Beefheart* ‎– Bat Chain Puller

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VAULTernative Records ‎– VR2012-1
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Released in digipak. Includes a 32-page booklet

This is the official release of the shelved 'Bat Chain Puller' project, resulting from the closure of operations between FZ & Herb Cohen. Beefheart became somewhat a victim of the wrangles which ensued, resulting in the work going to storage and him having to freshly record material which became Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller).

Tracks 1 - 12, 14 Recorded at Paramount Studios, 16,17 & 18 March 1976,
Track 13 Recorded at Paramount Studios, 31 March 1976
"Candle Mambo" mixed at UMRK, 1995
Vaultmeister & Transfer of Original 6 April 1976 1/4" Stereo Master Tapes
at 48K 24B .WAV, 15 April 2007, by Joe Travers at UMRK

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 8 24302 01312 0
  • Matrix / Runout: zappa.com VR 2012-1 V.2

Other Versions (5 of 10) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
none Captain Beefheart Bat Chain Puller(LP, RP, Unofficial, Gre) Moral & Main none 2016 Sell This Version
none Captain Beefheart Bat Chain Puller(LP, Album, Ltd, Unofficial, Yel) Moral & Main none UK 2015 Sell This Version
BH1 Beefheart* Bat Chain Puller(LP, Unofficial, Blu) Vaulternative Records (2) BH1 US 2012 Sell This Version
none Captain Beefheart Bat Chain Puller(LP, Unofficial, Bla) Moral & Main none UK Unknown Sell This Version
none Captain Beefheart Bat Chain Puller(LP, Album, Ltd, Unofficial, Blu) Moral & Main none UK 2015 Sell This Version

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Johan1880

Johan1880

September 21, 2018
This title is (September 2018) available for USD 14,- at the official Captain Beefheart Store, just as Trout Mask Replica (on Zappa records)
AcousticWarrior

AcousticWarrior

June 3, 2017
It's very tough deciding whether I prefer this to the revised "Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)" album released in 1978. On the one hand, that album introduces Tropical Hot Dog Night, which is one of Beefheart's best songs. On the other hand, some aspects of the production were disappointing: the high amount of tape hiss and thinness/lack of bass which John French himself commented on in his biography.

This album has better production, and what I consider to be the definitive versions of Bat Chain Puller and Brickbats. Some of the songs (namely Flavor Bud Living and Harry Irene) sound sluggish. At any rate, I'm happy the Zappa family released the original Bat Chain Puller, even if the artwork is unacceptably plain.