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Nocturne (Live At The Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival)

    Live album from legendary founder of CAN.

    Nocturne (live at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival) comprises three pieces performed live on a partly prepared piano, along additional pre-recorded soundscapes.

    The live performance of ‘Klavierstück II’ is a pensive improvisation using essential elements of the original piece.

    ‘Nocturne’ starts with the ambient sounds whilst the piano seemingly melts into the soundscape and eventually grows into a long meditative piano solo.

    ‘Yonder’ is a much more dramatic piece, dominated by the overwhelming sounds of church bells, a sort of “dies irai”, radical, emotional and fiercely poetic.

    '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.

    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".

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    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.

    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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