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4.0 out of 5 stars a peak behind the curtain, 7 July 2012
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This review is from: Lost Tapes Box Set (Audio CD)
In my experience most people I have tried to play Can to have actively hated them. However some of us, think they made some of the most amazing music ever.

If you are in the latter camp then this is a worthwhile collection. The packaging is hefty and distinctive, with a decent booklet and the CDs set in recesses. As with other reviewers, one disk was rattling about loose on arrival, however it plays okay. At ten inches square this is probably something for your bookshelf.

The music is a mixed bag, there is stuff here that I cannot imagine anyone listening to more than once. There is stuff here that is as good as anything produced by Can. The problem is that no two folk will agree what is the dross and what is the gold. If you are a Can fan then the box set is a safe purchase. It is likely to be deleted in a year or two, and you could always sell it then for some extra money. For me however it is well worth keeping. Even if the quality is distinctly patchy, it is fascinating to peak behind the curtain to hear just how this incredible music was put together. It seems to have been composed as free-form jazz, rather than by assembling standard rock or pop elements.

If you are not familiar with Can, then the very generous Anthology (Remastered) is the place to start.
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