Please forgive the bad pun above in deference to the good news it heralds. After years of unavailability, the first four albums by krautrock legends Can have been reissued on vinyl. Each and every one of these albums merits repeated listening--and not just for Jaki Liebezeit's spectacular drumming
, even if Liebezeit is
always worth the price of admission on his own.
Monster Movie, highlighted by "Yoo Doo Right," features a conventional-for-Can sound and underrated original vocalist Malcolm Mooney. The informatively-titled Soundtracks, a collection of Can's work for films, introduced the inimitable Damo Suzuki. The following albums, Tago Mago and Ege Bamyasi, are the magnum opi of Can's oeuvre and essential listening for anyone with even a passing interest in experimental rock music. Where Tago Mago swirls with nonstop psychedelic intensity, Ege Bamyasi at times harnesses that chaos into songs like the groovy "Vitamin C" and the downright poppy "I'm So Green."
Each of these albums is remastered and includes a download code. Now is the perfect time to figure out why so many bands
list Can as an influence.