They definitely are but the original version of "Bat Chain Puller" is arguably better
Posted by Pugeye on April 7, 2018, 9:45 pm, in reply to "The last three albums are really good."
so every fan of those last 3 albums owes it to themselves to hear the originals on BCH, which contains songs from all 3 albums along with a couple that he never rerecorded ("Odd Jobs", which is great and "Seam Crooked Sam", which is oddly mellow for Beefheart, they actually seem like companion pieces- delicate spidery guitar lines with the Captain reciting amazing poetry in a resigned voice). It's also the only other album aside from "Trout Mask" where Drumbo was the "musical director" so I had the rough punchiness (as opposed to the relative slickness of the rerecorded versions, as great as they are).
"Tropical Hot Dog Night" in particular could totally be a Tom Waits song.