February 8, 2014 – 5:18 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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Hanover 1976/Hatfield 1975 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Beethoven-Saal, Hanover, Germany; April 11, 1976. Live at the University of Hertfordshire, Polytechnic, Hatfield, UK; November 21, 1975. Good to very good FM broadcast.

German experimental rock band Can attempted 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 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

Thanks to robotronik for sharing the Hanover show; and to fbauer for the Hatfield show. Both shows were shared at Dime.

arroca posted the following note on Michael Cousins at Dime: “He was once booed off-stage at a Hawkwind concert (”This is believed to be the first and only time such an event has occurred”), while he can also be spotted during the previous year’s Glastonbury Fayre movie, performing naked before a decidedly hostile crowd. 1972 saw Magic Michael appearing at the Greasy Truckers Party; both the original limited-edition LP release and the 2007 three-CD reissue capture him in fine form, performing the 20-minute ad lib “Music Belongs to the People”.”

durian1 added: “Be forewarned: “Michael Cousins - vocals.” I have one or two other shows with him singing and let’s just be kind and say that if you were ever intensely wondering what Can would have sounded like with a “proper rock vocalist trying to sing all kooky and wierd like their other lead singers” etc, well wonder no more.”

Regarding Tim Hardin, frogseye noted at Dime: “I was at this gig. No one knew it was Tim Hardin (a fat fellow with a beard)… I didn’t find out until 20 years or so later! His ’singing’ and guitar playing efforts were not appreciated by the crowd. The band were forced to ask him to leave the stage due to the slow hand clapping.”

And davidbelbin wrote: “I’ve long had the two soundcheck recordings with Hardin, but not this live one. I saw Hardin at Colne Municipal Hall in late ‘74 or early ‘75 and he was in very good form, not a fat fellow with a beard, though he may have declined later. The reason he was living in the UK at the time was that, as an addict, he could get heroin on prescription. It was an unexpectedly strong dose of smack that killed him (and many other people, as a recent BBC documentary established) back in the US in 1980. After Damo left, I preferred Can as an instrumental band to versions with other singers they tried out but I have to say this sounds pretty good to me - booed offstage or not!”

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With vocalist Michael Cousins
Beethoven-Saal, Hanover, Germany; April 11, 1976
From Germany 1976 Vol 1 [On The Road TKCD 1117] > wave > EAC > flac8 (TLH)
FM broadcast

Track 01. Vitamin C 9:29 (15.9MB)
Track 02. One More Night 7:33 (12.7MB)
Track 03. Bel Air 10:43 (18.0MB)
Track 04. Dizzy Dizzy 14:45 (24.8MB)

With vocalist Tim Hardin
University of Hertfordshire, Polytechnic, Hatfield, UK; November 21, 1975
Probably FM recording

Track 05. Improvisation - Part A 14:10 (23.8MB)
Track 06. Improvisation - Part B 10:46 (18.1MB)
Track 07. Improvisation - Part C 12:43 (21.4MB)

The 38-minute Improvisation track was arbitrarily split for easier access.

Holger Czukay - bass
Michael Karoli - guitar
Jaki Liebezeit - drums
Irmin Schmidt - keyboards

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  1. 15 Responses to “CAN IN SEARCH OF A VOCALIST”

  2. hehe. :-D

    By darth on Feb 9, 2014

  3. THANK YOU for the Can!!! This should be an interesting listen.

    By Paul on Feb 10, 2014

  4. Nice!!! Thanks for more great music, BigO!!

    By DanC on Feb 10, 2014

  5. Big O - great to have some Can

    I have a couple of additional tracks in MP3 from this concert - Rehearsal (11m) and Morning Glory (14m). Can’t recall whether the latter has been officially released. There is also another track from this concert out there somewhere which I haven’t managed to track down yet. Let me know if you want these two extra tracks.

    By Robbie on Feb 12, 2014

  6. Apologies but I slightly jumped the gun; the rest of the available Hatfield Tim Hardin Can material is available on the 4-cd Complete Outtake Edition, Volume 1, which also includes a 15m soundcheck with TH at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London a couple of days later. If you search ‘Can Morning Glory’ on YouTube, you will find audio of the first two tracks.

    By Robbie on Feb 12, 2014

  7. Hello Robbie

    Thanks for thinking of the folks here. Cheers.

    By bigozine2 on Feb 12, 2014

  8. i could dl that 4 cd set if i went looking for it but maybe bigo will find it so some of us dont have to go looking for it. hint hint. nudge nudge.
    . . . . . . . . . . . . CAN never have too much CAN.

    By darth on Feb 12, 2014

  9. i could dl that 4 cd set if i went looking for it but maybe bigo will find it so some of us dont have to go looking for it.

    cuts into to your tv time?

    By dropkick sarge on Feb 12, 2014

  10. lionel richie on ellen is a must see event…

    By barth on Feb 13, 2014

  11. lionel richie on ellen is a must see event…

    true dat!

    By bosco on Feb 13, 2014


    By darth on Feb 13, 2014

  13. Tim Hardin ???

    By Claude Nine on Feb 22, 2014

  14. CAN and Kraftwerk 1970 concert recordings on TV:
    Usually I wouldn’t hint to TV broadcasts by a local German TV station, but these 2 full concerts might also be interesting for fans elsewhere. I hope the TV livestream is available everywhere.
    - KRAFTWERK live in Soest/Germany 1970, full concert.
    Mon, March 24, 2014, 01:15-02:05 am (CET=UTC+1). Kraftwerk was founded in 1970.
    - CAN live in Soest/Germany 1970, full concert.
    Mon, March 31, 2014, 00.15-01.40 am (CEST = UTC+2!).
    -Links to information / lineup (in German):
    - TV-livestream (IF not country- or copyright-restricted!):

    By F maj7 on Mar 18, 2014

  15. Just got here from FB Krautrock page. Thanks for sharing! Any chance you could upload the 38-min. improvisation as FLAC files for us lossless obsessives?

    Thanks again!

    By kaleidophonics on Aug 17, 2016

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