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(That’s January 15th.) The Wire:

Captain Beefheart’s legendary and widely bootlegged record Bat Chain Puller is going to be officially released for the first time. The original tape was never mixed and released, but alternative versions of some of the tracks appeared on Beefheart’s Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller), and as bootlegs.

Wire contributor and Beefheart biographer Mike Barnes says “The tape is owned by the Zappa estate and although Don didn’t want it released they’ve been true to the work. Not only that, its availability was announced on the anniversary of Don’s death and will be released on his birthday”...


Consequence of Sound:

According to The Captain Beefheart Radar Station, the album’s release was sidelined due to a legal dispute between Zappa and a business partner, though an unfinished version was sent to Virgin Records and journalists and has since been heavily bootlegged…




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