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Best album to start with? Or plain old best album of theirs.
or Ege Bamyasi - or Monster Movie or Soundtracks, they're all great. Wonderful, wonderful band.
It's not as noisy or inaccesable as the second half of Tago Mago, but not as dreamy or slow as Future Days (which is my personal Can fave). That, and it's simply a very, very good album!
to admit it but i started with Anthology and then went from there,always a problem with bands who have such a large back catalogue,probably why i dont own any fall albums
that terrible track, "Soup" - that's a real room-clearer.
Approach anything other than the first five official albums (Monster Movie, Soundtracks, Tago Mago, Ege Bamyasi and Future Days) with caution - some just aren't as good as their early stuff.
Something like 'Flow Motion' would be the most accessible entry point to their discography in my opinion. 'Ege' and 'Tago' are obviously the best albums but each one has some really experimental aka shit bits which no one in their right mind would enjoy listening to.
Amazing band anyway. Best track anyone? 'Hallelujah' for me.
the thief is probably their best 'song' and most accessible. And radiohead covered it, yes yes i know.
Then go for the Ege Bamyasi/Tago Mago/Future Days triology
most bases covered there i reckon
until you've heard the other stuff - Malcolm Mooney's singing is seriously out-of-tune in places and just doesn't succeed as well as his work on Monster Movie etc.
and think that might be one of the best places to start.
All of Soundtracks, Tago Mago, Ege Bamyasi and Future Days are fantastic, and any would make a decent intro, but Ege Bamyasi is probably the best place to start as it's the most representative.
The Anthology is good, but very heavy on the stuff they did with Malcolm Mooney (their original singer), when they sounded pretty different (Monster Movie & Delay are both great, but not really typical of Can)
After Future Days they went downhill a bit (though Soon Over Babaluma is massively underrated) and a lot of the later stuff has dated pretty badly.