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I'm not in a drugged up haze often enough
on 12 February 2007
I'm giving this album three stars in the context of Can's entire output (which by the way I recommend up until Unlimited Edition, and that includes Delay 1968), because it IS problematic. The opening track is awesome; exhilerating, dark, and timeless. Tracks 2 and 3 have conversely not aged so well sound-wise - they scream 'hippy' - nor do they have anything particularly interesting to rescue them in the music, and I find that I can enjoy them only providing I'm feeling particularly kinda beatnik. To be fair I'm far too young to have any nostalgia for that 60's sound, but then so is everyone else who is discovering Can for the first time through these excellent re-masterings. The fourth track has a nice groove but does not come close to justifying its 20 minute length unless your the most die-hard of drone rockers (as opposed to later 'long' can tracks which contain plenty of material to get your teeth in to and are structured better), so what we have here is a mediocre EP for the price of an LP.
If you're already in to Can, as well you might be, then I still recommend this, particularly for the astonishing Father Cannot Yell. If not, start with Ege Bamyasi and come back to this later.