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Future Days

Can

1973

Future Days

Album Summary

Future Days is the fourth studio album by the German experimental rock group Can, released in 1973. It was the last Can album to feature Japanese vocalist Damo Suzuki, and sees the band exploring a more atmospheric sound than their previous releases.

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2.93

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4568

Genres

  • Rock
  • Psychedelic Rock
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Mon Sep 28 2020
3

theres a track on here so long it managed to soundtrack my run from the middle of town all the way to my flat to take a shit

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Thu Apr 22 2021
3

This was pretty cool! Not much to say, just a few songs. But I think it's amazing that an album with this sound and structure was made in the early '70s. I don't mind long songs, and the longest one here was my favorite. Favorite tracks: Bel Air, Future Days. Album art: Very simple logo, but a cool design. Nice colors too. "Can" might be the simplest band name I've ever heard. 3.5/5

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Fri Apr 01 2022
5

50 years later and it still sounds like the future.

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Mon Feb 01 2021
5

Absolutely excellent, groundbreaking tunes and an addictive listen.

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Thu Jun 17 2021
5

Yup. It’s a keeper. Definitely knew nothing of them until this program turned me on to it. Keep them coming.

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Fri Apr 01 2022
5

I am very happy that this record is in this list. It allowed me to listen to it again and appreciate it at its fair value. An album full of small subtleties and intoxicating details. It's both pop and experimental, charming and relaxing, yet uplifting. A masterpiece.

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Fri Apr 01 2022
5

Awesome explorations into the depths of the future. Moonshake and Spray are top tier stuff. Ideal soundtrack to eat Chef Boyardee's Raviolis to.

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Wed Apr 13 2022
5

I loved how calm it made me feel

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Mon Mar 21 2022
4

I love the krautrock, and krautrock doesn't get much better than this. I still prefer Tago Mago (which I find a little more focused), but this album is full of goodness.

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Fri Mar 04 2022
5

Very good, love the ambience of the first track, love the chaos of the second one, and the in-between chaos and calm of the last 2. Fantastic album.

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Fri Apr 01 2022
5

Only the second time I listen to It. WOW !

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Mon Apr 11 2022
5

So Krautrock. Damo Suzuki. All these things I know by name but not aurally. It's definitely not prog rock, I mean it can't be as I enjoyed it, nay, was really taken aback. A real wowsers album.

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Mon May 23 2022
5

Magical album. Loved the drumming on this.

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Fri May 27 2022
5

Well this is already great. Previous knowledge of Can was basically all of Tago Mago and Vitamin C. But this is Can chilled out and spaced out. Real head music, as they say... So glad I've got another go-to record by them now.

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Sat Sep 17 2022
5

Quick, name a group where the drummer is the most important member. First, let's deal with some obvious choices. Keith Moon of the Who would crash bang wallop into plenty of people's minds when posed that question (although, even subtracting the years when they had separated, the Who has existed for for over twice as many years without Keith Moon than with him). John Bonham, the drunken blacksmith of Led Zeppelin, at least had the band disband when he carked it. Some may suggest Neil Peart, but that carries the proviso that Rush were a right load of yellowing wank. And if Rush are yellowing wank, then the Eagles with Don Henley are fluorescently yellow wank, a yellow that can take out your eyeballs. My dear quackers, the connoisseur's choice for the best decisive drummer in a band is Can's Jaki Liebezeit, the funkiest German who ever drew breath. Against sensible writing practice, I shall not discuss the deific rhythm of Jaki Liebezeit here, as it makes more sense to me that such a hagiography belongs in my review of Tago Mago, their freaky-deaky masterpiece where one cannot distinguish between Jaki and his drumkit. So instead, a quick explanation of Can. Can began in the late sixties when keyboardist and student of Karlheinz Stockhausen Irmin Schmidt returned to Cologne from New York, fascinated by the Velvet Underground and Sly and the Family Stone. Schmidt joined up with bassist and fellow Stockhausen alumnus Holger Czukay and Czukay's guitarist pupil Michael Karoli to forge a new, European take on rock, not blues-based but informed by the avant-garde and musique concrete the men had been weaned on. Add to the mixture a disaffected free jazz virtuoso drummer who had been developing a whole new philosophy of beat, and thence were born both Can and krautrock. Krautrock is the not-especially-PC term contemporary British champions gave for experimental German rock of the 1970s. The astute reader might wonder why we employed the term krautrock at all, since Britain also had its share of experimental rock bands, which we unified with the nominer progressive rock. I like to think that the distinction is important because the 70s German experimental rock bands were a billion times better than the 70s British experimental rock bands. The krautrock bands had no time for flatulent solos, dimwitted concept albums or overwhelmingly banal themes pilfered from Tolkien and Heinlein (if you dare compare Can to Pink Floyd, I will break your hands). Instead, they followed their cutting-edge classical forerunners in making genuinely expansive music that stepped beyond the templates of rock song structure into the realm of the infinitely possible. Although the separate krautrock groups each pursued markedly different paths, two broad styles emerged: the dreamy cosmic ambience of Tangerine Dream and Ash Ra Tempel, and the 4/4 motorik beat-driven hypnotic bliss of Can, Neu! and Kraftwerk. As much as I love the former, it's the latter that's clearly what you want to spend your pocket money on. There are two figures to Can I haven't mentioned yet: the singers. The first singer was Malcolm Mooney, an African-American beatnik poet who sadly suffered from mental health issues and had to return to New York after cutting their first released album, the excellent Monster Movie. Finding themselves singerless for an upcoming gig one evening, earlier that day Can spotted a Japanese busker called Damo Suzuki giving a performance art piece in the middle of the street and recruited him straight away. Fortunately Damo's beautiful gibberish (a fusion of English, German, Japanese and whatever sounds Damo thought would work, Damo asserted it was "the language of the Stone Age") complimented Can's trippy, pulsing funkiness perfectly, bcoming an essential component in Can's greatest albums. You know how certain bands possess a groove unique to themselves? Like how when Ray Manzarek's organ and Robby Krieger's guitar interlock in the best tracks of the Doors? Can constructed their best albums from their singular groove. Karoli's guitar gently yet determined soars, Damo's nonsensical, mellifluous vocalisms lie gossamer over the music, and His Holiness Jaki Liebezeit shows that the beat don't stop and that's a fact, Jack. "Constructed" is the apt verb: Can would jam for extended periods (16-hour sessions were common), and Schmidt would subsequently edit the recordings of these, cutting pieces from the tangle that the organism Can weaved. The best example of the Can groove on Future Days is on Bel Air, the 20-minute album finisher. Like pretty much every 20-minuter Can released, it's a real treat, even though the length might render the casual listener apprehensive: casual listener, try growing some balls and a pair of ears. This is in no way to dismiss the rest of the album: Future Days is an unrestricted corker. Can have two albums on the list (they really deserve to have at least 4), and whilst Future Days might not be quite as good as their other included album Tago Mago (in fairness, Tago Mago is a bit ONE OF THE GREATEST ALBUMS EVER MADE), Future Days still justifies, without qualification but with aplomb, its 5 stars. Just listen to the damn drums, man!

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Mon Jun 21 2021
4

Well I'm new to Can but I could see them becoming a new obsession. Brilliant rhythms make for an upbeat enjoyable listening experience and one that I think will hold up to repeated listens...already listened twice today. 4 🌟 bordering on 5

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Thu Oct 14 2021
4

huge surprise here. i'd never heard of them, and yet they were reborn in the late 90s in the form of Air. i've found myself saying this a lot, but i really enjoyed that final track - i guess that was a thing, to throw out some truly ridiculous stuff right at the close of the album. never really thought about it, but now that i am, of course it was a thing. anyway, it's a fun one, and i'm still having trouble believing this album came from 1973. we really did just recycle a lot of the stuff from our collective youth, i suppose, in the 90s...we brought back disco in the form of techno, the vw beetle in the form of the vw beetle...and the influence of the light, airy feel of this album persists across the feathered hair of the 80s, all the way into the 'retro' instagram filters of the moment. it's like they found a wormhole, and somehow lived on both sides of it at once.

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Sun Jan 09 2022
4

Now this is the weird shit I've been waiting for. Never heard of Can before but I love this type of music. It feels very ahead of it's time. I span this a couple of times today and will do so again as it was a trip. Keep this stuff coming.

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Fri Mar 18 2022
4

The CAN man can, and the CAN'T man can't, but what happens when the CANT man CAN'T cant?

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Fri Apr 22 2022
3

Well this was very interesting. Wasn't sure at first but this grew on me! I need to give a second listen though but I enjoyed the Pink Floyd vibes and I wonder if Radiohead were inspired by this

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Sun Feb 14 2021
1

Sometimes 'experimental' goes too far, and music just becomes a series of unrelated sounds thrown together as has happened here. This is not for me.

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Sun May 09 2021
1

Bobbins. Just pretentious hippy beatnik noise.

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Fri Jul 09 2021
1

Maybe I wasn't in the mood but didn't get much from this.... Definitely too experimental for me. Maybe would get more from it under different circumstances...

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Mon Apr 26 2021
5

Obra maestra del krautrock, inquietante y luminosa al mismo tiempo. Con un tema como Moonshake que puede servir de entrada a su universo y otro como Bel Air, de 20 minutazos, que desarrolla todo su mundo de un solo disparo. Impresionante.

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Wed Oct 20 2021
5

Some of the best Krautrock

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Thu Nov 04 2021
5

Classic!

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Mon Nov 29 2021
5

Great Futuristic Folk Music

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Fri Jan 07 2022
5

Awesome album

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Thu Feb 24 2022
5

Love it! Prog, but on a more chill side.

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Fri Mar 04 2022
5

5 out of 5. Love the vibes. Experimental, but I get what’s happening. Love it.

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Sun Mar 20 2022
5

Ovo mi je najdraži Krautrock album, definitivno. ***Krautrock (također nazvan kosmische Musik, njemački za "kozmičku glazbu") je širok žanr eksperimentalnog rocka koji se razvio u Zapadnoj Njemačkoj kasnih 1960-ih i ranih 1970-ih među umjetnicima koji su spojili elemente psihodeličnog rocka, elektronske glazbe i avangardne kompozicije..*** Nekako ovaj album spajam sa proljećem, sredina pjesme Bel Air, cvrkutanje, taj mir što bude, znam točno gdje sam sjedio kad sam prvi put slušo tu stvar, općenito taj album, a da ne govorim s/t pjesmu, definitivno jaka ocjena, 4.5. čim dođe negdje vinyl u blizini, moram ga imati. e da, to je taj Damo Suzuki, u kojem pjevač The Fall-a pjeva na "This Nation's Saving Grace" albumu na pjesmi "I Am Damo Suzuki." možd nisam dugo piso ovo, ali jebem ti majku, fali pola zvjezdice!!!!!!!!

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Mon May 23 2022
5

Classic Can album. Tago Mago - Ege Bamyasi - Future Days - Soon Over Babaluma: a sequence of 4 consecutive 5-star albums.

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Fri Jun 10 2022
5

"50 years later and it still sounds like the future," as someone wise said in this group. It's no coincidence Can has been quoted, praised or embraced by the likes of Radiohead, Portishead or LCD Soundsystem. This German answer to seventies prog-rock understood how one could convey the same hypnotic canvas without resorting to shtick or unnecessary campy solos. A wide variety of styles, from punk to techno, can thank those kraut prophets for their groundbreaking work. This particular album, the last one fronted by singer/howler Damo Suzuki is remarkable for many things, but what's probably most striking is the mesmerizing intricacies of the rhythm section and the very chilled, laidback instrumentation. Think of avant-garde brainy music students being suddenly stranded on a tropical desert island. The end result is lean, devoid of fat, and it's both tense and dreamy all at the same time. This is the last album in the legendary trilogy *Tago Mago*, *Ege Bayasim* and *Future Days* (to which one could easily add precursor *Monster Movie*--Malcolm Mooney was a spectacular frontman, too). As such, it should be owned by every fan of inventive, evocative, groovy, moody, leftfield, forward-sounding music. Number of albums left to review or just listen to: 890 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens: 58 (including this one) Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 29 Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important): 24

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Fri Jul 01 2022
5

Damo's glorious Swan Song with Can. His era was their best, and he left on a beautiful high note. There's nothing else quite like this album, except maybe some of Miles Davis' fusion material? I used to listen to this album to go to sleep to all the time. It has this completely intoxicating, hypnotic sound that just transports me to another place. The atmosphere is exquisite on headphones. I could also see it working well at a chill social gathering. It has such a tranquil and pleasant mood, yet it is far from fluff. In a word: sublime.

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Wed Aug 17 2022
5

The titular track ‘Future Days’ serves as an optimistic opener. The song sails to shore amid slurpy water and warbling wind for two minutes; an ocean-liner organ honks and all the sounds shift into a breezy beat upon reaching the beach. Busily building tension, the band doesn’t drop the volleyball; each instrument skillfully serves the sound and keeps aloft the ambience. Sandpaper percussion scrapes away endlessly; guitar goes again-n-again high and harmonic; onion-y organ peals colorful chords, layered; bass only occasionally underlines a downbeat. Birds chirp and a man mumbles atop this noisy bop. Few words can be discerned; but the one for-sure phrase, for the sake of future days, attached as it is to its hummable lilt, makes for an auspicious and very memorable message. The song jives in its stratified structure, so delicate in its development. Every man jams and no one leads; but everything flows together consistently like a moving amoeba for the entire ten-minutes of tune. The big finish final minute turns into a total trance, the listener likely under the influence of fantasy for the future days. ‘Spray’ starts off burbling and bursting with watery horrid chords. The song swims away as if stalked by prey, the pace quick and panicked. The mad mood persists throughout the piece, repetitive but relentless. Despite the drone, every sudden sound startles. Crash, bump, boo! As principle propeller of the piece, the cymbals are sharp and assertive here. Bongos bonk. Dark guitars reach out of their trench, threateningly. Organ tones blow bubbles and pop. As before, the band spreads out their idiosyncratic organic jam all over the song. Indeed, the Can just can’t contain the jam. Every instrument manages to maintain interesting textural intricacy in an utterly minimalistic manner. The track eventually calms down long enough to settle into a subdued groove for the final few minutes. Words are heard with no chance to be understood. Muttered and mixed low, the lyrics are as mysterious as the deepest sea. In its mere three minutes, fast-blast ‘Moonshake’ proves that Can could be both an always-open “Can of Jam” as well as an effervescing “Pop Can”. The track shudders under a taut beat. Right from the get-go, grossly low ghost tones quaver as if plucked on a rubber band while a groovy guitar cuts a couple chords and the keys keep to a quiet variety. Supplemental percussion reverberates with the brisk beat. The muddled melody bobs along using more choice words of obscurity. Cue keyboard “solo”: the song proceeds through a passage of electronic fiddle-diddle, a sequence of bizarre beeps and squeaks, sweeps and scratches. Although out of touch with the epic and impressionistic pieces found on the rest of the album, ‘Moonshake’ is a dandy danceable tune in its own right. Big ‘Bel Air’ begins with floaty tones, guitar predominating with some sunny chords as flutes and synths move melodically and squeaky bass plays all over the place. Busy drums begin to boogie. If ‘Future Days’ stays on the earthen beach and ‘Spray’ takes a plunge into deep waters, then ‘Bel Air’ ascends into the skies. Welcome to a new world: more mumbly words likely describe the cosmic majesty of this mysterious world from on high, but who can tell? On and up the music moves at will with no impediments to its progress. Chords descend again and again in mesmerizing patterns. The elevation changes. The song passes through clouds and comes into open airs, next sections, a touch of turbulence. The tune travels around different sides of the sky. Everything changes, but still, nothing changes. In this static way, the music is more like visual art; the song experience may be compared to the way a viewer’s eye gazes freely around the contents of a canvas to discern details. It’s all there at once, but the subtle shades of color make the masterpiece. A song is a song, and ‘Bel Air’ is a guided tour of course; but unlike other songs, this one has no definite direction—it chooses to cruise uncompromisingly through its own noble domain. In its middle, the song settles down back to the ground (hear the birds, hear the bugs) only to start the lift-off all over again with a few new mellower melodies included in the mix, all as bewitching as before. If “bel air” is to be translated from French and understood as “beautiful air”, then this track’s title couldn’t be more truthful. As a product of 1973, Future Days predates ambient music. But in keeping with its forward-looking title, the album managed to defy time with its own utterly unique brand of texture-jam. The attention is on the atmosphere alone. The climate is very cool. Don’t wait for a future day to hear this album.

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Sun Aug 21 2022
5

This a landmark album. The mix of ambient music, psychedelic rock, and more electronic sounds sounded like something I could expect to be released by an experimental indie band today. For this to have been released 49 years ago and still sound as relevant as it does is incredible. Can was clearly extremely ahead of their time.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
5

Favorite album I've heard so far. Sort of a Bitches Brew lite. Works as background music but if you give it your attention there is a lot to discover on repeated listens. I will be listening to this one many more times. Incredible drumming also.

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Thu Jul 08 2021
4

Love it and most all of their stuff

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

very smooth and at times jazzy

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Fri Jun 11 2021
4

This is an experience

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Sun Apr 18 2021
4

Fun, contemporary ride

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Fri Feb 05 2021
4

Good album. Would definitely listen to again

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Wed Mar 24 2021
4

Took me by surprise. First track is killer.

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Thu Feb 04 2021
4

Es perfecto para meditar o volar en un viaje astral por el Amazona

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Wed Feb 03 2021
4

Very cool, wasn’t super in the mood

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Thu Jun 10 2021
4

Chilled background psychedelic rock music, some songs better than others but nice for working to

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Thu Jun 10 2021
4

Chilled background psychedelic rock music, some songs better than others but good background for working.

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Wed May 12 2021
4

Great surround sound, has 3d audio. Pink Floyd esque 8/10

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Fri Jul 09 2021
4

Background vibe

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Fri Jul 09 2021
4

I knew Moonrocks but other than that it was a first listen and an a very enjoyable one.

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Fri Jul 30 2021
4

7/29 An audio adventure.

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Thu Aug 19 2021
4

Airy and light, clear influence on future electronica and art-rock outfits like Radiohead. Prog elements and interesting rhythms / chord progressions put above other Krautrock like Kraftwerk.

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Thu Sep 16 2021
4

Interesting and very nice album. Feels like it was made before Tago Mago since it is less experimental but was actually made five years later. It has a nice balance and is very listenable, not as amazing as Tago Mago or Monster Movie.

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Sun Sep 19 2021
4

last song could have been broken up but really talented and technically good :)

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Mon Sep 27 2021
4

Funky, soulful, genre bending

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Wed Nov 10 2021
4

Nice 70s prog. Similar to pink Floyd, needs a re listen

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Thu Nov 11 2021
4

Added!

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Wed Nov 17 2021
4

Very unusual psycho

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Thu Dec 02 2021
4

A vibe I suppose

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Fri Dec 17 2021
4

‘Future Days’ is a calm, spaced out mix of shifting prog, ambient and electronic sounds and textures with a jazz sensibility. It’s not quite as off the wall, bonkers or daring as their other album in this list, ‘Tago Mago’, but it’s ultimately more accessible.

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Wed Dec 22 2021
4

extrem genießbar, direkt mehr gehört

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Thu Dec 23 2021
4

Quirky but good

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Fri Dec 31 2021
4

Såja! God kål. Har strölyssnat på Can i ett par år, kul att ha en anledning att lyssna lite mer fokuserat, även om det inte är det mest lättuggade. Väldigt stämningsfullt, experimentellt, och lite psykedeliskt. Albumet består av fyra låtar. Låt nr. 3, Moonshake, är väl den mest konventionella, mest för att den är endast ca. 3 minuter lång, till skillnad från låt 1 och 2, som är nära 10 minuter vardera, och låt 4, Bel Air, som tar upp hela B-sidan med sina 20 minuter. Trots att det hör till genren att det ska vara lite svårtillgängligt är det ändå ett relativt vänligt album för ovana lyssnare. Låtarna har till största delen en härlig, ambient vibe, och går bra att bara ha i bakgrunden. Även om det ofta pågår ganska mycket, kanske framför allt i delar av Bel Air, känns det ändå väl uttänkt och samspelt - det blir aldrig för mycket, för spretigt. Bel Air är albumets höjdpunkt, speciellt andra halvan, där tempot successivt ökas. Velade mellan en 3:a och en 4:a. Album av denna typen bör lyssnas på minst 20 gånger innan en rättvis bedömning kan göras, men det hinner jag inte med! Så väljer att fria hellre än fälla. Bästa låt: Bel Air.

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Wed Jan 12 2022
4

I had never even heard of this band before this. While sparse at times, this is still a solid piece of what you could call ambient rock. Has a perfect vibe for putting on as background music.

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Fri Jan 14 2022
4

This was a very interesting, yet relaxing listen. This is definitely something I need to return to and soak in. A unique album full of good, soothing vibes.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
4

Interesting album. Very different and uniquely seductive

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Wed Jan 19 2022
4

Jammy and sick. Love it.

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Fri Jan 21 2022
4

What an absolutely gorgeous album. I'm only discovering Can now...in the last year it so and every listen reveals something new (to me). I'm always surprised at how soulful the music. 4.5 🌟

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Tue Feb 15 2022
4

Nice background listen while getting on with work - when you see the tracklist and see 4 tracks, 40 mins, and the last track is half that runtime, you kind of have an expectation of what you're going to get, and you do get that, but I didn't find it as offputting as a lot of that kind of prog. Enjoyed it, would listen again.

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Sun Feb 20 2022
4

4.5/5. Freakin wild🤘

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Wed Feb 23 2022
4

Disco bastante extraño pero supongo influencias de lo que harían muchas bandas de los últimos años de combinar fondos electrónicos y de rock, estilo Kasabian. Comienza lento pero cierra mucho mejor. 3.5 que sube a 4 por la sorpresa de que me gustara.

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Sun Mar 13 2022
4

Genre: Krautrock 4/5 This was an album I was looking forward to listening to once I RNG'd it, as Krautrock was a genre I had yet to step foot in. This album by Can, Future Days, is a real treat. This is a rock album we can truly dub as "progressive", as the remnants of early R&B are completely missing, and instead are replaced with more ambient, experimental soundscapes. There's still some guitar, there's still some jammin' (Moonshake), but it's truly a unique space that only a few bands were in at the time. This album in particular was one of the more interesting listens so far throughout this exercise. Completely out of left field for me, as I was expecting something a bit more "difficult". I was treated to some really mellow, really beautiful ambient backdrops, with some true free-time feel. Rather other-wordly, and something I'd never really heard before. Very forward thinking in its sound (re: Animal Collective), but also borrows from contemporate symphonic rock groups at the time like Yes. The 20-minute Krautrock epic, the dreamy and ethereal Bel Air, is a very well-done piece of experimental music that I'm sure will reward repeat listens. Brian Eno's Another Green World is a supposed ambient hallmark, a ripple in music that we still feel today thanks to his stunning ingenuity. It seems that groups like Can had already perfected this sound a few years before that, and did it way better than Eno.

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Fri Mar 18 2022
4

This was a delight

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Fri Mar 25 2022
4

Figo mi è piaciuto, è un viaggio delirante.

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Fri Apr 08 2022
4

There's been sort of a notable absence of Kraut rock on this list so far, as I've been doing this for over a year and this is the first such album that I've gotten. I liked this album. Like most in the genre it's good to just put on and listen to in the background. I'm a bigger fan of Neu than Can, but this is still really cool for the era in which it was made. Really influential stuff that doesn't get its due for its historical importance 4/5

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Fri Apr 29 2022
4

CAN

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Sun May 08 2022
4

If you like to walk, hike especially, you’ll certainly appreciate and enjoy the meandering of Can throughout 'Future Days.' The whole journey begins with an ambient wash of machine waves, if that makes sense. Not a lot does on 'Future Days,' seemingly, at least in the accepted wisdom of traditional pop/rock song composition- intro, first verse, chorus, second verse, chorus, bridge, third verse, chorus, conclusion. You can throw all that out the window for this trip. After a full minute ambient introduction, things give way to a slightly Caribbean beat, suggesting steel drums, to which a drone note (only one chord in this nine and a half minute opener) eventually attaches itself, followed by some wonderful synth creations. ‘Spray’ follows, with it’s predominate percussion and some excellent syncopation from drummer, Jaki Liebezeit. The third, and final song on the first side, ‘Moonshake,’ most closely resembles a traditional song structure, but only for three short minutes. It was about this time when I realized how difficult it was to place the vocalist’s nationality. A most unusual accent- a whisper of German, but something else undiscernible, at least to me. In truth, vocalist Damo Suzuki is from Japan, one of the founding members of the mostly German ensemble. His lyrics (in collaboration with the rest of Can) are even more elusive than his vocalization. Here’s a sampling, from the final number: ‘And when nobody can say that you hate. But then your story made the store right now. And when you started to say that you hate. You're coming down to the start up gown.’ And that is just a sampling. The lyrics on Future Days are about as surreal as you’re going to find. Trippy, brothers and sisters. Suzuki’s voice itself, however, it’s tone and timber, gradually grew on me. By the conclusion, I was a fan. It does come with conditions, though, number one being the necessity of written lyrics. Both Suzuki’s pronunciation of English and the heavy studio effects (including a shallow burial of vocals into the overall instrumental mix) make comprehension by ear difficult. But it was during the final and stunning song, ‘Bel Air,’ that I realized that Suzuki’s vocals were better heard as simply another instrument- weaving in and out as soloists do in jazz improvisation- rather than for the goal of achieving some reasonable interpretation. Is it possible that Can’s lyrics (or anyone’s, for that matter) don’t 'have to' mean anything, at least on a rational level? And that final song, ‘Bel Air.’ It’s worth the price of the whole recording. This is where Can really stretches their legs. It’s a long walk, but very satisfying. Part free jazz, part progressive rock, somewhat rehearsed, of course, yet allowing some periodic off-roading improvisation, too. Fans of King Crimson’s stuff will dig 'Future Days,' and ‘Bel Air,’ in particular. And just when you think the song’s complete, surprise! A lightly strummed soul guitar fades in, followed by the entire band, including vocals, settling into an extremely pleasant vibe, like a listening sedative. More free jazz transpires for a few minutes, then giving way to pure ambient noise, slowly crystalized down to one drone note… and yet again, just when you think things are finally winding down, the entire band zooms back in, rocking to the original tempo! I’m not sure what part of this almost twenty minute composition was the conclusion, nor do I care. All I know is that both the journey and the destination were quite enjoyable.

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Thu May 12 2022
4

Post-rock decades before it populaized, it's no wonder they were a huge influence to the likes of Talk Talk. Out of all their albums, it's the most consistent in scope and objective, ambient but doesn't suffer from boring repetition that I felt in Eno's works. Here you could pay attention to each minute. They continue the influence of world music in the percussion style, but also jazz and horror movie soundtrack(?) in "Spray." There's your Public Image Ltd influence. Suzuki vocally interjects here and there, and I have no idea what he's saying, but it fits well with the instrumental. Never excessive. The exception is our standard pop song "Moonshake" where they dump several experimental ideas in something intended to be accessible to audiences... It's hilarious. "Bel Air" pays off for me in the middle, leading to wondrous tension and a decisive 3 minute conclusion.

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Wed May 18 2022
4

Surprisingly delightful. Similar to spirogyra...

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Thu May 26 2022
4

Good album, not there best but still nice album to put on in the background. What I do like about German (krautrock) prog bands is they're musically less pretentious and self absorbed then the British contemporaries.

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Fri May 27 2022
4

Mmmmm, krautrock with ambient leanings - my kinda jam. Fave track - "Future Days" for those latin rhythms!

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Mon May 30 2022
4

Frankly, I was expecting yet another shitshow given this list's track record with albums I've never heard of before, but... Instead I got a very pleasant surprise of atmospheric, semi psychedelic, dose of music that can best be described as "right down my street". This is the type of music I like to have in the background when I concentrate, but also music I can concentrate on in its own rights. Thank you, dear album generator list, for the nice surprise!

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Mon May 30 2022
4

I liked this more than I thought I would. This is ... progressive rock? New age? Experimental? All of the above? And more? I don't know. But it flows nicely. I actually might want to listen to this again. 3.5/5

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Thu Jun 09 2022
4

Great stuff. Felt like a ghostly funk in places.

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Sun Jun 26 2022
4

A very fun, quite different album. It made for a great family car trip

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Fri Jul 01 2022
4

A beautifully relaxing album. The sound and atmosphere created here is consistent throughout, and it takes me on a journey. This is something I'd want to listen to sitting on a grassy hill watching the clouds roll by. Fav Tracks: Future Days, Bel Air

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Fri Jul 01 2022
4

Great album. Perfectly executed psychedelic sounds that I can easily get lost in. Happy to have discovered this one and will be returning soon.

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Fri Jul 01 2022
4

Anything Damo Suzuki and Can is always good. I will say between the 3 albums with him I find this one to be the weakest, but still overall very fun and experimental art-rock. Fav track: Future Days

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Fri Jul 01 2022
4

I like when they bring the funk. Very jammy (I know that's what they do, is jam), in a way that doesn't always hold my attention. Moments of brilliance here and there.

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Mon Jul 04 2022
4

I'm happy there are CAN albums in this list. But there are other albums of theirs I prefer that aren't on the list(?!). As others have commented this is TOO experimental- not enough key phrases or rhythms to get your teeth into. This is good for chilling to though. Put it on, do some chores, take a shower and come back like you've never been away.....

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Wed Jul 13 2022
4

Four songs, almost 41 minutes long. Well, looking forward to this! Definitely banking this in the "wish I could see this live" category. It's always fun to discover something from half a century ago that you're listening to for the first time. I found myself asking, "Which way are you taking me?" They definitely rank up there with the Prog icons. Lyrics are simple but in a way enigmatic. Trippy.

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Thu Jul 21 2022
4

Nice, earliest form of this type of music that I've listened to

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Sun Aug 14 2022
4

Relaxing rock, very unusual time lengths for those 3 songs, but still very enjoyable.

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Mon Sep 05 2022
4

Super vibey. Same superb musicianship as the two Can albums I'm more familiar with, but a much calmer atmosphere throughout. Jaki Liebezeit was such a great drummer, so many super funky pockets all over this album that help keep things moving. A well-paced 40 minutes, will almost definitely listen again soon.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
4

Great album, haven't heard it in years so definitely worth a re-listen

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Wed Sep 14 2022
4

7/10. Nice ambience, with moonshake randomly in the middle of it.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
4

The instrumentals and chanting on this made for spacey jams but felt like they had direction. Easy to pop on and listen to subconsciously. Favorite: Bel Air

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Thu Sep 22 2022
4

I feel pretentious by enjoying this record, but it's got a good, solid groove throughout. It's like progressive rock, with a heavy jazz influence thrown in. I can see why people might not enjoy it, but I enjoyed how mellow it was. The instruments build particularly well throughout the whole thing, though they may get a little lost in the weeds on "Bel Air". Favorite track: "Future Days"

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Wed Sep 28 2022
4

Moonshake is the song ever

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Wed Oct 05 2022
4

Sounds quite atypical for this list, never even heard of Can although I live in Germany…

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Thu Oct 06 2022
4

Very good. Mostly instrumental.

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Thu Nov 12 2020
3

this took a bit to get going but its psychedelic AF after a bit and pretty trippy to listen to with headphones on. everything is panned in weird ways, lots of instruments coming and going, volume swells etc. pretty spacey, there was definitely a bit of drug use going on. 3/5

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Wed Sep 30 2020
3

Quite trancey, nice sound. 4 longer tracks

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Thu Mar 11 2021
3

Meeeget lange ambience numre. 2 af dem er ok... 20 minutter for et nummer er simpelthen for langt

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Wed Feb 24 2021
3

Very interesting. I had no idea what to expect and enjoyed the surprise. Very psychedelic, and ambient.

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Sun Apr 11 2021
3

Varsin mielenkiintoinen uusi tuttavuus! Alussa oli vähän WTF-fiilikset mutta tämähän toimii. Hieman kuin Talking Heads mutta ilman ärsyttäviä elementtejä. Kikkailu pysyy ihan hyvin hanskassa ja meno on muutenkin tyylikästä. Ihan huippuarvosanaan ei näillä meriiteillä vielä pääse, mutta erittäin vahvalla kolmosella mennään.

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Wed Feb 10 2021
3

Kinda strange. Felt like I was in a syrian opium lounge or something.

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Thu Jun 24 2021
3

This one was interesting. I’m finding that I don’t hate electronica. I mean, I don’t *love* it, but it’s alright sometimes.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
3

Feels like the soundtrack to a 60s movie montage

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Sun Jan 24 2021
3

Fine for background music but wasn't interested much beyond that

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Thu Jul 01 2021
3

good one, I was fearing it a lot lol but it was nice.

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Fri Jun 11 2021
3

I didn’t hate as much as Tessica. Didn’t love. But it had a vIbE

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Thu Apr 22 2021
3

I enjoyed how little songs were on this album but they were also very long songs. My fav was Spray but this felt more like a Jazz album than rock.

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Wed Feb 17 2021
3

Highlight: Moonshake Improv beatnik avant garde jazz-band serpentine musical diaries aren't really my thing, but Future Days is an all-together pleasant journey. It would be right at home at a coffee shop while writing a screenplay on a heavily-stickered Macbook, masking the clatters of coffee cups stacked high, the hissing of the steamer, the buzz-rumble of the grinder. CAN's free-flowing movements aren't impolite or particularly memorable, they're just /there/ and aren't in any way meant to intrude or divert your attention. This is good study music.

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Sun Mar 07 2021
3

Interesting album, mixture of sounds and styles. Tracks not likely to stick in the mind but enjoyable and entertaining to listen to in background.

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Fri Jun 18 2021
3

Strange album, each track with a different feel. It was alright. ***

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Sun Apr 11 2021
3

Levyn kahdesta ekasta biisistä en juuri välittänyt, mutta sitten levyn lopun Mooshake ja Bel Air oli hyvinkin mielenkiintoisia. Hyvällä tavalla mielenkiintoisia. Ekassa kahdessa biisissä erikoiset kikkailut ei niin iskeneet. Levyn bonusyllärinä tuli se, että bändi on saksalainen. Jos asettaa kontrastiin, että levy on tehty '73, niin annan pioneerikolmosen vähän kokeellisemmasta levystä.

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Fri May 28 2021
3

Kraut/prog/rock/jazz. BT: Future Days, Moonshake

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Mon Jul 05 2021
3

Zeer experimentele muziek. Leuk om af te spelen op de achtergrond, veel ambient sounds

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Fri May 07 2021
3

Props to being really fucking weird

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Sun Apr 11 2021
3

Interessant, ich muss mich mehr darauf einlassen.

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Wed Apr 28 2021
3

Enjoyable enough, even though it's only four long jam tracks it meanders around in an interesting way that doesn't become too monotonous or droning.

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Wed Apr 28 2021
3

I dug it! Waaaay ahead of their time. Obviously each song ran long and I get it, but could have tightened it up and progressed through them faster

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Thu May 06 2021
3

Listened a little bit in the car with Pablo but he said they have better albums and then we just put on LCD Soundsystem.

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Sun May 23 2021
3

I know that this is a seminal, influential, experimental rock/jazz/psychedelic ensemble, but I just didn’t find any of the songs worth listening to a second time.

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Fri Jul 09 2021
3

There's not a lot to say about this album aside from the fact that it's pleasing to the ears. Easy listening with chill instrumentals and soft vocals.

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Mon Jun 07 2021
3

// Favs: — Score: Decent to Strong 3

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Wed Jun 09 2021
3

Better than what I was expecting. Song 2 is a little too jazzy for me.

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Fri Jul 23 2021
3

Uninteresting but unoffensive.

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Wed Aug 11 2021
3

Nice ambient background music.

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Sun Aug 15 2021
3

COOL STUFF! maybe for 70s

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Wed Sep 01 2021
3

Está chido el disco, la película no tanto.

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Wed Sep 01 2021
3

Esto está muy chabocho. Aunque me quedé esperando más de los X-Men

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Fri Sep 03 2021
3

Non avevo mai ascoltato i Can prima e non li avevo mai sentiti nominare nonostante siano abbastanza famosi nel panorama "Krautrock". Questo disco non è di facile ascolto ma sembra comunque la colonna sonora di un trip rilassato di LSD. Mi imagino tipo Bel Air nella classica scena del trip allucinogeno in un film, dove la vocetta del cantante giappo tedesco viene da qualche lumaca o pietra parlante. In ogni caso è stato godibile, nonostante i 19 minuti di traccia. I musicisti sono tutti molto bravi. Il problema principale che ho è la vena un po' troppo jazz orientata all'improvvisazione che crea questi pezzi con delle strutture circolari, dove i tempi compositivi sono super dilatati senza motivo. Alla fine, come dicevo, non mi ha annoiato, che è sicuramente un pregio e un rischio di questo tipo di musica, però allo stesso tempo questa dilatazione se ti cattura lo fa più per proprietà ipnotiche che per trasporto emotivo. In ogni caso direi un 3 abbastanza giusto.

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Fri Sep 03 2021
3

Mai sentiti prima! Mi piace molto sia l'atmosfera dell'album, sia come suonano. Purtroppo, come spesso accade in album simili, a discapito della qualità di un progetto musicale, giocano altri fattori che possono influenzare l'esperienza dell'ascoltatore. Nel mio caso, io li ho capiti abbastanza subito e purtroppo a un certo punto hanno smesso di stupirmi, poi verso la fine mi sono anche un po' annoiato. Comunque bravi

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Fri Sep 10 2021
3

Starts well with train sounds Drums Pleasant and nice Something good is happening It's all a bit good

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Fri Sep 17 2021
3

Sounds like the official soundtrack to "The Elder", a movie that doesn't exist yet compelled Kiss to make a concept album about. This is meant to be a compliment. Or a way to suggest I'm glad this is on the list, I enjoyed listening to it, and then thought about the time Paul Stanley wore a purple headband.

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Fri Oct 08 2021
3

Interesting experimental album. It didn't feel like there were any standout moments, but it had a good feel overall. Good background music, not sure I would want to listen to it with full attention.

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Thu Nov 04 2021
3

Experimental, but worth a listen

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Thu Nov 25 2021
3

Solid background music for working

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Wed Feb 02 2022
3

Was pretty cool. Nice background music. Wasn't particularly moved or inspired by it, but I did enjoy it and would happily listen again. Relaxed, easy-going rock music centred around guitars and keys, with pleasant grooves and nice ambient soundscapes to accompany. Feels like something I would probably enjoy more and more on repeated listens.

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Wed Feb 23 2022
3

No está MAL por sí mismo, de hecho, si fuera un disco de los 90 sería de lo más meh; pero al ser de 1973 siento que lo distingue de lo que otros estaban haciendo y quizá se pueda pensar que son pioneros. De cualquier manera, salvo momentitos que son sonoramente agradables, no me atrajo la atención ni me hizo mayor gracia.

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Thu Mar 03 2022
3

They really said "Looney Tunes sound effects" during the third song. Brave, I respect that. Okay, this is definitely music to scare the hoes. Play this at a party and they'll take you to a mental institute after two minutes. But this is exactly why I'm here doing this challenge. Never in a million years would I know that this album exists without the existence of this book and this site. I'm glad I listened to this, because this is a damn ritual. That final song takes you to Jupiter. Did I like it? Hard to say. Did I enjoy the experience? Yeah.

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Fri Mar 04 2022
3

Interesting. Not great. Can (and krautrock generally) is always on my "need to check out" category but then I do and I'm underwhelmed. I think I just need to accept that I like 3 minute pop songs and there's nothing wrong with that.

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Fri Mar 11 2022
3

While this album wasn't bad, it also wasn't awful. A bit mundane and repetitive, but not in an annoying sort of way. The song "Moonshake" is quite good, but unfortunately it is a 3 minute song on an album of 41 minutes with only 4 songs! This would get a 2, but with Moonshake, I'll give it a 3.

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Sun Mar 13 2022
3

Ce n'est pas une écoute facile. Faut être dans le mood d'écouter un album de longues pièces majoritairement instrumentales qui prennent le temps d'installer une ambiance. Une fois qu'on sait ça, c'est bien construit. On embarque dans l'aventure et on suit jusqu'au bout. Pièce préférée: Moonshake

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Wed Mar 16 2022
3

Intéressant son expérimental, mais un manque un peu de drive. À réessayer.

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Fri Apr 22 2022
3

Some pretty mad bits but altogether quite a cool album

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Fri Apr 22 2022
3

Really enjoyed the title track. Things got a bit shaky for me in Spray... This is not a kind of sound experiment I can easily cope with, I find it super stressful. Really enjoy the International influences and find it really exciting to listen out for certain snippets of interesting bits. Found Future Days really lovely pretty interesting and cool but also really relaxing. It's mad the contrast between how these different songs affected me. I also found Moonshake quite charming! I have mixed feelings.

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Wed Apr 27 2022
3

Rating: 5/10

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Thu May 19 2022
3

What a unorthodox album! Long invididual tracks that consist of hardly more than trippy & psychodelic ambiance music and about the same amount of vocals as the "Next Stop"-announcement on Public transport

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Thu May 19 2022
3

Not hard to listen to, but really a pointless inclusion on the list.

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Thu May 26 2022
3

Some interesting parts, some boring parts. It was fine.

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Thu May 26 2022
3

I did NOT expect to enjoy this album, but damn, I kind of did! It was off to a slow start and my initial reaction was… not positive. But the music was actually interesting and far more contemporary to my ear than expected for 1973.

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Mon May 30 2022
3

Very easy listening.

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Mon Jun 06 2022
3

Would have never guessed this came out in 1973. Seems like it was way ahead of its time. Not really my thing though.

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Mon Jun 20 2022
3

Can est un bon album de prog/rock/ ? J'Aime le style et ca s'écoute bien. Très éclaté dans le bon sens. 3.80

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Wed Jun 22 2022
3

It was better than I expected and I have to admit, I enjoyed it. Sounded more like background music, but that's okay. Hard to believe this was released in 1973, even today it has a "futuristic" sound to it, at least what we think the future should sound like... I guess the future is a lot closer than we think, right?

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Wed Jun 29 2022
3

Kinda cool, kinda weird. Overall not bad. Probably won't listen again but wasn't a waste of my time.

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Wed Jul 20 2022
3

Not bad. I'm not a hip-hop person, but there is a bit of everything here.

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Fri Jul 22 2022
3

Too much insanity. Even for Can.

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Wed Aug 10 2022
3

interesting, for some reason i got a lot of Santana out of it, despite being German

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Sun Aug 14 2022
3

revoir l’assaisonnement ça manque d’un truc

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Mon Sep 05 2022
3

Decent, but probably wouldn't listen again.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
3

Nice listen. I can't say I'm blown away, but I definitely enjoyed it. Great ambient album. High 3 stars

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Fri Sep 09 2022
3

Eh, bit mellow.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
3

When I saw 4 tracks at 40 mins total time I knew it was going to be something unusual! Didn’t mind it though, they were def on some shit when they wrote this

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Wed Sep 14 2022
3

Neat. Didn't find any of this particularly compelling but it was pleasant background music. I thought the drums were especially good.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
3

Vocals were hard to make out even at higher volume. Boppin tunes though

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Fri Sep 16 2022
3

Neat, chill, interesting. Def want to check out more by these guys.

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Mon Sep 19 2022
3

Less "experimental" than I thought. Also less Kraftwerk-adjacent than I expected. Honestly it's almost a lo-fi album with some surfer music influences. The only thing that keys this into being an experimental German rock album is that one of the tracks is over 20 minutes long. But it ain't bad! I've heard worse.

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Mon Sep 19 2022
3

Atmospheric etc

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Fri Oct 07 2022
3

A lot more musically subtle than Can's previous releases and a lost less reliant on vocals. Overall an excellent piece of music, filled with countless moments of beauty, as is the rest of their catalog, and though this maybe a controversial opinion, but I'd put Tago Mago and Ege Bamyasi above this album.

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Mon Oct 17 2022
3

Enjoyable and quirky, but backgroundy however

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Wed Oct 26 2022
3

I like the simplicity of the band name Can. It’s so basic, it’s somewhat startling. Is it a declaration of optimism, or is it a container of beans? Who can say? Songs I already knew: none Favourites: Moonshake My thoughts on this tended to yo-yo as I listened. I quite liked Future Day, but then Spray felt like a drag. Then I enjoyed Moonshake, but Bel Air had me checking several times how much longer until it was done. And then that’s it. Another four song album, which takes up 41 minutes. I guess with the standard 15 song album of 3 minute songs, if there is something you don’t like then there may be plenty more that you do. With albums like this, if you don’t like two songs, then that’s half of the album gone. Overall, I’d lean slightly more towards liking the album than disliking it, but I don’t expect I’ll be revisiting it any time soon.

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Wed Nov 02 2022
3

I didn't even realize this album had ended. Weird, groovy music that works well as mood music.

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Thu Nov 03 2022
3

I like CAN.

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Thu Nov 03 2022
3

I could see myself having this on in the background.

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Thu Nov 03 2022
3

Super fusion fun.

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Mon Nov 14 2022
3

Can't

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Thu Nov 17 2022
3

Cool album but most of the time it fades to background noise.

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Thu Nov 05 2020
2

Not really my thing. Quite boring and the man's voice is reedy and annoying.

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Wed Feb 17 2021
2

A bit too bland for me!

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Wed Jan 27 2021
2

Noget syret

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Wed Mar 24 2021
2

I feel like Phish was born from this and I don't like that vibe. I thought this was okay though

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Wed Feb 24 2021
2

Way ahead of its time. Not for me but damn did they influence a generation of indie artists

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Thu Jan 28 2021
2

Bizarre

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Fri Jun 04 2021
2

The warmth of a dusty furnace, relaxing background music but nothing life changing.

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Wed Mar 24 2021
2

Jim hates Phish. I hate Jim.

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Fri Jun 18 2021
2

Unremarkable.

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Thu Mar 18 2021
2

1,000,000% better than their previous album on the list, Tago Mago, so have inflated the score proportionally to a very generous 2/5. Tago Mago was grating and annoying, this is just dull. 'Moonshake' is at least an actual song.

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Thu Mar 18 2021
2

no bangers on this one. just an album of noise dressed up as art

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Thu Apr 22 2021
2

Sounds like they were making music for movie. Long tracks and space age sounds. Did like Moonstruck🌛

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Mon Jun 21 2021
2

Fairly tedious faff

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Mon Jul 05 2021
2

Een tweede ster omdat een nummer Spray van de band Can wel een fijntje is.

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Thu Jun 24 2021
2

2/5 naaaahhh, way too instrumental

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Thu Apr 22 2021
2

Thought this was an interesting group.... and only 4 songs....

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Mon May 24 2021
2

Quite intrigued by this one. Through no fault of its own, it suffers a bit from cultural overload, meaning that in the ~50 years since the album's release, this style of music has been so heavily co-opted by spas and yoga studios that it's really hard for me to separate it all out. Fortunately, this album has a depth of layers and textures and other interesting elements that the typical spa/yoga album or playlist tends to lack. The album gets intense at times, and rhythmic, in good ways.

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Thu May 13 2021
2

Lotta instrumental prog rock, sounds ahead of it’s time but doesn’t really do it for me.

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Sun Jul 11 2021
2

It’s fine until the tedious 20 minute closer. Get over yourself. No one wants to hear a 20 minute song about nothing.

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