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Trout Mask Replica (album) by Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band

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Trout Mask Replica
Trout Mask Replica by Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band (1969)
Overall rank: 187th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
75/100 (from 877 votes)
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Accolades: Award Top 10 albums of 1969 (8th)
Award Top 50 albums of the 1960s (32nd)
Award Top 200 albums of all time (187th)

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Trout Mask Replica is ranked as the best album by Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band.

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Trout Mask Replica track list

Overall chart historyOverall chart history The tracks on this album have an average rating of 79 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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1.Frownland
 82/100 (117 votes)
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2.The Dust Blows Forward N The Dust Blows Back
 73/100 (102 votes)
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3.Dachau Blues
 81/100 (110 votes)
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4.Ella Guru
 84/100 (118 votes)
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5.Hair Pie Bake 1
 78/100 (97 votes)
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6.Track pickMoonlight On Vermont
 87/100 (128 votes)
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7.Pachuco Cadaver
 82/100 (101 votes)
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8.Bills Corpse
 78/100 (92 votes)
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9.Sweet Sweet Bulbs
 77/100 (90 votes)
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10.Neon Meate Dream Of A Octafish
 79/100 (89 votes)
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11.China Pig
 78/100 (95 votes)
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12.My Human Gets Me Blues
 81/100 (98 votes)
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13.Dali's Car
 77/100 (91 votes)
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14.Hair Pie Bake 2
 78/100 (89 votes)
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15.Pena
 79/100 (92 votes)
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16.Well
 77/100 (88 votes)
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17.When Big Joan Sets Up
 80/100 (98 votes)
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18.Fallin' Ditch
 78/100 (85 votes)
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19.Sugar 'N Spikes
 81/100 (86 votes)
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20.Ant Man Bee
 79/100 (90 votes)
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21.Orange Claw Hammer
 72/100 (84 votes)
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22.Wild Life
 77/100 (85 votes)
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23.She's Too Much For My Mirror
 79/100 (86 votes)
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24.Hobo Chang Ba
 76/100 (84 votes)
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25.The Blimp (Mousetrapreplica)
 78/100 (90 votes)
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26.Steal Softly Thru Snow
 80/100 (85 votes)
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27.Old Fart At Play
 77/100 (87 votes)
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28.Veteran's Day Poppy
 83/100 (103 votes)
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Average Rating: 
75/100 (from 877 votes)
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40/100
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95/100
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95/100
i don't agree with the "you have to listen to it 100 times to enjoy it" argument. i loved it the moment i heard it. but i feel like i could listen to it 1000 times and still have new things to learn and notice about it.
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100/100
From Kurtco
It's hard to know what's good in avant-garde music. Either I hate an experimental album, or I love it. It all depends on the personality, and some people hate Captain Beefheart's "Trout Mask Replica". I concede that it is a rather difficult album, especially as the first three tracks are not more engaging. Despite this, this surreal and unstructured jungle is composed of true melodic treasures, catchy blues and unique structures. The album was released in 1969, at least two decades before the term math-rock emerges, yet we can not help but think of a group of the genre listening to Trout Mask Replica.
It's hard to stay neutral against the power of songs like "Moonlight On Vermont", "Hair Pie: Bake 2" or "Veteran's Day Poppy" that finishes the album brilliantly! This album is incredibly ahead of its time and its influence is considerable! We feel the aura of this record on a big part of underground rock and without him, things would have been different.
 
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Best track: "Moonlight On Vermont"
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Probably the hardest album to comprehend ever. It takes many listens to get into, but it is very, very rewarding.
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Trout Mask Replica is nothing if not provocative; the grating time signatures are often accompanied by no less grating sounds, many of which come straight from the grizzled, gnarly larynx of the Captain Van Vliet himself, who spits out such obtuse similes as “cork bobbin’ like a hot red bulb” and “my mind cracked like custard”.

In Trout Mask’s most farcical moments it’s easy to disregard the whole thing as one big joke. How can someone seriously expect enjoyment from listening to frantic phone call warning Frank Zappa about a fattening blimp, or from the band rehearsing their ‘fast and bulbous’ vocal skit right before your very ears. Surely you giving them the time of day means that they should have sorted themselves out before you started listening? There’s no doubt that the band are in a sense listening to you just as much as you are listening to them; by subverting expectation and so clearly refusing to play by the rules of what a rock album from the late sixties should sound like, it’s hard not to get the feeling that Van Vliet and the Magic Band are playing with big goofy grins strapped across their faces at all times.

I suppose it’s not a total surprise for someone who self identifies as a music lover to pick an album so divisively infamous as this as one of my all-time favourites. Seeing this will likely make many of you who are acquainted with the record groan and look away now (please don’t!), ironically a reaction that the band probably anticipated in Trout Mask Replica’s own reception. It’s nothing if not provocative; the grating time signatures are often accompanied by no less grating sounds, many of which come straight from the grizzled, gnarly larynx of Captain Beefheart himself, who spits out such obtuse similes as “cork bobbin’ like a hot red bulb” and “my mind cracked like custard”.

In Trout Mask’s most farcical moments it’s easy to disregard the whole thing as one big joke. How can someone seriously expect enjoyment from listening to frantic phone call warning Frank Zappa about a fattening blimp, or from the band rehearsing their ‘fast and bulbous’ vocal skit right before your very ears. Surely you giving them the time of day means that they should have sorted themselves out before you hit play? In a sense the band are listening to you just as much as you are listening to them; by subverting expectation and so clearly refusing to play by the rules of what a rock album from the late sixties should sound like, it’s hard not to get the feeling that Van Vliet and the Magic Band are playing with big goofy grins strapped permanently across their faces.

But what no amount of avant-garde twinges on this record can help it escape from is that it remains serious in its intentions; Van Vliet used non-notation methods of songwriting to create instrumentals that dance along the line between unlistenable and unforgettable so that he ensured he made something that at least mattered, even if some people might hate it. Every time the free jazz streaks seems to be leaving all musical reason behind, the band will shock you with interchange of guitar licks that anticipate the hypnotic riffs of post-hardcore nearly a decade before it had a hardcore scene to rail against. After a few listens, what seemed so dauntingly monolithic now feels like a well-worn leather boot; each fold and crease seems familiar and your toes fill the gaps that were once imperfections but now are old friends. On ‘Moonlight on Vermont’ the Magic Band prove that they could be the authors of Hendrix-esque rock riffs if they wanted to be (it’s pretty clear they don’t) but final track ‘Veteran’s Day Poppy’ sees the marriage between the ridiculous and the sublime its most harmonious. Van Vliet bemoans that the poppy in question is no good since “it don’t get me high”, but before we can laugh we're stopped dead in our tracks since neither can it “grow another son like the one who warmed me”. Beneath the contrarianism that defines this record, Don Van Vliet still wanted to make something that people would listen to and keep listening to. If you let Trout Mask Replica in, it will give you an old boot you never knew you couldn’t live without.

Most of this is copied from the description of the album in my overall chart, do check it out if you have the time!!
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From Goliath
Many people say they like this album. Do many play it? If so then I am interesting and different, because I cannot see anything good about it and will never play it again. Nails down a blackboard.
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Every song is unique, original, and fascinating. Complete work of genius, and really fun all the while. Way ahead of its time.

A squid eating dough in a polyethylene bag is fast and bulbous, got me?
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45/100
While there are some very fresh ideas on trout mask replica, it goes on fart to long, the lyrics rarely say anything and it sort of loses uniqueness as it goes along.
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80/100
Unlike Zappa, Beefheart actually manages to make this type of anti-music sound rather enjoyable, but you have to skip through a lot of complete bs. You have to have heard this at least once in your life, even if only in a very “skipping over half of the album”-way.
And just like Zappa, Beefheart tries way, WAY too hard, and cares more about appearing “genius” than really making enjoyable music. But I guess tryhards deserve a shoutout too now and then.
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