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Ege Bamyasi - Coloured Vinyl Reissue

    Can was founded in 1968 by Irmin Schmidt, Holger Czukay, Michael Karoli and Jaki Liebezeit who formed a group which would utilise and transcend all boundaries of ethnic, electronic experimental and modern classical music.

    'Ege Bamyasi’ drops the haze and hits with a sharp pang from the get-go. Often described as the "tense" Can album, Ege Bamyasi is actually the band at its most focused, bolstered in part by the surprisingly good performance of the single "Spoon", the proto synth-pop (or synth-rock) song was used as the theme to a popular German television show. The album most famously includes, "Vitamin C", according to Pitchfork it’s “…still the best funk ever to come out of Europe.”

    Can’s powerful influence has never diminished, and their indelible mark is apparent in the bands who freely acknowledge their importance - from Portishead, James Murphy, New Order, Factory Floor, Public Image Ltd, Mogwai, Kanye West (who sampled ‘Sing Swan Song’) and Radiohead - as well as across other disciplines such as visual art and literature.


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    Coloured LP Info: Limited green coloured vinyl.

    Spoon

    Everything Hits At Once: The Best Of Spoon

      Spanning a career well into its third decade, Spoon returns with a ‘Best Of’compilation, ‘Everything Hits At Once: The Best of Spoon' In addition to the 12 fan-adored tracks making up this single LP, Spoon return with the bold new single “No Bullets Spent.” How many rock bands from the past 25 years could get away with a greatest-hits album? Spoon stand alone, with a career-spanning retrospective culled from all over their unique songbook. It’s a flawless compilation of their best-known, best-loved tunes, yet it’s still full of surprises—the only thing you could expect from a band that’s spent their whole career taking people by surprise.


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Barry says: For a mindblowing nine albums worth of material, it's hard to collate a 'Best Of' that accurately represents a band who have consistently and reliably smashed it out of the park. There are none of the big hits here that I wouldn't expect to be here, The Underdog sounds every bit the proto punk-folk clanger it was back in 2007, 'I Turn My Camera Off' kicks things off and I honestly couldn't think of a better appetiser than that. This is a brilliantly diverse and essential summary of a great band at a ridiculously good price. Get on it!

      Spoon’s classic ‘Gimme Fiction’ celebrates its 10th anniversary with a deluxe version released on Matador Records.

      The reissue contains the original album newlyremastered by Howie Weinberg from the original tapes, a second disc with 12 previously unreleased demos from the era, a digital download of nine additional bonus tracks and a full colour book containing photos and an extensive oral history of the making of the album by The AV Club’s Sean O’Neal. The deluxe LP package also includes tipped sleeves, a 24” x 36” poster and a digital download of all songs.

      ‘Gimme Fiction’ dragged the sonic pointillism of ‘Kill The Moonlight’ further into dub-influenced weirdness as the increasingly confident Spoon went crazy in the studio, experimenting with everything from warped hip hop samples to horse whinnies. Whatever digging or strange alchemy had to go into it, they only produced more gold.

      ‘Gimme Fiction’ deserves special recognition as the album where Spoon took creative and stylistic quantum leaps that resulted in classics ‘I Turn My Camera On’, ‘The Beast And Dragon Adored’, ‘My Mathematical Mind’, ‘I Summon You’ and so many more. 10 years later, ‘Gimme Fiction’ gets the deluxe release it so richly deserves.

      T'Spoon

      School Dance / Sweetness

        Athens Of The North continue to serve up the goods, hot out the Fryer (DJ Fryer of course) and straight to the platter for your disco delectation. Here, the flawlessly curated label dish out some French boogie collector's catnip in the form of the uber-rare Billy Bruner penned T'Spoon from his obscure Oil Capital Records. The originals are impossible to find even for hardened collectors, and when they do turn up they're always totally battered. Billy released two 45s on Oil Capital, and this AOTN 7" a track from each and gives them the usual fat pressing. On the A-side, "School Dance" is a P-funk burner packed with fat synth bass, smooth vocals and squelching synths, even incorporating the smurf style vocal much loved by everyone's favourite mother funkers. On the flip, "Sweetness" is a whole other kettle of fish; sunkissed, smooth and laid back soul for the lovers out there. Groovesome, hypnotic and loopy, given a different EQ, this could be a Garth Be classic.


        '1979's Can release (later entitled "Inner Space") signified an end to the band's bewildering experimental efforts and atmospheric free-for-alls.'

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        CD Info: Remastered edition.

        Wooden Spoon

        Wooden Spoon 3

        "Wooden Spoon 3" is a continuation from his first two releases on Brad Rose's Foxglove imprint. The album has three superb tracks entitled "Three Pieces For Piano, Synthesizer, Organ & Tape Loop". The centrepiece is a wonderful 20 minute plus repetitive dronework.

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        Ltd CD Info: Numbered CDR edition of 100 copies.

        Welcome to the world of Electric Spoon - a tale of three castaways, hair and colours, standing on the edge of sound looking at each other starting a search for all their electric sisters and brothers. The journey begins at Marquis Cha Cha with "You" - a sound for hearts and minds, part of the earth's rhythm, their peace of mind rests in sound, colours are their stepping stones – a home for hearts and minds. The sound here is very akin to an Alan Lomax field recording (deliberately crackly, not a bad pressing!) of The Rolling Stones - circa "Sticky Fingers".

        Although recorded in the late 60s, the material included on "Delay 1968" did not appear commercially until 1981. A collection of cuts featuring early vocalist Malcolm Mooney, these seven songs are among the very first Can ever recorded. As an early insight to the future sound of the krautrock legends this features some essential tracks like "Thief", "Butterfly" and "Uphill".

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Mine says: If you have always found Can a little too weird and don't know where to start, this one's for you. Delay 1968 is a brilliant but very approachable album by the German Krautrock pioneers. It is by far my favourite and I have yet to play it to someone who doesn't like it!

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        CD Info: Remastered edition.

        Can

        Soon Over Babaluma

          "Soon Over Babaluma", recorded in 1974, was Can first first album following the unexpected departure of vocalist Damo Suzuki. Now stripped down to their four piece core, this album found Can in fine form with it's powerful, dense, complex and percussive tracks that harked back to past glories such as "Halleluwah" and "Mother Sky". A mighty fine album.

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          CD Info: Remastered edition.

          Originally released in 1973, "Future Days" was probably the most balanced albums from these Krautrock legends. Dreamy and pulsating cosmic music with more melodic overtones compared to their earlier albums. From the glorious opening rumblings of the title track through to the epic hazy transcendence of the 20 minute closer "Bel Air" this was Can at the height of their powers. An essential album!

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          CD Info: Remastered edition.

          Recorded in their own Inner Space Studio in 1972, this was yet another landmark krautrock moment. Following on from the genius "Tago Mago" album was never going to be easy, but this was Can working at their peak. Another classic album featuring the genius shuffling drum beat of Jaki Liebezeit, the rhythmic grooves the towering kosmic guitars and experimental almost free-jazz approach. In a word this is magnificent, every home should have one!!!!!

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          CD Info: Remastered edition.

          The first album from Can and featuring the vocals of Malcolm Mooney, an African American sculptor artist. Possibly the rawest and rockiest of all Can's releases, this combined all the elements of Can, the classic krautrock groove, their shuffling funkiness and the stoned psyche guitar freakouts.

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          CD Info: Remastered edition.

          For their second album Can decided to release a collection of tracks that they had recorded in 1969 and 1970 for movies. Surprisingly considering that these tracks also feature different vocalists they gel into a cohesive album very well. Malcolm Mooney the original vocalist had a breakdown and returned to America and he was replaced during this time by the enigmatic Damo Suzuki. A sometimes overlooked album this is an essential groove laden krautrock classic.

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          CD Info: Remastered edition.

          As krautrock albums go, this is one of the classics. Malcolm Mooney had left the band and returned to America after his nervous breakdown, and in was brought a travelling entertainer / busker by the name of Damo Suzuki. Recorded in 1971 this has everything, free shifting rhythms, superb vocals, dark throbbing basslines and that funky kraut groove and all of this housed in that beautiful artwork that seems to sum up the mysterious European music inside. This was spacerock of the highest order and is one of the most influential albums of all time. All hail the kosmiche!!!

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          CD Info: Remastered edition.


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