Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* ‎– Trout Mask Replica

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The 3rd official 'Magic Band' album and 1st double vinyl on Zappa & Cohen's independent Straight label. Released in the fall of 1969 in the US & Canada (cover logo white) with a 6-page roll-fold insert and, without insert, in the UK (cover logo black) and Germany. Also released on 8-Track & Cassette in the US later that year.

The 2-fold insert, when opened out, has a photo of a school-age Vliet on the left page, center page sketches by Vliet's cousin Victor Hayden (aka The Mascara Snake), and a 'Manta Ray' poem on right-hand page. Lyrics are on the 3 reverse pages. The insert was not included in Euro issues. US album issues, which are auto-coupled, can be identified by the Straight address on label; 5455 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1700, Los Angeles 90036. It was manufactured* & distributed in the UK by CBS and in Germany by Electrola Gesellschaft m.b.H. Köln. Most issues are not auto-coupled**, however, the Canadian issue (pressed by Herbert S. Berliner's plant, Compo Company Ltd.*) had an unusual auto-coupled sequence; AC, BD - which, annoyingly, requires 'shuffling' on turn-over.

In January 1970 the Reprise Records catalog 2 MS 2027 appeared on label issues in the US, using the original gatefold (with catalog 1053) - in which some issues appeared with blue 'Bizarre' labels. In Europe this became the Reprise Records 64024 catalog, which was then prefixed by 'K' in the 'Kinney' period of Reprise history. Releases then adopted the Warner Bros. & WEA (Warner Elektra Atlantic) identities thereafter.

Events surrounding band members in the recording of this album are revealed in the "Grow Fins" box set booklet, or elsewhere on the Web. However, it is worth noting the work John 'Drumbo' French did in transcribing and helping bring Vliet's concepts to fruition. He is not credited on the album. By the time the band toured on its release (appearing with its producer Zappa at BYG's seminal 5-day "Actuel Festival" in Belgium in October 1969†) he was replaced by Jeff Bruchell (referred to by Vliet as 'Drumbo' or 'Fake Drumbo' by others). Bass-player Marker, of 'Rising Sons (2)', appears on tracks Moonlight On Vermont and Veteran's Day Poppy - recorded earlier at Sunset Sound. The remainder were recorded (using the T.T.G. 16-track) at Whitney Studios in Glendale, California, or were field-recordings at the Magic Band House. Cotton's reading of "The Blimp" was via 'phone to Zappa at Whitney Recording Studios, where he was working on the "Charles Ives" track (found on Frank Zappa - You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 5). Thus, portions of it became the backing for the Blimp track.

*Manufacturers IDs on back covers.
**The 1972 Australian issue is in the correct AD, BC auto-coupled sequence. All other issues seem to be sequential AB, CD releases.
†Understanding how the band's activities 'fitted' in the music scene of the time is worthwhile by reading 'Profile' at this Discogs link: Actuel Festival.

Versions (71)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
STS 1053, 2 STS 1053 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, Aut) Straight, Straight STS 1053, 2 STS 1053 US 1969 Sell This Version
CST 10532 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xCass, Album) Straight CST 10532 US 1969 Sell This Version
SMS 2222/3 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album) Straight SMS 2222/3 Germany 1969 Sell This Version
STS 1053 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album) Straight STS 1053 Canada 1969 Sell This Version
STS 1053, 2 STS 1053 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album) Straight, Straight STS 1053, 2 STS 1053 US 1969 Sell This Version
STS 1053, 2 STS 1053 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album) Straight, Straight STS 1053, 2 STS 1053 UK 1969 Sell This Version
STS 1053 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album) Straight STS 1053 Canada 1969 Sell This Version
STS 1053, 2 STS 1053 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, Aut) Straight, Straight STS 1053, 2 STS 1053 US 1969 Sell This Version
STS 1053, 2 STS 1053 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, Aut) Straight, Straight STS 1053, 2 STS 1053 US 1969 Sell This Version
STS 1053, 2 STS 1053 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, Promo, Aut) Straight, Straight STS 1053, 2 STS 1053 US 1969 Sell This Version
REP J8 1097, 1097 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(8-Trk, Album) Reprise Records, Reprise Records REP J8 1097, 1097 US 1969 Sell This Version
8ST 10532 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(8-Trk, Album) Straight 8ST 10532 US 1969 Sell This Version
8RJ-2027 Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band Trout Mask Replica(8-Trk, Album, RE) Reprise Records 8RJ-2027 US 1969 Sell This Version
STS 10531/2 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album) Straight STS 10531/2 France 1970 Sell This Version
STS 1053, 2MS 2027 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, RE, Ter) Straight, Reprise Records, Bizarre Records STS 1053, 2MS 2027 US 1970 Sell This Version
STS 1053, 2MS 2027 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, Ter) Straight, Reprise Records STS 1053, 2MS 2027 US 1970 Sell This Version
2MS 2027, 2MS-2027 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album) Reprise Records, Reprise Records 2MS 2027, 2MS-2027 Australia 1972 Sell This Version
STS 1053, 2MS 2027 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, RE, Pit) Straight, Reprise Records STS 1053, 2MS 2027 US 1972 Sell This Version
STS 1053, 2MS 2027 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, RE) Straight, Reprise Records STS 1053, 2MS 2027 US 1974 Sell This Version
STS 1053, 2MS 2027 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, RE) Straight, Reprise Records STS 1053, 2MS 2027 US 1974 Sell This Version
K 64026 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, RE) Reprise Records K 64026 UK 1975 Sell This Version
STS 1053, 2MS 2027 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, RE) Straight, Reprise Records STS 1053, 2MS 2027 US 1976 Sell This Version
STS 1053, 2MS 2027 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, Gat) Straight, Reprise Records STS 1053, 2MS 2027 US 1977 Sell This Version
STS 1053, 2MS 2027 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, RE) Straight, Reprise Records STS 1053, 2MS 2027 US 1977 Sell This Version
2MS 2027 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, RE) Warner Bros. Records, Reprise Records 2MS 2027 Canada 1977 Sell This Version
K 64026 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, RE) Reprise Records K 64026 UK 1977 Sell This Version
STS 1053, 2MS 2027 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, RE, Gat) Straight, Reprise Records STS 1053, 2MS 2027 US 1977 Sell This Version
STS 1053, 2MS 2027 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, RE, Gat) Straight, Reprise Records STS 1053, 2MS 2027 US 1977 Sell This Version
2MS 2027 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, RE, Jac) Reprise Records 2MS 2027 US 1977 Sell This Version
2MS 2027 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, RE, Tri) Warner Bros. Records, Reprise Records 2MS 2027 Canada 1977 Sell This Version
2MS 2027 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, RE, Win) Reprise Records 2MS 2027 US 1977 Sell This Version
CRJ 2027 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(Cass, Album, RE) Warner Bros. Records CRJ 2027 Canada 1977 Sell This Version
K64026, K 64026 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, RE) Reprise Records, Reprise Records K64026, K 64026 UK 1978 Sell This Version
K64026, 2MS 2027, K 64026 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, RE, Gat) Reprise Records, Reprise Records, Reprise Records K64026, 2MS 2027, K 64026 UK 1978 Sell This Version
64026 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album) Reprise Records, Warner Bros. Records 64026 Greece 1979 Sell This Version
64026 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, TP) Reprise Records, Warner Bros. Records 64026 Greece 1979 Sell This Version
K 64026 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, RE) Reprise Records K 64026 UK 1985 Sell This Version
K 64026 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, RE, Gat) Reprise Records K 64026 Germany 1987 Sell This Version
2MS 2027 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, RE) Warner Bros. Records, Reprise Records 2MS 2027 US 1989 Sell This Version
2027-2 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(CD, Album) Reprise Records 2027-2 US 1989 Sell This Version
2027-2 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(CD, Album, Lon) Reprise Records 2027-2 US 1989 Sell This Version
927 196-2 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(CD, Album, RSA) Reprise Records 927 196-2 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
WPCP-5738, 7599 27196-2 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(CD, Album) Reprise Records, Reprise Records WPCP-5738, 7599 27196-2 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
2MS 2027 Captain Beefheart* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, RE, TP) Warner Bros. Records 2MS 2027 US 1997 Sell This Version
927 196-2 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(CD, Album, RP, WMM) Reprise Records 927 196-2 Europe 1997 Sell This Version
AN-228063, AN-2112 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(CD, Album, Ltd, Unofficial) ArsNova, ArsNova AN-228063, AN-2112 Russia 1999 Sell This Version
927 196-2 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(CD, Album, RP, WMM) Reprise Records 927 196-2 Europe 1999 Sell This Version
2MS 2027 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, 180) Warner Bros. Records 2MS 2027 US 2000 Sell This Version
2MS 2027 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, RE) Warner Bros. Records 2MS 2027 US 2000 Sell This Version
927 196-2 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(CD, Album, RP, Cin) Reprise Records 927 196-2 Europe 2004 Sell This Version
2MS 2027 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, 180) Rhino Records (2), Straight 2MS 2027 US 2009 Sell This Version
2MS 2027 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, Red) Rhino Records (2), Straight 2MS 2027 US 2009 Sell This Version
ZR 20014, ZR20014 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(CD, Album, RM) Zappa Records, Zappa Records ZR 20014, ZR20014 US 2013 Sell This Version
TMR 546, TMR 559, none Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, S/Edition, "Fr + 7", Sin) Third Man Records, Third Man Records, Bizarre Records TMR 546, TMR 559, none US 2018 Sell This Version
K 64026 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, RE) Reprise Records K 64026 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
K 64026 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, RE) Reprise Records K 64026 France Unknown Sell This Version
STS 1053, 2MS 2027 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, RE) Straight, Reprise Records STS 1053, 2MS 2027 US Unknown Sell This Version
STS 1053, 2MS 2027 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, RE) Straight, Reprise Records STS 1053, 2MS 2027 US Unknown Sell This Version
K64026, K 64026 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, RE, Gat) Reprise Records, Reprise Records K64026, K 64026 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
K64026, 2MS 2027, K 64026 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, RE, Gat) Reprise Records, Reprise Records, Reprise Records K64026, 2MS 2027, K 64026 UK Unknown Sell This Version
K 64026 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, RE, Gat) Reprise Records K 64026 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
2MS 2027 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, RE, Gat) Warner Bros. Records, Reprise Records 2MS 2027 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
CD 2027 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(CD, Album) Reprise Records CD 2027 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
W2 2027 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(CD, Album, Club) Reprise Records W2 2027 US Unknown Sell This Version
2027-2 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(CD, Album, Club, RE) Reprise Records 2027-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
2027-2 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(CD, Album, Club, RE) Reprise Records 2027-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
2027-2 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(CD, Album, RE) Reprise Records 2027-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
2027-2 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(CD, Album, RE) Reprise Records 2027-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
2027-2 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(CD, Album, RE, RP) Reprise Records 2027-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
CRJ 2027 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica(Cass, Album) Reprise Records CRJ 2027 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
J5 2027 Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band Trout Mask Replica(Cass, Album) Reprise Records J5 2027 US Unknown Sell This Version

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twistandshoutrecs

twistandshoutrecs

October 11, 2018
referencing Trout Mask Replica, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, Red, 2MS 2027
People should be aware that these Scorpio pressings are counterfeit bootlegs, digitally sourced. The pressings and sound quality are often quite poor and certainly not worth the collector's prices they are getting here.
Johan1880

Johan1880

September 21, 2018
referencing Trout Mask Replica, CD, Album, RM, ZR 20014, ZR20014
This title is (September 2018) available for USD 14,- at the official Captain Beefheart Store, just as Bat Chain Puller (on Zappa records)
TheMarsVolta

TheMarsVolta

August 29, 2018
referencing Trout Mask Replica, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, S/Edition, "Fr + 7", Sin, TMR 546, TMR 559, none
Really, there are 27 records available for sale, and the prices start at 50 bucks. Hoped that I could at one time put a decent copy of this one into my collection.
drgn238

drgn238

August 20, 2018
referencing Trout Mask Replica, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, S/Edition, "Fr + 7", Sin, TMR 546, TMR 559, none
Vinyl is IN. That means, most of the people buys it just to re-sell. For higher price ( or as high as possible ), ofcourse !
I used to have this 2lp set ( UK edition ) and, honestly speaking, liked the inner part of gatefold sleeve:
VERY,VERY PSYCHEDELIC ( INFRA RED & DOUBLE EXPOSITION, MOST PROBABLY ).
As far as music goes, or content as they say,it's not your everyday cup of tea.
It is mostly "ANYTHING GOES ". But hey, if you have it, you can say that you belong to a very special club of : music ( ??? ) conoisseurs ".
Good luck in finding one ( and paying for it ! )& if you succeed, it means only one thing: YOU HAVE MORE MONEY TO BURN
then brain(cells)!
OliGreenaway

OliGreenaway

July 25, 2018
referencing Trout Mask Replica, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, S/Edition, "Fr + 7", Sin, TMR 546, TMR 559, none

Does anyone have just the patch for sale? I've got everything else, just the patch.
mcalnd

mcalnd

July 25, 2018
referencing Trout Mask Replica, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, S/Edition, "Fr + 7", Sin, TMR 546, TMR 559, none
Sitting this one out for a few years and I'm sure a black vinyl edition with the same CB cut will come out.TMR and Jack White can jog on. Still pretty disgusted the way the Zappa Family Trust continues to make this album almost impossible to buy new (either vinyl or CD/download)
pedro99

pedro99

July 23, 2018
edited 2 months ago
referencing Trout Mask Replica, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, S/Edition, "Fr + 7", Sin, TMR 546, TMR 559, none
TMR reissues TMR

I'll be here all week, ladies and gentlemen
JPinhammer

JPinhammer

July 17, 2018
referencing Trout Mask Replica, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, 180, 2MS 2027
I wonder if this is an official and legit release. Any opinions?
puckdefender

puckdefender

July 8, 2018
referencing Trout Mask Replica, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, S/Edition, "Fr + 7", Sin, TMR 546, TMR 559, none
Is there any sign of a black repress for us who couldn't get this in time?
jw571129

jw571129

June 29, 2018
referencing Trout Mask Replica, 2xLP, Album, STS 1053, 2 STS 1053
i bet this will not compare to the new version Third Man records put out
very nice mastering from original tapes, the cover hs been scanned from the very first original photograph