Introducing Can Stay 1973 – 1977

All copies of the June 2024 concern of Uncut include a free CD – Can Stay 1973 – 1977 – that brings collectively music from Can’s indispensable stay collection. On these 5 tracks – don’t really feel short-changed: the shortest one is over eight minutes lengthy – you’ll discover rock’s most forward-thinking band at their most uninhibited…


Expertise has introduced its justifiable share of fine and unhealthy, however one achievement we will definitely chalk up as a constructive is the looks of Can’s collection of stay albums. Keyboardist Irmin Schmidt has lengthy been in possession of viewers recordings from the ’70s, when the Cologne group have been working at their peak, however the high quality was at all times too poor for business launch.

“There are actually prospects to enhance it within the mastering,” he gleefully instructed Uncut in 2020. “Documentation of our stay appearances is lacking from our releases, so I’m fairly pleased that this hole might be crammed.”

Certainly, we’re positively delighted to current to you this unimaginable sampler of the band’s stay collection to date. The 5 epic tracks are drawn from 2021’s Stay In Stuttgart 1975 and Stay In Brighton 1975, in addition to 2022’s Stay In Cuxhaven 1976 and this yr’s Stay In Paris 1973, the primary to characteristic their totemic vocalist Damo Suzuki. The ultimate piece here’s a sneak preview of the upcoming launch within the collection, Stay In Aston 1977.

An exhilarating 71 minutes of synapse-frazzling head music, Stay 1973 – 1977 was compiled in collaboration with Schmidt, now the basic lineup’s solely surviving member. Demonstrating his delight within the group’s work ­– and his, you may say, imperfectionist nature – he had some strict guidelines: the tracks have been to seem in chronological order of launch, and no cross-fading or trickery was allowed. We hope you’ll agree that the outcomes, in all their Stockhausen-esque jump-cut glory, are gorgeous: direct inspiration, illicitly captured on magnetic tape and now introduced again to life, its magic intact.

1 Stuttgart 75 Zwei

This 14-minute odyssey shares DNA with Future Days’ “Bel Air”, however retains mutating into one thing new. As soon as Michael Karoli’s guitar takes flight, Jaki Liebezeit doubles the depth of his assault earlier than Schmidt’s spaceship synths ultimately navigate a delicate touchdown.

Irmin Schmidt: “Our stay appearances have been very totally different to the information. If there’s a similarity to a bit which was on document, it was extra a citation. Even when we did begin taking part in it like on the document, it developed more often than not into one thing completely totally different. Generally it occurred that Holger performed ‘Bel Air’ and I performed one other piece and Jaki drummed one thing which perhaps had a sure similarity to a different piece. We used the fabric however we by no means actually reproduced it.”

2 Brighton 75 Sieben

On which Can take the haunting organ motif from Ege Bamyasi’s “Vitamin C” and use it as the premise for a wholly new piece, resembling the soundtrack to a psychological horror flick with a planet-annihilating climax.

Schmidt: “Stay, a guitar riff from one piece may change into [the start of] a completely totally different piece. On this case, I quoted the melody of ‘Vitamin C’. You don’t make it for being stored, it was created within the second. And don’t ask me what my thought was in that second, it’s 50 years in the past! Each surrounding influenced us: the general public, the corridor, the ambiance. After we performed in Brighton it was on the pier, and all of us agreed the sensation of getting water underneath the ground influenced the music.”

3 Cuxhaven 76 Drei

Evidently invigorated by the ocean air of this resort city close to Hamburg, Can launch into Quickly Over Babaluma’s “Dizzy Dizzy” at breakneck pace. However Karoli quickly units off a collection of managed guitar explosions, as Liebezeit retains the beat going relentlessly.

Schmidt: “On this second, it appeared all of us agreed, ‘Yeah, let’s play it like that after which see what occurs.’ And naturally, it developed into one thing completely totally different. Even when we improvised onstage, we at all times went in the identical route in a method that it turned a music that was not simply bullshit. It was not some type of jamming and all the things falls aside. It was at all times one thing which was very related. It was, in a method, creating kinds onstage and actually composing, not solely deconstructing.”

4 Paris 73 Fünf

For all their improvisatory urges, Can weren’t averse to taking part in ‘the hit’ if the sensation was proper. From the one album of their stay collection to characteristic the incantations of Damo Suzuki, this can be a rollicking model of “Vitamin C”, which ultimately blasts off into different galaxies.

Schmidt: “The entire idea of the stay information was that we don’t put single items, however to have a complete set of 1 live performance, so you’ll be able to expertise the type of construction we created over an hour and a half of music. As a result of we collected these from followers and tapes they recorded illegally, generally they finish abruptly. It’s not like we ended like this, it’s simply the man received bored having his hand up with a recorder!”

5 Aston 77 Drei

As but unreleased, the following instalment of Can’s stay collection – captured in early 1977 at Birmingham’s Aston College – options the band’s reconfigured lineup, with Rosko Gee on bass and Holger Czukay shifting to electronics and radio manipulation. The result’s a lighter, extra agile sound.

Schmidt: “It labored very effectively, however one thing within the spirit modified. Holger’s bass taking part in didn’t have this skilled preciseness Rosko had, which in fact Jaki preferred very a lot. However Holger’s uncommon and generally very dramatic method of utilizing the bass had a really particular uniqueness. Nonetheless, the following stay document we’ll launch is Keele [also from 1977], and that’s nice. It reveals a completely totally different feeling between Jaki and the bass, which can also be fantastic.”

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