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4.02 | 33 ratings | 2 reviews | 48% 5 stars

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DVD/Video, released in 2005

Songs / Tracks Listing

Can-Free-Concert, filmed live at the Cologne Sporthalle in 1972
Can Notes - an intimate film by Hildegard Schmidt
New Remixes:
'Smoke' by Holger Czukay
'Get The Can' by Holger Czukay
'Below This Level' by Jaki Liebezeit
'Half Past One' by Irmin Schmidt
The Making of The 5.1 Remixes
Can - Documentary
A short tribute film to Can by Brian Eno
Echo Awards Presentation Footage
DVD connector - PC Only DVD Rom Link with exclusive access to more interviews previously included in the Can Box Book from 1999, info, photos, Brian Eno's tribute film, links etc.
Plus collaborator's biographies

Line-up / Musicians

Releases information

- 2 DVDs/1 Audio CD: Total of Film Footage = 256 Min. including:
- Can-Free-Concert: A film by Peter Przygodda. Filmed live at the Cologne Sporthalle in 1972 .

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(33 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(48%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(36%)
Good, but non-essential (15%)
Collectors/fans only (0%)
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Review by friso
3 stars Can - Can dvd (2005)

I was very excited to watch this dvd for the first time. I had bought the first five records of the band in a time span of two weeks and I was totally hypnotized by their amazing music. Can is one of the main early seventies Krautrock bands. The band its sound can be described as cultish krautrock with a lot of psycho-beat (repetitive catchy rhythms) with a lot of psychedelic and space influences and a very experimental mind-set. Can had it's own studio in which most of the recording and song-writing took place.

The dvd shows both material from the 'classic era' (1969-1974) and footage of the members in their currents musical projects. The dvd's main feature, Can-Free-Concert 1972, is a very very trippy experience. This one hour movie shows a lot of different settings, with as a main setting the concert footage of the Cologne Sporthalle. There's also a scene with the band playing with a little boy on drums (experimental..?) and some other studio- moments. The recording of the concert is mediocre, but it does give a good impression about what a freak-show this must have been. A very psychotic playing band, a juggler and some gymnastics all in one show.

Can doesn't play recognizable material, but improvises improvises the whole show. Some moments are very good, other are a bit boring. The overall experience is however quite bizarre, the mind-set of the band is very special and it gives me a certain 'no problem'- mood. Very interesting film, but not a great concert registration. I would only recommend this to fans of the band and the genre.

The documentaries on the dvd are often to boring to watch for me. The members in their modern projects of the 21th century are interviewed in uninteresting settings and there are no good questions from the interviewers. Sometimes it looks like a home-video affair. The music of 21th century Can isn't at all like the seventies psycho-beat era and it's quality is debatable. It's surely something I can live without and the cd included in this package isn't very essential either.

Conclusion. This is a dvd for real Can-fans and Krautrock listeners. It shows some nice freak-show material of the bands classic period and it surely helps to understand the music of Can presented on their lp's. I don't think this dvd is very essential and I would love to have seen more professional interviews about more interesting topics. I know the classic period of the band is long gone, but I don't think their current projects are that interesting. Three stars, but still a recommendation for the fans. If your new to the band I would recommend to listen to some of their records first.

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5 stars Wow!, what a fantastic DVD set it has everything a Can fan would want, three discs one mainly with a concert in 1972, the second one mainlya documentary and the third a music CD. The dvd's also have an interactive pc CDrom functions. Also their are loads of extras on each disc, a short and ve ... (read more)

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