Sonic Reducers | Trout Mask Resurrection

Beefheart's magnum opus will be streaming? We have something to say about that.


Some albums are so far ahead of their time the world might never catch up. And I would suggest that Captain Beefheart’s unhinged magnum opus Trout Mask Replica belongs at the top of that the list.

Easily one of the strangest and least-commercial albums ever to be released by a major music label, the polarizing 1969 double-LP has forever divided listeners into three distinct camps: Those who love it, those who hate it, and those who just have no idea what the hell is going on. I’ve been in the first camp since I first heard it as a teenager. My Sonic Reducers partner Eric Alper is in the latter camp (though I’m pretty sure I can lure him over to my side). The rest of the world can choose sides when the infamous album — which has just been remastered again — finally comes to streaming services in a few weeks. Join us as we spend a few minutes celebrating this long-overdue event, take a deeper dive into legends and lies surrounding the album and its enigmatic creator, and let you know what you can do with your unwanted Beefheart albums. Sonic Reducers: One topic. Two music nerds. Five minutes. Everything you need to know.