Wednesday

Can

Soon Over Babaluma - 1974
The final LP in what many refer to as Can's "golden period," Soon Over Babaluma was also their first album following the departure of vocalist Damo Suzuki. As a logical progression from the ambient funk of its predecessor Future Days, Soon Over Babaluma explored this theme even further and featured guitarist Michael Karoli and keyboardist Irmin Schmidt taking over Suzuki's vocal duties with surprisingly effective results. While they would continue to produce music that was a marked improvement over their krautrock contemporaries, this LP is the last of their career that worked well as a whole, and (coincidentally) their final album to be recorded using a two-track recorder. Amazing, amazing stuff.


6 comments:

propylaen2001 said...

Is there artwork included?

JR HeatWarp said...

Nope. Just music. I consider it incentive to actually go out and buy the CD.

JBL said...

Hey JR-
Is this from the newly remastered series? I have the a few of the old MUTE ones and am thinking of buying them over if the sound quality is improved. I know CAN's original sound was pretty thin, but the CDs have always seemed to be mastered pretty quiet to my ears. Just wondering your thoughts, if you've heard them...

JR HeatWarp said...

Hey JBL,

Great to hear from you again! Since this is a burned disc I've had in my collection for a while, I would assume that it's not one of the reissues. However, I do own a copy of the reissued Tago Mago, and having listened to the original CD version for years, I can say assuredly that the reissue is far superior. The presence of each instrument is more defined and overall the sound is rich and spacious--as opposed to the very mid-heavy, claustrophobic original CD issues. I highly recommend the upgrade.

JBL said...

That's a great endorsement. Not to mention that the new reissues are hybrid SACDs--for those that have the equipment, it gives them extra value.

In any event, thanks again for such stellar material.

Anonymous said...

thanks for this..
i had this years ago and didn't give it enough of a chance.. time to re-evaluate!
cheers,
james