Spectacular green Vinyl release of the influential German band Cans’ ‘Ege Bamyasi’. The eclectic and avant-garde group Can were founded in 1968 by Irmin Schmidt, Holger Czukay, Michael Karoli and Jaki Liebezeit, forming a group which would utilise and transcend all boundaries of ethnic, electronic experimental and modern classical music. Can were at the forefront of the Krautrock movement combining rock trappings and funk-inflected rhythms that were always three steps ahead of contemporary pop scene of the 1970s. From their very beginning, their music didn't conform to any commonly held notions about rock & roll -- not even those of the countercultures.
‘Ege Bamyasi’ was Cans’ fourth studio album and was released in 1972, Often described as the "tense" Can album, ‘Ege Bamyasi’ drops the haze and hits with a sharp pang from the get-go. ‘Ege Bamyasi’ was bolstered in part by the success of its single ‘Spoon’ - the proto synth-pop (or synth-rock) song was the title theme to the popular German television show Das Messer.
"Pinch" is reminiscent of concurrent Miles Davis; a tough, dissonant take on rock, always kept sparse enough as to be unsettling. Likewise, "One More Night" was dry and efficient in the extreme, though, musically having more in common with Steve Reich than Davis. "Sing Swan Song" was Can's best ballad, while "Vitamin C" is still the best funk ever to come out of Europe which according to Pitchfork, is “still the best funk ever to come out of Europe.” The track has recently been heard in shows such as Preacher and The Get Down. The band would refine their sound even more in coming years, but they wouldn't really ever get better than this.
Cans' powerful influence has never diminished and their indelible mark is apparent in the bands who freely acknowledge their importance, from Portishead, James Murphy, New Order, Factory Floor, Public Image Ltd, Mogwai, Kanye West and Radiohead, as well as across other disciplines such as visual art and literature.
“Can are impossible to classify and it’s impossible to ignore their seismic influence on so many diverse musical paths” - Richard Hawley
“Can are the most revolutionary band ever” - Stephen Morris (New Order)