[pullquote quote=”He taught accomplished musicians how to play his difficult arrangements note by note.”]After 36 years some good comes out of the [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Captain Beefheart[/lastfm]/[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Frank Zappa[/lastfm] rivalry. To honor what would have been Captain Beefheart’s (Don Van Vliet) 71st birthday, the Zappa label will release Bat Chain Puller. Originally recorded and slated for a release in 1976, the LP never saw the light of day due to a legal dispute between Zappa and his manager Herb Cohen.

Though Van Vliet did record a few alternate versions for his 1978 release Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller), this is the first time the original recordings will be made available to the public. The disc includes 16 minutes worth of bonus material and contains liner notes from former Captain Beefheart bandmates.

Bat Chain Puller
01 Bat Chain Puller
02 Seam Crooked Sam
03 Harry Irene
04 81 Poop Hatch
05 Flavor Bud Living
06 Brick Bats
07 Floppy Boot Stomp
08 Chariot (Ah Carrot Is As Close As Ah Rabbit Gets To Ah Diamond)
09 Owed T’Alex
10 Odd Jobs
11 Human Totem Pole (The 1000th and 10th Day of the Human Totem Pole)
12 Apes-Ma

13 Bat Chain Puller (Alt. Mix)
14 Candle Mambo
15 Hobo-ism

The Captain And Me

Captain Beefheart RIP

White Stripes Reissue Captain Beefheart Covers


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