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Soon Over Babaluma Original recording reissued

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1. Dizzy Dizzy
2. Come Sta, La Luna
3. Splash
4. Chain Reaction
5. Quantum Physics

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 19, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: 1974
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Mute U.S.
  • ASIN: B0000067XC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,459 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By George a Pletz on November 1, 2001
Format: Audio CD
In the continuum of great Can albums, Soon certainly falls short in the wake of Future Days, the pinnacle of the band's association with the sensational singer Damo Suzuki. That said, the album is still firing on all cylinders. The creativity and synergy that the band possessed, right up to the half baked but somewhat satisfying Landed,is still something to behold. The ambient stutter and cosmic drift of Future Days is combined with ethnic flavors and a decidely jazzy approach. The discordant but melodic sawing of guitarist Michael Karoli on violin is a prominent feature on the swinging Dizzy Dizzy, the piano driven dark whimsy of Come sta, La Lune, and the latin inflected Splash. The album climaxes in the intense wash of Chain Reaction and Quantum Physics where Irmin Schmidt's keyboards and Jaki Liebezeit's drums layout a sound that presages techno with its incredible sense of syncopation. That it blends perfectly with the bluesy but not blues feel of the verses is nothing to be underestimated either. Fans of Suzuki and previous singer Mooney's fevered vocal deliveries may find complaint with the mannered restraint of Karoli and Schmidt's stabs at lyricism. Personally, I think they acquit themselves nicely by doing their own thing and not overdoing it. Besides with the sparseness of their appearance on this concise but facinating album, it in no way detracts from the musical invention. Perhaps not the place to start...For a good retrospective, start with Cannibalism 1 or the aforementioned masterpiece Future Days. If you want to see the band at its most shambolic try Ege Bumyasi or Tago Mago.Whatever you do,avoid the uneven Flow Motion and the abysmal Out of Reach as starting points.Start early and return back often. This band is a classic outfit with many successful outings. Without a doubt the best band that more people should hear.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By laurence hess on July 9, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This album has many of the elements that made Can's previous work with Damo Suzuki so amazing. Jaki Leibezeit's layered and funky drumming matched with Holger Czukay's metronomic bass playing is always the star of any good Can album. "Soon over Babaluma" marks the stepping out of Michael Karoli and Irmin Schmidt as sort of the "front men" of the band. With the loss of Damo Suzuki, Karoli and Schmidt take on the vocal duties. The vocals are the the low point of the album, but they are used in a very restrained and minimal way as to not draw attention away from the music. The music on "Soon over Babaluma" remains as stunning as on any of Can's previous efforts. The only thing seemingly missing is that, on albums such as "Tago Mago", "Ege Bamyasi", and "Future Days", Can creates a sound completely of their own. "Soon over Babaluma" is the sound of a band displaying their influences. There is the reggae vibe (dizzy dizzy), the jazz vibe (splash), the funk vibe (chain reaction), etc. This is the first Can album in which one can really see where the band is coming from. Although not as completely original as the Damo era albums, "Soon" is still worth having for anyone who is into Can.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By DAC Crowell on January 27, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This album is the first after the departure of their Japanese vocalist, Damo Suzuki, with whom Can did what was probably their best work in the previous three albums. But sustained by the momentum from these, "Soon Over Babaluma" is still a brilliant work. Now with an emerging 'poppy' feel, Can continues their explorations on tracks such as 'Chain Reaction/Quantum Physics', a side-long two-parter in which a long, groovy, trancy jam suddenly descends into a dark yet ecstatic ambient drone-work. The first half also includes an amazing Latin-inflected workout in 'Splash', and the eerie 'Come Sta, La Luna'. Equal in stature to "Future Days", I think, and likewise a good starting-point for the novice Can explorer.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By mianfei on November 7, 2007
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Following 1973's brilliant Future Days, Damo Suzuki left Can to become a Jehavah's Witness and guitarist Karoli and keyboardist Schmidt took over what vocals there were.

On "Soon Over Babaluma", Can showed that they had not suffered from the loss of Suzuki. Indeed, the soft, yet intense sound of that album is carried even further here. The opening track, "Dizzy Dizzy" may seem a little humorous in its lyrical tone, but Karoli's quiet, almost spoken, voice is actually an excellent complement to the band's evolving sound. The funky groove shows the band moving into territory not seen even on Future Days. The other track sang by Karoli, the eleven-minute epic "Chain Reaction" is even better. Can move toward "ambient" rhythms long before any other band and because they are not over-relying on synthesisers, they are able to capture this sound in an organic way that never allows any instrumentalist to dominate.

"Come Sta, La Luna", sang by Schmidt, has a deeply mystical tone with its keyboard sound reminiscent of a church organ and Schmidt's voice resembling a religious chant in the chorus and a child's voice in the verses. Karoli's guitar, when it comes in, was both dense and passionate. It was all done, though, with such passion as to be remarkably memorable, whilst the closer "Quantum Physics" is a really beautiful, cryptic piece described by "The Rough Guide" as a "vapour trail".
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