The Lost Tapes (Can album)

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The Lost Tapes
Compilation album by Can
Released June 18, 2012
Recorded 1968-1977
Genre Krautrock
Experimental rock
Psychedelic rock
Length 195:55
Label Spoon Records
Producer Can
Can chronology
Sacrilege
(1997)
The Lost Tapes
(2012)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 85/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Pitchfork Media (7.1/10)[3]

The Lost Tapes is a compilation album of studio outtakes and live recordings by the German experimental rock band Can, which was originally released as an LP in 2012 by Spoon Records in conjunction with Mute Records. The compilation was curated by Irmin Schmidt and Daniel Miller, compiled by Irmin Schmidt and Jono Podmore, and edited by Jono Podmore.

When the Can studio in Weilerswist was sold to the German Rock N Pop Museum,[4] 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 [Schmidt, Irmin's wife], 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.

Track listing[edit]

CD One
No. Title Writer(s) Recorded Length
1. "Millionenspiel"   Holger Czukay, Michael Karoli, Jaki Liebezeit, Irmin Schmidt 1969 5:49
2. "Waiting for the Streetcar"   Czukay, Karoli, Liebezeit, Schmidt, Malcolm Mooney 1968 10:08
3. "Evening All Day"   Czukay, Karoli, Liebezeit, Schmidt 1972 6:58
4. "Deadly Doris"   Czukay, Karoli, Liebezeit, Schmidt, Mooney 1968 3:10
5. "Graublau"   Czukay, Karoli, Liebezeit, Schmidt 1969 16:47
6. "When Darkness Comes"   Czukay, Karoli, Liebezeit, Schmidt, Mooney 1969 3:48
7. "Blind Mirror Surf"   Czukay, Karoli, Liebezeit, Schmidt, David Johnson 1968 8:39
8. "Oscura Primavera"   Czukay, Karoli, Liebezeit, Schmidt, Johnson 1968 3:19
9. "Bubble Rap"   Czukay, Karoli, Liebezeit, Schmidt, Damo Suzuki 1972 9:24
CD Two
No. Title Writer(s) Recorded Length
1. "Your Friendly Neighbourhood Whore"   Czukay, Karoli, Liebezeit, Schmidt, Mooney 1969 3:43
2. "True Story"   Czukay, Karoli, Liebezeit, Schmidt, Mooney 1968 4:30
3. "The Agreement"   Czukay, Karoli, Liebezeit, Schmidt, Mooney 1971 0:37
4. "Midnight Sky"   Czukay, Karoli, Liebezeit, Schmidt, Mooney 1968 2:44
5. "Desert"   Czukay, Karoli, Liebezeit, Schmidt, Mooney 1969 3:20
6. "Spoon (Live)"   Czukay, Karoli, Liebezeit, Schmidt, Suzuki 1972 16:47
7. "Dead Pigeon Suite"   Czukay, Karoli, Liebezeit, Schmidt, Suzuki 1972 11:47
8. "Abra Cada Braxas"   Czukay, Karoli, Liebezeit, Schmidt, Suzuki 1973 10:12
9. "A Swan Is Born"   Czukay, Karoli, Liebezeit, Schmidt, Suzuki 1972 3:00
10. "The Loop"   Czukay, Karoli, Liebezeit, Schmidt 1974 2:33
CD Three
No. Title Writer(s) Recorded Length
1. "Godzilla Fragment"   Czukay, Karoli, Liebezeit, Schmidt 1975 1:59
2. "On the Way to Mother Sky"   Czukay, Karoli, Liebezeit, Schmidt 1970 4:35
3. "Midnight Men"   Czukay, Karoli, Liebezeit, Schmidt 1975 7:35
4. "Networks of Foam"   Czukay, Karoli, Liebezeit, Schmidt 1975 12:36
5. "Messer, Scissors, Fork and Light"   Czukay, Karoli, Liebezeit, Schmidt, Suzuki 1972 8:24
6. "Barnacles"   Czukay, Karoli, Liebezeit, Schmidt, Rosko Gee 1977 7:46
7. "E.F.S. 108"   Czukay, Karoli, Liebezeit, Schmidt 1976 2:07
8. "Private Nocturnal"   Czukay, Karoli, Liebezeit, Schmidt 1975 6:49
9. "Alice"   Czukay, Karoli, Liebezeit, Schmidt 1974 1:56
10. "Mushroom (Live)"   Czukay, Karoli, Liebezeit, Schmidt, Suzuki 1972 8:18
11. "One More Saturday Night (Live)"   Czukay, Karoli, Liebezeit, Schmidt, Suzuki 1973 6:34

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Lost Tapes - Can". Metacritic. 
  2. ^ Thomas, Fred. The Lost Tapes - Can at AllMusic. Retrieved 5 July 2012.
  3. ^ Wolk, Douglas (18 June 2012). "Can: The Lost Tapes". Album Reviews. Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "rock'n'popmuseum Gronau | Home". Rock-popmuseum.com. Retrieved 15 February 2013.