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The Lost Tapes [VINYL] Box set, Limited Edition


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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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  • Vinyl (3 Dec 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set, Limited Edition
  • Label: Mute
  • ASIN: B009K50MU4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 142,650 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Martin Leitch on 18 Jun 2012
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Been a while, hasn't it? Originally conceived way back in 2008, it was a few years after that, in early 2011 that the box set was announced. Delay after delay happened, but finally, well over half a year later than planned, we have it. So, was all this excitement worth it, or does this box set consist of sonic barrel scrapings from the bands long forgotten jams? Well, if Can keyboardist Irmin Schmidt hadn't have had anything to do with it, it might well have done. He remembers that "We always had tapes running, but 10 years' tapes running all the time 12 hours a day would come to an unimaginably big pile...But perhaps a tape would have 10 minutes on it that we thought were good. So there were little snippets and bits and pieces of all kinds from different periods on one tape... chaos." By the sounds of it then, with fifty hours of tapes, had they given in to that money-spinning temptation of releasing multiple volumes, each could have been of a very dodgy quality. Thankfully, this won't be the case. "This is the final extract from the archive. More, there isn't. There are another 47 hours not worth releasing, which will definitely disappear." Schmidt stated, in one sentence, crushing any further speculation. And, on that note, on to the actual album.

The set's twenty six pounds asking price seems reasonable, given that you get three discs, three hours of music, a rather sumptuous 10" box and a 28 page booklet. It doesn't disappoint musically either. Starting proceedings is Millionspiel, a trippy rocker locked in Can's trademark percussion-led groove. "Obviously the tapes weren't really lost, but were left in the cupboards of the studio archives for so long everybody just forgot about them.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By T. R. Cowdret on 18 Jun 2012
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If you're afraid that this might contain mostly unlistenable outtakes from the seminal albums, don't worry. The quality of material on this 3CD box set is astonishing. The tracks sound incredibly fresh. In my opinion, almost everything on here (with the exception of the superflous 'The Agreement' and perhaps one other track) is intriguing and highly enjoyable to listen to. We've got the fifteen minute (or so) wig-out of 'Graublau'. We've got out and out funkiness on 'Barnacles'. You can hear the beginnings of tracks like 'Vernal Equinox' from Landed (it appears here as 'Midnight Men'). We are also offered a selection of live versions of tracks which veer in really wonderful ways from the original. There are stunning vocal performances from both Mooney and Suzuki, some of which stand up incredibly well to the tracks we know from the albums.

I'm a big Can fan but I think that there is some really accessible (and fun) material on here which would serve as a great introduction to a newcomer. It's also obviously a fascinating listen for an aficionado. Recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mcleod on 9 Mar 2013
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Can - The Lost Tapes box set

In the late 1960's, that wild and pre-digital era, something happened in Cologne, Germany. Some musicians with a background in experimental jazz and Stockhausen came together. On keyboards was Irmin Schmidt, a trained conductor of classical music. Their heads had been turned by hearing the Velvet Underground. The inclusion of Malcolm Mooney an American artist with a gift for improvised singing and Michael Karoli who was every inch a rock guitarist sealed the deal. Named Can, their first album `Monster Movie' in 1968 saw them pick up the trail from the Velvet Underground's extended jam `Sister Ray'. With the strong rhythm laid down by Jaki Leibezeit on drums and Holger Czukay on bass the transition into rock music was total and fascinating.
The group's next phase began when Japanese singer Damo Suzuki filled the gap left by Malcolm's departure. The albums with Damo (who still regularly performs unmissable improvised gigs with pick up musos around the globe) were totemic, and had a sound and sense of experiment that was all their own. `Tago Mago' had a sound that was both daring and beautiful. It was followed by `Soundtracks', `Ege Bamyasi' and `Future Days', mesmerising stuff.
Damo departed, though I saw his last gig with them in Edinburgh in 1973. They continued to record and tour as a mainly instrumental unit, with `Soon Over Babaluma' and `Landed' being the albums I most cherish from that period. The individual development of the musicians led them into solo projects, and after a decade of fruitful music Can was no more. Except for the legacy they had left in unreleased material.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By freewheeling frankie TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Oct 2012
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You wait umpteen years for a CD of previously unissued Can music and the proverbial three come along at once...

You could describe this as Unlimited Edition Volume 2. But there are major differences and not just the fact that there's nearly three times as much music here. Firstly, very little on Unlimited Edition bore any relation to any previously issued Can song. Whereas here, there are a whole host of familiar(ish) tunes: On The Way To Mother Sky, A Swan Is Born and Desert are early variants of, unsurprisingly, Mother Sky, Sing Swan Song and Soul Desert, none quite in the league of the previously released versions; Messer, Scissors, Fork And Light is a series of variations on Spoon, used in the soundtrack of the TV detective series for which Spoon itself was the theme and edited together for this set; Dead Pigeon Suite does much the same with Vitamin C; and Midnight Men, from yet another soundtrack, not only fuses elements of both Hunters And Collectors and Vernal Equinox but is unmistakeably the source of the backing track of Oh Lord Give Us More Money on Holger Czukay's Movies album. Also unlike Unlimited Edition, The Lost Tapes includes nearly an hour of live material, some of which is, again, familiar in tune if not always in widely circulated versions. The sound quality of the live material is, in almost all cases, far better than on the 2 live CDs issued as part of the Can box.

Of the remainder, there is a high proportion of material from Can's earliest days - 11 tracks are from 1968 and 1969, though not all feature Malcolm Mooney - one or two even predate his arrival in late 1968. Another 11 cover the Damo Suzuki era, leaving only 8 tracks from their last 5 years.
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