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Discussion: Can: Delay 1968

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Post by Ernani71 January 15, 2011 (1 of 2)
This is a very low-tech recording and some might wonder why it has been issued on Super Audio. But I think it's because a) The Can was so influential and b) in this kind of garage-band-style the defects and distortions just add to the grittiness of the music (in fact, they are part of it). Despite the primitive nature of the recording, it's a very immediate, in your face sound, and it works on SACD. It gets my vote for MOST SEMINAL GOTH-PUNK ALBUM OF ALL TIME. If you like Velvet Underground, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Bauhaus, The Damned, Joy Division, The Cure, Iggy and the Stooges, The Fall, Sonic Youth, et al, then you will love DELAY 1968 by The Can. It was actually Can's first album, but record companies were so shocked by it that the band had to record something more toned-down and accessible (i.e., Monster Movie) before record companies would release anything by them. This is why the album (finally released in 1981 even though it was recorded in 1968) is called "Delay." Its original title was "Prepare to Meet thy PNOOM."

Post by FullRangeMan January 16, 2011 (2 of 2)
Ernani71 said:

This is a very low-tech recording and some might wonder why it has been issued on Super Audio. But I think it's because a) The Can was so influential and b) in this kind of garage-band-style the defects and distortions just add to the grittiness of the music (in fact, they are part of it). Despite the primitive nature of the recording, it's a very immediate, in your face sound, and it works on SACD. It gets my vote for MOST SEMINAL GOTH-PUNK ALBUM OF ALL TIME. If you like Velvet Underground, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Bauhaus, The Damned, Joy Division, The Cure, Iggy and the Stooges, The Fall, Sonic Youth, et al, then you will love DELAY 1968 by The Can. It was actually Can's first album, but record companies were so shocked by it that the band had to record something more toned-down and accessible (i.e., Monster Movie) before record companies would release anything by them. This is why the album (finally released in 1981 even though it was recorded in 1968) is called "Delay." Its original title was "Prepare to Meet thy PNOOM."

Hey Hernandez,
How about cleaning your ears? Or listen to these SACDs on a good analogue Stereo amp, without DSP equalization, that all these crapy multi-channel receivers have.

I own all CDs and SACDs of the band and these THE CAN SACDs had stunning sound quality in glorious Stereo sound, and were recorded by the band(Czukay & team) in his own studio, a cinema room or in the Noervernich castle(Innerspace Studio).

All musical studios in the world are a room with sound-proof material, IF the sound-proof material are fancy expensive Sonex or egg-boxes and mattresses this is not relevant to the music quality and even to the street noise proofing, to my ears. THE-CAN used this simple sound-proofing as they do not have deep money funds as others Kraut-Rock bands as AmonDull-2, Popol Vuh, Tangerine Dream etc... in fact Irmin Schmift used Farfisa keyboards due lacks of money to buy Hammond B3 and Minimoogs. It is know they used a small PA system in live gigs too for many years.

Who do you wants to fool labeling these fine recordings as ''primitive''?? These recordings are minimalist and therefore audiophile recordings, they were recorded live in the band studio with some microphone, a mixer and a analogue tape recording, no cracky PCM, no Low Rez 44kHz sampling rate, no low speed tape, which are not 3ips, seems 5 or 7 inches per second, the fasted used by a rock band of the time.
If these recordings are ''primitive'', all recordings from Ruby Van Gelder and the golden age of the RCA Living Stereo and Mercury Living Presence also are the same.

In the albums Monster Movie and Delay1968 the band create the Punk-Rock, because this was the crude musical style of the vocalist Malcolm Mooney, with the next vocalist Damo Suzuki the band style changed to oniric and pastoral, so THE-CAN do not copy VU nor suffer influence from any rock musicians, but classical composers and ethnic music.

I fell you mean said theses recordings are simple direct to tape. When THE-CAN was at the height of success you still sucking beak as a baby, so I can understand if you do not like their music, and prefer these Pop-Rock bands you mention, which are Punk, Hardcore or Emo.
Regards

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