Saturday, July 25, 2009

Can "Saw Delight" 1977

Saw Delight (Harvest/EMI 1977)
Genre: Krautrock, World Music
Album Legnth: 38:00
Best Song: "Animal Waves"

1. Dont Say No 6.36
2. Sunshine Day And Night 5.49
3. Call Me 5.55
4. Animal Waves 15.31
5. Fly By Night 4.09

In a music genre known for its ability to incorporate cultural and ethnic sounds different from its own, perhaps nobody has been more prolific than Can at doing such. So great was their talent that they even had a running series of "ethnic" recordings wittingly entitled "Ethnological Forgery Series." However, Can often strayed from the Eastern elements which were more common in other groups of the genre. 'Saw Delight' contains five heavily ethnic influenced pieces which utilize Latin, Carribean and African sounds. Can had the uncanny ability to blend these influences directly into their unique brand of krautrock. The tracks 'Don't Say No' and 'Sunshine Day And Night' are heavily influenced by Carribean sound which at times borders on Reggae. The highlight of the album is the fifteen-minute 'Animal Waves'. This track begins to rise slowly with some atmospheric keyboard and electric violin work which soon give way to Czukay's driving bass riffs and some utterly incredible percussion work by Jaki who proves that he is worthy of the 'godly' status which many have bestowed upon him and of course you can't ignore Rebop's incredible beats either. Most Can purists don't dig the latter day stuff, but for my money this album is as good, if not better than 'Tago Mago'. If you are looking for infectious grooves and catchy beats with a strong ethnic taste, then you will be in for a treat with this album.
[5/5 Doug]

Holger Czukay - Bass
Michael Karoli - Guitar
Jaki Liebzeit - Drums
Irmin Schmidt - Keyboards

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