Having been released on CD in the summer, Mute and Spoon are have announced that, German experimental band Can’s The Lost Tapes will be issued as a five-LP box set on 3 December 2012.
This box of The Lost Tapes will come with a 24-inch square poster and a 28-page booklet with sleeve notes by Irmin Schmidt and Ian Harrison. The records will be pressed onto 180g heavyweight vinyl.
As is now known, when the legendary Can studio in Weilerswist was sold to the German Rock N Pop Museum, over 50 hours of ‘forgotten’ music was found on master tapes with barely legible labeling. Can founder member Irmin Schmidt and long time collaborator Jono Podmore went through everything and found years of archived material – soundtracks to films that were never released and tracks that didn’t make it onto the final versions of albums due to space.
The final cut of tracks, dating from 1968-1977, features studio material recorded at Schloss Nörvenich and Can Studio, Weilerswist with the Can line up of Holger Czukay on bass, Michael Karoli on guitars, Jaki Liebezeit on drums and Irmin Schmidt on keyboards, and on most tracks, vocals from Malcolm Mooney or Damo Suzuki.