Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* ‎– Trout Mask Replica

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The 3rd official 'Magic Band' album and 1st double vinyl on Zappa & Cohen's independent Straight label. Released in the fall of 1969 in the US & Canada (cover logo white) with a 6-page roll-fold insert and, without insert, in the UK (cover logo black) and Germany. Also released on 8-Track & Cassette in the US later that year.

The 2-fold insert, when opened out, has a photo of a school-age Vliet on the left page, center page sketches by Vliet's cousin Victor Hayden (aka The Mascara Snake), and a 'Manta Ray' poem on right-hand page. Lyrics are on the 3 reverse pages. The insert was not included in Euro issues. US album issues, which are auto-coupled, can be identified by the Straight address on label; 5455 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1700, Los Angeles 90036. It was manufactured* & distributed in the UK by CBS and in Germany by Electrola Gesellschaft m.b.H. Köln. Most issues are not auto-coupled**, however, the Canadian issue (pressed by Herbert S. Berliner's plant, Compo Company Ltd.*) had an unusual auto-coupled sequence; AC, BD - which, annoyingly, requires 'shuffling' on turn-over.

In January 1970 the Reprise Records catalog 2 MS 2027 appeared on label issues in the US, using the original gatefold (with catalog 1053) - in which some issues appeared with blue 'Bizarre' labels. In Europe this became the Reprise Records 64024 catalog, which was then prefixed by 'K' in the 'Kinney' period of Reprise history. Releases then adopted the Warner Bros. & WEA (Warner Elektra Atlantic) identities thereafter.

Events surrounding band members in the recording of this album are revealed in the "Grow Fins" box set booklet, or elsewhere on the Web. However, it is worth noting the work John 'Drumbo' French did in transcribing and helping bring Vliet's concepts to fruition. He is not credited on the album. By the time the band toured on its release (appearing with its producer Zappa at BYG's seminal 5-day "Actuel Festival" in Belgium in October 1969†) he was replaced by Jeff Bruchell (referred to by Vliet as 'Drumbo' or 'Fake Drumbo' by others). Bass-player Marker, of Rising Sons (2), appears on tracks Moonlight On Vermont and Veteran's Day Poppy - recorded earlier at Sunset Sound. The remainder were recorded (using the T.T.G. 16-track) at Whitney Studios in Glendale, California, or were field-recordings at the Magic Band House. Cotton's reading of "The Blimp" was via 'phone to Zappa at Whitney Recording Studios, where he was working on the "Charles Ives" track (found on Frank Zappa - You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 5). Thus, portions of it became the backing for the Blimp track.

*Manufacturers IDs on back covers.
**The 1972 Australian issue is in the correct AD, BC auto-coupled sequence. All other issues seem to be sequential AB, CD releases.
†Understanding how the band's activities 'fitted' in the music scene of the time is worthwhile by reading 'Profile' at this Discogs link: Actuel Festival.

Tracklist

Frownland 1:39
The Dust Blows Forward 'N The Dust Blows Back 2:04
Dachau Blues 2:21
Ella Guru 2:23
Hair Pie: Bake 1 4:57
Moonlight On Vermont 3:55
Pachuco Cadaver 4:37
Bill's Corpse 1:47
Sweet Sweet Bulbs 2:17
Neon Meate Dream Of A Octafish 2:25
China Pig 3:56
My Human Gets Me Blues 2:42
Dali's Car 1:25
Hair Pie: Bake 2 2:23
Pena 2:31
Well 2:05
When Big Joan Sets Up 5:19
Fallin' Ditch 2:03
Sugar 'N Spikes 2:29
Ant Man Bee 3:55
Orange Claw Hammer 3:35
Wild Life 3:07
She's Too Much For My Mirror 1:42
Hobo Chang Ba 2:01
The Blimp (Mousetrap Replica) 2:04
Steal Softly Thru Snow 2:13
Old Fart At Play 1:54
Veteran's Day Poppy 4:30

Versions (80)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
STS 1053, 2 STS 1053 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, Pit) Straight, Straight STS 1053, 2 STS 1053 US 1969 Sell This Version
CST 10532 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xCass, Album) Straight CST 10532 US 1969 Sell This Version
STS 1053, 2 STS 1053 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album) Straight, Straight STS 1053, 2 STS 1053 US 1969 Sell This Version
STS 1053 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album) Straight STS 1053 Canada 1969 Sell This Version
SMS 2222/3 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album) Straight SMS 2222/3 Germany 1969 Sell This Version
STS 1053, 2 STS 1053 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album) Straight, Straight STS 1053, 2 STS 1053 UK 1969 Sell This Version
STS 1053 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album) Straight STS 1053 Canada 1969 Sell This Version
STS 1053, 2 STS 1053 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, Jac) Straight, Straight STS 1053, 2 STS 1053 US 1969 Sell This Version
STS 1053, 2 STS 1053 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, Promo, Aut) Straight, Straight STS 1053, 2 STS 1053 US 1969 Sell This Version
STS 1053, 2 STS 1053 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, San) Straight, Straight STS 1053, 2 STS 1053 US 1969 Sell This Version
STS 1053, 2 STS 1053 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, Ter) Straight, Straight STS 1053, 2 STS 1053 US 1969 Sell This Version
REP J 82027 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(8-Trk, Album) Reprise Records REP J 82027 US 1969 Sell This Version
8ST 10532 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(8-Trk, Album) Straight 8ST 10532 US 1969 Sell This Version
STS 10531/2 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album) Straight STS 10531/2 France 1970 Sell This Version
STS 1053, 2MS 2027 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, RE, Ter) Straight, Reprise Records, Bizarre Records STS 1053, 2MS 2027 US 1970 Sell This Version
STS 1053, 2MS 2027 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, RE, Ter) Straight, Straight STS 1053, 2MS 2027 US 1970 Sell This Version
REP J5 2027 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(Cass, Album, RE) Reprise Records REP J5 2027 US 1970 Sell This Version
2MS 2027, 2MS-2027 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album) Reprise Records, Reprise Records 2MS 2027, 2MS-2027 Australia 1972 Sell This Version
STS 1053, 2MS 2027 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, RE, Pit) Straight, Reprise Records STS 1053, 2MS 2027 US 1972 Sell This Version
STS 1053, 2MS 2027 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, RE) Straight, Reprise Records STS 1053, 2MS 2027 US 1974 Sell This Version
STS 1053, 2MS 2027 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, RE) Straight, Reprise Records STS 1053, 2MS 2027 US 1974 Sell This Version
STS 1053, 2MS 2027 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, RE) Straight, Reprise Records STS 1053, 2MS 2027 US 1974 Sell This Version
K 64026 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, RE) Reprise Records K 64026 France 1975 Sell This Version
K 64026 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, RE) Reprise Records K 64026 UK 1975 Sell This Version
K 64026 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, RE, TP) Reprise Records K 64026 UK 1975 Sell This Version
STS 1053, 2MS 2027 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, RE) Straight, Reprise Records STS 1053, 2MS 2027 US 1976 Sell This Version
STS 1053, 2MS 2027 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, Gat) Straight, Reprise Records STS 1053, 2MS 2027 US 1977 Sell This Version
K 64026 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, RE) Reprise Records K 64026 UK 1977 Sell This Version
2MS 2027 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, RE) Warner Bros. Records, Reprise Records 2MS 2027 Canada 1977 Sell This Version
STS 1053, 2MS 2027 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, RE) Straight, Reprise Records STS 1053, 2MS 2027 US 1977 Sell This Version
STS 1053, 2MS 2027 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, RE, Gat) Straight, Reprise Records STS 1053, 2MS 2027 US 1977 Sell This Version
STS 1053, 2MS 2027 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, RE, Gat) Straight, Reprise Records STS 1053, 2MS 2027 US 1977 Sell This Version
2MS 2027 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, RE, Jac) Reprise Records 2MS 2027 US 1977 Sell This Version
2MS 2027 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, RE, Tri) Warner Bros. Records, Reprise Records 2MS 2027 Canada 1977 Sell This Version
2MS 2027 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, RE, Win) Reprise Records 2MS 2027 US 1977 Sell This Version
K64026, K 64026 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, RE) Reprise Records, Reprise Records K64026, K 64026 UK 1978 Sell This Version
K64026, 2MS 2027, K 64026 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, RE, Gat) Reprise Records, Reprise Records, Reprise Records K64026, 2MS 2027, K 64026 UK 1978 Sell This Version
64026 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, RE) Reprise Records, Warner Bros. Records 64026 Greece 1979 Sell This Version
64026 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, RE, TP) Reprise Records, Warner Bros. Records 64026 Greece 1979 Sell This Version
K 64026 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, RE) Reprise Records K 64026 UK 1985 Sell This Version
K 64026 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, RE, Gat) Reprise Records K 64026 Germany 1987 Sell This Version
2MS 2027 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, RE) Warner Bros. Records, Reprise Records 2MS 2027 US 1989 Sell This Version
2027-2 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(CD, Album, RE) Reprise Records 2027-2 US 1989 Sell This Version
2027-2 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(CD, Album, RE, Lon) Reprise Records 2027-2 US 1989 Sell This Version
927 196-2 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(CD, Album, RE, RSA) Reprise Records 927 196-2 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
WPCP-5738, 7599 27196-2 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(CD, Album, RE) Reprise Records, Reprise Records WPCP-5738, 7599 27196-2 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
2MS 2027 Captain Beefheart* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, RE, TP) Warner Bros. Records 2MS 2027 US 1997 Sell This Version
927 196-2 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(CD, Album, RE, RP, WMM) Reprise Records 927 196-2 Europe 1997 Sell This Version
AN-228063, AN-2112 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, Unofficial) ArsNova, ArsNova AN-228063, AN-2112 Russia 1999 Sell This Version
927 196-2 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(CD, Album, RE, RP, WMM) Reprise Records 927 196-2 Europe 1999 Sell This Version
2MS 2027 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, 180) Straight, Warner Bros. Records 2MS 2027 US 2000 Sell This Version
2MS 2027 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, RE) Reprise Records 2MS 2027 US 2000 Sell This Version
927 196-2 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(CD, Album, RE, RP, Cin) Reprise Records 927 196-2 Europe 2004 Sell This Version
2MS 2027 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE) Rhino Records (2), Straight 2MS 2027 US 2009 Sell This Version
2MS 2027 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, Red) Rhino Records (2), Straight 2MS 2027 US 2009 Sell This Version
ZR 20014, ZR20014 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(CD, Album, RE, RM) Zappa Records, Zappa Records ZR 20014, ZR20014 US 2013 Sell This Version
TMR 546, TMR 559, none Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, S/Edition, "Fr + 7", Sin) Third Man Records, Third Man Records, Bizarre Records TMR 546, TMR 559, none US 2018 Sell This Version
TMR-546 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, RE, RM, Gat) Third Man Records, Bizarre Industries TMR-546 US 2019 Sell This Version
STS 1053, 2MS 2027 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, RE) Straight, Reprise Records STS 1053, 2MS 2027 US Unknown Sell This Version
K 64026 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, RE) Reprise Records K 64026 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
STS 1053, 2MS 2027 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, RE) Straight, Straight STS 1053, 2MS 2027 US Unknown Sell This Version
2MS 2027 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, RE, Gat) Warner Bros. Records, Reprise Records 2MS 2027 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
K64026, 2MS 2027, K 64026 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, RE, Gat) Reprise Records, Reprise Records, Reprise Records K64026, 2MS 2027, K 64026 UK Unknown Sell This Version
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K64026, 2 MS 2027 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, RE, Gat) Reprise Records, Reprise Records K64026, 2 MS 2027 UK Unknown Sell This Version
REP J8 1097, 1097 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(8-Trk, Album) Reprise Records, Reprise Records REP J8 1097, 1097 US Unknown Sell This Version
8RJ-2027 Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band Trout Mask Replica(8-Trk, Album, RE) Reprise Records 8RJ-2027 US Unknown Sell This Version
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shivsidecar

shivsidecar

July 28, 2020
referencing Trout Mask Replica, 2xLP, Album, RE, K 64026
This seems to be the pressing I own, but in addition the letters UK are etched in the matrices of Sides A and D.
carscars

carscars

June 6, 2020
referencing Trout Mask Replica, 2xLP, Album, RE, K 64026
Great pressing. Buy with confidence. Why the word minimum here?
boulaboula

boulaboula

June 2, 2020
referencing Trout Mask Replica, CD, Album, RE, 2027-2

Dadaism!!!!To play it safe, I can say humbly a rather excellent bass player(far from Jaco Pastorius).So I know perhaps a little bit about music.I enjoy masters like Zappa,Miles Davis,Anthony Braxton.Soft Machine Paco de Lucia,David Stewart from Egg and so on...Sorry for you folks who like this,but this is arguably a total garbage mess probably enjoyed by some by sheer snobbism.Probably the worst listening experience from all my huge collection of records.
sourhops

sourhops

May 10, 2020
referencing Trout Mask Replica, 2xLP, Album, RE, STS 1053, 2MS 2027
my copy of this version also has an SHBH circled on side B
KlausVinyl

KlausVinyl

January 27, 2020
referencing Trout Mask Replica, 2xLP, Album, RE, Gat, K 64026

Exceptional pressing.
It is Fast 'n Bulbous, also a Tin Teardrop.
hamishmcelnea3

hamishmcelnea3

January 15, 2020
referencing Trout Mask Replica, CD, Album, RE, 2027-2

The most creative album ever made. Not an easy listen super anxiety inducing. Beefhearts vocals are great as usual and the guitar is pretty good
Favourite track: Ella Guru
windup-rob

windup-rob

December 30, 2019
referencing Trout Mask Replica, 2xLP, Album, RE, RM, Gat, TMR-546
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.
jherm76

jherm76

December 23, 2019
referencing Trout Mask Replica, 2xLP, Album, Pit, STS 1053, 2 STS 1053
Could someone answer please why is a copy of this legendary album so hard to find or stream? Yes plenty of expensive and used cds and vinyl. Rights issue? Thank You!
santi-waka

santi-waka

November 21, 2019
edited 9 months ago
referencing Trout Mask Replica, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, S/Edition, "Fr + 7", Sin, TMR 546, TMR 559, none
This is a joke, right ?...
captain beefheart & the magic band on this label ?
there´s absolutely no decency left in the world.
i would have been less surprised if it was a phil collins big hits on this label.
Rumblefishtwist

Rumblefishtwist

November 18, 2019
referencing Trout Mask Replica, 2xLP, Album, RE, Jac, 2MS 2027

One of the greatest, most iconic, inspirational, innovate, and beautifully bizarre albums of all time.

What more can be said that hasn't already been described in the 50 years since release?