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Out Of Reach

Can Audio CD
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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 (18 Aug 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mute
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Aptly titled 28 Sep 2010
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This was the first Can album I ever owned, a tatty vinyl copy that attracted me with its striking cover. I'd never come across them before and it was like nothing I had ever heard. I loved it, little realising then that I was starting back to front, with a band in the throes of falling apart. The wholly instrumental pieces work best here, especially November, a masterpiece. They are full of fiendish snaky rhythms that seem always on the point of disintegrating but, largely due to Liebezeit's extraordinary technique, eventually find their way back again. Likewise Karoli's brittle guitar work, where elusive strands of melody surface just often enough for it to avoid collapsing into noise.

Reputedly the band members themselves didn't like Out of Reach and I suppose their opinion ought to count for something! It may help to explain why this album has been comparatively hard to come by over the decades, making the title oddly apt. I know this is a long way from the experimentalism of Tago Mago and the arthaus madness of Damo Suzuki but it is a late and surprising return to form (I later learned). After Suzuki left, album by album Can moved away from their signature meandering improvisations towards tighter, shorter compositions. By the time of Flow Motion and Saw Delight, good though these albums were compared with the competition, they were pale shadows of the work on which Can's reputation had been founded. Out of Reach harks back to the earlier Can. It contains perhaps their final collective expressions of genius. One star? I don't think so.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Listen Without Prejudice 15 May 2009
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This is my favourite Can recording. I cannot understand the slagging off of Rosko's vocals - he is a far bettter singer than Karoli/Schmidt/Mooney let alone the lamentable Damo Suzuki who only seems to be lionised by virtue of the sheer ineptitude of his performances (much like the similar John L of Ash Ra Tempel). Whilst there is little of the minimalism of old (easily understandable by the fashionista - hence far more street credible) the music on this album really shines and is incredibly joyous.

I can only presume that the band's own dislike of this recording is due to their memories of the fragmentary state of their inter-personal relationships at the time allied to the fact that they realised they had sadly gone as far as they could go.
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1.0 out of 5 stars their nadir - not even for completists 8 Feb 2007
By freewheeling frankie TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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How the mighty are fallen. Can's inspiration and creativity had decreased considerably over the previous 3 years or so but nevertheless their previous few albums (Landed, Flow Motion, even the largely mediocre Saw Delight) are towering works of genius next to this uninspired collection. I think they knew how bad it was when they released it - the title could easily refer to their inability to connect with their creative spark. But if they didn't realise it then, they certainly did subsequently - they've so completely disowned it that it's never been reissued on their Spoon label. I can only say that this decision was completely justified - there's no point whatever in buying this depressing album.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Underrated 29 Jun 2000
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Why do the band generally consider this to be a bad album? While it contains a couple of weak tracks (November (better heard though worse-titled as Mighty Girl on the Peel Sessions CD), Seven Days Awake) and the ghastly Like INOBE GOD, which sounds like bad Caribbean karaoke of something funereal, the other four are quite ace blends of mostly funk, groove and psychedelia, with good things from the whole band. The two tracks written by Rosko Gee (Pauper's Daughter & I - which recalls Sunshine Day and Night from Saw Delight, especially in Karoli's fluid off-kilter guitar licks - and the catchy and rather lovely Give Me No "Roses") are probably the strongest songs and his vocals are a pleasant surprise. Pity the remaster is poor.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Arrrrggggh... 26 Jan 2000
By DAC Crowell - Published on
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Exit Holger Czukay, and drag Rosko Gee to the fore, and what do you get? Well, in this case, you get an unfocussed dog of a record that only has personnel to link it to the Can releases that go before. If I could give this zero stars, I would. This is the absolute nadir of a creative slide that began around the time of "Landed", with the band's adoption of multi-track methods of production, and sees Can tossing out well-held ideas like their creative improvisatory process to work on actual set 'songs' by Rosko Gee in places, and at other points working out in directionless, meandering jams. It bears noting that this, of all of Can's official releases, is the sole one not reissued on their Spoon label.
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1.0 out of 5 stars avoid 30 April 2000
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I disagree with others here; Serpentine is aptly titled with Karoli's classic sinuous lines, and terrific funky bass from Gee. The whole thing is mellow like nothing since Future Days. WARNING: This CD edition is mastered off an LP played on a poor quality turntable. Crackles are clearly audible, there is little dynamic range, and very poor definition. Therefore: music 4 stars; release NO stars. Avoid. Come on Can, put it out on Spoon
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Record 30 May 2005
By Schmaddio - Published on
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The problem with both "Out of Reach" and "Inner Space" isn't that they aren't good records it's just that they aren't really Can records. Both releases feature ex-Traffic members on bass/vocals and percussion so the tunes are a lot more more funky than typical Can and a lot less improvisational / experimental. With that said however, had these two records been released under a different band name rather than constantly getting panned they'd be both praised and highly sought after. My recommendation is to ignore the elitists who trash them and add them to your collection because they're excellent.
4.0 out of 5 stars WORTH REACHING FOR 17 Mar 2001
By Jon Noel Shelton - Published on
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This is probably one of the few albums that I will give less than a five star review simply because I only review albums that I like. This album is a clear testament to what Can would sound like without Holger Czukay. This is the one that the band refused to reissue out of embarrasment , but to be fair, it contains some fine songs. "Give me no roses" is a funky catchy soul filled groovy tune. The recording of "Like Inobe God" however, sounds like the band were feeling no pain when they recorded it at about 3 or 4 in the morning. This track alone is the rock equivelent of Ornette Coleman's Free Jazz album, which is both a masterpiece and a matter of personal taste. "The Pauper's Daughter" may have been halfway decent if not for Roskoe Gee's ineptly misplaced vocal stylings. Where were Malcolm Mooney and Damo Suzuki when they really needed them? "November" is just a nice jam session recording with one missing ingredient: Holger. The other instrumental tracks sound like they could easily be played between programs on public television stations and at least wake people up. Can fans who have come to expect more, however, may find themselves falling asleep. Of course for Can fanatics, it's not a bad way to drift off. So reach for this album before you reach for the cannomile, I mean camomile.
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