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Monday, September 10, 2007

Do You Have Prince Albert In A Can?

Can Megapost

Wikipedia says: Can was a musical group formed in West Germany in 1968. One of the most important "krautrock" groups, Can had a style grounded in the art rock of bands such as The Velvet Underground, with strong experimental and world music influences.

Described by keyboard player Irmin Schmidt as an "anarchist community"[1] and constructing their music largely through free improvisation and editing, which bassist Holger Czukay has referred to as "instant compositions",[2] they had only occasional commercial success, with singles such as "Spoon" and "I Want More" reaching national singles charts. However, through albums such as Tago Mago (1971) and Ege Bamyasi (1972), Can exerted a considerable influence on avant-garde, experimental, underground, ambient, New Wave and electronic music

Can formed in Cologne in 1968 comprising bass guitarist Holger Czukay, keyboard player Irmin Schmidt, guitarist Michael Karoli, and drummer Jaki Liebezeit, along with original member David Johnson, an American composer, flutist, and electronic musician who left in 1969 after the band had begun taking a more rock-oriented direction. They used the names Inner Space and The Can before finally settling on Can. Liebezeit subsequently suggested the backronym "communism, anarchism, nihilism" for the band's name.[4]

In the autumn of 1968, they enlisted the creative, highly rhythmic, but unstable and often confrontational American vocalist Malcolm Mooney, with whom they recorded the material for an album, Prepared to Meet Thy Pnoom. This first album was rejected by their record company[5], and was not released until 1981, under the name Delay 1968. The band decided to record another album of original material from scratch, which later became Monster Movie, released in 1969. Mooney's bizarre and (often apparently psychotic) ranting stood in contrast to the stark minimalism of the music, which was influenced particularly by garage rock, funk and psychedelic rock. Repetition was stressed on bass and drums, particularly on the epic "Yoo Doo Right" which had been edited down from a six-hour improvisation to take up a mere single side of vinyl.

Mooney returned to America soon afterwards on the advice of a psychiatrist after being told that getting away from the chaotic music of Can would be better for his mental health.[6] He was replaced by the less overtly challenging Kenji "Damo" Suzuki, a young Japanese traveller found busking outside a cafe by Czukay and Liebezeit. Though he only knew a handful of guitar chords and improvised the majority of his lyrics (as opposed to committing them to paper), Suzuki was asked to perform with the band that same night. The band's first record with Suzuki was Soundtracks, released in 1970, which also contained two tracks recorded with Mooney.

Classic years: 1971–1973

The next few years saw Can release their most acclaimed works, which arguably did as much to define the krautrock genre as those of any other group. While their earlier recordings tended to be loosely based on traditional song structures, on their mid-career albums the band reverted to an extremely fluid improvisational style. The double album Tago Mago (1971) is often seen as a groundbreaking, influential and deeply unconventional record, based on intensely rhythmic jazz-inspired drumming, improvised guitar and keyboard soloing (frequently intertwining each other), tape edits as composition, and Suzuki's idiosyncratic vocalisms.

Tago Mago was followed by Ege Bamyasi (1972), a more accessible but still avant-garde record which featured the catchy "Vitamin C" and the Top 40 German hit "Spoon." Next was Future Days (1973), an unassuming but quietly complex record which represents an early example of ambient music and is perhaps the band's most critically successful record. Also included on this album was the refreshingly unexpected pop song "Moonshake". Suzuki left soon after the recording of the latter album to marry his German wife and become a Jehovah's Witness, and the vocals were taken over by Karoli and Schmidt[7], although after the departure of Suzuki, fewer of their tracks featured vocals, as Can found themselves experimenting with the ambient music they began making with Future Days.

Later years: 1974–1979

Soon Over Babaluma from 1974 continued in the ambient style of Future Days, though regaining some of the abrasive edge of Tago Mago and Ege Bamyasi. In 1975 Can signed to Virgin Records in the UK and EMI/Harvest in Germany. The albums Landed (1975) and Flow Motion (1976) saw Can moving towards a somewhat more conventional style as their recording technology improved. Accordingly, the disco single "I Want More" from Flow Motion became their only hit record outside of Germany. In 1977 Can were joined by former Traffic bassist Rosko Gee and percussionist Rebop Kwaku Baah, both of whom provided vocals to Can's music, appearing on the albums Saw Delight (1977), Out of Reach (1978) and Can (1979). During this period Holger Czukay was pushed to the fringes of the group's activity; in fact he just made sounds using shortwave radios, morse code keys, tape recorders and other sundry objects. He left Can in late 1977 and did not appear on the albums Out Of Reach or Can, although he did do some production work on the latter album. Can disbanded shortly afterwards, but reunions have taken place on several occasions since.

1968 Delay @ 320

1969 Monster Movie @ 192

1970 Soundtracks @ 192

1971 Tago Mago @ 224

1972 Ege Bamyasi @ VBR

1973 Future Days @ @ 320

1974 Soon Over Babaluma 2004 Remaster @ 320

1975 Landed @ 320

1976 Flow Motion @ 192

1976 Unlimited Edition @ 192

1977 Saw Daylight @ 320

1978 Out Of Reach @ 256

1979 Can @ 256

1989 Rite Time @ 192

1972 Berlin Bootleg@ 192 A bit on the rough side but very interesting

Canobits I @ 192

Canobits IIa @ 192

Canobits IIb @ 192

Canobits IIc @ 192

Canobits III @ 192

Canobits IV A 192

1973 Scotland Bootleg @ 192

1971-1977 Live Music

1975 Stuttgart Bootleg @ 128 Don't let the bit rate fool you this sounds pretty nice

Monster Movie Remaster @ VBR

1973 Paris Bootleg @ 192

Peel Sessions @ VBR

Radio Waves @ 192

Sacrilege I Remixes @ VBR

Sacrilege II Remixes @ VBR

The Legendary Can @ 192

1973-05-12 Paris Remastered @ 320

A couple more boots for tomorrow. InfiniteFool over at http://infinitefool.blogspot.com/ did a Can megapost last month. He has a few things I don't have here. I should stay more current with my fellow bloggers. Could have saved myself some typing.


infinitefool said...

This is why I should never look at blogs while I'm at work. Now I wanna play sick so I can go home and dl a bunch of this stuff.

Don't worry, I won't, but still...

Folks are definitely welcome to drop by Infinite Foolishness to round out your Can collections, but on after you've gorged yourselves here.

Anonymous said...

thanks for all this stuff...i didn't had the stutgartt gig...YOUR BLOG IS SO NIC !!! KEEP ON POSTING

Fernando said...

Thanks man!!!, your blog rocks!

Dolph said...

Can is beyond greatness. Thank so much for all of this work!

slik said...

WOW! I am flabergasted!

Anonymous said...

definitely, super cool,. boots looks interesting, will certainly investigate the stuttgart show.. terrific nargo ze bort.. zennaps

Anonymous said...

Thanks for all the Can (and everything else)

Anonymous said...

wow! thanks for the boots

Anonymous said...

The Moose is pleased.

kingpossum said...

Bless you TonyTiger! There is never enough Can. Thanks for the mega post and for the cool sounds always.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the Can, Fantastic

LifePlus said...

I keep looking at your article about Can and all the links that follow; all I can say is "Putain, mais c'est qui ce mec?", thinking of you TonyTiger. No answer necessary. Keep the magic alive and big shout for your blog !

John said...

Awesome! Thanks for all the Can. I'm a Canhead but haven't heard of Canobits til now. Thanks dude!! :)


Anonymous said...

This is the single greatest blog post I've ever seen.