Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* ‎– Trout Mask Replica

Straight ‎– STS 1053, Straight ‎– 2 STS 1053
2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Auto-coupled, Gatefold

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A1 Frownland 1:39
A2 The Dust Blows Forward 'N The Dust Blows Back 2:04
A3 Dachau Blues 2:21
A4 Ella Guru
Effects [Flesh Horn] – Antennae Jimmy Semens
A5 Hair Pie: Bake 1 4:57
A6 Moonlight On Vermont
Bass Guitar – Gary "Magic" Marker
B1 Pachuco Cadaver 4:37
B2 Bill's Corpse 1:47
B3 Sweet Sweet Bulbs 2:17
B4 Neon Meate Dream Of A Octafish
Instruments [Musette], Horns [Simran Horn] – Captain Beefheart
B5 China Pig
Guitar – Doug Moon
B6 My Human Gets Me Blues 2:42
B7 Dali's Car 1:25
C1 Hair Pie: Bake 2 2:23
C2 Pena
Lead Vocals – Antennae Jimmy Semens
C3 Well 2:05
C4 When Big Joan Sets Up 5:19
C5 Fallin' Ditch 2:03
C6 Sugar 'N Spikes 2:29
C7 Ant Man Bee
Saxophone [Simultaneous Tenor & Soprano] – Captain Beefheart
D1 Orange Claw Hammer 3:35
D2 Wild Life 3:07
D3 She's Too Much For My Mirror 1:42
D4 Hobo Chang Ba 2:01
D5 The Blimp (Mousetrap Replica)
Narrator – Antennae Jimmy SemensVoice [Intro] – Frank Zappa
D6 Steal Softly Thru Snow 2:13
D7 Old Fart At Play 1:54
D8 Veteran's Day Poppy
Bass Guitar – Gary "Magic" Marker

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1st press USA issue, with auto-coupled discs, 'Straight' labels with a '2' prefix to STS 1053 cat# & the 'Straight'/'Bizarre' address on label radius text.
Vinyl in black 'Straight' liners with 'Bizarre' address.
6-page, 2-fold white paper insert printed single-color black (folds to 12"x12"), lyrics within. Front has half-tone photo of school-age Don Vliet inside a panel, with legend; "Trout Mask Replica - Captain Beefheart". Back & inner spread has line illustrations by "The Mascara Snake" [Vliet's cousin]. Inside facing-page has handwritten 'Manta Ray' poem which is under-signed 'Don Van Vliet'.

Works all contained in unlaminated gatefold sleeve.
(Pasted, no internal glue-tabs)

Errata on labels vs sleeve:
"Moonlight On Vermont" is printed wrongly as "Moonlight In Vermont" on label.
"The Blimp" is printed "The Blimb" (wrongly) & has "(Mousetrapreplica)" suffix on label.
[The intro voice is that of Zappa, recorded via a telephone link to Zappa's studio - with Antennae Jimmy Semens narrating from Vliet's script over the 'phone from the 'Magic Band house'. A field-to-studio recording, on which was resident on a tape channel the members of The Mothers performing the drum-passage to "Charles Ives" aka "Didja Get Any Onya?"]

Track A4: "Flesh Horn" is a Vliet affectation for the 'cupped hand'-to-the-mouth (hence flesh), used to create a 'vocalized horn' effect.
Tracks A6 & D8 recorded at Sunset Sound Recorders
Remaining tracks later recorded at Whitney Recording Studios (and within 'The Magic Band House')

Drummer, John 'Drumbo' French, was not credited on this album. (It is now accepted that his transcription of Beefheart's concepts/score for other band members was fundamental in its production. See notes in 'Grow Fins' box set).

One known official single was released from this album in France: Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* - Pachuco Cadaver

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Disc 1, A-Side runout, hand-etched): 2-STS-1053-1 "P"
  • Matrix / Runout (Disc 1, D-Side runout, hand-etched): 2-STS-1053-4 P
  • Matrix / Runout (Disc 2, B-Side runout, hand-etched): 2-STS-1053-2 "P"
  • Matrix / Runout (Disc 2, C-Side runout, hand-etched): 2-STS-1053-3 "P" ?

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May 7, 2015
edited about 1 year ago
Great album. Gets better every listen. Sounds even better on a nice stereo, 10/10


December 7, 2014
Frank Zappa found the true meaning of 'freak out' when he booked studio time to record this album. The band came in fully prepared for the backing tracks and laid 'em down in just about one take each. Rigourously practised (drilled might be a better word) for months on end the musicians had the material absolutely DOWN.
Zappa's face must have been picture... his jaw purportedly dropped to the floor as they rattled off the tracks, pitch perfect, in just a few hours. Much as I like Zappa - he never made anything that comes within a million light years of TMR. It's completely off the map for a lot of people - but its reputation will continue to grow, no doubt about that, as one of the greatest 20th century works of art.


May 29, 2013
edited over 3 years ago

Nothing to add ! Simply the best album ever. Fascinating & jouissive, indefatigable and unclassifiable. So raw, so rich, so weird, so complex : definitively out of time !!