YEAR RELEASED: 1970
CHART ACTION: None
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Mother Sky
LINEUP: Holger Czukay, Michael Karoli, Jaki Liebezeit, Irmin Schmidt. Damo Suziki sings most, but Malcolm Mooney vocalizes two tracks.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: These were songs Can contributed to film soundtracks over a two year period. One track stands out above all.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Very important filmmakers used very important progressive groups to make soundtracks for their very important films. Can, being a outre progressive group, was tapped for several films.
Soundtrack songs can sound odd out of place. They also can meander, and not make sense without the film in front of you. Can’s contributions to several films (all German) did make sense in a way – well – in a way that Can songs do. Except one.
“Mother Sky”, tabbed for a film not even released when this album was released (the movie was Deep End starring Jane Asher and John Moulder Brown), is the highlight, and may be the highlight for Can as a band as a whole. It’s 14:23 of the band chugging along in a groove, with Michael Karoli going off on his guitar. It’s fantastic.
The rest, well, for Can fans only – and then for background music.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: This marked a transition for the band. “Mother Sky” would be the template for further Can explorations
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: B: “Mother Sky” is an A++ track and you can be excused for just keeping that one.