There was wit aplenty too. In , after releasing the album, Ice Cream for Crow , and deciding that more than 15 years of struggle for recognition and anything close to a hit record was plenty, Van Vliet retired his Beefheart alias and his last Magic Band, concentrating on a second, more reclusive yet successful life as a painter. It is not the first Captain Beefheart record you should hear.
But you should not miss it. At the very least, you will not be bored. Newswire Powered by. Retrieved September 29, Omnibus Press. Retrieved August 8, April 21, The Captain Beefheart Radar Station. Archived from the original on December 13, Retrieved December 9, Captain Beefheart. Captain Beefheart's Trout Mask Replica.
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At that point, his group the Magic Band were a mostly democratic collective, and since Beefheart had less musical expertise than his colleagues, his odder suggestions were vetoed as too unconventional. To gain the control he needed to express his vision, Beefheart morphed the Magic Band into a kind of musical cult. In mid, he replaced some members of the group with younger, more impressionable players guitarist Bill Harkleroad and bassist Mark Boston were each just 19 , gave everyone a nickname to match his own, and holed up with them in a house on the outskirts of Los Angeles.
The sessions in the house have since become a crucial part of rock legend, the subject of contradictory stories and much myth-making. New Arrivals. Quick View. Add to Cart. Silver Synthetic Silver Synthetic. Natalie Bergman Mercy. Indeed, this is radically creative, boundary smashing music, informed by delta blues, doo-wop, soul, free jazz, country and western, theatrical, psychedelic, and garage rock styles.
The songs are filled with precisely played and hugely difficult guitar, slide guitar, woodwind, and drum parts that often seem, on the first few listens, to be musicians playing on different worlds from each other.
Rhythms and time signatures shift constantly, with different instruments playing in different times from one another, leading to an effect of cacophony that gradually turns into simpatico playing only to diverge again into seemingly dissimilar parts. In addition, traditional song structures chorus, verse, chorus, verse, bridge, chorus, verse are very rare. This is not to say that the songs have no structure. Indeed, what may at first seem to be random riffing and noodling is, in every case, an intentional, fixed arrangement that the mighty Magic Band learned to play precisely and exactly the same way, instructed by a tyrannical some say emotionally abusive Beefheart Don Van Vliet , during ten to fourteen hour daily practices that continued for six or eight months, prior to the recording.
During this time, the large band shared one vehicle, all slept and lived in the same house, were not paid, subsisted on cheap bologna and white bread, and took orders from Don, who was not to be crossed. There are a lot of good reviews here, and I suggest anyone new to Beefheart's music check them out.
You can also go to Wiki or read other reviews online to get an idea of what you're dealing with here. Most of the reviews I've seen here are from people who are long time fans of Captain Beefheart aka Don Van Vliet and don't really need anyone to explain this album to them because they've probably already listened to it at least a hundred times.
They "get it" and are mostly trying to help those who don't. That being said, I'm going to skip the other reviews because there's not a lot to add that hasn't already been covered. The first thing I'd like to say is that I'm not going to "preach to the choir" because they already know.
What I want to try here is to offer a few things that may help those new to this album and Beefheart in general. First of all, Beefheart's music isn't for everyone, and Trout Mask Replica can even be hard for fans who like some of his other albums.
If anyone just likes music that makes them feel good, then this album is NOT for you. Don't buy it and don't listen to it because you WON'T like it! If you enjoy music that was created as an art form that pushes the boundaries of every previous musical concept that came before it and what followed, you NEED to listen to this album To understand it, a good idea is to find out some of the history of how it was made and what went into making it. Once you understand this, you'll begin to see the sheer complexity and genius behind it and the unbelievable will power, mental strength, and actual physical toll it took on the musicians who made it.
This is a lengthy work 28 songs, minutes running time and can be difficult to get through all at once. I would even go as far to say that someone who is borderline schizophrenic could possibly be pushed over the edge by this music. I would also caution anyone dropping acid for the first time to be careful with it. Am I exaggerating here? Maybe, but only slightly.
Now, here's my reply to those who say "You could take five people who have never played music, give them instruments, put them in a recording studio together for a few hours, and it would sound as good as this". Maybe that's true, but then ask yourself this. Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band did. When you wrap that around your head, you might begin to get an idea of why this album is one of the greatest recordings of all time.
Most musicians would say it couldn't be done. That's about all I have to say.
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