On June 16, 1969.


On June 16, 1969, “Straight” label released “Trout Mask Replica”, the third Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band album. It was recorded August 1968 – March 1969, at “Sunset Sound Recorders” and “Whitney Studios” in Los Angeles, and was produced by Frank Zappa. The album is highly regarded as one of the most influential albums in the history of the 20th century. ”Rolling Stone” magazine ranked “Trout Mask Replica” at number 60 on its list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”.


  • Captain Beefheart (Don Van Vliet) – vocals, bass clarinet, soprano and tenor saxophone
  • Frank Zappa – speakin voice
  • Zoot Horn Rollo – guitar, flute
  • Antennae Jimmy Semens – lead vocals, guitar
  • Doug Moon – acoustic guitar
  • Don Preston – piano
  • Rockette Morton – narration, bass guitar
  • Cal Schenkel – bass guitar, narrator, design, photography
  • Roy Estrada – bass guitar
  • Gary Marker – bass guitar
  • Drumbo (John French) – speaking voice, drums, percussion
  • Arthur Tripp III – drums
  • Ian Underwood – alto saxophone
  • Bunk Gardner – tenor saxophone
  • Buzz Gardner – trumpet
  • The Mascara Snake – vocals, bass clarinet
  • Dick Kunc – effects, engineer
  • Ed Caraeff – photography

Track listing

All tracks by Don Van Vliet

  1. Frownland
  2. The Dust Blows Forward’n the Dust Blows Back
  3. Dachau Blues
  4. Ella Guru
  5. Hair pie: Bake 1
  6. Moonlight on Vermont
  7. Pachuco Cadaver
  8. Bills Corpse
  9. Sweet Sweet Bulbs
  10. Neon Meate Dream of a Octafish
  11. China Pig
  12. My Human Gets Me Blues
  13. Dali’s Car
  14. Hair Pie: Bake 2
  15. Pena
  16. Well
  17. When Big Joan Sets Up
  18. Fallin Ditch
  19. Sugar’n’Spikes
  20. Ant Man Bee
  21. Orange Claw Hammer
  22. Wild life
  23. She’s Too Much for My Mirror
  24. Hobo Chang Ba
  25. The Blimp
  26. Steal Softly Thru Snow
  27. Old Fart at Play
  28. Veteran’s Day Poppy

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