10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Not a good place to start,
This review is from: Lost Tapes Box Set (Audio CD)
If you have heard very little music by Can then this is not a good place to start. Tago Mago and Future Days are probably more accessible. However, if you are an experienced Can listener and understand how varying their music can be, then this is worth investigating even though it is a bit pricey by modern standards. You do get a box which is about 24cm x 24cm with an interesting booklet of a similar size which has an essay by Irmin Schmidt plus some background on most of the tracks in a size of print you can read without a magnifying glass. It's presented as a sort of scrap book, which works well in my opinion.
There are several tracks which would comfortably sit alongside tracks that I like best from their earlier releases such as 'Future Days' and 'Halleluwah', others which I really struggle to see what they were trying to achieve. Sound quality is generally similar to most Can releases, their music is often murky and I find that is part of the appeal - it isn't pristine and sharp and sterile, it often sounds like you are there with them as they jam and the overall effect is more important than any single instruments' musical sound fidelity.
It is marked up as a limited edition and previous experience suggests that once they are sold, they will become very hard to get and will be priced accordingly second hand. If you are a fan and know that you want this for completeness sake, don't delay. Shop around as I got this slightly cheaper via Sainsbury's Online entertainment store and it was well packaged.