Captain Beefheart Rarity Gets 2012 Release Date
Captain Beefheart’s “Bat Chain Puller” will be released in January, 36 years after its intended release date, according to the Wire.
The idiosyncratic act’s lost album was reportedly shelved after a disagreement between producer Frank Zappa and DiscReet Records business partner Herb Cohen. Alternate versions of tracks from the release surfaced on Captain Beefheart’s 1978 album “Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller),” though the new release will mark the much-bootlegged’s set’s first official availability.
Beefheart himself, Don Van Vliet, died on Dec. 17, 2010. “Bat Chain Puller” will be released on the week of his birthday, Jan. 15.