Born on January 15, 1941, Don Van Vliet fka Don Glen Vliet was an American singer-songwriter and visual artist known by his stage name Captain Beefheart before he passed away from multiple sclerosis on December 17, 2010. With his rotating ensemble called the Magic Band, he released 13 studio albums between 1964 through 1982. His music fused blues, free jazz, rock and avant-garde composition with idioscyncratic rhythms, and surrealist wordplay. His influence ran deep on new wave, punk and experimental rock artists. Although seen as one of modern music’s true innovators and despite my acknowledgment that he was indeed a skillful musician, I personally found very little in his music that touched my soul or was worth concentrated focus.
After the band signed to Frank Zappa’s Straight Records, in 1969, Trout Mask Replica was released. This was their third album and originally released as a double album. The album is widely regarded as an important work of experimental music and art rock. While Aloha Promises Forever acknowledges that this seminal work paved the paths for many of the punk and new wave bands to come, the atonality and brash disregard for sonority leads to a rating of six out of 10.
You may listen to this highly experimental album, Trout Mask Replica, here: