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This is a reissue of the third album by Can’s Holger Czukay. A quick google search reveals to me that he was the one with the moustache. It isn’t exactly a lavish package, but if you are lucky there will be a record included and thats the main thing. It comprises of two lengthy pieces that marry electronics with a kind of freeform approach to improvised jams.
‘On the Way to Normal’ follows on from the late night hypnotic grooves of the later Can material with pulsing dubby bass, eerie synth, drunken trombone and strange dislocated spoken word vocals. The trombone has brought out a presumably suppressed memory from my childhood in that my dad, and I don’t know why he did this, used to pretend he was a trombone. On the other side ‘Ode to Perfume/’Fragrance’’ the music fizzes along in a wave of twangy guitars, cut up vocals and drums which sound like they could have been played by Jaki Liebezeit. Its not unlike some of the finer Can stuff in that at first it gives the impression of being terrible before turning out to be rather good.
In common with some Can stuff I’m struggling here with the guitar playing. Its true progressive wibbly nonsense as if Steve Howe has somehow invaded the session and bitten anyone trying to extricate him from the building. Once the guitar dies a death, the track turns into the kind of slightly funky groove that you imagine members of Tortoise sat around Chicago coffee houses discussing before embarking on their own jazz inflected journey. The latter half is ruled by a particularly nasty vocoder sound but backed by music so slinky and skilful that leaves you musing that the gap between Can and Steely Dan is not quite as wide as you might think.
7/10 sheila Customer review, 2nd April 2015
My son (he's 23) says this sounds a bit like Orbitron Attack by Axiom Funk which I understand (m'lud) is a band from the olden days. I should know this 'cos I'm from the olden days myself, but I like all the modern shit and he likes that oldey timey funkadelic stuff which I didn't even know about when I was posing up against a Captain Beefheart LP (which he now likes so I'm completely confused now...). So this should fit right in for both of us, sure nuff. Well he's playing it for me now and I must say it all sounds very fast and there is a similarity I guess. Hey, it's all good.
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