Can Delay 1968 Original recording remastered, SACD
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This release features sleeve notes and rarely seen photography from the personal Can archive, as well as original artwork from long deleted editions. Delay was originally released in 1981. It's the classic "first album" that got stuck in the vaults until 1981 when Holger Czukay edited the archived tapes.
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The title is slightly misleading as it would seem only one track (Man Named Joe) was definitely recorded in 1968 - the rest was recorded between January and October 1969. But despite being, essentially, a bunch of out-takes recorded over nearly a year, it has a very consistent sound that makes it sound like a proper album.
It is, however, not one of Can's most consistent albums in terms of content - the very early Man Named Joe is a bit scrappy and Little Star Of Bethlehem is not strong enough musically to carry the endless repetition of a lyric that can only have seemed like a good idea if all concerned were extremely stoned, unless perhaps Malcolm Mooney was parodying banal stoned ramblings. But apart from these two tracks, both of which have their virtues, the album is pretty strong. The two longer pieces (Butterfly and Uphill) in particular show a strong influence of the noisier end of the Velvet Underground, though not lyrically, and both wield considerable power, with guitarist Michael Karoli unleashing some vicious fuzz licks on the latter; along with Outside My Door from "Monster Movie" and Mother Sky from "Soundtracks" these are the most overtly rock pieces in Can's early work. Thief, one of two tracks they recorded during a residency in Zurich, is the strongest song here, and the emotional intensity is quite overwhelming. This comes from the interplay of Karoli's stinging guitar, the hypnotic rhythm section and Mooney's emotionally raw vocals.Read more ›
Lyrics are very funny and playful-especially "Little Star of Bethlehem" and "19th Century Man"-Malcolm Mooney has never sounded better.
All in all,great introduction to Can,either early or late,and it may suprise newcomers to Can who hear them constantly hailed as innovators-this music is based on blues and rock,not Stockhausen,and it's possibly one reason it's so good.Recommended,and after this,try "Monster Movie" and "Soundtracks",the rest of this era of Can