5) EGE BAMYASI – CAN (1972)

I first read about this album in an article comparing The Stone Roses’ Fools Gold to I’m So Green, so I went to Selectadisc in Nottingham and bought it. I’d never heard anything like this band, everything playing around by Jaki Liebezeit’s phenomenal drumming. The album’s funky but not in an R&B way. They had a rock bands gear – drums, bass, guitar and keys but made a sound a million miles away from the stock influences of American roots music and rock ‘n’ roll. I accidentally put Side 2 on first and heard Vitamin C with that amazing drum pattern and high bass. How they came up with that sound I have no idea. Sometimes their approach to their instruments reminds more of electronic music than a guitar band. It was all so brilliantly played and recorded. I heard later they only had two very basic tape machines when they made their early albums and much of their output at this time was all improvised in the studio which makes it even more impressive. It still sounds like future music. 

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