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Can to Issue The Lost Tapes Box Set June 19
by Dave Segal
on Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 10:01 AM
Krautrock legends Can (aka the greatest band ever) will be issuing a triple-disc box set of previously unreleased material titled The Lost Tapes June 19 on Mute/Spoon Records. Songs include studio, soundtrack, and live recordings dating from 1968 to 1977 that didn't appear on official albums for various reasons. They were cut by the classic lineup of Holger Czukay, Irmin Schmidt, Michael Karoli, and Jaki Liebezeit, with vocals by either Malcolm Mooney or Damo Suzuki.
Schmidt and long-time musical collaborator Jono Podmore sifted through over 30 hours of music that had been sitting forgotten in an archive and not discovered until Can’s studio was sold to the German Rock N Pop Museum and moved to another location in Germany.
Press release—including info about an April 17 show featuring Schmidt and Podmore playing some of this unearthed output in New York—after the cut.
Spoon Records and Mute are delighted to announce the release of Can - The Lost Tapes; the long awaited box set of unreleased studio, soundtrack and live material.
The Lost Tapes, out on June 19th 2012, was curated by Irmin Schmidt and Daniel Miller, compiled by Irmin Schmidt and Jono Podmore, and edited by Jono Podmore.
When the legendary Can studio in Weilerswist was sold to the German Rock N Pop Museum, they bought everything, including the army mattresses that covered the walls for sound protection, and relocated it to Gronau. Whilst dismantling the studio, master tapes were found and stored in the Spoon archive. With barely legible labeling, no one was sure what was on these until Irmin Schmidt and long time collaborator Jono Podmore started to go through over 30 hours of music.
What they found was years of archived material, not outtakes, but rather tracks which had been shelved for a variety of reasons – soundtracks to films that were never released and tracks that didn’t make it onto the final versions of albums due to space.
Irmin Schmidt explains “Obviously the tapes weren't really lost, but were left in the cupboards of the studio archives for so long everybody just forgot about them. Everybody except Hildegard, who watches over Can and its work like the dragon over the gold of the Nibelungen and doesn't allow forgetting.”
The final cut of tracks, dating from 1968-1977, features studio material recorded at Schloss Nörvenich and Can Studio, Weilerswist with the Can line up of Holger Czukay on bass, Michael Karoli on guitars, Jaki Liebezeit on drums and Irmin Schmidt on keyboards, and on most tracks, vocals from Malcolm Mooney or Damo Suzuki.
On April 17th at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City, Irmin Schmdit and Jono Podmore will present “The Music Of Can: An Evening of Unreleased Music and Discussion.” The two will debut unreleased music from the forthcoming release The Lost Tapes, discussing the music with each other and answering audience questions about The Lost Tapes, CAN and their incredible history and story. For tickets, purchase online here: http://lepoissonrouge.com/events/view/3250
Can was formed by ex-student of Stockhausen Irmin Schmidt, who, fired by the sounds of Jimi Hendrix and Frank Zappa abandoned his career in classic music to form a group which could utilise and transcend all boundaries of ethnic, electronic experimental and modern classical music.
Can’s influence is well known and far-reaching and the impact they made on music is felt today as keenly as it ever has been. They themselves have always been impossible to classify and reflecting this, the scope of artists who in recent years have cited Can as a major influence is varied from John Lydon to Radiohead, The Fall to Portishead. With a phenomenal cannon of work that includes Tago Mago, which celebrated its 40th Anniversary in 2011, The Lost Tapesis an opportunity to hear unreleased material from this iconic band – whoever thought that would be possible?