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Future Days Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (April 15, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Mute
  • ASIN: B00151HZMO
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,015 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Future Days
2. Spray
3. Moonshake
4. Bel Air

Editorial Reviews

Standard CD issue of this digitally remastered edition of the Krautrock band's 1973 album. This is the last album to feature Japanese vocalist Damo Suzuki. On Future Days, the band employs more of an ambient sound than on their previous efforts, especially on the title track and the twenty minute "Bel Air". A stunning album. Mute. 2008.

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This may be the best ten bucks you'll ever spend in your life.
Tilman
I initially bought the Mute US version, and threw it in my CD player in my car--no read after 3-4 attempts.
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Can's music is difficult to categorize; mood music might apply.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Tom Chase on December 28, 2008
Format: Audio CD
"Future Days", the last of Can's golden era trilogy, is possibly the most ambitious and wildly innovative of the three. It expands on the psych-funk of "Ege Bamyasi" through elegant, vast electronic soundscapes that give an ethereal and haunting atmosphere. It's electronic, but don't be thinking Jean Michel Jarre or Kraftwerk - it's still undeniably Can.

The evolving sound of "Future Days" is evident from the go with the superb opening title track. Layers of texture and noise build until giving way to a sublime, delicate groove, decorated with guitar flashes and lush synth washes. "Spray" offers more experimentation with some frenetic, jazzy instrumentation that swaggers and bulges, builds up and breaks down. "Moonshake" is most reminiscent of the Can sound found on their previous works - by far the shortest and sharpest track on the album, the song is full-on funky Can at their catchy and accessible best.

The centre-piece to the album though comes with the giant twenty minute "Bel Air". The opening five minutes is some of the most beautiful music to pass my ears, anchored by an ethereal, haunting base line, the song then weaves in and out of structures, always shifting dynamics and textures. At times starkly minimal with gentle guitar and synth work, at others energetic, dense and percussion laden. It's a triumph to the band.

Unlike so many bands from the 70s that dabbled in electronic outings, Can's music still sounds fresh and exciting today. This is one of the most important and influential albums to come out of the krautrock and 70s rock scene. Highly recommended to everyone.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tilman on November 28, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Two tracks on this record are, for me, absolutely essential CAN: The proto-ambient, latin groove of Future Days and the in-your-face drive of Moonshake. While Splash offers an undercurrent of tension and unease, Bel-Air just sings with light. For Damo Suzuki, this was already becoming too symphonic and the album marked his final recording--completing the trio of CAN's most enduring classics. Like CAN's other great material, the recordings are devoid of fashion and impossible to date. They sounds as fresh as the day this music was born (and meticulously hand-edited = spliced with razorblades and tape by Holger Czukay) and hold up to anything from any era. Get it. This may be the best ten bucks you'll ever spend in your life.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mike D. on April 14, 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Hi

The issue in question is only in the US. If you order from Spoon Records directly, we will send you a CD from our Europe stock which is fine. Mute Records, who preses the CDs in the US is investigating where the fault comes from and will repress hopefully asap. When that is done, you willbe able to get a new, non-faulty CD from them too.

Cheers-
Spoon Records
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I just got my second copy of the 2008 future days from Amazon, and both will not play in any of my CD players or computer. The errors say "data disc," "no disk," etc. Windows media player does not even register or read the CD's. Other 2008 Can CD's that I recently bought will play fine. When I look at the CD surface it is uniform with no line of demarcation between where the music should be and the rest of the disc. Seems like I've tapped into a manufacturing run that has had probelms. Anyone else notice this?? Please tell me I'm not going crazy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paul Aragon on December 20, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Future Days by Can is such a grand achievement of progressive rock, that it literally gives me too much to write about to formulate a standard music review. Instead of focusing on the entire album, I have decided to only write about the final piece, Bel Air...I hesitate to even refer to it as a song. It lasts 19:52 and is set up in three sections resembling the structure of a classical chaconne form rather then a rock song. The first two sections last roughly 4:45 a piece, before the final section reintroduces the opening theme, while leading to an epic conclusion.

The astonishing Bel Air is built upon a set of chromatically descending chords that makes the very framework of the piece feel like it is continually melting at all times. It is as much ethereal as it is elemental, as if it is comprised of wispy curtains of air and water. At first I could not decide if I was being visually transported onto some Pacific north-west beach where the ocean is always bearing down in a continual vapor of grayish blue green sea air and drizzle, or if I was being tossed into the very bowels of the ocean itself. I have ultimately decided on the later. It is at the 11:49 point that a tital wave catapults the listener from the passivity marking the main themes return, into an urgency of such epic proportions and force, that one feels propelled through time and space in suspended animation as if shot out of a cannon...And oh man! The drumming in this first fourty second of velocity, with its subtle use of hyperventilating snares and cymbal paterns is so enchantingly brilliant that it is next to impossible to not rewind the music just to listen to this passage over and over again.
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I bought this disc about a month ago at a local record store and had the same problem. They only had one copy, so I exchanged this for Monster Movie. Interesting to hear someone else had this same problem with their disc.
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