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Don't know where to start...start here!!,
This review is from: Unlimited Edition (Audio CD)
The review below spurred me to write about this album as I think it's just plain wrong! 'Unlimited edition' was the first Can record I bought when it first came out in the mid-70's and the start of a beautiful love affair with one of the greatest and most influential groups ever. It covers what's generally acknowledged to be their most productive period, from 68-74, and although it's made up of previously unreleased studio tracks, as the original liner notes pointed out Can were different to other groups in that, having their own studio, they were able to record more or less as they wanted rather for specific album sessions.
Fans of the Damo Suzuki era Can will obviously gravitate towards stunning tracks such as 'Doko e' and 'TV spot' which seem to burst spontaneously into their own funky existence but the collection is probably even stronger on the Malcolm Mooney period - 'Fall of another year' 'The empress and the ukraine king' the hilarious 'Mother Upduff' and especially the short and incredibly rocking 'Connection' show off his talents better than anything on the first three albums. Plus there's the beautiful 'Ibis', a more languid instrumental take on the 'Dizzy dizzy' theme from Soon over Babaluma led by Michael's violin, and for me the best post-Suzuki track they ever recorded. I admit some of the EFS stuff is a bit throwaway but overall it's an extremely strong collection and a great overview of Can's early years. Definitely not just for completists and, if it's your first experience like it was mine, you'll still have 'Tago Mago' 'Ege Bamyasi' 'Future Days' and the rest to come. I envy you the experience of finding out for yourself!