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Monster Movie Import

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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.
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  • Audio CD (July 17, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Import
  • ASIN: B007HLUDZM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,482,288 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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This is an amazing album. "Father Cannot Yell" is a great noisy, impovisational, energetic song; "Mary, Mary So Contrary" is one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard; "Outside My Door" is another incredible song; and "Yoo Doo Right" is a sparse, repetitive, yet ultimately mesmerizing 20-minute closer. This album should be a classic and considered the best Can album. I never thought a four song album could do so much--I recommend it highly.
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The word "evolution" makes no sense in Can's music: they made several excellent albums, but their masterpiece is the first one, "Monster Movie". Guided by the crazy vocals of Malcolm Mooney, a black american artist, the band never was so inspirate as here. This record is psychedelic, progressive, funky, punk rocker, rock'n'roll, everything blended with intelligence, criativity and madness.
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Just simply amazing. The sounds made by these guys is still cutting edge. I heard many things about Can, I decided to start with their first album and it had great reviews as well. PLus the cover looks cool, something like Voltron. Anyway, it's only 4 songs but they made an impression on me. Jaki Liebezeit's exquisite style of drumming, part drum machine/part African style drumming just blew me away. Mix that with the heavy bass line from Czukay, Karoli's loud distorted guitar and Mooney's wild singing and you have the stuff of legend. It's a shame that Mooney didn't record another album with them during their music changing era (68-74) because I like him best. Damo Suzuki is great too but I guess we all have a preference. My song on this would be Mary, Mary So Contrary. The insane babbling and repeating of 'Mary, Mary, Mary, Mary, Mary' by Malcom Mooney just gets me everytime. There's nothing quite like this band, perhaps Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd, Flaming Lips and Radiohead's later works but still, Can are a band completely on a group of their own. My only gripe would be that weren't more songs on this album. Ground breaking brilliant stuff.
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