For a while, Barfko Swill- the official Frank Zappa web shop- has been offering people to pre-order Captain Beefheart's 1969 classic album Trout Mask Replica. Not much has been said about this until now. According to the Frank Zappa Facebook page, this is a brand new remaster has been done by Bob Ludwig and is said to be the definitive version of the album. Barfko Swill also states that people over at the Utility Muffin Research Kitchen think that the master for TMR has seen some damage over the years. According to the site, the album will start shipping on May 6.
This is great news. I do have the album on CD and vinyl. I will be getting it as I have recently been planning to sell and repurchase a few Zappa albums so I can have the remasters from 2012 that are superior. After hearing Ludwigs work on the Zappa remaster (well, previews of it), I think I'll get this. Zappa did produce Trout Mask Replica so that's why it's coming from Barfko Swill. The album is out of print on CD, the 1990 Reprise issue.
You can pre-order a copy of the remastered Trout Mask Replica at the URL below...