Future Days

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Future Days
Can - Future Days.jpg
Studio album by Can
Released August 1973
Recorded 1973
Genre
Length 41:04
Label United Artists
Producer Can
Can chronology
Ege Bamyasi
(1972)
Future Days
(1973)
Soon Over Babaluma
(1974)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars [2]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 4/5 stars[citation needed]
Pitchfork 8.8/10[3]
PopMatters very favorable[4]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[citation needed]
Spin 9/10[citation needed]

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.

Content[edit]

On Future Days, the band employs more of an ambient sound than on their previous efforts, especially on the title track and the twenty-minute "Bel Air". The latter of these has been described by critics as being gloriously expansive and Can's most impressionistic song, with "an almost painterly sense of blended colors and landscapes."[2][3]

Album cover[edit]

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 Ting / the Cauldron sign underneath the title. The surrounding graphics are based on the Jugenstil 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 differents are also present on the CD releases. Eventhough not all versions of the covers are fully identical, the tracks do not differ on any release version whatsoever.

Legacy[edit]

The album was ranked number 8 on Rolling Stone's 50 Greatest Prog Rock Albums of All Time list.[5] Pitchfork named it the 56th greatest album of the 1970s.[6] Stylus ranked it at #160 on their Top 101-200 Albums of All time list.[7] Mojo also named it the 62nd greatest album of all time.[8]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Can. 

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"   20:00
Total length:
41:03

Personnel[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/50-greatest-prog-rock-albums-of-all-time-20150617
  2. ^ a b Ankeny, Jason. "Can: Future Days > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 2 November 2011.
  3. ^ a b Leone, Dominique (12 July 2005). "Can: Future Days". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2 November 2011. 
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  5. ^ "50 Greatest Prog Rock Albums of All Time". Rolling Stone. 17 June 2015. Retrieved 31 August 2015. 
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