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Trout Mask Replica

Captain Beefheart Audio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (5 Sep 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise
  • ASIN: B000005JA8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,717 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Product Description

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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for Beefheart beginners 18 Dec 2010
Format:Audio CD
Great album. Often you need to listen to the drums to get a feel for the songs to begin with....the rest will follow. It's a bit like free jazz in the sense that its the drums that serve as the anchor for the other instruments to play off. Not that I'm a huge jazz fan mind.

But if you're new to Captain Beefheart, for heavens sake don't start here!
I would recommend debut Safe As Milk, then Spotlight Kid/Clear Spot...then this. Enjoy.

Oh and RIP DVV.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music for wallabies 27 Feb 2010
Format:Audio CD
I am the manager of a wallaby farm in the Flow Country of Sutherland. At certain times of the year, when the dust blows forward and the dust blows back, the wallabies become restive but we keep them manageable by playing very loud music. We have experimented with many artists and genres but this is the only album in all of popular music history that subdues them completely. When the musicians play in different time signatures they break down into little groups, one group nodding its heads with the drums, another tapping its feet to the slide guitar, a third switching its tails with the Captain himself. They are motionless, mesmerised by the sheer metaphysical force of the unaccompanied Well. With this music they cannot go back to that Frownland. We thought maybe they liked just complexity and tried Mahavishnu Orchestra and King Crimson and Magma but all those excellent bands seemed self-conscious and a bit serious by comparison and they soon got unmanageable again. Those late records, Doc at the Radar Station and so on, they're also excellent but they're not quite in the same place as Trout Mask Replica and the wallabies' behaviour shows they agree. So the wallabies and me, we think it's ridiculous that TMR averages out at a lower Amazon star rating than Ice Cream for Crow, for instance. Our theory is that TMR is so famous that people are attracted to it who are just never going to get it and they wind up slating what they can't understand. I explain this to them and they nod sadly.
We're sure the Captain would like the word "wallaby" and we imagine a Magic Band tribute group: the Bulbous Wallabies. Sadly the great black birds that wheel overhead are not the same that gather outside the Captain's porch and it'll never happen. No matter, we still have this unparalleled masterpiece.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A flawed Classic 10 Sep 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Rather than review this album in isolation, I'll be comparing it to some of their other work since few seem to approach it from that angle and instead let this one overshadow their other stellar albums. Mostly due to mainstream critics (*ahem* Rolling Stone) who only let the left-field artists have their one moment in the sun.

'Trout' I believe is the one mainly favoured due to it's epic, sprawling nature, which people get drawn to over more understated stuff. 'Daydream nation' by Sonic Youth over 'Sister' is a good example of this. The other reason is that critics tend to focus on a band's "breakthrough" record (in terms of defining the sound they would get known for, this was a breakthrough despite 'safe as milk' having some outstanding moments and hinting at the direction they would take), even if they may have refined their techniques with subsequent records.

And with the follow up 'Decals', refine it they most certainly did. For one it did away with the somewhat unnecessary Zappa influenced humour on 'Trout', which while producing some memorable moments (Fast 'n' Bulbous!), did them no favours in being taken seriously, and has not helped in leading some to view it as some sort of novelty record. Which is a great shame considering the conceptual and musical wizardry on every track. Also on 'Decals' the tracks are overall more memorable and sophisticated, and every part reveals itself more easily. Mainly due to a better production quality and balance (The bass and drums aren't so buried in the mix and they'd stopped experimenting with the whole cardboard over the kit thing). The band had also clearly gained a greater level of comfort in playing such complex compositions.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing to add but... 6 Aug 2007
By Jay
Format:Audio CD
I won't attempt to add to the reviews below - it's all been said - but what I can add is this: to all those who believe this album is a load of over-hyped nonsense only played by pretentious idiots who get some sort of smug, snobbish but ulimately false kick out of claiming the genius of something that they no more enjoy or understand than the next man...well, how many times have you played it? Two, three times? Maybe four? Well here's the rub: NO ONE LIKES IT AFTER 3 PLAYS. It takes most fans of this record about 8 plays to stop hating it!
Perserverance, perserverance and perserverance - the three P's. If you are prepared to play something about an hour long ten times before it starts to become remotely enjoyable then give it a bash. After a time the songs start creeping into your waking moments (and your dreams if you overdo it) and what sounded like a jumbled mess is now a song, but still a song like no other.
It is the most frustrating but equally most rewarding album ever made. When the penny does finally drop you will probably feel like a smartarse and quite proud of yourself for 'getting' something that has a reputation for being difficult, but more importantly you will be able to enjoy one of the most incredibly original albums ever made, within any genre of music. Trust me, it's worth the wait.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's a fire alarm Jim, but not as we know it....
I have been listening to this album since it was first released

It certainly takes some time, sneaking and slithing up on the listening to work its magic and the initial... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ivan
2.0 out of 5 stars 60s avant-garde Classic!...for some reason...
Well I'm just going to join those group of people who 'dont get it'.

I've tried damn it, i've spent hours and hours of my own life listening to out-of-sync, poor and... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Charlie
4.0 out of 5 stars 2013 Zappa vaults Remaster
OK, all you Van fans, this is the new version of the love it or loath it Troutmask Replica album being discussed. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Smitty Werbenjaegermanjensen (real name)
2.0 out of 5 stars Love or hate
I just don't get this album , I've tried over the years to get it but don't work for me, ian anderson of jethro tull fame has said its one of his favorite albums so I thought he... Read more
Published 7 months ago by r j bonington
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Not That Difficult.
Although Trout Mask Replica has been my favourite album for decades now, I've always held off from reviewing it - for two reasons. 1) I don't think it needs explaining. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Allan F J
3.0 out of 5 stars Heaven or Hell
My rating is a compromise. Either this is the most advanced music you could ever imagine is the worst. Capt. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mikael Kjellstrom
4.0 out of 5 stars riff interruptus
Trout Mask Replica does not deserve it's reputation. It should be called riff interruptus - because so many great riffs don't get developed. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Michaels C
1.0 out of 5 stars Chocolate covered grasshoppers
The vast majority of people listening to this album would label it as "absolute crap". But I'll try to be a bit more objective and restrained. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Avid Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Replica but never redundent???
Now like everyone has already said , this album is one of the most controversial and openly discussed sets in the history of recorded music?
Is it blues? is it free jazz? Read more
Published 17 months ago by free jazz space cadet
5.0 out of 5 stars Accessible? peut-Ítre, mais seulement à la première...
Well what can be said about this album that hasn't been said before, well probably this! On first listen the album is totally accessible and makes complete sense, unless you have... Read more
Published 17 months ago by AndySoprano
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