CAN – Ege Bamyasi (GREEN vinyl)
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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. ‘Ege Bamyasi’ drops the haze and hits with a sharp pang from the get-go, often described as the ‘tense’ Can album. ‘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. The album most famously includes ‘Vitamin C’ 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. Can’s 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) Green coloured vinyl with digital download code.