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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 (1 Aug 2005)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, SACD
  • Label: Spoon
  • ASIN: B0009RJP50
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,511 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Full Moon On The Highway
2. Half Past One
3. Hunters And Collectors
4. Vernal Equinox
5. Red Hot Indians
6. Unfinished

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The second wave of Can reissues, freshly remastered by bassist/studio wizard Holger Czukay, keyboardist Irmin Schmidt, and engineer Jono Podmore repeats the trick pulled on the first batch, stripping away background hiss and muddiness and leaving these epochal recordings sounding impossibly fresh.

The pick is undeniably Future Days, considered by many to be the group’s finest hour: the last album to feature deranged Japanese vocalist Damo Suzuki, it sees the band working as one, crafting long vistas of blissful ambient sound powered by Jaki Liebzeit’s steady, machine-like drumming. 1974’s Soon Over Babaluma is an underrated Can moment, however: guitarist Michael Karoli switches to violin on "Dizzy Dizzy", even adding a hushed, mantric vocal, while the eleven-minute "Chain Reaction" offers the first taste of Can’s disco-influenced future.

Something of a mixed bag, Unlimited Edition is most interesting as an example of Can’s musical breadth: a compilation spanning five years, it features everything from the cranked Velvets garage of "Mother Upduff" – featuring original vocalist Malcolm Mooney - to "Cutaway", seventeen minutes of dizzying tape-splice experiments. Finally, 1975’s Landed: it’s far from a highlight of Can’s back catalogue, but "Hunters And Collectors" and the raging "Vernal Equinox", featuring some furious Karoli soloing, are not without their charms. --Louis Pattison

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steve on 25 July 2008
Format: Audio CD
I've become something a fan of Can these days, and recently I've been getting into their mid-70s stuff, such as the surprisingly good Flow Motion, and now this, which I thought had to be worth checking out since it has such a great sleeve! Received opinion seems to be that Landed is a bit of a mixed bag, although to be perfectly honest, most of Can's albums (even the classic ones) can be bewilderingly uneven. Landed, in fact, is really not bad at all. In many ways, its fairly typical of their output: sporadically brilliant, frequently half-baked/unlistenable. But the weirdness, and the flashes of genius, are what make Can worth persevering with.

The opener, Full Moon on the Highway is a fairly conventional rock track, with a kind of strident bluesy groove, but with very odd mixing- its a good opener, but loses its way after a while. Half Past One has a lilting, slightly eerie reggae groove accompanied by swirling keyboards and Karoli's gypsy violin, while Schmidt intones the vocal.

Hunters and Collectors may strike some Can fans as familiar- its because Holger Czukay used the same groove on Oh Lord Give Us More Money, from his Movies album. The album's centrepiece is Vernal Equinox- its like Chain Reaction part 2, and has a remarkable mid-section when Jaki's percussion keeps pace with an oscillating sequencer pattern, before Karoli's guitar comes crashing in. Great stuff. Red Hot Indians has a kind of lazy-funk groove, accompanied by saxophone and Schmidt's charmingly half-baked vocals. The closer, Unfinished, is a kind of ethereal collage of frequencies, which create a kind of chilled-out ambience. Its far more listenable than the acid-trip-gone-wrong noise-collages on Tago Mago and Ege Bamyasi (which I still can't listen to all the way through).

Overall, I'd recommend this to Can fans if you want to work your way beyond the classic albums. For the uninitiated, it's probably not much more than a curiosity.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "danluna" on 22 July 2003
Format: Audio CD
"Landed" is a superb album, although it took me a long time to realise it. I've been listening to it off and on for many years, initially liking only one or two tracks, but playing a bit more each time I came back to it until I finally built up to the full length. Eventually I came to love it enough to buy it again in CD format. Part of the problem I think was the sheer alienness of some of the pieces; they were a lot different to the other music I had been used to and sounded random or chaotic until imprinted sufficiently in my mind to discern their structure. Another aspect is that it just doesn't sound good on poor quality equipment or as background music; it requires careful attention to the many sounds that weave in and out of the multiple layers of the mix. The arrangements in even the simpler sounding songs are revealed as very complex on closer inspection; what to a casual listen sounds like a single part often turns out to be multi tracked, particularly where the guitar is concerned, and strands of a tune are often given up by one instrument to be taken over by another.
Opening with "Full Moon On The Highway", a driving rock song with ear splitting guitar solo, the pace slows down with an eerie acoustic guitar, violin and spacey synth number "Half Past One", featuring some excellent and quite possibly tongue in cheek lyrics. The moderately commercial but still strange "Hunters And Collectors" follows, with an almost disco rhythm, robot voices and computerised percussion, ending in an incredible metallic "boing". "Vernal Equinox" is an extended remix of this, with crazily speeded up rhythms, gales of whooshing synth noise and heavy metal guitar solos.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By freewheeling frankie TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 April 2007
Format: Audio CD
This album is where Can fans' (and band members') opinions really start to diverge. Many think it's where they really started to lose it, and some of the reviews when it was first issued in 1975 were very dismissive. However, it's an extremely varied album, and while parts are among the most conventional music they'd issued to date, others are unique and excellent.

A notable aspect of the album is that they had recently acquired a 16-track recorder, having previously used 2-track. This led to far more overdubbing, plus after-the-fact mixing, with the inevitable result that the music is less "organic". The whole album has a very different sound to anything they'd issued before.

Opener Full Moon On The Highway is apparently based on a song they used to play live in the Damo Suzuki era about 3 years earlier. It's a startlingly normal hard rock song (perhaps it should be part of their Ethnological Forgery Series) subjected to some very odd mixing, which makes it considerably more interesting but is perhaps not sufficient to rescue the unspectacular song. Rocks though.
Half Past One is again fairly normal, and probably the least interesting tune on here. Hunters & Collectors is quite similar to Half Past One but a more interesting tune. Then the album takes a sharp turn to the left with Vernal Equinox. This is an instrumental featuring some amazingly epic guitar from Michael Karoli, and was a regular part of their live set over the next couple of years. The bass is absolutely bonkers and the keyboards and drums acquit themselves very impressively too. This is followed by the very good Red Hot Indians, with a sort of Afro-Latin beat and guest sax from Olaf Kubler. And finally ... the very strange Unfinished.
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