Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band*Trout Mask Replica

Label:Straight – STS 1053, Straight – 2 STS 1053
2 x Vinyl, LP, Album
Genre:Rock, Blues
Style:Dialogue, Field Recording, Avantgarde, Electric Blues, Psychedelic Rock, Experimental, Spoken Word


A2The Dust Blows Forward 'N The Dust Blows Back2:04
A3Dachau Blues2:21
A4Ella Guru
Effects [Flesh Horn]Antennae Jimmy Semens
A5Hair Pie: Bake 14:57
A6Moonlight On Vermont
Bass GuitarGary "Magic" Marker
B1Pachuco Cadaver4:37
B2Bills Corpse1:47
B3Sweet Sweet Bulbs2:17
B4Neon Meate Dream Of A Octafish
Musette, Horn [Simran Horn]Captain Beefheart
B5China Pig
GuitarDoug Moon
B6My Human Gets Me Blues2:42
B7Dali's Car1:25
C1Hair Pie: Bake 22:23
Lead VocalsAntennae Jimmy Semens
C4When Big Joan Sets Up5:19
C5Fallin' Ditch2:03
C6Sugar 'N Spikes2:29
C7Ant Man Bee
Saxophone [Simultaneous Tenor & Soprano]Captain Beefheart
D1Orange Claw Hammer3:35
D2Wild Life3:07
D3She's Too Much For My Mirror1:42
D4Hobo Chang Ba2:01
D5The Blimp (Mousetrap Replica)
Voice [Intro]Frank Zappa
D6Steal Softly Thru Snow2:13
D7Old Fart At Play1:54
D8Veteran's Day Poppy
Bass GuitarGary "Magic" Marker

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1st UK issue.
Manufactured & distributed in UK by CBS.
All tracks; Cop. Con.
Album catalog on sleeve does not have the "2" prefix.

No lyric sheet insert is included (which appeared only in early US releases). Both liners punch-hole & poly-lined with "R.S. 9.69" cyan print ref. Discs are not auto-coupled, like US issue.

"The Blimp" is listed on the vinyl as "The Blimb".
(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 members of The Mothers are performing)

A4: "Flesh Horn" is a Vliet affectation for the 'cupped hand'-to-the-mouth (hence flesh), used to create a 'vocalised horn' effect.
B4: The wind instrument "Musette" credited on sleeve is a shortened version of an "Oboe Musette".
The expression 'steel appendage' guitar is another affectation for a steel finger-tube, used as a slide on the fret. A glass tube (or bottle-neck) is used for 'glass-finger' credit.

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 vast notes in 'Grow Fins' box set).

The runouts listed are all stamped on each side. Those for the variant 2 side A also include a four dotted rhombus-like symbol instead of a number.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side, On Label): 2 STS 1053 A
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side, On Label): 2 STS 1053 B
  • Matrix / Runout (C-Side, On Label): 2 STS 1053 C
  • Matrix / Runout (D-Side, On Label): 2 STS 1053 D
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 1): 2 STS 1053 A1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 1): 2 STS 1053 B1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side C, variant 1): 2 STS 1053 C1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side D, variant 1): 2 STS 1053 D1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 2): STS 1053 A1 A
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 2): STS 1053 B1 A 0
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side C, variant 2): STS 1053 C1 A 3
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side D, variant 2): STS 1053 D1 A 4
  • Other (Cyan date-print ref on liners): R.S. 9.69

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  • Dzubox's avatar
    This UK pressing sounds great. The sound is fresh, natural, well balanced and crispy.
    • Crazyprayingmantis's avatar
      This is the pressing to get, sounds fantastic, deep warm dynamic open effortlessly flows out of your speakers.
      Get it if you love this weirdly fantastic album.
      • rperkins65's avatar
        Just picked this UK 1st press up today in the states, sounds great, noticeably better than my US Reprise press 1977 and the standard cd issue from the 1980s
        • yellowchoklitrecords's avatar
          Edited 3 years ago
          This press sounds fantastic! and my copy comes with the lyric insert. I bought this in canada from a fellow canadian so i guess it couldve been taken from a north american copy and paired with this. i have a trashed canadian press with the insert and that insert is stamped with "MADE IN U.S.A." and the one paired with my UK press does not have the stamp. so maybe they did make it in other pressings? who knows


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