Delay 1968

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Delay 1968
Can-Delay 1968 (album cover).jpg
Compilation album by
LabelSpoon Records
Can chronology
Delay 1968
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars [1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music3/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[3]

Delay 1968, or just Delay (as the SACD version is titled), is a compilation album of early outtakes by German experimental rock band Can during its work with singer Malcolm Mooney, including some of the band's earliest material. It notably features the song "The Thief", a slightly longer version of which had already been released officially on the United Artists compilation album Electric Rock in 1970.[4] The track was later covered live by Radiohead.[5]

Holger Czukay has said that Delay 1968 was originally intended to be the band's first album and would have been titled Prepared to Meet Thy PNOOM ("Pnoom" being the name of the album's second track—a 27-second saxophone instrumental, recorded as part of their Ethnological Forgery Series). When no record company would release the record, Can set out to make a somewhat more accessible album, which became their 1969 debut Monster Movie.[6] Parts of Delay 1968 circulated in bootleg form for several years under the title Unopened, and included other tracks recorded during the same sessions that would later surface in various forms on other albums.[7]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Czukay, Karoli, Liebezeit, Schmidt, Mooney.

Side one
3."Nineteen Century Man"4:26
4."The Thief"5:03
Side two
5."Man Named Joe"3:54
7."Little Star of Bethlehem"7:09
Total length:35:48



  1. ^ Delay 1968 at AllMusic
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). "Can". Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0857125958.
  3. ^ Nathan Brackett; Christian David Hoard (2004). The new Rolling Stone album guide. New York: Simon & Schuster. p. 134. ISBN 978-0-7432-0169-8.
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  5. ^ At Ease Radiohead Archived 2010-01-07 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Holger Czukay's Short History of the Can
  7. ^ Semprebon, Rolf. "Unopened Can". AllMusic. Retrieved 10 January 2011.