album review::CAN: Anthology

Mesmerizing rhythms, propelled in part by precise, but extremely “monotonous” drumming, make up the basic framework of CAN. It is no doubt true, that in the late sixties a group of Germans journeyed out onto the far reaches and planted their flag. Many have come after with vain and often bloated attempts to go where CAN has gone, but no matter how hyped the press, the music never seems to quite get there. Many years have passed since I was first exposed to CAN, and I continue to be perplexed that they made these recordings so long ago, and yet they still resonate so clearly, and continue to sound as if they were recorded in a foreign atmosphere. I guess one reason the music seems to exist outside of time, is that I can’t relate it culturally to anything that was going on, unlike all the well known classic tunes that we are all familiar with. The music of CAN has a way of drawing you in, by first sort of wearing out your senses by way of repitition, and then burning out any preconceived paradigms or notions of how things should follow or sound. I’m an album guy, and usually shy away from anthologies and greatest hits. However, this is a great overview of CAN’s work for the unitiated, done on two discs, and covering the wide range of music they have approached on. Even more exciting is that all thirteen albums are going to be released in remastered form.




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