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Soon Over Babaluma

Can Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (29 May 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Grey Area
  • ASIN: B000006XE8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 199,045 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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This is the first album Can made after the departure of their second vocalist Damo Suzuki. It's quite similar in style to Future Days but wheras in that album ambient synths and experimental rock were fused, on Soon Over Babaluma they seem to exist separately - which is no bad thing, judging by the harsh Chain Reaction followed by the quiet, ambient Quantum Physics. Michael Karoli adds violin playing to the mix on the opening track Dizzy Dizzy. On the whole, a bit less lo-fi than earlier albums. Not the Can album to buy first - go for Future Days - but one that should be taken as another accessible,interesting section of the Can discography that remains relevant. The only track which dates the album for these ears is Splash, which begins like a skewed jazz rock take on mid-sixties Miles Davis but which does contain some lovely keyboard work by Irmin Schmidt.
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5.0 out of 5 stars soon over babaluma 14 April 2012
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a can release that's been hard to find all these years!brilliant music that has jazz & vu influences but can't really be pigeonholed
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5.0 out of 5 stars Under-rated Can Gem 12 April 2005
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Chain Reaction is a very accessible track. Plenty of rock segways and drumming to hook the casual listener. Quantum Physics is difficult to get into, but it pays off after a few years. It is a bit like Augmn on Tago Mago. Dizzy Dizzy and the others are all great songs and easy to "acquire". I think this is better than "Future Days". Can's drummer Jaki Liebezeit is one of the best in the world, and ranks alongside Charles Hayward (This Heat) as a syncopation expert.
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4.0 out of 5 stars innovation and propulsion 2 Nov 2001
By George a Pletz - Published on Amazon.com
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In the continuum of great Can albums, Soon certainly falls short in the wake of Future Days, the pinnacle of the band's association with the sensational singer Damo Suzuki. That said, the album is still firing on all cylinders. The creativity and synergy that the band possessed, right up to the half baked but somewhat satisfying Landed,is still something to behold. The ambient stutter and cosmic drift of Future Days is combined with ethnic flavors and a decidely jazzy approach. The discordant but melodic sawing of guitarist Michael Karoli on violin is a prominent feature on the swinging Dizzy Dizzy, the piano driven dark whimsy of Come sta, La Lune, and the latin inflected Splash. The album climaxes in the intense wash of Chain Reaction and Quantum Physics where Irmin Schmidt's keyboards and Jaki Liebezeit's drums layout a sound that presages techno with its incredible sense of syncopation. That it blends perfectly with the bluesy but not blues feel of the verses is nothing to be underestimated either. Fans of Suzuki and previous singer Mooney's fevered vocal deliveries may find complaint with the mannered restraint of Karoli and Schmidt's stabs at lyricism. Personally, I think they acquit themselves nicely by doing their own thing and not overdoing it. Besides with the sparseness of their appearance on this concise but facinating album, it in no way detracts from the musical invention. Perhaps not the place to start...For a good retrospective, start with Cannibalism 1 or the aforementioned masterpiece Future Days. If you want to see the band at its most shambolic try Ege Bumyasi or Tago Mago.Whatever you do,avoid the uneven Flow Motion and the abysmal Out of Reach as starting points.Start early and return back often. This band is a classic outfit with many successful outings. Without a doubt the best band that more people should hear.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not their best, but still great 9 July 2003
By laurence hess - Published on Amazon.com
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This album has many of the elements that made Can's previous work with Damo Suzuki so amazing. Jaki Leibezeit's layered and funky drumming matched with Holger Czukay's metronomic bass playing is always the star of any good Can album. "Soon over Babaluma" marks the stepping out of Michael Karoli and Irmin Schmidt as sort of the "front men" of the band. With the loss of Damo Suzuki, Karoli and Schmidt take on the vocal duties. The vocals are the the low point of the album, but they are used in a very restrained and minimal way as to not draw attention away from the music. The music on "Soon over Babaluma" remains as stunning as on any of Can's previous efforts. The only thing seemingly missing is that, on albums such as "Tago Mago", "Ege Bamyasi", and "Future Days", Can creates a sound completely of their own. "Soon over Babaluma" is the sound of a band displaying their influences. There is the reggae vibe (dizzy dizzy), the jazz vibe (splash), the funk vibe (chain reaction), etc. This is the first Can album in which one can really see where the band is coming from. Although not as completely original as the Damo era albums, "Soon" is still worth having for anyone who is into Can.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can, Post-Damo 28 Jan 2000
By DAC Crowell - Published on Amazon.com
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This album is the first after the departure of their Japanese vocalist, Damo Suzuki, with whom Can did what was probably their best work in the previous three albums. But sustained by the momentum from these, "Soon Over Babaluma" is still a brilliant work. Now with an emerging 'poppy' feel, Can continues their explorations on tracks such as 'Chain Reaction/Quantum Physics', a side-long two-parter in which a long, groovy, trancy jam suddenly descends into a dark yet ecstatic ambient drone-work. The first half also includes an amazing Latin-inflected workout in 'Splash', and the eerie 'Come Sta, La Luna'. Equal in stature to "Future Days", I think, and likewise a good starting-point for the novice Can explorer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A further step beyond "Future Days" 8 Nov 2007
By mianfei - Published on Amazon.com
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Following 1973's brilliant Future Days, Damo Suzuki left Can to become a Jehavah's Witness and guitarist Karoli and keyboardist Schmidt took over what vocals there were.

On "Soon Over Babaluma", Can showed that they had not suffered from the loss of Suzuki. Indeed, the soft, yet intense sound of that album is carried even further here. The opening track, "Dizzy Dizzy" may seem a little humorous in its lyrical tone, but Karoli's quiet, almost spoken, voice is actually an excellent complement to the band's evolving sound. The funky groove shows the band moving into territory not seen even on Future Days. The other track sang by Karoli, the eleven-minute epic "Chain Reaction" is even better. Can move toward "ambient" rhythms long before any other band and because they are not over-relying on synthesisers, they are able to capture this sound in an organic way that never allows any instrumentalist to dominate.

"Come Sta, La Luna", sang by Schmidt, has a deeply mystical tone with its keyboard sound reminiscent of a church organ and Schmidt's voice resembling a religious chant in the chorus and a child's voice in the verses. Karoli's guitar, when it comes in, was both dense and passionate. It was all done, though, with such passion as to be remarkably memorable, whilst the closer "Quantum Physics" is a really beautiful, cryptic piece described by "The Rough Guide" as a "vapour trail". "Splash", though attractive initially, does not have the quality of the other four pieces because the focus on keyboards and woodwinds veers rather close to late Soft Machine. Nonetheless, this is not enough to deny that Can were one of the most innovative and unique bands of the 1970s or that their rediscovery in the past fifteen years is a boon for music lovers in general. "Soon Over Babaluma" shows them at close to the height of their powers and is recommended for all music lovers.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No lead singers this time, and it still didn't hurt the band 28 May 2006
By BENJAMIN MILER - Published on Amazon.com
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After Future Days was released, Damo Suzuki left and became a member of the Jehovah's Witness (who his wife he just married belonged to). This left the four core Can members, Holger Czukay, Michael Karoli, Irmin Schmidt, and Jaki Liebezeit to continue on without the benefit of a lead singer. Vocals duties now to Karoli and Schmidt, but much of it more emphasizes the instrumental side of the band.

Once again, the band did something yet different again, not repeating themselves. Ege Bamyasi was not Tago Mago Part II, Future Days was not Ege Bamyasi Part II. Likewise Soon Over Babaluma was not Future Days Part II. Apparently Irmin Schmidt started to acquire some synthesizers (at least it sounds like it to my ears) as well as even a real piano, which I thought was wecomed additions to the Can sound. "Dizzy Dizzy" has the pulsing repetitive sound, while "Come Sta, La Luna" is a real odd one with spoken voices, some Italian and Spanish influences. Next is "Dizzy", which is the band's exploration in to fusion, with Michael Karoli giving some extended violin solos, while Irmin Schmidt gives us some interesting keyboard work. "Chain Reaction" has an almost techno-like feel, but has some great guitar solos and is quite intense throught, it doesn't let up! Then comes "Quantum Physics", which is a much more experimental piece, with Jaki Liebezeit experimenting in percussion, before the band goes in to ambient territory, some of it actually bordering on New Age. Soon Over Babaluma was their last album for United Artists, and is regarded by some as their last essential album, or viewed by others as their first sign of decline, but I hadn't notice the decline here. The only post-Babaluma album I have is Saw Delight, which finds the band exploring disco, but while not bad, is rather uneven (but supposedly nowhere as bad as their following, Out of Reach). Soon Over Babaluma shows that Can kept delivering the goods even if Damo is now gone. Great stuff and highly recommended.
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