And share it freely, with good grace and great taste, please…
By Uncle Blurt
Rocking your Uncle’s weekend is none other than Krautrock legends Can. You may have heard of ‘em. Our good friends over at Big O Zine have posted (via Dime A Dozen, natch) a round of superb quality concerts from the mid ‘70s that will knock your socks off, suitable for burning direct to CDR. Click on the links. They’ve even made the CD artwork available, per their usual generous selves, for download. (Art for the first one is detailed below.)
The first one: Hanover 1976/Hatfield 1975 (1CD) – Live at the Beethoven-Saal, Hanover, Germany; April 11, 1976. Live at the University of Hertfordshire, Polytechnic, Hatfield, UK; November 21, 1975. Good to very good FM broadcast.
Also: Poitiers/Brussels 1976 (2CD) – Live in Poitiers, France; March 3, 1976; live at the Theatre Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium; January 9, 1976. Very good to excellent soundboard.
Holger Czukay – bass
Michael Karoli – guitar
Jaki Liebezeit – drums
Irmin Schmidt – keyboards
They are described thusly:
German experimental rock band Can attempted to find a new vocalist after the departure of Damo Suzuki [in 1973], although no one quite fit the position. In 1975, folk singer Tim Hardin took the lead vocal spot and played guitar with Can for one song, at two gigs, performing his own “The Lady Came From Baltimore”. Malaysian Thaiga Raj Rajaratnam played four dates with the band between January and March 1976, all of which were recorded, and did considerable studio work with them. Another vocalist, Englishman Michael Cousins, toured with Can in March (France) and April (Germany) 1976. Audiences in France disapproved of his presence and literally spat at him while on stage. There are eight recordings of Cousins performing with the band.