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Can was an experimental rock band formed in Cologne, West Germany in 1968. Later labeled as one of the first "krautrock" groups, they transcended mainstream influences and incorporated strong minimalist and world music elements into their often psychedelic music.

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  • Audio CD (22 Oct. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Mute
  • ASIN: B000VBIF1E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,302 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5. Soup (2004 Digital Remaster)
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7. Spoon (2004 Digital Remaster)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Mar. 2001
Format: Audio CD
Spring-clean your brain with this minimalist German avant-garde rock classic. Bassist Holger Czukay's riffs and figures prove that it's what you leave out that counts, while Jaki Liebzeit's pin-sharp percussion is state-of-the-art subtle.
Guitars and keyboards swirl and chop and scratch and slide, from eerie to intimate to what the hell was that sound? This is a cliché-free zone, where there's always plenty of time to improvise (10 minutes worth on "Soup") or simply chug along regardless.
Most of these tracks are acutally songs, and they're sung / whispered / mumbled / shouted in English by (of course) a Japanese busker called Damo Suzuki. You will never get "Vitamin C" out of your head.
Listen to Ege Bamyasi and everything else sounds pompous - be warned, this is completely bewitching.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "tinalove2love" on 28 April 2003
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Even if you have never heard of these lovable mop-tops from Koln, you will be familiar with their sound. Can are, quite simply one of the most influential musical groups of the last century. their sound has been immitated and frequently sampled and their influence on the dance music of the 1990s is unquestionable. Listening to the band's output, you will hear musical influences from around the globe, the short wave radio played as an instrument, taped "samples" used well before any body else thought of the idea and weird improvised lyrics, not to mention virtuoso performances from all the instrumentalists. this album dates from 1972 but still sounds fresh and challenging today!

Ege Bamyasi might not be the band's most accessible album but it contains many of their finest songs. Sadly, it also contains the lengthy improvised thrashes, "soup" and "pinch" which are hard work even for the seasoned fan. but listen to the strange blend of cool, almost churchy organ floating over the throbbing funk drum line on "vitamin c", the weird, syd barrettesque nursery rhyme that is "spoon", the pulsating trance beat of "one more saturday night" and the floaty psychedelia of "sing swan song" and you will be captivated. "Saw Delight" is certainly more accessible, and "Soon Over Babaluma" may be slicker but once you have one Can album you're going to want hear more, so you might as well start here.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By D. Kerr on 6 Aug. 2006
Format: Audio CD
This album, along with 'Tago Mago' marks a tremendous growth in the sound of Can. Ege Bamyasi, to me is the best album of the Damo years, Vitamin C is a testament to that. Jaki's drums are at the forefront and drive the album as a whole. Karoli is somewhat more muted than Tago Mago, but the arrangements (edits) make this album a more pastoral and reflective set than what had gone before. It stands up today as a great album, as do most Can albums..even the later period such as 'Saw Delight' etc are hugely underrated. many people hold on to the Damo years as Can's definitive period, but their whole output is definitive, full stop. For a newcomer this is a great place to start, and it holds many nuances in what appears to be a rather streamlined and simplistic sound, part of Can's genius. I cannot reccomend this band enough, they espoused true innovation and improvisation within a closely knit group dynamic, rarely seen bar the likes of This Heat et al.

Dip in and enjoy.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Siriam TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Mar. 2005
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The first Can LP I ever owned (and sadly the poor UA pressing of that period has not stood the test of time - or too much playing!). To have anew in SACD quality remix is a dream come true.
This was their fourth UK release and came out as the group first toured the UK and in this glorious remastering brings back what an truly innovative group they were both then and still are now. A group of two classically avante garde Stockhausen trained members (Czukay and Schmidt); a German answer to the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia (the sadly deceased Karoli); a jazz drummer whose rhythm style pre-dated drum machines (Liebezeit) and a Korean vocalist who used his vocals (not his voice) as an instrument (Suzuki) was always going to be a heady mix.
The CD features a good mix of shorter items (under 5 minutes) and the much loved "longer workouts" that made their live acts so memorable, being here the challenging (especially as it is the first track) "Pinch" and variety of sonic and World Music flourishes (remembering this is 1972!) of "Soup". On re-hearing here with the greater clarity of remastering the more ear catching and resonating items are the shorter tracks such as "Sing Swan Song" with its water sound opening setting the ethereal tones (I recall John Peel playing on Top Gear one night and stating he hoped all the new German music was going to be as exciting) and "Spoon" a catchy German TV thriller theme and their first single hit!.
Music of this calibre has not been heard since Can's demise (several years later after the release of this disc) and sadly all their later solo efforts would only prove the sum of the parts and the chemistry resulting was what made the magic in the first place.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By D. M. MATALLIN on 16 Dec. 2002
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The 70's... great changes are happening in the music scene; bands like The Beatles have established the standards of pop, The Rolling Stones the standards for rock, Pink Floyd are trying to incorporate new technologies and new musical concepts, Faust and Kraftwerk are creating new fields...
and then they came, CAN. Well, actually they had started in the late 60's, but in my opinion, it wasn't until 1971 when they released TAGO MAGO with Damo Suzuki as singer that they redefined music.
Can are not in everyone's mouths as The Beatles or Pink Floyd are; and Can's discography is probably more limited. But what they achieved in 3, only 3 albums, is incomparable and unique.
With Tago Mago they had established in the most brutal and extreme way which was their proposals: long improvisations in which everything could be turned into music: objects crashing against the floor, guitars playes as by aliens, frenetic drums, synths, and a singer who sang partly in English, partly in Japanese, the rest in a surrealistic nonsense language.
And now you think... is this music? can it be listened to and enjoyed? My answer is, definetely yes.
(Listen to Tago Mago: experience it for yourself, no words can make it justice, I rate it as probably one of the 10 best albums I've ever heard)
Now, with Ege Bamyasi some things changed, but their spirit remained intact. This album is more "listenable" and "digestable". It's as if Can said: "well, we have pushed the limits of music against the most extreme limits with Tago Mago. Now let's come back to pop and rock music and make them believe we are normal, just to hit them in their faces when they less expect it" Something like that.
Ege Bamyasi is the way Can saw pop and rock music.
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