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INTRODUCING VAULT #36: CAPTAIN BEEFHEART & HIS MAGIC BAND TROUT MASK REPLICA
Easter Morning, 1969…Frank Zappa calls up Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band and tells them the album he is producing for them is done. The Captain instructs the band to dress in their Sunday best clothes before they all go to the studio and listen to the complete finished work for the first time. By all accounts, the experience tiptoed between celebratory and downright religious.
Trout Mask Replica is a touchstone in the history of recorded music. The mix of dada absurdist blues and previously unexplored experimental avenues has long been praised as one of the greatest albums of all time. As so eloquently put by John Peel, "If there has been anything in the history of popular music which could be described as a work of art in a way that people who are involved in other areas of art would understand, then Trout Mask Replica is probably that work.”
In full partnership with the Zappa Family Trust and to celebrate the relaunch of the seminal Bizarre label imprint, Third Man Records is proud to announce its 36th Vault package focused squarely on Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band's Trout Mask Replica.
Out of print on vinyl for nearly ten years, this remaster was helmed by industry legend Bob Ludwig and cut by the estimable Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman mastering. Utilizing crystalline-quality safety masters kept in the Zappa family vault for decades by the trustworthy Joe Travers, the audio here is positively glorious. Every last skronk breathes full life into the room. Every twisted guitar figure uncurls onto paths previously unpaved. Every last bark and howl shines resolute through the vast emptiness of your mind.
Previous countless “Trout Mask Replica” repressings used scans of scans of scans of the cover image, but for Vault Package #36 the original Cal Schenkel cover photo has been tracked down and reproduced here at its clearest — its resolution from the original release in 1969. If you’ve only ever seen a jpg online or fuzzy, smeared-looking CD issues from the 90’s, be prepared to be wowed by the fully engaging spectrum this iconic image casts. This 2xLP is pressed on heavyweight 180-gram fruitcake fish-scale colored vinyl for that full-on frenetic feeling.
The French-only 7-inch single of “Pachuco Cadaver” b/w “Wild Life” will also be included as part of this overreaching package. As the only single ever pulled from this admittedly dense album, this is the first time EVER that “Pachuco Cadaver” has been repressed and comes wonderfully housed in a replica glue-pocket picture sleeve and pressed on a white colored vinyl. ALL vinyl in this package is lovingly pressed at Third Man Pressing’s state-of-the-art plant in Detroit, Michigan for that extra-special attention to detail.
Additionally, Third Man Records has undertaken the creation of the first ever replica trout mask. Much in the spirit of the cardboard cutouts included in original copies of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s album, this mask will be a hit at Halloween parties and Duchampian celebrations for eons to come. If that’s not enough, Third Man has commissioned an impressive, striking fabric patch that reproduces the Trout Mask cover art, an insignia that will signify any wearer as a follower in the Captain’s army.
And if that’s not enough, the revered illustrator Jess Rotter of Rotter and Friends has run the Trout Mask cover through her inimitable style and cooked up an inspired line-drawing rendering that beautifully graces a sturdy, durable tote bag to hold all these wonderful sundries in.
Finally, as a testament to the inspiring life of Don Van Vliet, Third Man has lovingly printed Jack White’s epitaph for the man in glorious, iridescent metallic silkscreen broadside wonderment. Fitting in the LP jacket and fitting as a tribute, this evocative poem was originally published in March 2011 issue of MOJO Magazine.
While “Trout Mask Replica” kicks off the partnership with a bang, do be on the lookout for even more avant garde and mind-bending works in the future coming from the Bizarre/Third Man unification. Minds will continue to be blown, barriers will be destroyed, verbiage will be significantly hype-worthy.
Subscriptions to the Vault are live NOW and are open through April 30th. Don’t miss out.
Every Vault subscription includes the following:
Quarterly Vault Package
Each quarter (March, June, September, December) a Platinum Vault member will receive a package of limited edition, exclusive vinyl delivered to their door. Other contents of the package vary, but can range from pins and posters to patches and photo books, frequently housed in a collector's box set. This is a recurring subscription that will renew automatically every three months.
Access to Exclusive Media
Check out the Vault News Feed for curated playlists, exclusive behind-the-scenes photos, and the ever-popular Blackwell's Record of the Week feature!
Shop Vault Novelties
Platinum Vault members have access to purchase exclusive merchandise and rare vinyl records in our Members-Only online store.
Save 75% on Tidal hifi
Active Platinum memberships receive a discount code for Tidal which allows them to purchase a Tidal streaming service for only $5USD a month!
Access to Pre-Sales
Platinum Vault members get first dibs on Third Man artists' concert tickets via our website when available.
10% Off Sitewide and In Store
Enjoy a discount on all of your purchases both online and in store!*Some exclusions apply
Vault Packages and Novelties
- Vault Only American Epic: The Best of Mississippi John Hurt (12" Limited Edition black w/ maroon flecks Vinyl)Vault Exclusive!Vault Members OnlyJoin The Vault for access
- Vault Only Vault Exclusive - Black TMR City SweatshirtVault Exclusive!Vault Members OnlyJoin The Vault for access
Frequently Asked Questions
The quarterly Vault packages will ship 6-8 weeks following the most recent payment deadline. The payment deadlines fall on the last days of the deadline month at Midnight GMT/7pm CST. Thus, the deadlines are as follows:
January 31 / April 30 / July 31 / October 31
Overseas packages are generally shipped first. Canada and Mexico are shipped immediately after overseas packages. Then, we ship to the US. That way, every member receives packages around the same time.
Because we produce the exact number of packages for the exact number of Vault members during a given quarter, any payment received after a payment deadline will not be accepted for the previous quarter. Instead, it will automatically be applied to the next quarter of membership.
For example, if you pay after January 31st, your payment will be credited to the next quarter, whose deadline would be April 30th.
Previous packages are not typically available. However, replacement components of previous packages will occasionally be made available in the Vault online store on the first working Monday of the month.
Third Man Records is committed to providing high quality products, so if you think there is a fault with an item you have received, please contact us within 14 days of receiving your package. Do NOT send items back without first receiving a go ahead from us. To speed up the process, please include your order number and photos of the item in your first email.
If you believe you are missing an item in your package, please reach out to us within 14 days of receiving your package for a replacement.
Note: Vault package 7”s and special items are packed inside the 12” jacket when possible in order to ensure safer shipping. Please check inside the 12” jacket before contacting us. Download cards are generally located within the LP sleeve.
No - Vault packages are assembled and shipped en masse, and require identical weight and dimensions.
To change your shipping address, update your information in your Vault account (and in your PayPal account if applicable). You can access your account by clicking “My Account” located at the top right of your screen, and by then clicking through to 'Dashboard.' Go to 'Address Book'. Select 'Add New Address'. Enter in your new shipping address and then select the 'Use as my default shipping address' check box. Additionally, please send your name, old address, and new address to: firstname.lastname@example.org. This will allow us to double-check that your address is updated before shipping begins.
To change the billing address associated with your Vault subscription, please go to 'My Account' and choose 'My Vault Subscriptions' from the left-hand-side navigation. Click 'Edit' to the right of your currently active subscription and then choose 'Change Address'. This will change the billing address associated with your Vault subscription. Please note, for all other Third Man Store purchases, you will need to update your Billing Address via your account Address Book. Please see changing your shipping address above.
Changing your payment method for subsequent Vault subscription payments is possible through your Account Dashboard. First, navigate to your Dashboard by clicking the 'Account' link in the top right of your screen. For subscribers who wish to pay by credit card, click 'My Credit Cards,' fill out the form to add a new card, and click 'Save.' For Paypal subscribers, go into 'Billing Agreements' and click 'Create' to update your Paypal billing agreement. After you've added a new payment method of your choice, click 'My Vault Subscriptions' and then the 'Edit' button for your Active subscription. In the 'Shipping Method & Payment' section, select your new payment method from the dropdown menu and click 'Save.' You're all set!
I RECEIVED AN EMAIL STATING THAT MY VAULT SUBSCRIPTION HAS BEEN SUSPENDED OR CANCELED. WHAT DO I DO?
Suspensions or unintended cancelations of Vault subscriptions are most likely due to an address verification, expiration date error with your card or an issue collecting payment on Paypal's end.
If your account has been suspended, you purchased with a credit card and you wish to maintain your current renewal date, please go to My Account->My Subscriptions and choose to edit your suspended subscription. Click the reactivate link. At that point you will be taken through the checkout process again and have the chance to update your credit card billing information.
If your subscription was purchased using Paypal, your account has been suspended or canceled, and you wish to maintain your current renewal date, please contact us at email@example.com. DO NOT PURCHASE A NEW SUBSCRIPTION BEFORE CONTACTING US.
Regardless of payment method, you will have 3 business days to work with us to reconcile your account before your account will expire, at which point you will need to start from square 1 and resubscribe.
Third Man Records does not offer refunds for Vault subscriptions.
You can change your username and your user photo under “My Account” located at the top right of the Vault homepage. You will be redirected to Gravitar.com to upload a new user photo. Please note that you can only change your username 1 time - from your full name (which will appear automatically once you create your account) to a unique, previously unused screen name. This screen name will also function as your "Vault ID." If you find yourself needing to change your username a second time, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Vault members can follow the Vault's Twitter account (http://twitter.com/TMRVault) for these alerts. If you are already logged in to the Vault, a notification will display on your screen to alert you as well.
The Vault Novelties shop is a password-protected, Platinum-Vault-members-only, arm of our online store where we will post exclusive products and releases for sale. The items in the Vault Novelties shop are limited and first-come-first-served. Once an item is out of stock, it is unlikely to ever become available again. The same policies for the Third Man Records online store apply to the Vault Novelties shop.
We want our fans to purchase our records for the same reasons we create our records: because we love vinyl, we love music, and we love art. We do monitor eBay, and if we happen across a Vault member who is selling records meant to be exclusive to Vault members, we are at liberty to permanently terminate that Vault member's subscription.
We hope that the common interest Vault members share with one another translates into positive interactions and a good time had by all. If you are experiencing harassment by another Vault member, please contact email@example.com. Screenshots of interactions in question and a fair and detailed description of the incident/s will make it easier for us to address the issue.
Changing your email address for your Vault subscription must be handled by contacting Vault customer support directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org
You will need to logout and log back into the Vault in order for your new settings to take effect once you’ve purchased your subscription. If you are still unable to access Vault content, please contact email@example.com to troubleshoot.
You heard correct! When you're logged into your active account at thirdmanstore.com, you can use the code VAULT10 at checkout for 10% off your purchase. Everyday. Certain exclusions do apply for specialty items, but for the most part, records and merchandise are now available to you for LESS without having to wait for a special sale to come around. And, of course, don't forget that you always have the opportunity to buy exclusive items in the Vault Novelties Store.
The vinyl colors and covers used to announce a Vault package are visual approximations of what is to eventually be manufactured. We do not begin manufacturing of a Vault package until we have a full member count for that subscription period. All package items are subject to change without notification to members, including vinyl coloring and cover art.