Beefheart’s original Bat Chain Puller to be released on CD

Last night The Zappa Family Trust announced that Captain Beefheart‘s original “Bat Chain Puller” album from 1976 will be released on CD in february 2012. “All original tracks plus 16 minutes of fabulous bonus material”, according to their announcement.

The recordings for “Bat Chain Puller” – which never came out in its original form, but were revamped two years later for what became “Sniny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)” – featured a lineup of John French on drums, John Thomas on keyboards, and Moris Tepper and Denny Walley on guitars. The band represented what was left of the post-Bongo Fury band the Captain had put together after Elliot Ingber and Bruce Fowler had left.

Herb Cohen had authorized the recordings for Frank Zappa’s DiscReet Records, but the record was suppressed after getting caught up in a lawsuit Zappa had launched against Cohen. Tapes of the album had been sent to Virgin Records, however, as well as reviewers and radio stations. The album has since been heavily bootlegged, with titles such as Original Bat Chain Puller and Dust Sucker. The rights are owned by the Zappa Family Trust.

The album can be pre-ordered here. It is expected to be shipped during the week of February 13, 2012.