The Lost Tapes

  • Record Label: Mute
  • Release Date: Jun 19, 2012

Universal acclaim - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 0 out of 17
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  1. Jun 18, 2012
    These lost recordings represent an amazing mother lode to any Can enthusiast and certainly should hold more than enough interesting moments for even a curious new listener.
  2. Jun 18, 2012
    With staggering live versions of Spoon and Mushroom to boot, The Lost Tapes turns out to be even rarer than its contents: a collection almost as vital as Can's official album output.
  3. Jul 13, 2012
    A treasure chest of riches that provides considerable new perspective on the band's processes and progress through the years.
  4. Jun 18, 2012
    With both music and curation straying into increasingly beguiling territories The Lost Tapes is as delightful as it is overwhelming.
  5. 80
    Although The Lost Tape might lack some consistency in places and the live material might have been better served on a separate collection, overall this is a richly rewarding treasure trove for the ever increasing number of Can fanatics across the globe to hunt down immediately and devour.
  6. Jun 19, 2012
    The Lost Tapes isn't an easy album to listen to, but then that was never the case with Can. Nonetheless, as the years pass and more bands form, by default their influence grows, which makes this a fascinating addition to any collection.
  7. Jun 25, 2012
    The Lost Tapes doesn't feel like a barrel bottom being scraped; it's a scoop into a pond still teaming with life.
  8. Jun 18, 2012
    Get Lost and stay lost.
  9. Magnet
    Jul 3, 2012
    Nothing here is throwaway. [No.88, p.53]
  10. Mojo
    Jun 26, 2012
    The Lost Tapes is such an impressive testament to Can's inspiration and questing spirit that without being greedy, one hopes that there may be more tapes sequestered away. [Jul 2012, p.96]
  11. 80
    The Lost Tapes is no barrel-scraping… it's more dark magic straight from the source.
  12. Jun 18, 2012
    The pity of The Lost Tapes' overambition is that it could easily be condensed to a single, first-rate album of genuinely new-to-record material.
  13. Jun 19, 2012
    Unsurprisingly, The Lost Tapes is a masterpiece in his own right, much like previous revolutionary releases Tago Mago and Ege Bamyasi.
  14. Q Magazine
    Oct 12, 2012
    A startling discovery. [Jul 2012, p.115]
  15. 100
    Despite restlessly exploring hitherto untrodden musical terrain, there are precious few wasted seconds in these three hours.
  16. The Wire
    Jul 24, 2012
    [The Lost Tapes is] a welcome re-opening of the gates. [Jun 2012, p.53]
  17. Jun 18, 2012
    This is a wonderful collection of music from a legendary group and is an essential for any fan.
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  1. Jun 21, 2012
    It's hard to fathom a band sitting on tracks this good, but here they are. Forty years later you will likely find a bunch of new favorite CanIt's hard to fathom a band sitting on tracks this good, but here they are. Forty years later you will likely find a bunch of new favorite Can tracks in this collection. How many people saw that coming? Full Review »