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Trout Mask Replica Import, CD
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(2-LP set) Trout Mask Replica is Captain Beefheart's masterpiece, a fascinating, stunningly imaginative work that still sounds like little else in the rock & roll canon. Given total creative control by producer and friend Frank Zappa, Beefheart and his Magic Band rehearsed the material for this 28-song double album for over a year, wedding minimalist R&B, blues, and garage rock to free jazz and avant-garde experimentalism.
Probably the strangest album to regularly make critics' Top 100 Records of All Time, Trout Mask Replica is a landmark of idiosyncratic and visionary music-making. Don Van Vliet (christened Captain Beefheart by one-time colleague Frank Zappa) and The Magic Band rehearsed this record for over a year, translating Beefheart's ideas into fully fleshed-out pieces: although the record on first listen appears spontaneous and improvised, it is in fact carefully constructed, as the instrumental versions on the Grow Fins box-set demonstrate. Trout Mask Replica fuses blues, freeform jazz, rock, and Beefheart's surreal lyrics into an initially perplexing and daunting blend, in which the two guitars, drums and bass of10 seem to be playing four different songs at once--but over time, the music's angular, discordant shapes and rhythms not only begin to make sense, but take on an eccentric beauty. For those unfamiliar with Beefheart's work, check out the definitive compilation The Dust Blows Forward, or start with the luminously remastered Safe As Milk and Mirror Man. Both are essential records, but the man's mythical reputation begins and ends with the legacy of Trout Mask Replica. --Burhan Tufail
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Those who have studied music, particularly free improvisation, find Trout Mask Replica to be utterly brilliant. It is an ugly ducking of an album, something that seems stark and unforgiving on first listen, but reveals more depth and beauty the more you hear it. There is much to be enjoyed here. The drumming (by Drumbo aka John French) shatters preconceived notions about tempo and timekeeping. Bass clarinet is present, a rare instrument these days to be sure, and not an easy instrument to appreciate. The guitar and horns are harsh and difficult for the average listener to digest coming across as nothing more than a cacophony. Often, it sounds as if all six musicians are playing different songs at the same time, and that is not too far off the mark. Yet, these conflicting parts mesh and intersect at key moments, creating an overall effect of, "It sounds wrong, but right." With repeated listens, it begins to sound more right than wrong. Bits and pieces coalesce and suddenly it clicks. There are hooks here, catchy guitar parts that reveal themselves slowly.
The music is playful. Captain Beefheart plays homage to homage to Americana on "Moonlight in Vermont".
"Pachuco Cadaver", the most immediate piece here, is catchy and pop-like in its structure.Read more ›
The reviewing page for this cd has turned into a forum for the slanderous voices of many people whose votes get appreciated for similarity of opinion and not quality of review!
Literally I see a feeding frenzy of those who despise Captain Beefheart, for whatever reason, uniting in a campaign to support each other. This is not what reviewing is all about, and you people know it. One to three sentence reviews don't cut it, and personally I, nor any other near objective observer cares to read or be puzzled by the support of these pi$s poor reviews.
TO A REAL REVIEW::
**Preface:: Many of the previous reviewers wish to convey their beliefs that Captain Beefheart is an elitist, who thinks his gibberish is, "more smart," than regular language. They also wish to convince you that musicians such as Frank Zappa are where it is really at. For the purposes of comparison, allow me to quote some Zappa to show you where the real elitism is: "all you Jesus Freaks go home, no one wants to hear you," and "I experienced the real depths of life." Now, by no means am I a Jesus freak, and my own beliefs are not applicable in this review, but I wish to illuminate both judgment and elitism by a musician that thought so highly of himself he decided to melt from drugged out pop/folk into musical theory and compose a series of symphonies. I would be exhibiting repetitive language to explain myself here.
**NOW, Beefheart and his band of unstable (pre-avant-garde) musicians made no attempts to create their own language, like the pretentious Sigur Ros, or to recreate music. THEY ACTUALLY ARE BEING TRUE TO A STYLE OF MUSIC AND LANGUAGE THAT EXISTS. *****Trout Mask Replica is based on the musical themes, (more importantly style and impatience) of hobo music.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
First off the mastering on this vinyl is excellent and worth the hefty price tag but that being said do some research before buying this record. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Stephen Bieth
"A squid eating dough in a polythene bag is fast and bulbous, got me?", come on down and visit the mascara snake and allow it to coil around, in order to truly enjoy this... Read morePublished on July 5 2014 by Makhdoom
Perhaps the best "album" produced by a tortured genius who had some very good friends to keep him productive. Read morePublished on July 1 2013 by eeyoore
No, just no. I dont care what people say about it being interesting or artisitc, it's terrible. I'm not usually one to totally write off an album without listening twice, but I... Read morePublished on Aug. 10 2012 by Emily
"Mousetrapreplica", the subtitle for the song "The Blimp", provides an apt description of this album as a whole: Many people will be scared off and skeptical at first exposure, but... Read morePublished on March 17 2010 by J. Bonder
This album can be a little difficult to get into at first. I knew I should expect some strange music, but I wasn't expecting exactly this. Read morePublished on Dec 21 2006 by J
That is how I would describe all of you mudslinging soldiers of the amazon.com battlefield. I just read through a monstrous heap of 1 star and 5 star reviews and hardly anybody... Read morePublished on July 12 2004