Can release 3CD set of unreleased material

'The Lost Tapes' was curated by Can founder Irmin Schmidt and Mute boss Daniel Miller.


Words by: Charlie Jones

Spoon Records and Mute will release an impressive collection of unreleased material from the legendary experimental rock band Can called ‘The Lost Tapes’. The three-CD set will be out on June 18th.

When the legendary Can studio in Weilerswist was sold to the German Rock N Pop Museum, it was relocated it to Gronau. What they found was years of archived material: 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. This is, in other words, our Dead Sea Scrolls.

Can founder 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.”

The final cut of tracks, dating from 1968-1977, features studio material recorded at Schloss Nörvenich and Can Studio, 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.

Can check ‘The Lost Tapes’ tracklisting below, and listen to Deadly Doris from CD 3 above that. You can buy ‘The Lost Tapes’ here.

CD 1
Waiting For The Streetcar
Evening All Day
Deadly Doris
When Darkness Comes
Blind Mirror Surf
Oscura Primavera
Bubble Rap

Your Friendly Neighbourhood Whore
True Story
The Agreement
Midnight Sky
Spoon – Live
Dead Pigeon Suite
Abra Cada Braxas
A Swan Is Born
The Loop

Godzilla Fragment
On The Way To Mother Sky
Midnight Men
Networks Of Foam
Messer, Scissors, Fork and Light
E.F.S. 108
Private Nocturnal
Mushroom – Live
One More Saturday Night – Live

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