In the post today from Mute Records came a tantalising 5 track sampler CD for Can’s Lost Tapes box set, which comes out on Monday. Five tracks at first sounds a bit meagre at first but remember, this is Can. There’s no two minute wonders.
Starts off with a deceptively low-fi intro and then kicks off in full on high fidelity. A classic TV theme from Can with a fast-paced, groovy stomp. Kind of what might have been if Can had done the Bond theme instead of John Barry.
This one has Malcolm Mooney on vocals. Seems more raw, low-fi compared to the other material on here. Has more of a ‘Delay 1968’ than a ‘Monster Movie’ vibe to it. Sorta Jimi Hendrix singing for The Velvets in punk mode.
3.Abra Cada Braxas
A mad session with Damo doing some insane vocal aerobics. He sounds like an opera singer on LSD. The band groove out on a mellow “Future Days” era style beat and then it goes into a mad wig-out ala “Soup” or the second disc of “Tago Mago”. The big shock comes when they finish and you hear an audience screaming with delirious approval. The sound quality is so vivid, so excellently mastered, I had no idea this was a live track until they applauded.
Instrumental jam, very in the “Landed” mode, slightly reminiscent of “Vernal Equinox”. Beautiful driving space rock with tight rhythms, searching guitar and some of the most beautiful keyboard work Irmin has ever done – very trippy sounds he’s getting here. It goes into a weird, percussive breakdown like a Martian/African ethnological forgery. In fact, this is the trippiest thing I’ve ever heard from Can.
It’s “Mushroom”, Jim, but not as we know it. As with the third track on here, this is amazing sound quality (must buy the “Tago Mago” reissue with the live disc, going by the quality here). Obviously, they’re doing something very different here. The rhythm is recognisable but differently paced. Damo occasionally uses the old “I was born/and I was dead” refrain but for the most part is making it up. Irmin and Michael are doing something very new and different. I’d go as far as to say quite a menacing version.
So, just a teaser lasting 35 minutes but it’s got me psyched. I knows there’s other tracks out on the web for streaming but this is the real deal, fully mastered on CD and played through my hi-fi not some crappy digital format played through my laptop’s speakers.
“The Lost Tapes” is out on Monday 18th June and is currently £29.99 from Amazon