CAN ‘Live In Paris 1973’ the new release of the live series (Listen to an excerpt)

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New release from Can’s Live series with “Live in Paris 1973”. The album will be released on vinyl, CD and digital on February 23, 2024 via Mute.


Live in Paris 1973 finds Can again in magical form for a performance recorded at the Olympia in Paris on 12 May 1973, which marks the first of the live series with Damo Suzuki on vocals.

From 1970 to 1973 the main line-up of Irmin Schmidt, Jaki Liebezeit, Michael Karoli and Holger Czukay was joined by the Japanese improviser and singer Suzuki. They met after a chance encounter while Suzuki was busking in Munich, and several months after the 1973 Paris show his wanderlust brought him back to the road.

This new album in the series allows us to observe the band at a particularly important stage in their career, with two of their most acclaimed albums – Tago Mago and Ege Bamyasi, the latter included in the Paris performance – recently released.

The recording itself was discovered and pieced together from recordings within the Spoon Records archives and those submitted by willing fans, and brought into the 21st century by founding member Irmin Schmidt and producer/engineer René Tinner who compiled and edited all albums in this series.



Founded in the late ’60s and disbanded just over a decade later, Can’s bold and unprecedented marriage of hypnotic grooves and avant-garde instrumental textures made them one of the most important and innovative bands of all time, and these albums reveal a totally different approach. perspective to the group. You may hear familiar themes, riffs and motifs popping up and rippling through these jams, but they’re often fleetingly recognized faces in a swirling crowd. At other points you’ll hear music that didn’t make it into the album’s official canon. In these recordings Can reaches even more extreme levels than their studio work: from gentle ambient drift-rock to the white dwarf moments of sonic fusion they used to nickname “Godzillas”. And even as they adapt and chase the beat from minute to minute, you can feel the extraordinary musical telepathy shared by its members.

The new release follows Can Live in Brighton 1975 (“Pure dynamite… keep them coming” – MOJO); Can Live in Stuttgart 1975, (Uncut’s Reissue of the Year, #2 in MOJO’s Reissues of the Year, #7 in The Wire’s Reissues of the Year and more), and Can Live in Cuxhaven 1976, which was again present in the Reprints of the year.


Paris 73 Eins (36:27)
Paris 73 Zwei (09.20)
Paris 73 Drei (4.35pm)
Paris 73 Vier (3.09pm)
Paris 73 Funf (1.46pm)


Can Live in Stuttgart 1977
Can Live in Brighton 1975
Can Live in Cuxhaven 1976
Can Live in Paris 1973



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