi-res digital files (the original master is unusable and the safeties from which much of this is sourced are incomplete), plated at Pallas, pressed at Third Man Pressing, housed in a Stoughton tip-on gatefold faithful to the original, and all for the price of $25.Features:
• 180g Vinyl
• Double LP
• Remastered by Bob Ludwig
• Cut by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering
• In partnership with the Zappa Family Trust
• Cover photo reproduced from the original Cal Schenkel photo
• Gatefold Stoughton tip-on jacket
• Booklet insert
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
1. Pachuco Cadaver
2. Bill's Corpse
3. Sweet Sweet Bulbs
4. Neon Meate Dream Of A Octafish
5. China Pig
6. My Human Gets Me Blues
7. Dali's Car
1. Hair Pie: Bake 2
4. When Big Joan Sets Up
5. Fallin' Ditch
6. Sugar 'N Spikes
7. Ant Man Bee
1. Orange Claw Hammer
2. Wild Life
3. She's Too Much For My Mirror
4. Hobo Chang Ba
5. The Blimp (Mousetrap Replica)
6. Steal Softly Thru Snow
7. Old Fart At Play
8. Veteran's Day Poppy