'Soundtracks' followed 'Monster Movie' (1969) and the delayed 'Delay 1968' (released 1981)- listening to those two prior to this makes more sense, before moving onto the key Can-titles 'Tago Mago' (1971),'Ege Bamyasi' (1972), 'Future Days' (1973) & 'Soon Over Babaluma' (1974). I don't know if these are soundtracks to films, or imaginary soundtracks, or imaginary soundtracks to imaginary films (...I really should learn more about Can, bizarrely I just know several albums and not much else!). The films to which these songs soundtrack include 'Deadlock','Cream','Madchen Mit Gewalt', 'Deep End' & 'Bottom - Ein Grober Graublaeur Vogel.'
Two of the songs have a vocal from original Can-singer Michael Mooney - 'Soul Desert' (later a title for a track on Julian Cope's 'Jehovahkill') & 'She brings the rain'- the latter a track which feels quite jazzy after the primal meltdown of 'Mother Sky' - sounds like Ry Cooder after Krautrock. Several other tracks feature Mooney's replacement Damo Suzuki on vocals- I like Mooney's vocals, but plump for Suzuki's - perhaps as it sounds like a language I know and don't know at the same time? Damo sings opener 'Deadlock', the Doors-in-Space of 'Tango Whiskeyman', 'Don't Turn the Light On...' & the epic 'Mother Sky' ('Deadlock- titlemusic' is an instrumental).
All these tracks are moving towards the styles explored on the subsequent albums - you can hear tracks like 'Halleluwah' & 'I'm So Green' in tracks like 'Don't Turn the Light On, Leave Me Alone' & 'Mother Sky.' Which leads me to...
MOTHER SKY!!!!!... Read more ›
There are other tracks on this album and they too can be quite fantastic. "Deadlock" opens with familiar sounding acid rock riffing ala Cream era Clapton, and "Tango Whiskeyman" is yet another Can back catalogue high point. Dreamy, breezy and melodic the song even has a chorus, lead by Karoli's descending and tender guitar melody that pre-dates Terry Bicker (House of Love) by 20 years.
"Soundtracks" though, is not an album proper as such, it is yes, a collection of various film Soundtracks which the band had been commisioned over ther years. Consequently it features both vocalists Malcomn Mooney and the aforementioned Damo Suzuki, consequently many of the tracks end rather abruptly (probably where the original film scene ended) much to the records detrement. Furthur criticismn of the LP is "She brings the Rain", Can try to sound ordinary and in the process write the worst song of there career.
Not the best place to start your journey into the wonderful world of Can (Ege Bamyasi is), but definitlely a record that every self respecting Krautrock fan must own and love.
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