Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* ‎– Trout Mask Replica

Third Man Records ‎– TMR-546, Bizarre Industries ‎– TMR-546
2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered, Gatefold, 180g

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A1 Frownland 1:40
A2 The Dust Blows Forward 'N The Dust Blows Back 1:53
A3 Dachau Blues 2:22
A4 Ella Guru
Horn [Flesh Horn] – Antennae Jimmy Semens
A5 Hair Pie: Bake 1 4:58
A6 Moonlight On Vermont 3:59
B1 Pachuco Cadaver 4:39
B2 Bills Corpse 1:49
B3 Sweet Sweet Bulbs 2:21
B4 Neon Meate Dream Of A Octafish
Horn [Simran Horn], Musette – Captain Beefheart
B5 China Pig
Guest [Special Guest Artist], Guitar – Doug Moon
B6 My Human Gets Me Blues 2:46
B7 Dali's Car 1:26
C1 Hair Pie: Bake 2 2:23
C2 Pena
Lead Vocals – Antennae Jimmy Semens
C3 Well 2:07
C4 When Big Joan Sets Up 5:18
C5 Fallin' Ditch 2:08
C6 Sugar 'N Spikes 2:30
C7 Ant Man Bee
Saxophone [Tenor & Soprano Sax Simultaneously] – Captain Beefheart
D1 Orange Claw Hammer 3:34
D2 Wild Life 3:09
D3 She's Too Much For My Mirror 1:40
D4 Hobo Chang Ba 2:02
D5 The Blimp (Mousetrapreplica) 2:04
D6 Steal Softly Thru Snow 2:18
D7 Old Fart At Play 1:51
D8 Veteran's Day Poppy 4:30

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Includes trifold insert with lyrics, drawings and credits.
Comes with black poly-lined inner sleeves.

"Special thanks to Paul R. Dickinson Jr. for providing us with the original Trout Mask Replica cover photograph which we thought had been lost to time."

"2012 return by W.B. Note: The years in storage in Warners were not kind to Trout Mask Replica. The masters seriously suffer from oxide loss, primarily at the head of each of the four master reels. Fortunately, FZ had Dick Kunc make "safeties." These actually sound better than the Originals and are in excellent condition but alas, incomplete. This edition of Trout Mask Replica is from the ZFT Vault protection copies, transferred at 96K 24B, except for Frownland and Hair Pie: Bake 2 which are from the original damaged master tapes transferred to direct stream digital at UMRK.
DSD workstation provided by Gus Skinas, Super Audio Center.
Vaultmeisterment & Transfers by Joes Travers, UMRK, 2012."

Mastered by Bob Ludwig, Gaterway Mastering, 2012.
Cut by Chris Bellman, Bernie Grundman Mastering, 2013.

All lyrics © 1969 Don Van Vliet.
Artwork & Photographs © 1969/mmxviii Zappa Family Trust.

Released on Record Store Day 2019.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Sticker): 8 13547 02589 0
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout): FVZ-2013-3-A² ZAPPA.COM TMR-546-A cB -28129- P.USA
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout): FVZ-2013-3-B-RE Zappa.COM TMR-546-B cB -28129- P.USA
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C runout): FVZ-2013-3-C² ZAPPA.COM cB TMR-546-C -28130- P.USA
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D runout): FVZ-2013-3-D² ZAPPA.COM TMR-546-D cB -28130- P.USA
  • Rights Society: BMI

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December 30, 2019
Bought black vinyl on rsd and returned it. Very disruptive (non-fill) surface noise on first track of sides 3 and 4. Picked up a replacement a month ago. Non- fill in random spots throughout 2nd LP. Forget it.


June 23, 2019
edited about 1 year ago

This a great sounding reissue, just like the splatter version.
It has a clear and full soundstage with fantastic separation and resolution for the recordings that allow it. Drums sound rich and enjoyable, strings are layered and intense while vocals are present and near in the room, for all instruments especially when the reverb is in full effect.
Dynamically its also quite good and although theres no hard hitting bass exactly, I dont think these tracks are supposed to have it and the EQ is better fitted to serve the midrange. The low end is still heard and appreciable though.
The vinyl too is very quiet for the most part with just a few ticks here and there on my copy which might just be static. I thought mine had non fill at first with a repetetive zipping noise but it also just turned out to be static, so I dont know of how many had those complaints were actually correct.

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June 19, 2019
Repress of RSD 2019 on sale now... submit / comment appropriate ...


May 17, 2019
From Third Man Records website:

"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 for the Third Man pressing 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 90’s, 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."


May 1, 2019
This is on TMR's website as we speak. Just ordered one.


April 28, 2019
Possibly taken from Bob Ludwig 2013 CD-remaster. Don' t believe the hype.


April 25, 2019
They are listing this as coming out in a regular release starting next week.


April 23, 2019
edited about 1 year ago

Mine has what appears to be a really bad pressing defect on the second disc, the first track of sides 3 and 4 have have horrible distortion. Everything else sounds great.

Edit: It's a non-fill issue. I would've returned it but I lost my receipt.



April 15, 2019
Yeah, this is definitely worth your money. This pressing is dead silent and gives everything on this crazy album a perfect stage to be appreciated.


April 15, 2019

What in the heck is going on with the matrix runouts and the two separate submissions?
Also, do not pay 50 bucks for this. That's absurd. There are going to be so many of these. Note that the quantity pressed was never noted. I do keep note of gougers and if it is at all justified. In this case, absolutely not.