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Can – Mother Sky

A huge motorik monolith from the Cologne Krautrock darlngs. A classic track from the 1970 album ‘Soundtracks’.

“I say madness is too pure like Mother Sky”.


Can – Moonshake

We honour Holger Czukay, who sadly passed away, with this mantric, propulsive banger from Can’s 1973 album ‘Future Days’.

Can – Live in Germany, Soest 1970

What better way to pay tribute to the passing of the incredible Jaki Liebezeit than posting a Can live gig from their Damo-era heyday. Oh to have been there.

Can – One More Night

R.I.P Jaki Liebezeit.

May the infinite be as perfect as your drumming.

Can – Little Star Of Bethlehem

One for the Festive season from Malcolm Mooney-era Can. This is a track that came out on a mop up album of the band’s unreleased tracks from 1968 titled, Delay 1968.

Can – Bring Me Coffee Or Tea (Live)

Here be a live version of the closing track from Can’s seminal album  (or at least ‘one’ of their seminal albums)’ Tago Mago’ (1971). This is an amazing, slinky bit of Krautrock with a really loose and jazzy feel.
This is the very first Can track that this reviewer heard; and it still has the same impact that it did on the first listen.
The drumming is stunning; and was standard work from human metronome Jaki Liebezeit.

Can – Paperhouse (Live)

Wonderful 1972 live rendition of the opening track from the bands ‘Tago Mago’ (1971). Lilting and fragile; even when it ramps up the heat and gets tough. The epitome of Damo Suzuki-era Can.

Can – Dizzy Dizzy

Can’s 1974 album ‘Soon Over Babaluma’ was the start of a decline; things were definitely not the same after the Mooney/Suzuki era. However, there were still moments of brilliance, and ‘Dizzy Dizzy’ was certainly one of them. Almost like a psychedelic cajun number, this track has a rhythm section that almost wobbles, with some soaring fiddle weaving around it. Lovely.

Can – Vitamin C

By the time of 1972’s ‘Ege Bam Yasi’ album, Can’s style of ‘Krautrock’ had become funky, loose, and (mostly) song orientated. Tracks like ‘Vitamin C’ predicted the psychedelic shuffle of Madchester anthems like the Stone Roses ‘Fools Gold’ by well over a decade.

Can – Bel Air

The second side of Can’s 1973 album ‘Future Days’ consists solely of this track; a track described by Julian Cop in his ‘Krautrocksampler’ book from 1996 as ‘a shambles’. Cope hit the mark many a time in that book, but sometimes went pretty wide; his description of ‘Bel Air’ was one of those times. It was far less monolithic than the Can tunes of the previous two albums, but this hardly made it ‘symphonic’, or anything as tasteless as bog standard Prog. Instead, ‘Bel Air’ gives us more of the lilting Krautrock that the opening track ‘Future Days’ delivered; except this time the song takes twists and turns and throws a bit more ferocity in the mix every now and again. A lovely piece of music, especially the opening segment (which get’s repeated again during the course of the 19+ minutes) that sees Damo Suzuki in fine fettle.

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