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Can - Leave it to the Germans to ratchet up the Progressive Movement a few notches.

Can – Live Golders Green Hippodrome – 1974 – Nights At The Roundtable: Mini-Concert Edition

Can - Leave it to the Germans to ratchet up the Progressive Movement a few notches.

Can – Leave it to the Germans to ratchet up the Progressive Movement a few notches.

Click on the link here for Audio Player: 1974-03-02 BBC In Concert (Can)

Can were one of those bands no one thought would be as influential in 1974 as they became. They had taken the cause of Progressive Rock and ratcheted it up a few notches and introduced Electronic music in a way that hadn’t been full explored by Rock bands previously. They were not playing around. Can’s founder Irmin Schmidt was already an accomplished composer and concert pianist when he fell under the spell of the likes of Steve Reich and Karlheinz Stockhausen. The result was a dramatic change, not only in his view of music, but in the future of Music for decades to come.

Those of you who admire the music of Radiohead and Massive Attack only have to listen to a few bars of Ta Hyidit Yanit, the 20 minute magnum opus tonight, to know where it all came from.

At the time nobody thought otherwise – and man, were they wrong.

Here is Can, recorded live at Golders Green Hippodrome on March 2, 1974 and recorded (thank god) by The BBC.

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