Beefheart was not an easy man to work with. That's when Beefheart ran across his old high school buddy Zappa, who signed him to his own Straight Records and let him run loose in the studio. I was a wonderful show, one of the highlights of my concert going career. That's probably typical of people who hear the Captain for the first time. The result was Trout Mask Replica, usually considered Beefheart's masterpiece. Beefheart grew up in southern California in the same high school as Frank Zappa and began forming his Magic Band in the early 60s. The new magic band was not up to snuff and Beefheart regrouped for a couple of years before releasing three more albums that returned to his avant-garde roots, but by the s, had given up music all together to concentrate on his painting and poetry.
Beefheart claimed it was butchered.
Beefheart claimed it was butchered. The strange things is that, although the album was a critical success, and there is a lot of interest in Beefheart these days, it had rarely been available on CD. The melodies were as complex as the rhythm. The result was Trout Mask Replica, usually considered Beefheart's masterpiece. Not everyone will like it.