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[Audio] – Can – “Shikaku Maru Ten” (1970)

Posted in Audio by Soundslike on March 11, 2009


Can – “Shikaku Maru Ten” (1970)

You just know there’s at least a couple box-sets worth of amazing unreleased Can jams locked away somewhere, since they had their own studio.  But I’m not holding my breath for Miles Davis-style “complete sessions” vault-clearings any time soon.  So we have to be content with a few dodgy radio recordings and live bootlegs, and a couple b-sides and non-album tracks.  “Shikaku Maru Ten” does the trick, gliding along with an effortless snare shuffle and bass/guitar groove that approaches New Orleans funk at 4am.


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  1. ohrensause said, on March 12, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    i am not a very big fan of can outside of tago mago but this is excellent stuff. lighter than usual. one reason being the singing. and especially the relatively sparse singing. which is letting the instruments breathe. a great groove.

    • Soundslike said, on March 12, 2009 at 8:11 pm

      If you like this, I’d think there would be a great deal of Can you’d enjoy. What have you heard?

  2. ohrensause said, on March 12, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    i don’t remember. but i liked “animal waves” for it’s early world music feel. and tago mago for it’s tribal psychedelic feel. despite that as i said i never liked the singers. neither mooney nor suzuki. their voices were very annoying. and can have something very predictible about them. maybe even mechanic. to be honest i don’t know any german band which i find really fascinating. maybe faust but not the stuff i have heard from them.

    • Soundslike said, on March 12, 2009 at 10:26 pm

      Can’t imagine that you’d like ‘Tago Mago’ and this track and not at least enjoy ‘Ege Bamyasi;’ you might also give ‘Future Days’ a try, as that (as well as everything else they did from ’73 on) features neither of the vocalists you mentioned. I guess Can, Faust, Cluster, Neu, Kraftwerk, et al are foundational to my relationship with music.

  3. ohrensause said, on March 13, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    thanks for the recommendations. i am just listening to “future days” and the first three songs bode well. i think what i like most about can is jaki liebezeit’s drumming. there is something very organic about it.

  4. rich said, on March 17, 2009 at 9:07 am

    can i just put this song on repeat for my entire night shift? i’m awake! alive!

  5. Nair said, on April 4, 2009 at 7:48 am

    You are correct, I like this a lot, it’s making me alive.

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