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Studio Album, released in 1979

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Cool in the pool (4:59)
2. Oh Lord give us more money (13:20)
3. Persian Love (6:22)
4. Hollywood Symphony (15:02)

Total Time: 39:43

Bonus track on 2007 & 2016 reissues:
5. Cool in the Pool (Instrumental) (4:57)

Line-up / Musicians

- Holger Czukay / vocals, guitar, keyboards, synthesizer, bass, producer

With:
- Rebop Kwaku Baah / organ ? (1)
- Michael Karoli / guitar (2)
- Irmin Schmidt / grand piano (2)
- Jaki Liebezeit / drums, congas

Releases information

Artwork: Herman Schulte (photo)

LP EMI Electrola ‎- 1C 064-45 7 (1979, Germany)

CD Spoon Records - SPOON CD 35 (1998, Germany)
CD Revisited Rec. ‎- REV 083 (2007, Germany) With a bonus track
CD Grönland Records ‎- CDGRON158 (2016, Europe) Remastered (?) w/ bonus track and new cover

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3.68
(41 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(29%)
29%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(44%)
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Review by philippe
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars Welcome to Czukay's unique and fantasist musical universe. Czukay's first solo album after his departure from Can. Recorded with the collaboration of Can's family members (Irmin Schmidt, Michael Karoli) this album features 4 original, very distinct, intriguing songs which develops Czukay's aptitude to combine alternative sounds to synth / guitar experimentations (from world to a funk, jazzy felt). Taken from diverse sources (TV, radio...) many electronic collages & samplings enrich the compositions and give to them something special, rather unconventional. Discreet, floating pop vocals accompany the instrumental sections. The sound of the album is still fresh & modern. All tracks include a lot of changes and progressions in themes and materials. A few of them have a nice, satiric, hilarious flavour as in the funkadelic & rhythmical "Cool in the Pool" . "Oh Lord give us more money "is my favourite song on this one; a personal, fuzzy, detached and jazzy tune. "Persian Love" is directly influenced by Arabic music with traditional vocals and percussions augmented by different electronic samples. A complex album which needs several listenings before giving a proper judgement! Just be careful, this recording has its soft moments. For prog-heads I warmly advise the revolutionary "Canaxis".
Review by Evolver
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
3 stars On Hoger Czukay's solo albums you can hear the elements that he brought to Can. With his departure, most of the interesting embellishments seemed to vanish from their recordings. this was Czukay's first album after leaving the group, and the Can sound is still quite evident (it helps that Jaki Liebezeit plays drums throughout and Michael Karoli and Irmin Schmidt play on Oh Lord Give Us more Money.

Cool In The Pool would almost be pop, if it wasn't for all of the odd sounds Czukay throws in. The above mentioned Oh Lord Give Us more Money is a spacy little piece. Persian Love is a pleasant little song that manages to mix Middle Eastern themes with what sounds like a Carribean inspired guitar. And Hollywood Symphony is a laid back but typically weird groovy song.

So if you're a Canatic, I'd recommend this album

Review by Dobermensch
PROG REVIEWER
3 stars A sprightly and bouncy little album by 'Can' front-man Holger Czukay. One thing you certainly can't call this is minimal. 'Movies' is jam packed with early sampling techniques, some Holger vocals, a very 'Can' like bass and multiple guitar sounds provided by Michael Karoli.

This is the most 'Can' sounding of all the solo efforts by the legendary band. 'Cool in the Pool' is quite eccentric and funky, but sounds really odd with vocals that are occasionally sped up where Czukay sounds like a garden gnome on speed.

'Movies' is a colourful album with a lot going on and is very well recorded, hitting off that most difficult of tasks - making everything sound controlled and spacious amidst the variety of sounds thrust in your face.

On the down side many may find it a bit lame with a lack of tension after hearing the wild approach that 'Can' held in the early 70's. However, this is made up for with his multiple radio snippets and continually morphing non linear background effects. There's an array of eclectic sounds that just pop up out of the blue for a few seconds before disappearing for good. It's this kind of approach that makes me return to this album again and again.

A good 'sunny' album that is really quite uplifting, sometimes disjointed, but unusual at the same time.

Review by stefro
PROG REVIEWER
5 stars An extraordinary and virtually unclassifiable piece of work, the second solo effort from Can bassist-and-founder Holger Czukay positively brims with technical assurance and a luminous, multi-genre vibrancy rarely found in modern popular music. Essentially a mixture of samples and beats combined with a world fusion aesthetic, much studio fiddling and a genial dash of welcome humour, 'Movies' proves a spectacular fusion of stylesa nd arguably the key work of its creator. Already partly-responsible for creating some of the most original and brilliant music of modern times during his time with Can, 'Movies' was actually Czukay's second solo effort, coming a full decade after 'Canaxis', his bizarre and occasionally beautiful debut from 1969. Whilst that album - which was also pieced together from various scraps of samples and radio recordings - proved a somewhat difficult listen, 'Movies' is anything but. Humorous, catchy and utterly fascinating, this the kind of album that showcases the right kind of curious experimentation, with Czukay leading the listener through a merry dance of sounds, textures and styles without ever forgetting the key rock music ingredients. Featuring four tracks - including the seminal ethnic electro-swirl of 'Persian Love' - 'Movies' is that rare beast: an album that truly lives up to all the hype. Outstanding. STEFAN TURNER, STOKE NEWINGTON, 2013
Review by Mellotron Storm
PROG REVIEWER
3 stars Holger Czukay the CAN bassist has released a lot of solo albums over the years, this happens to be the third one I've reviewed and my least favourite by far of those three. Loved his "Canaxis 5" release from the late 60's and to a lesser extent "Full Circle" from 1982 but this particular album goes places I do not like. Lots of humour and of course sampling. Everyone from CAN but their vocalist is involved on one track here while Jaki Liebezeit does play drums and congas throughout. Holger thanks John Foxx of ULTRAVOX for pushing him to finish this album when he wanted to give up. This was released in 1979.

Up first is "Cool In The Pool" a poppy and humerous tune that I cannot hardly stand(haha). Catchy but lame especially the vocals of Holger and the lyrics. Oh my! Lots of silliness late. So yes this is getting off on the wrong foot big time. "Oh Lord Give Us More Money" has all the CAN guys helping out but Damo. Sadly Holger's vocals really disappoint. Lots of repetitive beats, synths and guitars. It kicks in loudly after 3 minutes with vocals almost shouting the words. Samples before 4 1/2 minutes go on for some time then more vocals. We get an extended instrumental section late.

"Persian Love" actually does work sounding very much like a Persian love song with male and female vocals. It's kind of cool actually and my favourite from the album. "Hollywood Symphony" is the longest tune at 15 1/2 minutes but I'm not convinced. We get vocals in a strange soundscape and synths give us this orchestral vibe. Suddenly before 2 1/2 minutes we get random snippets of Hollywood movies. This is all over the place though and I'm just not into it at all.

So I would recommend "Canaxix 5" and "Full Circle" to anyone wanting to check out Holger's solo stuff but for my tastes this was a disappointment. 3 stars.

Latest members reviews

5 stars Oh, my God, this is Heaven, which has nothing to do with 7-11. This is a 4.5 kind of deal, but five stars is just as fair, especially since I don't see my calculator having a 3 in the integer part. So, basically, we have this veteran bass guitarist/sound painter and a bunch of guys who altoge ... (read more)

Report this review (#699141) | Posted by Dayvenkirq | Thursday, March 29, 2012 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This is a very good krautrock-experimental album with a strong use of electronics. All familiar with Can's discography may notice some similarities (Schmidt and Karoli are involved here), but it's not dominant and here is a unique work. Moments from Future days album, or "Animal Waves" song from t ... (read more)

Report this review (#503325) | Posted by dr.oblivion | Monday, August 15, 2011 | Review Permanlink

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