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Monster Movie [SACD, Import]

Can Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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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.

Can constructed their music largely through collective spontaneous composition –– which the band ... Read more in Amazon's Can Store

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Product details

  • Audio CD (4 Oct 2004)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: SACD, Import
  • Label: Spoon
  • ASIN: B0002XV2QQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 327,757 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unutterably good 1 April 2001
Format:Audio CD
Can really are the absolute daddies. Along with the Velvet Underground they pretty much defined the sound of so-called alternative music, and while they are often cited as influences by modern bands very few if any come close to capturing their power and originality. Monster Movie is their first album, and their only complete one with original vocalist Malcolm Mooney. To people used to the more melodic feel of the Damo Suzuki albums the sheer rawness of this debut can be quite a shock. Opener father cannot yell is a scything blast of punk which veers into trance territory before giving into the noise again, with Mooney's free-association lyrics dropped haphazardly into the mix. By the end you feel quite breathless. The next track debases and seduces a sweet n innocent nursery rhyme with some low-slung blues, before Outside my Door closes side one with the most straightahead rock track they ever recorded. Side two is the legendary Yoo Doo Right, a massive 20 minute mantra built around a simple bassline with lyrics read straight from a letter. It is so difficult to describe this track - It's so simply constructed, but each listen reveals new details or different meanings. I cannot praise this album highly enough. If you value your ears, you will buy it instantly. Really. Do it now.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars {...perfect sound forever...} 7 Feb 2002
A truly classic album, but one which still borders on shockingly fresh when you hear it (or any CAN) for the first time.
Only 4 tracks in length, but the first (Father Cannot Yell) and last (You Doo Right) alone (27 mins between them) will take your breath away.
In an age where 'popular' music is largely the production of a billion-dollar multinational industry, CAN will always blow your mind. Don't be put off by the word 'experimental', cos although CAN have always been that, they do do SONGS, and not just pootle around arhythmically/tunelessly.
This was the first CAN album released, but 'DELAY 1968' can be seen as a sister album, that material being produced at around the same time. What better places to start? Some of the best songs you will ever hear are here. Let CAN broaden your horizons.. yes, even YOU, jaded listener!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Raw and powerful 19 Oct 2003
Format:Audio CD
Besides the brilliant cover art, this album also boasts some of the most gripping experimental music from the late 1960s.
The opening track Father Cannot Yell is a real stunner that reminds me of the Velvet Underground on tracks like European Son or White Light/White Heat with its raw pulsating bass, insistent keyboard and stuttering vocals.
Mary Mary So Contrary is a slow rock excursion with bluesy vocals, whilst Outside My Door is a powerful piece of acid rock psychedelia, not too dissimilar from Big Brother And The Holding Company's masterpieces like Piece Of My Heart or Combination Of The Two.
The long winding track You Doo Right is a 20 minute tour de force of impressive instrumental textures and varied vocals that captures many moods. It includes tribal drumming and veers from bluesy rock to world music to psychedelic textures.
Monster Movie certainly exerted a profound influence on post-punk music of the late seventies and eighties - Talking Heads and Public Image Limited being only two of the groups that come to mind. It remains a classic of brilliant power and has stood the test of time very well.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MONSTER 5 Jan 2005
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Can were formed at the end of the sixties by a bunch of muso types from Germany. Jaki Liebezeit, Irmin Schmidt, Holger Czukay and Michael Karoli then signed up American sculptor Malcolm Mooney as their vocalist and recorded this album in a castle using superior equipment. Can remain an utterly fascinating band and although it is their later work with vocalist Damo Suzuki (who replaced Mooney after Mooney had a breakdown) Monster Movie is a fantastic record which finds the band stretching themselves. Much of this is similar in sound and technique to work by the Velvet Underground, Frank Zappa, Beefheart, Stooges etc. Can are experimenting with drone and repetition here, and Mooney's lyrics and vocal delivery make for some disturbing listening. The band chug along like it's 1969 and Mooney goes into meltdown. This is one of those unsung records that you should own. If you like alternative music and this is an era that interests you then Can are well worth trying out. Start here, then branch out into Tago Mago, Ege Bamyasi and Soon Over Babaluma.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Seminal Ground Breaking Scary and Exiting 26 Jan 2013
Format:Audio CD
I was 15 years old at the time and a friend of mine had an older brother. One day we sneeked off school and `raided` his brothers record collection . This was in the early 70`s with Bowie and T.Rex in the ascendent. Amongst the records we had listened to were some Velvet Underground, Captain Beefheart and Iggy & The Stooges.....then this..WOW !!. At first i hated it but i went back again and again now i`m in my mid-50`s and i`m still enthralled with CAN . This was the CAN LP ( at the time ) that kick started my love affair with CAN. I now have the usual suspects....TAGO MAGO, FUTURE DAYS, DELAY 68...the lot . My missus thinks i`m weird , one of my oldest sons thinks its cool !!!. I did see them perform once in London i think or it may have been Manchester - i was 16 years old . And Monster Movie started it all !!!
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