Mute brought back more Can than any krautrock fan could possibly handle with the 'Can Vinyl Box', which featured seventeen Can records reissued in one bundle; now each record is stepping out on its own. Originally released in 1976, 'Unlimited Edition' is a double record compilation of unreleased Can material from the late sixties and early seventies, documenting their very early years and showing off how they started to play music together. It features vocals from both original Can singer Malcolm Mooney and replacement Damo Suzuki.
Tracks:Gomorrha Doko E LH 702 I'm Too Leise Musette Blue Bag (Inside Paper) E.F.S. No. 27 TV Spot E.F.S No. 7 The Empress and the Ukraine King E.F.S. No. 10 Mother Upduff E.F.S. No. 36 Cutaway Connection Fall of Another Year E.F.S. No. 8 Transcendental Express Ibis
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Look at the sleeve. Look at the sleeve. All sleeves should be that cool surely? Phil used to bore me to death about how he had the 1974 Limited Edition with the rodents on the front destroying some gaff. But he just had to have this mysterious double album version from 1976 that expanded on his infernally inadequate volume. When somebody on ebay sold him it at a reasonable price I thanked the lord and vowed to buy this mystery auctioneer a pint in Heaven. For this must be the work of a divine deity surely?
Basically there's no point ranting on about just how great, important and intrinsically fascinating this career-spanning collection of freaky 'n' playful CANjams, spellbinding out-take gems and Ethnological Forgery Series instalments is How it's a seemingly random hodgepodge of Mooney and Suzuki-fronted compositions, yet works as an album in its own right so brilliantly. You bought the Lost Tapes but don't own this? 'Mother Upduff' is my fave tune to feature Mooney. Like the ultimate beatnik jazz free-rock statement based around a totally surreal pitch black comedic situation, it is one of numerous bizarre and exciting odds and sods that are of a consistently paramount quality. You wonder why they never got the home they deserved in the first place but then this is the best musical orphanage ever if you ask me. Another venerable piece in the labyrinthine jigsaw that is the idiosyncratic career of CAN, the band we never deserved.
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