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on 14 September 2017
On 'Waiting for the streetcar', Malcolm Mooney says the line 'Are you waiting for the streetcar?', with some slight variations, 170 times. There is nothing interesting about either the line itself or the ways in which he repeats it. If this kind of timewasting is what thrills you, then you'll love 'The lost tapes'. As the booklet reveals, the Can tapes weren't 'lost' at all. They were merely unreleased. Most of this 3CD shows why. You have been warned.
There are variations in the artwork on some copies. This is because the ever-mediocre Julian House scrawled '1968–1975' on his cover design. The recordings actually end in 1977. Sloppy work by a sloppy designer, and sloppy of Mute and Spoon not to notice. Still, this is very sloppy music, sloppily performed, so it's all of a piece.