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Standard CD issue of this digitally remastered edition of the Krautrock band's 1969 debut album. Upon its release, the album became very influential in the development of Krautrock. It is notable for being the only Can album (until the 1989 reunion on Rite Time) on which Malcolm Mooney performed all of the vocals. Mooney recorded a few songs for the following Soundtracks album and was replaced by Damo Suzuki. The cover of the album depicts a faceless Galactus, and is credited to "The Can", a name originally suggested by Malcolm Mooney and taken on as a result of a democratic vote. Previously the band were known as "Inner Space", which later became the name of their purpose-built recording studio.

1. Father Cannot Yell
2. Mary, Mary So Contrary
3. Outside My Door
4. Yoo Doo Right

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  • Audio CD (April 15, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mute (Artist Intelligence)
  • ASIN: B00151HZMY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,329 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I don't think I'll ever forget the noisy guitar playing that can be heard throughout the entire album.
B. E Jackson
In this album they have an african-american lead singer named Malcom Mooney who is my favorite singer from Can.
Stephen B. Sumemrlin
Monster Movie is Can's best record, and arguably one of THE best rock records in the late 60s, period.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By DAC Crowell on January 25, 2000
Format: Audio CD
There are scant few records recorded in the late 1960s that sound like they could've been done last week. The Velvet Underground's "White Light/White Heat" is one. And this is another. "Monster Movie" belongs in the same pantheon of influential greats as that record, to be sure. Starting off with the berserker sonic vortex of "Father Cannot Yell", the band carves out a wild patch of territory somewhere between noise-rock, jazz improv, New Music, and beat-poet-ranting that hits home like a .44 magnum bullet to the brain even to this day. The whole second half of the release is taken up by the amazing 'Yoo Doo Right', which is one of the truly great jam classics of all time, featuring astounding work by all the band, topped by the ranting, yowling declamations of Malcolm Mooney. As opposed to the 'peace and love' and candy-rock pretentions of its contemporaries, "Monster Movie" is like salt on a raw nerve...and it hurts so GOOOOOD!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By William Scalzo on October 17, 2005
Format: Audio CD
The thing that impresses me most about Can is that while their sound changed dramatically over the years, there was an amazing consistency to their classic run of albums. Monster Movie was their debut, and the only full-length album they released with Malcolm Mooney on vocals (Delay 1968 didn't see the light of day for many years afterward.) On Monster Movie, one can point out many similarities with other acts, such as the acid-drenched Velvet Underground guitar tones, the funky extended beats a la James Brown and the beat-poetry-as-vocals approach of the Doors. But Can sounds nothing less than completely original in the way they blend these elements with their own unique perspectives.

Mooney shared the same offbeat concept of lead vocals as his successor, Damo Suzuki. The big difference is that Mooney was an expatriate American and spoke English as a first language, meaning you can actually make out what he's "singing" (reciting might be more apt!) Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love Damo Suzuki's work with the band, but it's cool to hear the vocals so upfront and lyrically discernable on a Can CD. Mooney tosses off terrific little poetic non-sequiters like the one I used in my review title all over this album.

Elsewhere, guitarist Michael Karoli, keyboard player Irmin Schmidt and bassist Holger Czukay were playing a lot rougher and more psychedelic than later albums, while Jaki Liebezeit was his usual precision-controlled monster self on drums. This was a sound that the band would continue through tracks like "Mother Sky" and the Tago Mago extravaganza, before abandoning it for a more ambient direction.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By gone daddy gone on December 10, 2002
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Can's debut is just stunning, right out the gate with "father cannot yell" what a record! This was back with original vocalist Malcom Mooney, who just lets it all go on this record in the tradition of the truly possessed, he becomes at times hysterical in the energy he channels on this record, you fear that this much passion and terror and love and intensity coming from one person would kill them. And it nearly did. But the band can do no wrong here, this is when Karoli was still in his Syd Barrett meets Sterling Morrisson guitar phase, and it became a legitimate style in and of itself, but one he more or less discards after "mother sky" a little ways down the road. But back to monster movie, with that strange alteration of Jack Kirby's idea of god as a devourer, Galactus, on the cover. And this record will devour, oh listen to "Mary". One of the greatest rock songs of all time, one of the greatest guitar lines of all time (both the rhythm and the lead) and listen to Malcom get hysterical as he calls her name ("Marymarymarymarymarymary- marymarymarymarymary -MARYMARYMARYMARYMARY MARYMARYMARYMARYMARY") whoa. Incredible stuff. and there's more. Everything is great, the classic "Yoo doo right" it's all here, you need this record if you are interested in Rock music, experimental music, or experimental rock music, of which Can were indeed the kings.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By B. E Jackson on August 22, 2008
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This is almost IMPOSSIBLE to believe! This Can album actually came out in 1969? It sounds *nothing* like everything else going on in the music scene at the time! This is really surprising to me.

The entire album has a VERY heavy punk rock vibe, the kind the Clash were the masters at 10 years later. Yes, a good comparison is probably the Clash, since the vocals remind me of what the Clash was doing 10 years later.

I'm surprised how noisy the guitar parts are- I can't even think of anyone else around the same time that had guitar playing like this.

Maybe, occassionally, Crazy Horse would have some guitar tricks that would border the craziness similar to the stuff heard from this Can album, but nothing else. Oh alright alright, let's not forget about the Velvet Underground too, geez!

This album is seriously one of a kind. The intense punk rock energy, the intense rhythms, the noise that just builds and builds, and digs deeper into your head. This is totally unlike everything else from the early 70's.

Maybe I'm crazy, but the final track called "You Doo Right" sounds a lot like the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Come on, it does a little bit, in the vocals and the rhythm of the guitar playing. Obviously Can is the better band!

I don't think I'll ever forget the noisy guitar playing that can be heard throughout the entire album. That's the main thing that I will remember about it years from now.

Even look at the album cover- does that look like something from the late 60's? NO! It looks like something from the mid 80's when watching Saturday morning cartoons. I just can't believe this album came out when it did. Makes no sense. The vocals even sound like they're very 90's-ish. Weird! What's going on?
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