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3.46 | 10 ratings | 2 reviews | 10% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1991

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Rhine Water (1:06)
2. It Ain't No Crime (4:26)
3. I Get Weird Dreams (3:36)
4. Saturday Night Movie (2:36)
5. Dr. Oblivion (0:49)
6. We Can Fight All Night (1:22)
7. Get It Sweet (2:10)
8. Ride a Radio Wave (Live) (5:36)
9. Atmosphere Tuning (Live) (3:11)
10. Voice of Bulgaria (Live) (1:39)
11. Late Night Radio (Live) (3:40)
12. Through the Freezing Snow (Live) (1:34)
13. Encore (Live) (2:15)

Total Time: 34:00

Bonus track on 2006 reissue:
14. Mono Tone (6:42)

Line-up / Musicians

- Holger Czukay / bass, electronics, Vox Jaguar organ, French horn, composer & producer

- Sheldon Ancel / vocals
- Michael Karoli / guitar
- Jaki Liebezeit / drums

Releases information

Tracks 1 to 7 recorded Live-in-Studio / 21 & 22/01/1987.
Track 8 recorded in concert / Messehalle Frankfurt-Main 24/6/1986
Tracks 9 to 13 recorded in concert / Martin Gropius Bau / Berlin 2/12/1984

Artwork: Ursula Kloss

LP Virgin ‎- 211 295 (1991, Germany)

CD Virgin ‎- 261 295 (1991, Europe)
CD Revisited Rec. ‎- REV 064 (2006, Germany) With a bonus track

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Review by Syzygy
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars After the enjoyable but rather overworked Rome Remains Rome, Radio Wave Surfer was something of a back to basics album for Holger Czukay. All the tracks were recorded live, either at Can's studio or in concert. The sleevenotes add: "Recorded with only one stereo mike. No mixes necessary. All pieces carefully edited. Music played in teamwork spontaneously. Recomposed by Holger on various hilarious nights." Aside from Czukay, the music is performed by former AFN announcer Sheldon Ancel as lead vocalist/MC, and ex Can colleagues Michael Karoli (introduced as the walking guitar) and master drummer Jaki Liebezeit (the live animal act).

Tracks 1 - 7 form a kind of imaginary radio broadcast, including words from the show's sponsors and some extremely eccentric lyrics. Ancel has great fun with the bizarre songs and stories, while Czukay, Liebezeit and Karoli create a superb musical backdrop featuring the kind of near telepathic interplay that was a feature of Can's best albums. At times there are brief snatches of psychedelic space rock that recall the glory days of Krautrock, although there are no lengthy jams or freak outs here. Everything is extremely tight and, as it says on the cover, carefully edited.

The second half of the album features some concert recordings, the first again featuring Ancel and the remainder voices and music from Czukay's beloved short wave radio. Again, the musical backing features three quarters of Can at the top of their game and updates the classic Krautrock sound. At one point Czukay even whips his French Horn out (I hope that no ladies were present) and blows it in his inimitable style.

This is an odd album in many ways, but it rewards careful listening and is full of the kind of details that can be found on Czukay's best recordings. Not the best album for the newcomer to czukay's solo career - Movies or On The Way To The Peak Of Normal are more immediately accessible - but a strong entry into one of the most intriguing back catalogues of any artist on the archives. Recommended.

Review by Evolver
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
3 stars With all of the original instrumentalist from the classic lineup of Can except Irmin Schmidt, this album sounds so much like Can, with a different singer, it's not unCanny. Now, I don't know Sheldon Ancel, but he sure sounds American. And an American voice sounds a bit weird on a Can style album.. But not bad.

The music here, like Can, is very groove oriented. But both Holger Czukay's bass and Jaki Liebezeit's drums seem a little more subdued, and much less adventurous, than on the Can albums I know. But this is still not a bad listen. If you have all of the Can albums, and are in need of new Can fix, this is not a bad place to go.

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