Soundtracks (Can album)

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Soundtracks
Compilation album by Can
Released September 1970
Recorded November 1969 – August 1970 at Schloss Nörvenich, Germany
Genre Krautrock
Experimental rock
Progressive rock
Psychedelic rock
Length 35:09
Label Liberty, United Artists
Producer Can
Can chronology
Monster Movie
(1969)
Soundtracks
(1970)
Tago Mago
(1971)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]
Pitchfork Media (7.6/10.0) [2]
Stylus Magazine (B) [3]

Soundtracks is a compilation album by the Krautrock group Can. It was first released in 1970 and consists of tracks written for various films. The album marks the departure of the band's original vocalist Malcolm Mooney, who sings on two tracks, to be replaced by new member Damo Suzuki. Stylistically, the record also documents the transition from the psychedelia-inspired jams of their first recordings (i.e., Monster Movie and Delay 1968) to the more meditative, electronic, and experimental mode of the studio albums that followed (such as Tago Mago and Ege Bamyasi).

The back cover of the album states: ""CAN SOUNDTRACKS" is the second album of THE CAN but not album no. two [...] Album no. two [Tago Mago] will be released in the beginning of 1971."[4]

"She Brings the Rain", originally appearing in the 1969 film Bottom – Ein großer, graublauer Vogel by Thomas Schamoni (brother to directors Ulrich Schamoni and Peter Schamoni), was later featured in Wim Wenders' 1994 film Lisbon Story, the 2000 Oskar Roehler film Die Unberührbare and Tran Anh Hung's film Norwegian Wood, released in 2010.

"Don't Turn the Light On, Leave Me Alone" features Damo Suzuki's first recorded performance with Can.[5]

In March 2005, Q magazine placed "Mother Sky" at number 48 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks.[6]

Track listing[edit]

Side 1
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Deadlock" (from the film Deadlock, 1970, dir. Roland Klick) Czukay, Karoli, Liebezeit, Schmidt, Suzuki 3:27
2. "Tango Whiskyman" (from the film Deadlock, 1970, dir. Roland Klick) Czukay, Karoli, Liebezeit, Schmidt, Suzuki 4:04
3. "Deadlock (Titelmusik)" (from the film Deadlock, 1970, dir. Roland Klick) Czukay, Karoli, Liebezeit, Schmidt, Suzuki 1:40
4. "Don't Turn the Light On, Leave Me Alone" (from the film Cream) Czukay, Karoli, Liebezeit, Schmidt, Suzuki 3:42
5. "Soul Desert" (from the film Mädchen... nur mit Gewalt, 1970, dir. Roger Fritz. Cited on album sleeve as "Mädchen mit Gewalt") Czukay, Karoli, Liebezeit, Schmidt, Mooney 3:48
Side 2
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Mother Sky" (from the film Deep End, 1971, dir. Jerzy Skolimowski) Czukay, Karoli, Liebezeit, Schmidt, Suzuki 14:31
2. "She Brings the Rain" (from the film Bottom – Ein großer graublauer Vogel, 1969, dir. Thomas Schamoni) Czukay, Karoli, Liebezeit, Schmidt, Mooney 4:04
Total length:
35:16

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Can: Soundtracks > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 2 November 2011.
  2. ^ Leone, Dominique (11 November 2004). "Can: Soundtracks". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2 November 2011. 
  3. ^ Southall, Nick (7 January 2005). "Can: Monster Movie / Soundtracks". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved 2 November 2011. 
  4. ^ Soundtracks (back cover). Can. Germany: Liberty. 1970. LBS 83 437 I. 
  5. ^ Czukay, Holger. "A Short History of the Can – Discography". Perfect Sound Forever. furious.com. Retrieved 2 November 2011. 'Don't Turn the Light on, Leave Me Alone' was Damo's first recording with CAN ever. 
  6. ^ "100 Greatest Guitar Tracks Ever!". Q (London: EMAP Metro) (#224). March 2005. ISSN 0955-4955. Retrieved 2 November 2011.