Lost Tapes [VINYL] Import
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The set's twenty six pounds asking price seems reasonable, given that you get three discs, three hours of music, a rather sumptuous 10" box and a 28 page booklet. It doesn't disappoint musically either. Starting proceedings is Millionspiel, a trippy rocker locked in Can's trademark percussion-led groove. "Obviously the tapes weren't really lost, but were left in the cupboards of the studio archives for so long everybody just forgot about them.Read more ›
I'm a big Can fan but I think that there is some really accessible (and fun) material on here which would serve as a great introduction to a newcomer. It's also obviously a fascinating listen for an aficionado. Recommended.
In the late 1960's, that wild and pre-digital era, something happened in Cologne, Germany. Some musicians with a background in experimental jazz and Stockhausen came together. On keyboards was Irmin Schmidt, a trained conductor of classical music. Their heads had been turned by hearing the Velvet Underground. The inclusion of Malcolm Mooney an American artist with a gift for improvised singing and Michael Karoli who was every inch a rock guitarist sealed the deal. Named Can, their first album `Monster Movie' in 1968 saw them pick up the trail from the Velvet Underground's extended jam `Sister Ray'. With the strong rhythm laid down by Jaki Leibezeit on drums and Holger Czukay on bass the transition into rock music was total and fascinating.
The group's next phase began when Japanese singer Damo Suzuki filled the gap left by Malcolm's departure. The albums with Damo (who still regularly performs unmissable improvised gigs with pick up musos around the globe) were totemic, and had a sound and sense of experiment that was all their own. `Tago Mago' had a sound that was both daring and beautiful. It was followed by `Soundtracks', `Ege Bamyasi' and `Future Days', mesmerising stuff.
Damo departed, though I saw his last gig with them in Edinburgh in 1973. They continued to record and tour as a mainly instrumental unit, with `Soon Over Babaluma' and `Landed' being the albums I most cherish from that period. The individual development of the musicians led them into solo projects, and after a decade of fruitful music Can was no more. Except for the legacy they had left in unreleased material.Read more ›
Can were certainly at their best when tempered by the razor blade of the ever watchful Holger who knew how to create concise almost-pop out of sprawling jams. There will be no more moments like Spoon, Vitamin C, Moonshake or Sing Swan Song again as bands just don't work like that anymore. Even Can after the golden years 69-74 started multi-tracking and therefore losing the special telepathic chemistry between the musicians.
So - not for Can beginners certainly. But for fanatics, the curious, the students and the collectors this set is a 'must'.
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I'm listening to it at the moment and it sounds very good to me. Enough to get my old early Can records down from the loft and play them. Excellent value as wellPublished 2 months ago by Ian Stentiford
Great musical material not just for CAN fans. I was delighted by the audio quality of "the tapes" and also for the care in preserving/transposing it on this 3CDs set. Read morePublished 11 months ago by The Dog Bite
I was very disappointed with Last Tapes. I can understand why they were not published earlier, being just compilations of bits and pieces most of which were not intended for... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Philip W.
I like Can, I gravitated towards them as I am big fan of early funk, and Can certainly brought the funk grooves to a lot of their best music in my opinion, Mushroom & Halleluhwah... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Rappers
Incredible treasure trove ,of lost and discarded music .Published 19 months ago by Mr. James C. McGurk