Early Can genius with this 1970 era compilation of tracks written for various films. It was the first Can album to feature Damo Suzuki though previous vocalist Malcolm Mooney sings on a couple of tracks. It sees the band honing their previous improvisational psychedelic jams to the more meditative work that would soon follow.
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It’s just another excuse to listen to my Can albums again. Like I needed one..... ‘Soundtracks’ was released in 1970 and it’s a bunch of err... soundtracks recorded in ‘69 and ‘70 collected together one to album for maximum convenience. Interestingly and somewhat informatively this album was the first to feature Damo Suzuki on vocals. So they replaced a mad American dude with a mad Japanese dude, full credit to ‘em like.
There’s some astonishing music on this album. ‘Deadlock’, the opener gets me every time with the drums fading in at the start (I think that was the first time I’d heard anyone do that before) and Karoli’s guitar is simply beautiful. ‘Tango Whiskeyman’ showcases Jaki’s cyclical machine-like drumming perfectly, he’s still just about the most perfect drummer who I’ve ever heard. ‘Soul Desert’ is a funky ish tune due to its super solid and tight rhythm section but the vocals sound super deranged. I always think I go on about the rhythm section with Can but they really were the sum of their parts as there’s every member contributed hugely to their sound creating just about the most unique rock band the earth has ever created. There has never been a band like them and I suspect there never will be another.
Grand statements aside there’s ‘Mother Sky’ on the flipside which for many is one of Can’s finest moments (it was covered by both Loop and Th’ Faith Healers back in the days of my yoof). It opens with an immense guitar solo before it lunges into the ‘Can groove’. It’s basically psychedelic rock at its absolute best and it’s got the whole tribal drumming thing going on, throbbing bassline and insane guitars over 15 minutes. It really doesn’t get much better. But wait, there’s more! The jazzy ‘She Brings The Rain’ closes the album with a calming hand after the intense rock marathon of ‘Mother Sky’. Genius.
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