Saturday, July 25, 2009

Can "Delay" 1981

Delay 1968 (Spoon 1981)
Genre: Krautrock/Rock
Album Legnth: 35:52
Best Song: 'Little Star Of Bethlehem'

1. Butterfly 8.20
2. Phoom 0.26
3. Nineteen Century Man 4.18
4. Thief 5.03
5. Man Named Joe 3.54
6. Uphill 6.41
7. Little Star Of Bethlehem 7.09

As soon as 'Butterfly' erupted from my stereo's speakers I knew it was another classic. This album is every bit as good as Malcolm Mooney's other Can adventure 'Monster Movie'. All the tracks are great, including the short freaky jazz piece 'Pnoom'. The track 'Thief' is the mellow track on the album and features Karoli with his classic guitar sound, surrounding Mooney's sorrowful vocals. It's amazing that all these tracks and all their other early work were recorded on a simple two-track tape machine, Czukay sure is a genius! 'Uphill' is Jaki's drumming and Holger's bass creating a driving punk rock sound, which only ends abruptly probably because the studio had run out of power. The album ends with a vocal improvisation from Mooney with crazy lyrics including "Froggie and Toadie, Silent invisible conversation I'll meet you at the railroad station". The songs from this album were recorded between 1968 and 1969. Eat your heart out Red Hot Chili Pepper's!
[4/5 Doug]

Holger Czukay - Bass
Michael Karoli - Guitar
Malcolm Mooney- Vocals
Jaki Liebzeit - Drums
Irmin Schmidt - Keyboards

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