February 5, 2014 – 4:54 am

JAKI LIEBEZEIT R.I.P. 1938 - 2017

Jaki Liebezeit, drummer and co-founder of the German krautrock pioneers Can, died Sunday (January 22, 2017) at the age of 78, reported Rolling Stone magazine. The band’s official Facebook wrote of Liebezeit’s death: “It is with great sadness we have to announce that Jaki passed away this morning from sudden pneumonia. He fell asleep peacefully, surrounded by his loved ones. We will miss him hugely.” Liebezeit, as well as Can’s original vocalist Malcolm Mooney and Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and Steve Shelley, were scheduled to perform a 50th anniversary concert celebrating Can’s legacy in London this April. “So sorry to hear the news of Jaki Liebezeit’s passing,” Shelley wrote Sunday. A student of the free jazz scene in Dresden, Germany, Liebezeit co-founded Can in 1968 alongside keyboardist Irmin Schmidt, bassist Holger Czukay and guitarist Michael Karoli; Mooney joined later that year. Exploring the outer reaches of psychedelic rock, the group soon recorded an oft-bootlegged collection of songs that later appeared on their Delay 1968. Their official debut LP, Monster Movie, arrived in 1969. Rolling Stone’s obituary here.

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Poitiers/Brussels 1976 [no label, 2CD]

Live in Poitiers, France; March 3, 1976; live at the Theatre Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium; January 9, 1976. Very good to excellent soundboard.

When a Malaysian hooked up with European art rock…

Can was a German experimental rock band formed in Cologne, West Germany in 1968. Later labeled as one of the first krautrock groups, they transcended mainstream influences and incorporated strong minimalist and world music elements into their often psychedelic music.

Can made attempts to find a new vocalist after the departure of Damo Suzuki [in 1973], although no one quite fit the position. In 1975, folk singer Tim Hardin took the lead vocal spot and played guitar with Can for one song, at two gigs, performing his own “The Lady Came From Baltimore”. Malaysian Thaiga Raj Rajaratnam (Raja Ratnam?) played four dates with the band between January and March 1976, all of which were recorded, and did considerable studio work with them. Another vocalist, Englishman Michael Cousins, toured with Can in March (France) and April (Germany) 1976. Audiences in France disapproved of his presence and literally spat at him while on stage. There are eight recordings of Cousins performing with the band. - wikipedia

Very little is known of Malaysian Thaiga Raj Rajaratnam and any info on the vocalist would be welcomed.

Thanks to Radiolux the person who shared this on the net in 2004.

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UPDATE: February 13, 2014

Original uploader Radiolux has offered to share with us the full drum solo from the Brussels show (8:58 instead of 2:50) - see below. Thanks, Radiolux.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1
Poitiers, France; March 3, 1976
Track 101. Morning Glory 11:38 (19.6MB)
Track 102. Bel Air 15:00 (25.2MB)
Track 103. Dizzy Dizzy 11:55 (20.0MB)
Track 104. Applause 0:08 (236k)
Track 105. Mother Sky 9:33 (16.1MB)

Disc 2
Poitiers, France; March 3, 1976
Track 201. I Want More/Gomorrha/Improvisation/Vernal Equinox - Part A 9:48 (16.5MB)
Track 202. I Want More/Gomorrha/Improvisation/Vernal Equinox - Part B 11:48 (19.8MB)
Track 203. I Want More/Gomorrha/Improvisation/Vernal Equinox - Part C 8:37 (14.5MB)
Track 204. Vitamin C 6:29 (10.9MB)

Theatre Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium; January 9, 1976
Track 205. One More Night 9:50 (16.5MB)
Track 206. Red Hot Indians/Half Past One - Part A 7:29 (12.6MB)
Track 207. Red Hot Indians/Half Past One - Part B 12:49 (21.5MB)
Track 208. Cisum (cut) 4:32 (7.6MB)
Track 209. Drum Solo (fade out) 2:50 (4.8MB)

New track added
Track 210. Drum Solo (full version) 8:58 (15.1MB)

The tracks I Want More/Gomorrha/Improvisation/Vernal Equinox and Red Hot Indians/Half Past One have been arbitrarily split for easier access.

Holger Czukay - bass
Michael Karoli - guitar
Jaki Liebezeit - drums
Irmin Schmidt - keyboards
Thaiga Raj Rajaratnam - vocals

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  1. 13 Responses to “WHEN A MALAYSIAN ROCKED WITH CAN (New Track Added)”

  2. fabulous stuff. got the tim hardin shows too? i know there are can fans out there who have it all. im not a completist on can like i am on tangerine dream. used to be that way with floyd and pre hackett leaving genesis and a few other bands but when these things run into the 100s of recordings if not 1000s it gets overwhelming. thanks so much for posting this. can never have enough krautrock or any psych or progrock or neopsych or german electronic stuff from 67-78.

    By darth on Feb 5, 2014

  3. WHO in the hell calls this soundboard?

    By Timmy on Feb 5, 2014

  4. GREAT!!! Can is really cool out there stuff-I appreciate having a live recording of them no matter what.

    By DanC on Feb 6, 2014

  5. Wow - great recording - Thanks!
    I was disappointed by The Lost Tapes, but this is a pleasure.

    By F maj7 on Feb 6, 2014

  6. this is actually an fm brdcst. there were mic’s in the audience as there were with several european brdcsts of progrock and german electronic bands. i had 2 very similar ashra temple and some other shows that sound nearly identical to this. one item i have is assumed to be an audience recording because someone is very close to the mic in the audience and says something that can be heard on the tape. she says ‘but yes’ in french just as one song is starting. its pretty obscure this recording but its absolutely one of my fave items i have ever owned. the 72-78 era is pure magic for this stuff. even a little earlier too. that early kraftwerk stuff and td cant be beat.
    on this recording here the separation of instruments and clarity of the sound shows us how high the quality is. i can tell this is a couple of generations down from the original. i hope when i make my copy and delete the spaces in between the tracks that i dont hear them. this is pure joy to my ears. cant thank u enough for this. there are so many bands i could beg for. but i dont know how many other people would appreciate it. remember eloy? of course faust. jane. grobschnitt. conrad schnitzler. of course amon duul and amon duul II and ashra temple. harmonia. moebius. neu! popul vuh. cluster. i could go on forever.

    By darth on Feb 6, 2014

  7. Fantastic, I WANT MORE.
    Cheers Big O

    By Keith W on Feb 6, 2014

  8. ” i could go on forever….”

    seems to most of us that you do.

    By pablopeephole on Feb 6, 2014

  9. http://www.antimusic.com/news/14/February/06Curved_Air_Releasing_Album_With_First_New_Music_Since_1976.shtml

    By darth on Feb 7, 2014

  10. These recordings come from my own CAN tapes collection. Got them in the 80’s from a close friend of the band… About ten years ago, I asked a friend of mine to transfer them on CD and we send and trade them to some people around. But recently, I realized some mistakes have been made : fade in, fade out, tracks split in 2 parts, etc. So I made brand new copies in better quality, directly from my original tapes. Will post them on internet soon. Cheers.

    By Radiolux on Feb 7, 2014

  11. Radiolux- thank you (and BigO) for sharing your treasures with us

    By DanC on Feb 7, 2014

  12. Hello Radiolux

    Thanks for the update and all your efforts. Cheers.

    By bigozine2 on Feb 7, 2014

  13. Thank you for the Can concerts

    By mrbelette on Dec 1, 2016

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