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Trout Mask Replica Import, CD

3.4 out of 5 stars 314 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (July 2 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, CD
  • Label: Reprise
  • ASIN: B000005JA8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars 314 customer reviews
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1. Frownland
2. The Dust Blows Forward 'N The Dust Blows Back
3. Dachau Blues
4. Ella Guru
5. Hair Pie: Bake I
6. Moonlight In 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 II
15. Pena
16. Well
17. When Big Joan Sets Up
18. Fallin' Ditch
19. Sugar 'N Spikes
20. Ant Man Bee
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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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Like the other reviews I just read here I agree that you definitely need to listen to this album more than once to understand the brilliance that's happened. Upon first listen it seemed to me like these guys were just playing a bunch of instruments willy nilly, not in synch with each other, I even questioned at many points whether these guys even knew how to play their instruments. But I did pay money for this album so I didn't want it to be a total waist and I listened to it again, except this time it sounded more like music to me as opposed to just a hodge podge of noise. This intrigued me now, was this music written in such a way where it was so unconventional that you had to retrain your brain on how to listen to this music? And if so, how was someone able to do this with song after song after song? This led me to an entire series of questions and thoughts to think about and ponder. Needless to say I've listened to this album several times since. Its almost like your brain needs to practice listening to this album to grasp what's going on, but once you do you'll never look at music as something that can only be the simple formula you've only ever been exposed to before. Anyways I can't say enough about this album, nor is it possible for me to completely and accurately describe this album. You're just going to have to check it out for yourself. Hope this review is helpful.
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Opinions are divided about the Captain, as evidenced by the rabid one-star reviews and the equally rabid five-star reviews. I have never seen a page this polarized. Let's just make one thing clear - you will never get this album on first listen. Once you give it a couple of thorough listens, you can easily hear ideas, and then after that it will be pretty easy to see this album for what it is - rock music's equivalent of James Joyce's "Ulysses", which I wouldn't call the greatest novel ever, but certainly one of the greatest. Listen to "Ella Guru" - this is the best individual example of the Captain's method. At the beginning, the guitars play one riff, one lead guitar, one rhythm (the rhythm part, though, admittedly is in a different time signature from the rest of the group) and keep playing that riff until the "She got all the colors that nature do" line. They then abruptly switch to a different riff, over the bassline (which is in a different key, but harmonizes in odd places with the guitars) and drums' previous parts. When we get to the "High yellow high red high blue she blew/Hi Ella, high Ella Guru" line, everything switches again to a different riff. This riff is transitional, with the guitars harmonizing, the bassline snaking around and around, and the drumming (which I believe is what turns many people off the most - the drumming is almost never in 4/4 and focuses on truly offbeat accents for most of the album) doing its stuff. Then they go to the chorus, with that cowbell, and then the next section is a solo section, with the solo in the left speaker, with rhythm parts and bass and drums, then it changes again briefly, then back to the chorus.Read more ›
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By LeBrain HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on Feb. 11 2010
Format: Audio CD
I'm no professional musician. I can't explain to you why Trout Mask Replica is pure genius. I can tell you that it is not for everybody. Frank Zappa once said, regarding the public's attitude towards popular music: "Give me something that sounds exactly like something that I already like." With that sarcastic comment, Zappa hit the nail on the head. Most listeners want music in standard (4/4) time, with familiar tones, and based on familiar scales. If you fall into that majority, do not buy Trout Mask Replica.

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.
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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.
**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.
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