Monday, December 06, 2004

Some More Remastered CAN

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Last week brought the release of a couple more remastered reissues from seminal Krautrockers Can. 1971's Tago Mago saw the arrival of new vocalist Damo Suzuki, and a lighter, groovier (i.e. less proggy) sound from the band. Bring Me Coffee Or Tea starts as a delicate folk rock groover, all spindly guitars and keyboards. The beat starts out as a slight shuffle and grows louder in the mix as the band's parts intensify, until about the halfway point when it explodes into a spazzed out space jazz rock jam. 1972's Ege Bamyasi shows the band continuing it's bold experimentation, and saw the band adding hints of "world music" into the mix. Spoon was the hit single from the LP. It starts out with a rudimentary drum machine beat and builds into a polyrhytmic groove with multi layered vocals. It's amazing listening to these records and seeing how much they have influenced rock and dance music over the last 30 years, and how well they hold up today!

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

good pick's! keep it coming!!

Phil said...

2 of my favourite albums. the remastering is great - it adds to their impact rather than changing them.

the cap'n said...

I think I'm going to treat myself to those Can remasters for christmas....slightly annoying having to buy records I already own,but it IS Can!'Ege Bamyasi' contains the only song I think is completely perfect:'I'm So Green'.