Soon Over Babaluma

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Soon Over Babaluma
Studio album by Can
Released November 1974
Recorded August 1974 at Inner Space
Genre Krautrock
Length 38:56
Label United Artists, Spoon, Mute
Producer Can
Can chronology
Future Days
(1973)
Soon Over Babaluma
(1974)
Landed
(1975)

Soon Over Babaluma is the sixth studio album by the rock music group Can. This is the band's first album without a lead vocalist who does not play an instrument, following the departure of Damo Suzuki in 1973 during which he married his German girlfriend. The vocals are taken care of by guitarist Michael Karoli and keyboardist Irmin Schmidt. It is also their last album that was created using a two-track recorder.

It takes the ambient style of Future Days and pushes it even further at times, as on "Quantum Physics". The album also has its fair share of upbeat tracks, such as "Chain Reaction" and "Dizzy Dizzy".

Recording and production[edit]

Music[edit]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B− [2]
Pitchfork Media (8.9/10) [3]

Reception for Soon Over Babaluma was positive. American music journalist Robert Christgau gave the album a positive review stating that "[a]s überrock goes, this is diverting enough, ricky-ticking along through various moderately arresting sci-fi soundtrack noises, some of them melodies".[2] American musician Dominique Leone gave the album a rating of 8.9 out of 10, and in his 2005 review for Pitchfork Media of the Mute Records remastered edition of the album, wrote that "[he] was constantly surprised at how clear everything sounded, as if the band had recorded all of this stuff in one fell swoop during an unbelievably inspired, marathon session. One of the great things about Can[, ... ,] was the attention to detail and realization that the affect of each tiny moment in the course of a song can affect the momentum of the entire piece. No small miracles here: even if it's sad to think these albums represent Can's last great gasp, none of their moments have ever sounded better".[3] In his review for Allmusic, American music journalist Ned Raggett stated that "With Suzuki departed, vocal responsibilities were now split between Karoli and Schmidt. Wisely, neither try to clone Mooney or Suzuki, instead aiming for their own low-key way around things", giving the album a rating of four stars out of five.[1]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Can, except (1) - lyrics by Duncan Fallowell

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Dizzy Dizzy"   5:40
2. "Come Sta, La Luna"   5:42
3. "Splash"   7:45
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Chain Reaction"   11:09
2. "Quantum Physics"   8:31

Personnel[edit]

Can
Production
  • Can – producers
  • Holger Czukay – chief engineer and editing
  • Ulli Eichberger – artwork and design
  • Andreas Torkler – 2005 remastering

Release history[edit]

The album was first released in LP format in Europe in 1974 throughout United Artists Records, with the exclusion of Spain where it was released on Ariola Eurodisc. It was published in the U.S. the following year under United Artists. In 1989, it was first released in CD format in Europe and the U.S. on Mute Records and Spoon Records. In 2005, the album was remastered and first published in Super Audio CD format.[4]

See the table below for a more comprehensive list of the album releases.[4]
Year Format Label Country Note
1974 LP United Artists (UA[S|G] 29673[1]) France, Germany, UK, Yugoslavia
Ariola Eurodisc (88723-I) Spain
1975 United Artists (UA-LA343-G) U.S.
1981 Celluloid (CEL 6610) France
1984 Spoon (SPOON 010) Germany
1989 CD Spoon (SPOON 010) Germany, Austria
1998 Mute (9065-2) / Spoon (SPOON CD[0]10) U.S.
2005 P-Vine (PCD-22206) Japan
SACD Spoon (SPOON SA 010)/(0724356329621) / Mute (9289-2) Europe, UK, U.S. Remastered
2007 CD Spoon ([CD ] SPOON[CD] [0]10[ WY]) Germany
ArsNova (AN99-0320) Russia

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Raggett, Ned. "Can: Soon Over Babaluma > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 2 November 2011.
  2. ^ a b Christgau, Robert. "Can". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved 2 November 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Leone, Dominique (12 July 2005). "Can: Soon Over Babaluma". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2 November 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Can – Soon Over Babaluma at Discogs (list of releases)