Captain Beefheart’s Trout Mask Replica due to be reissued next month


One of the weirdest sounding records ever made, Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band‘s Trout Mask Replica, is due for the reissue treatment this May.

The album led the legendary DJ John Peel to gush, “If there has been anything in the history of popular music which could be described as a work of art in a way that people who are involved in other areas of art would understand, then Trout Mask Replica is probably that work.” And love it or hate it, it still ranks as one of the most intriguing records of all time.

I remember the first time I heard it, driving through country lanes with my dad in the early 1990’s. Neither of us had heard it before and we were confused, amused, mildly disturbed and befuddled by it’s off kilter jazz clatterings and surrealist howling. In many ways it’s the ultimate mood album. Listen to it at the wrong time and it sounds like the world has just broken in two. Listen to it at the right time and it scrambles and tickles the brain like a perfectly orchestrated accident.

If you’ve not heard it before, give it a listen before the new freshly polished version comes out in a few weeks time. You might hate it. Or love it. Or just question its oddness.

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