[158] Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band – Trout Mask Replica

22 Apr

As weird and as random as its title, there is much to ponder and perplex in this 80 minutes of avant garde something or other.


Color me unsurprised that Zappa was involved (as producer.)

There is an aura of experimental wonderfulness throughout this recording.  It is certainly not for everyone, or for every occasion, but there is so much to interpret and explore that I do not think I will ever grow tired of hearing the Rock-y, Blues-y, Folk-y, Jazz-y, Spoken Word sounds that skitter all over the place on each play.

The vocals at time remind me of Shel Silverstein’s wonderful, not safe for work or kids interpretations of some of his stories – both engage in very much the same way.

The guitars are in constant motion, twiddling in concentric circles.  The horns when they are featured squeak and squawk and demand attention.  And every now and then a nugget of wisdom or a moment of sublime discomfort peeks through the stream of consciousness lyrics.

It is loose and messy and sprawling, and despite the potential for negative connotations in all these adjectives, I am a fan.

Next Week: The Caravans – The Best of The Caravans

Owned before blogging? No.  (12 of 158 = 8%)
Heard before blogging? No.  (21 of 158 = 13%)
Recommend? Yes. (132 of 158 = 84%)

6 Responses to “[158] Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band – Trout Mask Replica”

  1. kindadukish April 22, 2016 at 12:08 PM #

    What I find interesting about Trout Mask Replica (of which I own the CD) is that it regularly appears in the Top Twenty Greatest Rock Albums of all time, yet try to find anyone who listens to it and it is like hunting the snark. I have spoken to many who will quite proudly say “Oh yes, I have a copy” but then admit to having listened to it once or at most twice. It has become a “must have” for a collection if one is to have any credibility but I would venture to suggest that virtually no one actually listens to it. Beefheart was one of that great vocalists but I am not sure that this collection does him full justice.

  2. nycavri April 22, 2016 at 12:11 PM #

    As I read someone else post about this album recently – you could spend the rest of your life trying to come to terms with all of its surprises and secrets. But you likely won’t . . .

  3. 00individual April 24, 2016 at 11:17 AM #

    Nice Beefheart post! But for the archival records, it’s Shel Silverstein, (not Silverstone) a multi-talented American poet, singer-songwriter, cartoonist, screenwriter, and author of children’s books, who was popular as a Playboy magazine cartoonist in the late ’50s early ’60s.

  4. nycavri April 25, 2016 at 9:02 AM #

    Thanks for the typo catch and report! Editing now . . .

  5. cincinnatibabyhead August 2, 2016 at 5:57 PM #

    CB loves CB.


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