back in stock. can briefly disbanded in 1977, but three of the core members reformed the next year to produce the mildly disappointing 'out of reach'. the same three - irmin schmidt, michael karoli and jaki liebezeit - continued the following year with the much-improved 'can', an album which largely picks up where the final quartet album, 1977's 'saw delight', left off. the trio knew during the sessions that this would be the final can album, barring compilations and occasional temporary reunions, some of which involved original singers malcolm mooney and damo suzuki, and there's a hint of valedictory sadness in tracks like 'all gates open' and 'can be'. however, the mood is far from somber. 'a spectacle,' which features tape loops and electronics by former member holger czukay, is as exciting as anything the band ever did, and the amusing 'can can' is an in-joke finish to a spectacular career.
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