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."
This release has been mixed by Magic Band members Denny Walley
and John French, who also provide liner notes. It contains the 12
original album tracks plus three bonus tracks and is expected to
arrive around the
15 January 13 February. Scant info and
ordering details here. Watch "Bat Chain Puller" being performed live
Update (16 January): Bat Chain Puller has been delayed by around a month. A mailout said: "The Bat Chain Puller pre-order has been extended due to delays in manufacturing. We believe we will now be shipping the week of 13 February."