A superb album that takes a bit of getting used to.
Trout Mask Replica
Trout Mask Replica has the reputation of being the greatest Rock album ever released. The Marcel Proust/James Joyce of Rock music. I certainly thought so when it came out and I still do.
I was already a huge fan of Beefheart’s. I had been to concerts and lapped up all the previous albums. I adored Strictly Personal. As far as I was concerned Beefheart was the best.
I managed to pick up a copy of Trout Mask Replica before it was released in Britain. It had come out in America and this record shop had bought in a bunch that they were selling for a staggering ten pounds each. It was a double album but that was still absurd. But even so I was sorely tempted.
In the end I bought a damaged copy. One of the albums had been cracked in transit. The crack went through…
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