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Cannibalism 2
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Cannibalism 2
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, Special Interest, New Age, Pop, Rock
 
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OOP in the US. Originally released in 1990, a belated sequel to the first volume. This highly influential Krautrock band's output remains groundbreaking and mysterious, even four decades after their first recordings. If y...  more »

      
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All Artists: Can
Title: Cannibalism 2
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Mute U.S.
Original Release Date: 1/1/1990
Re-Release Date: 5/19/1998
Album Type: Original recording reissued
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, Special Interest, New Age, Pop, Rock
Styles: Electronica, Experimental Music, Progressive, Progressive Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 724596905920

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OOP in the US. Originally released in 1990, a belated sequel to the first volume. This highly influential Krautrock band's output remains groundbreaking and mysterious, even four decades after their first recordings. If you've heard a Can album, you'll still be hard-pressed to describe it's musical secrets. If you haven't heard a Can album, then this may be the doorway into a new way of listening to music. While some tracks do have basic song structures, others float around the room like anxious helium balloons, never knowing where they will land until they get there. Mute.

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One of my most-played CD's
07/20/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This sequel to the first Can sampler, largely collecting most of the best tracks from their later, patchier albums from 1975-79, gave editor/bassist Holgar Czukay the chance to remove the weaker sections of music that padded otherwise exquisite tracks. Some of the pieces, notably the wonderful Hi-Life/African instrumental groove Sunshine Day And Night - here cut to just over two minutes - are now either too short or should have been left alone (notably Half Past One and Red Hot Indians). Others, however, such as Flow Motion - edited from a rather rambling ten minutes to a now-celestial four - and Animal Waves are here even better. The CD also includes three brilliant and otherwise unavailable tracks. The track order - as Andy Gill hints - is superb. This CD is a must for any Can completist and an ideal introduction for newcomers. Over 70 minutes of some of the most brilliant, innovative, varied, exciting, groovy, hip and fun rock music ever recorded. Hooray!"
An excellent compilation of Can's later material
David Goodwin | Westchester, NY United States | 05/25/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This has been bugging me a while, so lemme state it out front. I'm not sure whether it's the band's decision or just keeper-of-the-legacy Holger's, but Can's absolute *contempt* for neophytes can get really tiring. What do I mean? Well, the let's-reproduce-the-front-cover-but-have-an-ugly-typewritten-tracklist-with-no-liner-notes-or-photos-or-track-information approach. My copy of Canniablism 2 even has obvious, glaring mistakes (for example, one track number is "skipped," upping the track count by one) on the back cover. Is this really a way to introduce people to your music?But heck, I guess that really isn't too terribly important in the scheme of things, so mini-rant over. Cannibalism 2 purports to be an overview of Can's "post-classic-period" career, i.e. of "Soon" onwards. And, well, it kinda is. Interestingly enough, while it certainly comps from that period of albums, it *includes* cuts from archive releases; consequently, material from "Unlimited Edition" and "Delay 1968" gets lumped in here with stuff from "Saw Delight," meaning that the classic period *is* touched on, about in a roundabout way.Additionally, while Cannibalism 1 is useless to all but those with no Can to speak of (unless "special edits" excite you, all of the stuff on Cannibalism 1 is stuff one should *have anyway* at some point), this "skimming" of some of their later albums is very, very appealing, and many cuts that were simply too long winded in their album incarnations sound much more concise here. Not that the editing is universally good, as some of the snippage of the already-short Unlimited Edition tracks (they cut my favorite part out of TV Spot! Nooo!) is frankly somewhat unnecessary. And while "The Thief" is missing, you get "Connection" so I suppose that's all well and good.And heck! Despite my complaining about Can/Holger's general stinginess with regard to fan service, there are a few unique tracks here! The big two are, of course, the two "golden-era" single only tracks, Shikara Maru Ten and Turtles Have Short Legs (spelled "Turtels" on the aforementioned poorly-typewritten insert). Shikara Maru Ten reminds me very strongly of "One More Night" from Ege Bamyasi, but is fairly good in spite of that. "Turtles," though, is something else entirely, and might be worth the entire price of the collection; for golden-era Can, it's a totally uncharacteristic, bouncy bit of singalong tropicala. Think of Can doing a version of Beefheart's "Tropical Hot Dog Night," and you're thinking along the correct lines. It also functions as a delightful bit of aural black death, as it's so hilariously catchy that you will not. Ever. Un-hear. It.Verdict? A much better buy in theory than Cannibalism 1, as Can's later albums are far more hit and miss than their earlier triumphs. You also get a few unique tracks here, which makes it quite worthwhile. Once you've absorbed Monster Movie, Soundtracks, Tago, Ege, and Soon Over Babaluma, this is your next stop."
Real order of songs....
Sadie Marie | Philadelphia | 09/25/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"as noted in another review, the liners are wrong. here's the right order of songs:
1. Animal Waves
2. Aspectacle
3. Blue Bag
4. Connection
5. Doko E.
6. E.F.S. No. 7
7. Flow Motion
8. Gomorrha
9. Half Past One
10. I Want More And...
11. Laugh Till You Cry
12. Little Star
13. Melting Away
14. Mother Upduff
15. Pnoom
16. Red Hot Indians
17. Shikaku Maru Ten
18. Smoke
19. Sunshine Day and Night
20. T.V. Spot
21. Turtles Have Short Legs
22. Uphill"