Trout Mask Replica (album) by Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band
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|Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band – Trout Mask Replica, Reprise 2027-2 Zappa
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|Captain Beefheart Trout Mask Replica 2LP Canadian reissue 1977 VERY GOOD
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Okay so wait, what actually is this? I'm trying to process this but I wasn't prepared for how strange it actually is. But god damn do I want to like it.
Update coming at some point in the future.
First time. I couldn't get through "Frownland". Not as accessibly as Safe as Milk. Same with the second and third time. But when I listened to the album in the car, and listened through the whole thing, everything clicked. It slowly became one of my favorite albums. Welp.
The first time i listened to this i felt like i wasted my money. years later as my tastes and musical listening ability improved i put it back on and sat there enthralled laughing, shaking my heard mesmerized. it is a double album that almost requires total submersion and a complete listening to get the full experience but it is an artistic trump rarely achieved on record. The entirety is hard to judge in songs but sides 2 and 3 are the strongest segments. A true work of incredible talent by a truly unique artist.
This gets even better (Or worse, they're basically the same thing when talking about Beefheart) when you know about the story behind it. From Wikipedia:
"In preparation the group rehearsed Van Vliet's difficult compositions for eight months, living communally in a small rented house in the Woodland Hills suburb of Los Angeles. Van Vliet implemented his vision by asserting complete artistic and emotional domination of his musicians. At various times one or another of the group members was put "in the barrel", with Van Vliet berating him continually, sometimes for days, until the musician collapsed in tears or in total submission to Van Vliet. According to John French and Bill Harkleroad these sessions often included physical violence. French described the situation as "cultlike" and a visiting friend said "the environment in that house was positively Manson-esque." Their material circumstances also were dire. With no income other than welfare and contributions from relatives, the group survived on a bare subsistence diet. French recounted living on no more than a small cup of soybeans a day for a month and at one point band members were arrested for shoplifting food (with Zappa bailing them out). A visitor described their appearance as "cadaverous" and said that "they all looked in poor health". Band members were restricted from leaving the house and practiced for 14 or more hours a day. Vliet once told drummer John French he had been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and thus he would see nonexistent conspiracies that explained this behaviour."
Some more fun facts:
"Van Vliet enrolled at Antelope Valley Junior College as an art major, but decided to leave the following year. He once worked as a door-to-door vacuum cleaner salesman, and sold a vacuum cleaner to the writer Aldous Huxley at his home in Llano, pointing to it and declaring, "Well I assure you sir, this thing sucks.""
"In the end, after the album's recording, Beefheart ejected French from the band by throwing him down a set of stairs, telling him to "Take a walk, man" after not responding in a desired manner to a request to "play a strawberry" on the drums."
"Van Vliet claimed to have gone a year and half without sleeping. When asked how this was possible, he claimed to have only eaten fruit."
It's great but no Of Human Feelings
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Feísimo álbum, ávido y disonante. Tremendamente imaginativo y deliberado.
Sometimes I think this is genius, sometimes I think this is garbage. I'm really really not sure what to think. The like slightly overrides the hate, and it gets a 55.
Fast and Bulbous.
This is the only music I've listened to all day today. I've listened to it six times in about nine/ten hours:
holy shit this is bad. i want to like it but it's shit.
i guess it's cool that they practiced this like essentially hundreds of times to get it down perfect. it's still weird as shit though.
dude he literally intended everything that happens on this record to happen. this is actually super impressive, as weird as it is.
i actually kind of like it. parts of it are catchy.
it doesn't even seem that weird anymore. it seems like just rock music that had a lot of thought put into it.
THAT'S RIGHT, THE MASCARA SNAKE. FAST AND BULBOUS. ALSO A TINNED TEARDROP. I RUN ON BEANS. THIS IS SO COOL.
Trout Mask Replica is psychedelic rock gem of the late 60s. Produced by the legend, Frank Zappa, this album is an extremely experimental and brave album.
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