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I say Soundtracks is so cool like mother sky.,
This review is from: Soundtracks (Audio CD)
The reason most Can fans seek out "Soundtracks" is the 14 minute epic "Mother Sky, famously the bands musical response to the Velvet Undergrounds (inferior) "Sister Ray". "Mother Sky" is possiby the pinnacle of the Can experience, opening with some of Michael Karoli's most spurious and furious riffing before settling into the main groove where vocalist Dami Suzuki throws some more seemingly non-senseical hippy meanderings at the listener.
At 14 minutes "Mother Sky" alone justifies the entry fee, at 14 minutes its easy to dedicate the whole review to the one track, but that would be indulging in fuitility as words alone can never do any justice to its glory!!
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.