• can Can (Inner Space) (pic disc LP, £11.75)

    label: Lilith

    1979's 'Can', the band's last proper album, was less experimental than previous releases, with Michael Karoli doing more straightforward vocals and guitar. Having spent the previous decade taking elements of the classical avant-garde (e.g. Karlheinz Stockhausen) and underground rock (e.g. Velvet Underground) to create a kind of genreless "new music", and influencing countless bands in the process, Can had reached the natural end of its journey. Although founding members Irmin Schmidt (keyboards) and Jaki Liebezeit (drums) can still be heard, Rebop Kwaku Baah and Rosko Gee of Traffic-fame were added to the line-up, with former bassist Holger Czukay doing the editing.

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