Can - The Lost Tapes 5xLP
Release Date: November 3rd, 2017
Thanks to the high demand, The Lost Tapes, first pressed in 2012 is back in print!
As is now known, when the legendary Can studio in Weilerswist was sold to the German Rock N Pop Museum, they bought everything, including the army mattresses that covered the walls for sound protection, and relocated it to Gronau. Whilst dismantling the studio, master tapes were found and stored in the Spoon archive. With barely legible labeling, no one was sure what was on these until Irmin Schmidt and long time collaborator Jono Podmore started to go through over 50 hours of music. What they found was years of archived material, not outtakes, but rather tracks which had been shelved for a variety of reasons. These included soundtracks to films that were never released and tracks that didn't make it onto the final versions of albums due to space. The final cut of tracks, dating from 1968-1977, features studio material recorded at Schloss Norvenich and Can Studio, Weilerswist with the Can line up of Holger Czukay on bass, Michael Karoli on guitars, Jaki Liebezeit on drums and Irmin Schmidt on keyboards, and on most tracks, vocals from Malcolm Mooney or Damo Suzuki. Can's influence is well known and far-reaching and the impact they made on music is felt today as keenly as it ever has been.
The Lost Tapes was curated by Irmin Schmidt and Daniel Miller, compiled by Irmin Schmidt and Jono Podmore, and edited by Jono Podmore. The vinyl issue of The Lost Tapes has a poster and a 28 page booklet with sleeve notes by Irmin Schmidt and Ian Harrison.