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June 24th, 2019


Can - Deadlock (Title Theme)

1970 saw the release of Soundtracks, a compilation of the various film music that Can had produced over the preceding years. It's all from before they really found their feet with that great pair of loose jazz-influenced workouts: Tago Mago and Ege Bamyasi. But that means it's very much the work of a band in creative flux, experimenting with styles and forms. And in the case of Deadlock, that was making the music for a spaghetti western. There's an unexpected austerity to the orchestration which has helped the track age well, but the star is undoubtedly Jaki Liebezeit's dramatic drums. A hell of a musical storytelling performance, all crammed into 100 seconds.

Can - Deadlock (Title Theme)