In CrazyFriday we like to look at the past to understand a bit more what´s happening right now and what might happen in the future. That´s why we´d like to introduce you (if you already don´t know them) this amazing band called Can
Can was a German experimental rock band formed in Cologne, West Germany in 1968. Later labeled as one of the first krautrock groups, they transcended mainstream influences and incorporated strong minimalist and world music elements into their often psychedelic music.
Can constructed their music largely through collective spontaneous composition—which the band differentiated from improvisation in the jazz sense—sampling themselves in the studio and editing down the results; bassist/chief engineer Holger Czukay referred to Can’s live and studio performances as “instant compositions”.
They had occasional commercial success, with singles such as “Spoon” and “I Want More” reaching national singles charts. Through albums such as Monster Movie (1969), Tago Mago (1971), Ege Bamyasi (1972) and Future Days (1973), the band exerted a considerable influence on avant-garde, experimental, underground, ambient, new wave and electronic music.
Last week was released the Can Vinyl Box set. 17 pieces on 180g vinyl housed in a linen wrapped two piece box. The box is numbered and limited to 1500 worldwide.
The box set features all 13 of the band’s classic albums, alongside Out Of Reach, which has been unavailable in any official format since its original release in 1978 plus Can Live, a bonus live disc featuring the classic Can line up of Holger Czukay (bass), Michael Karoli (guitar), Jaki Liebezeit (drums) and Irmin Schmidt (keyboards). Can Live was recorded at Sussex University in 1975 and will be unavailable in any format outside of the Can Vinyl Box.
The artwork for the individual albums is all in its original form and five posters and a 20-page 12” booklet accompanies the box set featuring unseen photpgraphs from the Can archive and sleevenotes by the acclaimed author, Alan Warner (Morvern Caller). In addition, the box set will include a download code for each of the albums, except Can Live, which is available on vinyl only.
Monster Movie, Soundtracks, Tago Mago, Ege Bamyasi, Future Days, Soon Over Babaluma, Delay, Unlimited Edition, Landed, Flow Motion, Saw Daylight, Can, Rite Time, Out Of Reach, Can Live, Sussex University 1975.
The Can Vinyl Box was mastered and cut to vinyl by Kevin Metcalfe at The Soundmasters, London. Remasters and vinyl processing was coordinated by long time collaborator, Jono Podmore.
You can get the Can Vinyl Box in the following links:
Although the Can Vinyl Set is a bit pricey, this playlist isn´t. So feel free to close your eyes, click play and enjoy this vintage as if drinking a good old red wine from the 60´s