Trout Mask Replica, the iconic third album created by Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band, has been added to major streaming platforms for the first time.
The record, which was released as a double album in 1969, has inspired countless musicians over the years as Beefheart blends elements of R&B, garage rock, and blues with arguably the most experimental rock albums of all time.
Johnny Rotten, the uncompromising lead singer of the Sex Pistols, once referenced Trout Mask Replica as a direct inspiration, saying: “There’s just so much on this: It’s a double album and by the time you finish it—if you can finish it—you can’t remember what you heard at the beginning. I liked that. It was anti-music in the most interesting and insane way, like kids learning to play violin—which I was going through at the time. So all the bum notes I was being told off for by the teachers were finally being released by well-known artists. That was my confirmation. From then on, there was room for everything.”
Famously, most of the album was produced by the great Frank Zappa who was childhood friends with Beefheart and was recorded at Whitney Studios in California after what was described as eight “intense” months of rehearsals in order to get the band to a recording level. “The roughest diamond in the mine, his musical inventions are made of bone and mud,” Tom Waits said of Beefheart’s album. “Enter the strange matrix of his mind and lose yours. This is indispensable for the serious listener.
Now, thanks to streaming platforms, you can lose your mind… here: