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Throwback Thursday: Krautrock Lives through the Lost Tapes of CAN

Throwback Thursday: Krautrock Lives through the Lost Tapes of CAN

By Halley Bondy | November 8, 2012

CAN is considered one of the first groups of ‘krautrock,’ a genre defined by experimental psychedelic droning post-punk rock’n'roll from — you guessed it — Germany. CAN has been a major influence for die-hard crate-diggers for decades — and just when people thought they’d heard it all, along came some of CAN’s lost tapes, recorded between 1968 and 1977.

The band’s assets had been sold to Germany’s Rock N Pop Museum, and in digging around, the museum discovered over 50 hours of music in barely-labeled master tapes.

Says composer/keys player Irmin Schmidt: ““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. Everybody except Hildegard, who watches over CAN and its work like the dragon over the gold of the Nibelungen and doesn’t allow forgetting.”

The tapes have been out on CD since June, but on December 3, CAN will issue a vinyl box set, with 5 LPs featuring the lost material. Have a sample with the surf-droney “Millionenspiel,” and buy it here.

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