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.

Tracklist

The Floppy Boot Stomp 3:51
Tropical Hot Dog Night 4:48
Ice Rose 3:27
Harry Irene 3:42
You Know You're A Man 3:13
Bat Chain Puller 5:26
When I See Mommy I Feel Like A Mummy 5:03
Owed T'Alex 4:04
Candle Mambo 3:23
Love Lies 5:00
Suction Prints 4:20
Apes-Ma 0:38

Versions (44)

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
M5 3256 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)(Cass, Album) Warner Bros. Records M5 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 US 1978 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
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
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
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
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
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
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 New Zealand 1980 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) Virgin V 2149 Australia 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
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 1984 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
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
7 73548-4 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)(Cass, Album, RE, RM) Enigma Retro, Straight 7 73548-4 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, RE, RM) Bizarre/Straight, Rhino Records (2) R2 70365 US 1991 Sell This Version
R2 70365 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)(CD, Album, RE, RM) Bizarre/Straight, Rhino Records (2) R2 70365 US 1991 Sell This Version
R4 70365 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)(Cass, Album, RE, RM) Bizarre/Straight, Rhino Records (2) R4 70365 US 1991 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, CDV 2149, 0777 7 87 137 2 2 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) ArsNova, Virgin (2), Virgin (2) AN-2115, CDV 2149, 0777 7 87 137 2 2 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
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
none Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)(12xFile, FLAC, Album, RE) Virgin none Europe Unknown
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
CDV 2149 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)(CD, Album, RE) Virgin CDV 2149 UK 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, RE, RM, 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
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
BSK 3256 Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)(LP, Album, RE, 180) Warner Bros. Records BSK 3256 US 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, Mar) Warner Bros. Records BSK 3256 US Unknown Sell This Version

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timtom

timtom

November 5, 2021
edited 23 days ago
referencing Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller), LP, Album, RE, BSK 3256

PERFECT PRESSING ! Own 2 copies - one never been played- back up copy - but might be for sale...very quiet vinyl ! Very good quality of sound on top end audio. Pressing 4.5* / Sound 4.5*
JRRRT

JRRRT

October 23, 2021
referencing Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller), LP, Album, RE, 180, BSK 3256
This is a Chris Bellman remaster? Dont see anything in the description above that indicates so. Says its Phil Brown mastered and cut by another fella.
glestonis

glestonis

October 21, 2021
referencing Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller), LP, Album, RE, 180, BSK 3256
Incredible Stunning Reissue. Sounds incredible. Bad is vinyl without insert. Otherwise Incredible
rwmaxwell1973

rwmaxwell1973

December 28, 2020
referencing Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller), LP, Album, Los, BSK 3256

I prefer this to Doc at the Radar Station, mainly because the first two tracks rival his best work since Lick My Decals.
damonche

damonche

October 12, 2020
edited 6 months ago
referencing Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller), LP, Album, RE, 180, BSK 3256
Be very careful with this pressing. It features very rolled off low end and a little bit too much rolled off high end as well to my ear. Happy hunting for a better pressing of this otherwise all time masterpiece however.

Update: after more additional listens over time and comparisons to an original Winchester pressing...this pressing is maybe not quite as stripped out of the dynamics as originally stated but, something is still tricky about it. Dave Cheppa did a great job on the last Swervedriver vinyl (Future Ruins)
elisconfession

elisconfession

September 26, 2019
referencing Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller), LP, Album, RE, BSK 3256

Great music, but the pressing is a disaster (at least my copy). Surface noise throughout, even professional cleaning did not make any difference. Such a shame.
airbagabe

airbagabe

August 7, 2019
referencing Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller), LP, Album, RE, BSK 3256
Not happy with the pressing here at all. Go for the real thing.
GottaCollectEmAll

GottaCollectEmAll

January 24, 2019
edited over 3 years 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.