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Mon, 29 Aug 2005

Can, Unlimited Edition

LP, Mute/Spoon

Take two ex-Stockhausen students. Introduce them at the height of the 70's to Jimi Hendrix, Captain Beefheart and the Velvets and you have Holger Czukay and Irmin Smidt making themselves into Can with the slogan "no boundaries".

This might make you think of breaking out the tie-dies and chanting "Love and Peace" ... which is probably a good idea: we could do with a little more of that right now. The vibe here isn't a hippy vibe though. It is one of experimentation, and Unlimited Edition at least has dated quite well except for some vocal warblings on one track and some little patches here and there. Mostly, it is fairly timeless -- a sort of journey beyond the immediate trends of the day that weighs less as an anchor as time goes on.

Unlimited Edition is one of four digitally remastered LP's from Can that are being released on 1 August.

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