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The Lost Tapes

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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 19, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: Mute
  • ASIN: B0080R7P8A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,824 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Millionenspiel
2. Waiting for the Streetcar
3. Evening All Day
4. Deadly Doris
5. Graublau
6. When Darkness Comes
See all 9 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Your Friendly Neighbourhood Whore
2. True Story
3. The Agreement
4. Midnight Sky
5. Desert
6. Spoon (Live)
See all 10 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Godzilla Fragment
2. On the Way to Mother Sky
3. Midnight Men
4. Networks of Foam
5. Messer, Scissors, Fork and Light
6. Barnacles
See all 11 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Spoon Records and Mute are delighted to announce the release of the
long awaited 3CD box set of unreleased studio, soundtrack and live
material from Can. THE LOST TAPES was curated by Irmin Schmidt
and Daniel Miller, and compiled by Schmidt and long time collaborator
Jono Podmore.
When the legendary Can studio in Weilerswist was sold to the
German Rock N Pop Museum, they bought everything, including the
army mattresses that covered the walls for sound protection, and
relocated it to Gronau. While dismantling the studio, master tapes
were found and stored in the Spoon archive. With barely legible
labeling, no one was sure what was on these until Irmin and Jono
started to go through over 30 hours of music. What they found was
years of archived material, not outtakes, but rather tracks which had
been shelved for a variety of reasons.
Can's influence is well known and far-reaching and the impact they
made on music is felt today as keenly as it ever has been. They
themselves have always been impossible to classify and reflecting
this, the scope of artists who in recent years have cited Can as a
major influence is varied from John Lydon to Radiohead, The Fall to
Portishead

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This collection of "lost music" from many hours of unreleased tapes is aimed squarely at fans of CAN, and "...what was distilled presents a secret, psychotropically-charged history of this most legendary of groups...". All the dark, spacey, magical, funk sounds the band is known for run all through this collection. Beginning from the band's early years-both "vocalists" Malcolm Mooney and Damo Suzuki, are here. Mooney shows up on a number of early tracks until he left for the U.S. in late 1969, whereupon Suzuki enters the picture. As usual, their voices are more of another instrument used to help color the band's sound. And these unreleased tapes (taken from 50 hours of recordings) of the band at work (something like intuitive jamming)) show that CAN never lost it's edge.

This set is a combination of unused soundtrack music, live tracks, and rehearsal tapes. And everything has been put together (especially the soundtrack stuff) to create an impact of sound and feeling. This collection of tracks isn't like other box sets from bands from the past, with the usual alternate takes and demos. This is, for all intents and purposes, a "new" release from CAN. Even live tracks "Spoon" and "Mushroom" are different from what we've heard before. And the impact of the music has the feel of something new. The sound is very good-clean and clear from the low end of Czukay's bass to the upper reaches of Schmidt's keyboards-and typically intense when needed, with that deep cosmic funk of the rhythm section underneath almost everything.

The outer, stiff, hinged lidded cardboard box (that looks like an old studio recording tape box) measures 10"X 10" and lists the tracks and recording dates on the back of the box. The 26 page booklet is just a bit smaller than the box.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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Can have done it again, somehow this band are able to construct and release nearly 3 hours of the funkiest experimental rock ever. Lost Tapes (a 3 c.d. box set) is definately up to the standards of 'Unlimited Edition" (a dbl album of outtakes released in 1976) & it is definately a must have for all Can fans & anyone who loves excellent music whether its rock, electronic, world, funk, or classical.
The songs are collated from their peak era 1968-1977 & are mostly chronologically organised. Which is by far the best & most effective manner to document a seminal and groundbreaking band's musical evolution. Pink Floyd had a best of several years ago & the songs were all over the place chronologically & the net result was both annoying & absolutely made no sense. Can's presentation follows the 1st 3 peak eras namely the late 60's with M. Mooney an era of confrontational aggressive repetitive music similar perhaps to the Velvet Undergound at their peak playing Stockhausen music. The 2nd era was from '70 to '73 with Japanese vocalist Damo Suzuki on board. This era generated 2 of the finest albums in music history namely the dbl 1971 masterpiece Tago Mago (an unpredictable experimental gothic voodoo music alchemy) & the brilliant futuristic ambience of Future Days. The 3rd peak era was 1974-'77 when all the band were still partipating & still very willing to break & create new musical boundaries. That Lost Tapes represents each period so fittingly with so many never before heard songs is relavatory & an absolute essential addition to the the Can musical legacy.
However, the first listener to Can would be better off listening to 'Monster Movie'(1969)'Tago Mago'(1971),'Ege Bamyashi'(1972),'Future Days'(1973), or 'Soon over Babaluma'(1974), as these albums are their most inspired and refined.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Canned Can Box July 10, 2012
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As other reviewers have pointed out, this set is an Awesome representative of Can's output. Music from the United-Artists era, such as "Soon Over Babaluma", "Ege Bamayse", "Tago Mago", and "Future Days" etc. is reminiscent here.
My gripe is with the totally sub-par packaging. The item is actually a calendar-sized cardboard box with an (EXCELLENT) information booklet inside, same square shape. It covers each selection in detail & provides interesting graphics. But beneath, the 3 CDs are mounted into totally unprotective cardboard circles from which they need to be pried loose, and CAREFULLY (if any of them hadn't already been jarred loose while en route, as was the case with mine. That's NOT Amazon's fault, & my discs were fine).
Suggestion for anyone purchasing this item: Round up a few virgin CD cases, such as 3 singles or possibly a 4-disc box) and immediately transfer the CDs into those, where they'd be protected. Check Amazon's fare; there are several varieties of CD-case sets available. And keep the info booklet handy, despite its size.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Bizango
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
it isn't as engaging as their albums but it is a thrill to hear some material from the vaults. there are moments of pure genius and there are some moments numbing monotony. it has been suggested elsewhere that this collection could have been edited down to an album's worth of material. i suppose that's fair, but even with some of the excess here, it still leaves you wanting more. imagining if there was ever anything that didn't even make it to tape or worse, was accidentally recorded over. could you strip away the layers to reveal the material beyond the lost tapes...okay, maybe that is a bit much...however, millionspiel, is as good as anything on any can record and better than some.

the packaging is nice, this is well worth the price. not a suggested starting point if you have never heard can but for those who have listened to the records and still want more, (and more) here they are. the final embers from the dying star.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Never heard this outfit before
Great if you're looking for somethin unique that does not stray too far off the beaten path.
Accessible yet different
Published 10 days ago by Eric Sand
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential early sounds
For those of you who wish there was just a little more of the early stuff, you've found it. I'm not a big fan of Can's post 1970 material. Read more
Published 21 days ago by D. A. Holman
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Can, get this
I ran out of things to listen to by Can, so began visiting YouTube for obscure recordings by them and stumbled upon thee Lost Tapes. I bought the set immediately. Read more
Published 3 months ago by TBo
5.0 out of 5 stars Best release of the decade
It is mindblowing that this stuff was sitting on a shelf somewhere. If you're a Can fan, I think this box is a must-have.
Published 5 months ago by Tim Midyett
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but for fans only
I agree with the other 3 star review. If you are new to the music of Can, definitely start with their first half a dozen or so albums. Read more
Published 7 months ago by halloomee
5.0 out of 5 stars Canned Strange
I've grown a little leery of the various recordings of "lost music" and "new albums" by the artists from back in the day. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Michael J Fowler
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Can Music
Very good quality found Can Music. 3 Cds at a very good price. Highly recommended for any Krautrock Lover or fan of experimental music
Published 14 months ago by Roland Griesshaber
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Band!!
Can was so ahead of their time. Forward thinking music, and very creative. I love all the atmosphere's they create and improvise with. Future days album is another masterpiece!!
Published 16 months ago by Guitar Synth
5.0 out of 5 stars can i really?
Although ingrained with a strong CAN bias, I disagree with the notion offered up by other reviewers that this release could/should have been shortened to a single CD. Read more
Published 17 months ago by L. T. Gallagher
3.0 out of 5 stars For Fans Only
I'm a huge fan of Can and was looking forward to this. When they had dipped into archives previously ("Delay 1968", "Unlimited Edition") some real gems surfaced. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Scott McFarland
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