Captain Beefheart’s Trout Mask Replica hits streaming platforms for the first time: Stream

The 1969 masterpiece has been hard to find for years

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    One of the last great digital holdouts has ended with the release of Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band’s Trout Mask Replica. Stream it in full below via Spotify.

    The 1969 classic set a new standard for rock experimentation, combining blues, free jazz, spoken narration, and discordant polytones across 28 expansive tracks. Trout Mask Replica was produced by Frank Zappa and released on the label he co-founded with Herb Cohen, Straight Records.

    After Zappa’s death in 1993, Straight Records fell into disarray. While a subsequent deal with Warner Bros. liberated parts of the Straight catalog, other albums were hard to find until after Cohen’s death in 2010. Now, finally, a deal has been reached to make Trout Mask Replica digitally available.

    (Read: The Top 25 Rock Albums of the 2010s)

    Trout Mask Replica went on to have a major influence on artists such as PJ Harvey and Tom Waits. In a 2005 Guardian feature about his “most cherished albums,” Waits praised the LP thusly,

    “The roughest diamond in the mine, his musical inventions are made of bone and mud. Enter the strange matrix of his mind and lose yours. This is indispensable for the serious listener. An expedition into the centre of the earth, this is the high jump record that’ll never be beat, it’s a merlot reduction sauce. He takes da bait. Dante doing the buck and wing at a Skip James suku jump. Drink once and thirst no more.”


    Today’s digital release comes almost two years after Trout Mask Replica received a physical reissue from Jack White’s Third Man Records. Included in that reissue was a copy of the epitaph White wrote for the late Captain Beefheart himself, Don Van Vliet.

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    Captain Beefheart's Trout Mask Replica


    Trout Mask Replica Tracklist:
    01. Frownland
    02. The Dust Blows Forward ‘N the Dust Blows Back
    03. Dachau Blues
    04. Ella Guru
    05. Hair Pie: Bake 1
    06. Moonlight On Vermont
    07. Pachuco Cadaver
    08. Bills Corpse
    09. Sweet Sweet Bulbs
    10. Neon Meate Dream of a Octafish
    11. China Pig
    12. My Human Gets Me Blues
    13. Dali’s Car
    14. Hair Pie: Bake 2
    15. Pena
    16. Well
    17. When Big Joan Sets Up
    18. Fallin’ Ditch
    19. Sugar ‘N Spikes
    20. Ant Man Bee
    21. Orange Claw Hammer
    22. Wild Life
    23. She’s Too Much For My Mirror
    24. Hobo Chang Ba
    25. The Blimp (Mousetrapreplica)
    26. Steal Softly Through the Snow
    27. Old Fart At Play
    28. Veteran’s Day Poppy

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