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Why Captain Beefheart’s “Trout Mask Replica” is amazing (but hard to listen to)

Captain Beefheart’s “Trout Mask Replica” is among the most influential albums in rock and roll history. If you listen to it (you can’t find the full album on spotify, but you can find playlists that piece the full album together. It’s also on YouTube in full), the words “terrible,” “unlistenable,” and “crazy” might come to mind. Though the album is polytonal and polyrhythmic and rather hard to listen to for the uninitiated, it’s incredible significant in rock history. Not only do other musicians and visual artists list it as one of their influences, but it also inspired the movie “Frank”––Captain Beefheart also locked his band in a house to practice for nearly a year before making his record.

Full story at YouTube.

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