Future Days

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Future Days
Can - Future Days.jpg
Studio album by Can
Released August 1973
Recorded 1973
Length 40:45
Label United Artists
Producer Can
Can chronology
Ege Bamyasi
(1972)Ege Bamyasi1972
Future Days
Soon Over Babaluma
(1974)Soon Over Babaluma1974
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars[1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 4/5 stars[citation needed]
Pitchfork 8.8/10[3]
PopMatters very favorable[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3.5/5 stars[5]

Future Days is the fifth studio album by the German experimental rock group Can, originally released in 1973. It is the last Can album to feature Japanese vocalist Damo Suzuki.



On Future Days, the band foregrounds the ambient elements they had begun exploring on previous efforts, dispensing largely with traditional rock song structures and instead "creating hazy, expansive soundscapes dominated by percolating rhythms and evocative layers of keys."[1] PopMatters wrote that "It feels as if Future Days is driven by a coastal breeze, exuding a more pleasant, relaxed mood than anything the band had previously recorded."[6] The last track, "Bel Air", has been described by critics[who?] as being gloriously expansive and Can's most impressionistic song, with "an almost painterly sense of blended colors and landscapes."[3]


The album cover shows a Psi sign in the middle (drawn in the same style as the font used for the cover) and the I Ching symbol ding/the cauldron below the title. The surrounding graphics are based on the Jugendstil artstyle.

Some versions of the vinyl album have a slightly different cover in which the graphics don't have a light emboss or in which the lightly reflective gold tint is replaced by a flat yellow instead. These differences are also present on the CD releases. Even though not all versions of the covers are fully identical, the tracks do not differ on any release version whatsoever.


The album was ranked number 8 on Rolling Stone's 50 Greatest Prog Rock Albums of All Time list.[7] Pitchfork named it the 56th greatest album of the 1970s.[8] In 1995 Mojo also named it the 62nd greatest album of all time.[9]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Holger Czukay, Michael Karoli, Jaki Liebezeit, Irmin Schmidt and Damo Suzuki.

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Future Days" 9:30
2. "Spray" 8:29
3. "Moonshake" 3:04
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Bel Air" 19:53
Total length: 40:45



  1. ^ a b c d Ankeny, Jason. "Can: Future Days > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 2 November 2011.
  2. ^ https://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/50-greatest-prog-rock-albums-of-all-time-20150617
  3. ^ a b Leone, Dominique (12 July 2005). "Can: Future Days". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2 November 2011. 
  4. ^ Begrand, Adrien (5 August 2005). "For the Sake of Future Days: Can's Second Golden Era". PopMatters. Retrieved 28 January 2017. 
  5. ^ Nathan Brackett; Christian David Hoard (2004). The new Rolling Stone album guide. New York: Simon & Schuster. p. 134. ISBN 978-0-7432-0169-8. 
  6. ^ PopMatters http://www.popmatters.com/feature/050805-can/. Retrieved 20 July 2017.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ "50 Greatest Prog Rock Albums of All Time". Rolling Stone. 17 June 2015. Retrieved 31 August 2015. 
  8. ^ "Top 100 Albums of the 1970s – Page 5". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 28 January 2017. 
  9. ^ Stephen, Gordon (August 1995). "Rocklist.net...Mojo Lists..." Mojo. Retrieved 28 January 2017. 

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