Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band ‎– Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)

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Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller) was released July 1978, only in the USA & Canada. It did not appear in the retail European market until 1980. A highly anticipated album, this official release is in fact a mix of new songs and a 'remake' of material from an album that never saw official release, entitled "Bat Chain Puller", hence the sub-title.

The original (Bootleg example: Original 1976 Shiny Beast Version) was begun after Vliet's renewed association with Zappa on Bongo Fury and was funded by Zappa. However, the resultant tapes were retained by Zappa due to legal 'asset & financial wrangles' resulting from his management & business departure from Herb Cohen in 1976. The "Bat Chain Puller" tapes (which have a different band line-up) remained in the ZFT vaults, although 'quality' & 'poor' bootlegs appeared, until the original work was issued by the ZFT in 2012 as Beefheart* - Bat Chain Puller.

Issues of "Shiny Beast" on the Virgin label CDs have the album title below the image, which has a border rule. Text layout & color is also different on this label's remastered version. Three artworks by Vliet were used for the sleeve design. "Green Tom" painting on the cover (1976), an untitled color sketch on a bread bag (1976) on back cover, and a line illustration on the back of the inner sleeve (1976) - also used on CD disc.

Versions (38)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
BSK 3256 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)(LP, Album, Los) Warner Bros. Records BSK 3256 US 1978 Sell This Version
M8 3256 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)(8-Trk, Album) Warner Bros. Records M8 3256 US 1978 Sell This Version
BSK 3256 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records BSK 3256 Canada 1978 Sell This Version
BSK 3256 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)(LP, Album, Jac) Warner Bros. Records BSK 3256 US 1978 Sell This Version
BSK 3256 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)(LP, Album, TP) Warner Bros. Records BSK 3256 US 1978 Sell This Version
BSK 3256 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)(LP, Album, Win) Warner Bros. Records BSK 3256 UK & US 1978 Sell This Version
V 2149 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)(LP, Album) Virgin V 2149 New Zealand 1980 Sell This Version
2473794, V 2149 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)(LP, Album) Virgin, Virgin 2473794, V 2149 Greece 1980 Sell This Version
201 425, 201.425 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)(LP, Album) Virgin, Virgin 201 425, 201.425 Netherlands 1980 Sell This Version
2473 794 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)(LP, Album) Virgin 2473 794 France 1980 Sell This Version
V 2149 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)(LP, Album) Virgin V 2149 UK 1980 Sell This Version
L 37251, V 2149 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)(LP, Album) Virgin, Virgin L 37251, V 2149 Australia 1980 Sell This Version
201 425-320, 201 425 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)(LP, Album) Virgin, Virgin 201 425-320, 201 425 Germany 1980 Sell This Version
V 2149 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)(LP, Album) Virgin V 2149 Australia 1981 Sell This Version
VIP-4105 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)(LP, Album) Virgin VIP-4105 Japan 1981 Sell This Version
V 2149 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)(LP, Album, Promo) Virgin V 2149 Australia 1981 Sell This Version
OVED 67 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)(LP, Album, RE) Virgin OVED 67 UK 1985 Sell This Version
CDV 2149 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)(CD, Album) Virgin CDV 2149 UK 1986 Sell This Version
CDV 2149 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)(CD, Album) Virgin CDV 2149 UK 1986 Sell This Version
R4 70365 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)(Cass, Album) Rhino Records (2) R4 70365 UK & US 1989 Sell This Version
7 73548-2 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)(CD, Album, RE) Enigma Retro, Straight 7 73548-2 US 1990 Sell This Version
R2 70365 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)(CD, Album, RM) Rhino Records (2) R2 70365 US 1990 Sell This Version
7 73548-4 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)(Cass, Album, RE) Enigma Retro 7 73548-4 US 1990 Sell This Version
WPCP-5741 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)(CD, Album, RE) Warner Bros. Records WPCP-5741 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
AN-2115 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)(CD, Album, Unofficial) ArsNova AN-2115 Russia 1999 Sell This Version
OVED 67 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)(LP, Album, RE, 180) Virgin OVED 67 UK 1999 Sell This Version
BSK 3256 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)(LP, Album, 180) Warner Bros. Records BSK 3256 US 2000 Sell This Version
CDVR2149, 0946 365517 22, 0946 3 65517 2 2 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)(CD, Album, RE, RM) Virgin, EMI, EMI CDVR2149, 0946 365517 22, 0946 3 65517 2 2 Europe 2006 Sell This Version
2149 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)(CDr, Album, RM, Unofficial) 2000 FruitGum Corp. 2149 Russia 2008 Sell This Version
BSK 3256 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)(LP, Album, RE) Warner Bros. Records BSK 3256 US 2009 Sell This Version
CDV 2149, 0777 7 87137 2 2 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)(CD, Album, RE) Virgin, Virgin CDV 2149, 0777 7 87137 2 2 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
CDVR2149, 0946 365517 22, 0946 3 65517 2 2 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)(CD, Album, RE, RM) Virgin, EMI, EMI CDVR2149, 0946 365517 22, 0946 3 65517 2 2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
CDVR2149, 0946 365517 22 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)(CD, Album, RE, RM, RP) Virgin, EMI CDVR2149, 0946 365517 22 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
CDVR2149, 0946 365517 22, 0946 3 65517 2 2 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)(CD, Album, Unofficial) Virgin (2), EMI (2), EMI (2) CDVR2149, 0946 365517 22, 0946 3 65517 2 2 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
CDVR2149 Captain Beefheart Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)(CDr, Album, Promo) Virgin CDVR2149 UK Unknown Sell This Version
BSK 3256 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)(LP, Album, Ltd, Gre) Warner Bros. Records BSK 3256 US Unknown Sell This Version
201 425-320, 201 425 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)(LP, Album, RE) Virgin, Virgin 201 425-320, 201 425 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
BSK 3256 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)(LP, Album, RE) Warner Bros. Records BSK 3256 Canada Unknown Sell This Version

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GottaCollectEmAll

GottaCollectEmAll

January 24, 2019
edited 25 days ago
referencing Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller), LP, Album, Los, BSK 3256

My favorite Beefheart album. A good starter album for people that haven’t heard him, much more accessible than Trout Mask Replica. Bobby Mcferrin level whistling by Don on ‘Harry Irene’.
zenman5

zenman5

May 22, 2018
referencing Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller), LP, Album, Jac, BSK 3256

Great pressing of a great record. One of Beefhearts most accessible records and a great starting point for newbeefs.
scott.f.321

scott.f.321

April 14, 2018
referencing Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller), LP, Album, Los, BSK 3256
I have a BSK 3256, but it has a promotional copy seal on the cover. I don't think I see it on here.
dfvidaurre

dfvidaurre

March 26, 2017
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller), LP, Album, 180, BSK 3256

Incredible album, and this reissue sounds ammaazing!
Not necessarily the most representative of CB, but the recommend I recommend to people new to CB
AladInsane02

AladInsane02

December 31, 2016
referencing Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller), LP, Album, Ltd, Gre, BSK 3256
I have a pink marble vinyl. I think that it is the same edition.
rhorhorho

rhorhorho

September 17, 2016
referencing Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller), CD, Album, RE, RM, CDVR2149, 0946 365517 22, 0946 3 65517 2 2
My copy has different Matrix / Runout: 3655172 AB54509-01 manufactured by optimal media GmbH.
ergalthema

ergalthema

March 7, 2015
referencing Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller), LP, Album, RE, BSK 3256

Not all weird, not all normal. A variety of instrumentation and styles, for a Beefheart album. My vinyl sounds good. Pretty sure it's the 2009 version.