Arriving on June 18th, 2012, is the long awaited release of the ultra influential Can's The Lost Tapes featuring tracks from 1968-1977, in a three CD box set.

Found by Irmin Schmidt and long time collaborator Jono Podmore when the legendary Can studio in Weilerswist was sold to the German Rock N Pop Museum, the master tapes were found while dismantling the studio. The tracks had been unused for years, sitting on the shelves of the studio where the band used to record, with no one knowing exactly what they were.

Little did Schmidt and Podmore know that they had found over thirty hours of unreleased original music, a vast collection of precious b-sides, if you will.

Irmin Schmidt explains "Obviously the tapes weren't really lost, but were left in the cupboards of the studio archives for so long everybody just forgot about them. Everybody except Hildegard, who watches over Can and its work like the dragon over the gold of the Nibelungen and doesn't allow forgetting."

The original studio material was recorded at Can Studio, Weilerswist and Schloss Nörvenich with the line up of Michael Karoli on guitars, Jaki Liebezei on drums, Holger Czukay on bass and on the majority of the tracks, vocals from Damo Suzuki or Malcolm Mooney.

Can was created by Irmin Schmidt who, inspired by the music of Hendrix and Zappa, gave up his classic training and career to make a group that would transcend all boundaries of modern music. Their influence still rings loud and true to this day, among the bands directly influenced by the band are Radiohead, John Lydon and Portishead, to name a few out of hundreds.

You can also hear the opening track on The Lost Tapes titled Millionenspiel, here.