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Editors’ Notes

This album is Mastered for iTunes. Recorded in 1976 but unreleased until 2012, Bat Chain Puller restores a missing chapter in the legendary career of Captain Beefheart (a.k.a. Don Van Vliet). The album’s tracks were cut under the auspices of Frank Zappa and then shelved due to legal entanglements. Though most of these songs were rerecorded for the Captain’s final three albums, the versions here have a freewheeling energy all their own. Tracks like “Floppy Boot Stomp,” “Owed T’Alex,” and “Brick Bats” crackle with a kinetic weirdness that ranges across Delta blues, free jazz, and primal rock. From the old-timey swing of “Harry Irene” to the tumbling sparkle of “Candle Mambo” and the brooding surrealism of “Human Totem Pole,” Beefheart shows off his full creative range. Spoken-word pieces like “81 Poop Hatch” and “Apes-Ma” capture the Captain’s inspired poetic spew, while “Flavor Bud Living” and “Ah Carrot Is As Close As Ah Rabbit Gets to Ah Diamond” display his odd grace as a composer. Of special interest are such rarities as “Seam Crooked Sam,” “Odd Jobs,” and “Hobo-ism.”

Customer Reviews

Best.....Album.....Ever

FINALLY!
Listed to this album driving home from work today ... and it changed my life.

Is it the best CBH album ever? Perhaps ... the musicianship is stellar, the songs are a juxtposition of Beefheart madness, musicality, and polish - a cross between TMR and "Clear Spot", with a little Bongo Fury thrown in for good measure. A couple more listens and this might well be my favorite Beefheart album!. So sad that we had to wait over 3 decades for its release.

Lost Masterpiece

Just one of those works of art that never saw the light of day due to legal and other material obstacles. Anyone with appreciation for Captain Beefheart must hear this for it is the holy grail,the Excalibur, the Smile of the desert bleached brain poet laureate, Don Van Vliet

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Bat Chain Puller, Captain Beefheart (Don Van Vliet)
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  • $15.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: Jan 15, 2012

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