Last week, Frank Zappa’s record label quietly released Captain Beefheart’s original recording of Bat Chain Puller (1976). Bootleg versions of the album’s rough mix have circulated for a long time. The mixing and mastering on the new official release are outstanding. Different versions of some of these tracks were included on Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller) (1978), which has always been one of my favorite later period Beefheart albums. Different versions of a few songs also ended up on Doc at the Radar Station (1980), and Ice Cream for Crow (1982). But the original tracks sat unmixed and unmastered for 36 years. The CD includes the 12 original songs plus 3 bonus tracks, and liner notes by Magic Band members John French and Denny Walley. Currently this disc is only available from Zappa.com. More info on the release at the Captain Beefheart Radar Station. Many thanks to my friend Steve for the gift! And rest in peace, Captain.