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Friday, June 02, 2006

Captain Beefheart - Trout Mask Replica (1969)

Captain Beefheart - Trout Mask Replica I bought this album many years ago, when I was about 14 or 15 because I read an article about it in Spin magazine where Matt Groening said that this alum was one of the worst ablums he had ever heard, and it is now one of his all time favoriates.

I wasn't exactly ready for this album at that tender young age. It was too weird, too disjointed, too free-form, too non-sensical. There were a few songs, or even just parts of songs that would stick in my head long enough for me to consider them a "melody," there were a few non-sequiter comments that I understood as jokes, but over all, listening to this ablum was just a bit too much work. I had to try to understand it, i had to struggle to put the ideas together, and thus i had to work a bit to truly like it.

All these years later, Trout Mask Replica is still just as much of a struggle to listen to. But im starting to believe that all the hard work of trying to understand this album might just pay off.

Recorded in 1969, all the meterial was reportedly written in about 3 days, but took over 8 months of nearly non-stop practicing to get all the meterial down. Led by Captain Beefheart himself, the band lived in a comunal house in what one member described as a "cult-like" atmospher. The end result?

The best description is that it is a product of the late '60 astetic of being weird for the sake of being weird. But there is defeinaly much musical influence here as well. There lots of delta bules, Beefheart sings with a Howlin' Wolf-like gravely vocals. The band plays with the disjointed off-key rythem of the Shagges (not that they would have ever heard of the New Hampshire all-girl mongaloid-rock band, but Frank Zappa loved the Shaggs and also produced this album). Frank Zappa himself is a big influence on the weird-cuz-weird-fucks-with-the-Man ideas that are here. Beat free-from poetry. Jazz. Country. Expermintal art rock.

And in the end it sound like none of these anticednets and nor much of the other weirdness that would come after it. The more you listen to it the more it makes sense, but I don't know if I myslef am "totoaly there" yet. This album is still a stuggle, but if your interested at all at where the limites of rock and roll oddities can go, give this album a spin. "Fast and Bulbous! That's right the Mascara Snake! Fast and Bulbous!"

- overview by denez

  1. Frownland
  2. The Dust Blows Forward 'n The Dust Blows Back
  3. Dachau Blues
  4. Ella Guru
  5. Hair Pie: Bake 1
  6. Moonlight on Vermont
  7. Pachuco Cadaver
  8. Bills Corpse
  9. 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 Thru Snow
  27. Old Fart At Play
  28. Veteran's Day Poppy
Variable bit rate, ripped from cd, so that filesize is a bit larger and has to be split into two files

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At 10:23 AM, Anonymous bruce said...

to this day this is one connsidered a masterpiece by beefehart. yet for the past 20 yrs no matter how hard i try i still find it unlistenable. is it just me. his other lps a far easyer on the ears.

At 7:11 PM, Blogger nick beef said...

yeah, when i was younger the only song i considered a "hit" was "The Blimp". i liked that song alot, i don't realy know why.

but yeah, i like this album, i just find listening to it to be hard. so i save it for special occations.

At 3:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

listened to this a lot tripping with friends round that time - we knew bits of it off by heart - and a friend used to play it at ambient volume so guess i'm used to it.. of course I don't listen to any of it for years, as with anything, esp. epic stuff like Beethoven's 5th. Overall, no trace of vulgarity, datedness.. still seems great to me - imaginative, funny, exact and hard.. all coherently of a piece, while yet composed of great variety; also the (four?) spoken word tracks, esp. "Well", still seem impressive. What about "Moonlight on Vermont" as 'hit'? That is some rock and roll.

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At 12:09 PM, Blogger Pesya said...

happy someone posted this. I've been listening to it for maybe two years now, i got it for myself on my 16th birthday, and on the first listen i wasn't quite sure what to think, but now i love it, and can't get enough of it. it's quite "listenable." remember he didn't know any theory, as far as we know, and just jammed on a piano for 8 hours, or so the story goes. no one else did that, to the best of my knowledge. go beefheart, go frank.

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I think we have to get our own opinion, we shouldn't listen what other people saying until listening the by ourselves, because the album could be amazing.m10m

At 7:09 AM, Anonymous Buy Generic Viagra said...

I think it is a good album! I've got the same one and I won't forget the last song. It's one of my favorites and to be honest... this article wasn't bad enough, you are a good blogger and I am glad to read it.


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