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Soon Over Babaluma (Remastered Sacd/CD Hybrid) Original recording remastered, SACD

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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: B0009RJPA0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 186,058 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Dizzy Dizzy
2. Come Sta, La Luna
3. Splash
4. Chain Reaction
5. Quantum Physics

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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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Neylan VINE VOICE on 23 Oct. 2007
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Can simply baffle and entrance. If you decide that they're not for you, then you'll never understand why a surprisingly large number of musos describe them as the greatest product of late 20th Century music.

Soon Over Babaluma won't clarify your decision either way, though Dizzy Dizzy is one one of their most accessible tracks. It's a piece of dub reggae with bluesy violin, which merely leaves one wondering how anyone could contemplate playing dub reggae without a bluesy violin. The other obvious stand-out track is Splash - effectively a furious work-out by the band's two stand-out musicians: Michael Karoli and Jaki Liebezeit. Karoli plays a seven-minute, screeching, distorted guitar and violin solo while Liebezeit concocts a jazz rhythm behind it that grows in skill and complexity till it becomes simply breathtaking.

On the strength of these two tracks alone I would recommend Soon Over Babaluma, but there is more. True, I could happily go quite a long time before hearing 'Come Sta, La Luna' again, while 'Quantum Physics' (which closes the album) doesn't stand up on its own but only works as a coda to the rest of the piece. However, 'Chain Reaction', the centrepiece of side two, is a beautiful venture into the disco rhythms that were starting to make themselves felt at the time, and is only let down by its vocal (a criticism I will heretically make of most Can albums, regardless of whether it's Karoli, Schmidt, Suzuki or Mooney singing). If you're going to have a pregnant 4-minute intro, your first lines need to better than "Elephant... dominating...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. Morgan on 6 Sept. 2014
Format: Audio CD
This is brilliant, one of a great band's climaxes without a doubt and you should listen to it many, many times, as I have (see what I did there, sports fans?): this is one hypnotic group sticking right in a deep groove that Sly and Robbie would admire. I love this, part- Proustian reasons as I remember the year I bought it so it brings adolescence back to me. Its promise is first sensed in the striking, almost luminous cover art, a fair indication of the slightly uncanny work herein. The first side comprises snappier - not actually snappy, but less mesmeric, brisker, more whimsical material, recognisably the same lot sans Damo Suzuki, although the shorter trackes on what was this first half are shorter, more playful, Karoli plays violin at first, the drumming hammers and the sound is the usual shimmering space music (making the latter alliance with Hawkwind seem inevitable, though 'space' is different for each). Two long tracks finish this charming piece, 'Quantum Physics' and 'Chain Reaction'; you can't call them songs, with the familiar sparse lyrics of deliberately little but evocative meaning and repetitive riffs and percussive, insistent drumming. There's the characteristic almost wailing voice, the chugging rhythm which seems as if it could go on forever; in fact time seems obliterated by them: I'd be happy to have them reverberating all day. Guitar, drums and synths create a wash of sounds, aural paintings rather than you might expect a 'pop' disc to yield. I regard it as a companion-piece to the similarly hypnotic 'Ege Bamyasi' since its strange hooks have a way of insinuating themselves. No wonder it was the Germans who came up with the notion of ear-worms! Terrific.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By chrijom on 14 Mar. 2006
Format: Audio CD
This was the first album after the departure of Damo Suzuki. Michael Karoli takes over the lead vocal duties as well as adding violin, both of which sit very comfortably within the classic Can sound. Jaki Liebezeit's metronomic drum grooves hold the whole album together in the same way as their previous work - so there is much here to enjoy for the Can fan. It is an album that is often overlooked in favour of "Future Days" or "Tago Mago", however this is still a very credible album, and one of my personal favourites. I also feel that it is a better album than its follow up "Landed". If I could give this a four-and-a-half rating I certainly would. This particular reissue also comes in the CD cases that are slightly rounded on the corners - which is a nice design idea and still fit into a normal racking or storage system.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Ooijer on 5 Nov. 2008
Format: Audio CD
This is not only my favourite Can-album (sounding very different from the oft-mentioned albums like Tago Mago, Ege Bamyasi or Monster Movie - which I also like a lot) but my favourite of all albums I own, which is a (varied) lot! It has had to compete for this honourable position with Pink Floyd's DSOTM, Zep BBC Sessions and Happy trails by Quicksilver Messenger Service. None of which come close to this album, the only one that comes close (in style) but is the slightly lesser (imHo) is Future Days.
The absolute star of this album has to be Michael Karoli, who is solely responsible for my new-found love of clean sounds, for which the Stratocaster is remarkbly suitable. Can's albums reward a dedicated listeningto appreciate all the intricacies. I absolutely dig Karoli's 2-4-1-3-4 rhythm on Chain Reaction. Such genius to come up with that and be able to play it. his vocal work is quite reminiscent of former singer Suzuki, and not a complete replacement, but it's close enough for this material (I don't think he could've replaced Suzuki on Can's previous songs, but here it works out just fine)
I play this album when I want to fall asleep, it's soothing music is not dull (in fact, I have to make sure I won't start paying attention to the beutiful intricacies of these songs or I won;t fall asleep any time soon. This is not a dull album at all, it is very soothing and when I played this to my visitors at my birthday party, other even exclaimed how nice it was - which was a revalation! I could play all other music I like, and some of my guests will start complaining - about jangly guitar noises etc. It was nice to notice others agreeing with me for a change.
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