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4.0 out of 5 stars A flawed masterpiece, 26 Jun 2012
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This review is from: Lost Tapes Box Set (Audio CD)
The set is excellent but I'm going to put the spanner in the works.

Out of the 3 CD's at least one CD is made up of live material. Can were 2 beasts; the studio one and the live one. They were different entities in the same body. So mixing live and studio material for a band such as Can doesn't quite do it for me.
I would have preferred The Lost Tapes (a misrepresentation if ever there was one!) to have been totally studio.
Can must have hours of live material worthy of release so why not a double CD of some of the best bits or even make them avaialble as downlaods from their Spoon site.
Anyway, I am not really griping. I am thankful that the stuff was salvaged and much care and attention was made to get it looking and sounding amazing.
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Initial post: 28 Jun 2012 07:02:34 BDT
But Can have quite a long history of mixing live and studio performances. It goes all the way back to Monster Movie!

Posted on 28 Jun 2012 07:04:55 BDT
Also, I think the distinction between 'live' and 'studio' with regard to a band like Can is pretty blurred anyway. Spontaneous composition!

Posted on 10 Jul 2012 10:17:38 BDT
"Can must have hours of live material worthy of release"

If only! I recall that the 2 CD live album they put out with the Can Box was largely compiled from bootlegs. Of course there's plenty of that out there, though much is terrible quality, and there's a fantastic Bataclan gig from a TV show which you can find parts of on youtube. But it's not theirs to release (though an official video of it would be nice).

And I totally agree with TR Cowdret - I suppose they could have stuck all the live tracks on one disc but Irmin went for sequencing not compartmentalising. Not sure about your arithmetic either - I'd say about 25% is live. And the premise is: whatever they had in their tape stash that was worth issuing - live, studio, soundtrack, weird cut-ups. Sure, I'd love to hear more (all?) of it but just think of the toenail-scrapings that have been issued on box sets and expanded reissues over the years. Only obsessive diehards listen to most of them more than a couple of times and even Can will have had their off days, especially later on. This set has been made to be listened to and enjoyed by anyone who's quite into Can. Christmas 6 months early as far as I'm concerned.

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