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Flowmotion Hybrid SACD - DSD, Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (May 30, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD - DSD, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Mute U.S.
  • ASIN: B000F8DTJG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #452,939 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Want More
2. Cascade Waltz
3. Laugh Till You Cry, Live Till You Die
4. ...and More
5. Babylonian Pearl
6. Smoke (E.F.S. No. 59)
7. Flow Motion

Editorial Reviews

Remastered 2006 SACD reissue of the German avant garde rock act's 1976 album which features a bona-fide U.K. hit single, 'I Want More'. Features sleeve notes, rare photos and reproductions of original artwork from long-deleted editions. Mute.

Customer Reviews

There are a few very trippy "Can" diversions in there as well.
Rich Latta
Cascade Waltz and Laugh Tlll You Cry... have lilting reggae rhythms, with some nice guitar work and violin accompaniment.
Steve
I recommend you listen to this on good headphones to apprecieate every note.this is a great place to start if new to Can.
Elyse Callahan

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robin Shrestha on July 29, 2005
Format: Audio CD
'Flow Motion' has faced harsh criticisms and I can understand why. This album sounds like Can trying to be commercially accessible. But Holger's repeatedly mentioned in his interview that it was due to the band's interest in reggae music at that time. This album still retains some of Can's whimsical/weird attributes but at the same time the music has a wider appeal. I am a huge fan of reggae as well, so I personally enjoyed this CD(even the almost dance groove of 'I want more'). Just don't expect this to resemble Tago Mago or any of their old Albums. And by the way, one of the reviewers Dean Taylor, claimed that David Gilmour co-wrote 'I Want More'; it was 'Peter Gilmour'.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Steve on April 17, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I got into Can via their "classic" albums Tago Mago thru Soon Over Babaluma, but I have to say that this effort is my favourite so far. It's not as strange or eclectic as their earlier releases, but it's much more accessible and has far superior sound quality to the preceding albums, which sound rather primitive in comparison- even the remasters (I think this is because Can recorded on two-track up until Landed, 1975). There is a subtle reggae influence, and the album as a whole is languid, melodic and often playful. Jaki Liebzeit's drumming is less prominent than on previous efforts, indeed it is Michael Karoli who is the star of the album- his playing is superb throughout.

The opener, I Want More, seems like a tongue-in-cheek effort- its catchy, but by no means lightweight. It kicks off with a great feedback-soaked disco riff, with playful vocals, before an eastern-tinged keyboard riff comes in at the "chorus." Cascade Waltz and Laugh Tlll You Cry... have lilting reggae rhythms, with some nice guitar work and violin accompaniment. And More is a vamp, a reprise of the opening track, while Babylonian Pearl is my favourite- Irmin Schmidt provides the breathy vocal, Liebzeit and Czukay put out a minimal but watertight rhythm, while Karoli adds beautiful multi-tracked guitar accompaniment.

The album closes strongly- Smoke is one of Can's Ethnological Forgery series; a dark, tribal rhythm accompanied by the djiin and other atmospherics. Given that Karoli shines on this album, it is fitting that the closing title track is a showcase for his guitar improvisation. A lengthy, 10 minute piece, the other musicians almost take a back-seat to Karoli's soloing- great stuff.

I'd heartily recommend this album. It's probably a good place to start before working your way back to the more avant-garde stuff of Can's classic period.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. E Jackson on February 12, 2011
Format: Audio CD
You know, I actually avoided anything Can released after their Landed album because I was told they went downhill in a *hurry* starting with Flow Motion. Well, perhaps they DID eventually go downhill, but it definitely didn't happen here.

I really love the reggae beats that dominate the album. Sure, some people really despise the entire reggae genre and think it's either excessive or boring. Me? Well, when it's used creatively I love reggae, and what better band to explore the vastness... er, limited potential that is reggae than the masters of progressive/krautrock, Can? The PERFECT choice!

The title song is hypnotizingly brilliant. It's not just 10 minutes of repetitive reggae beats either. Remember this is *Can* we're talking about here- the masters of creativity and inventiveness! If anyone can find a way to make 10 minutes of reggae work effectively, it's these guys. So how did they manage to go about making the song completely interesting without losing the magic?

By adding bluesy and VERY Frank Zappa-like guitar soloing overtop the reggae beats for its entire duration. These are no ordinary guitar licks either- they are very passionate and melodic, and Zappa immediately came to mind upon hearing them. This is one of those jams that never loses its creative edge, either. In fact as the song goes along, the guitar playing just gets *more* melodic. Great song.

"Laugh Till You Cry, Live Till You Die" takes reggae and adds a REALLY melodic chorus, guitar fills and even uses the electric violin sparsely.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 7, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Can's most enchanting and witty statement of guiding-principle for one of their most thinly-spread albums (my least favourites being "Out of Reach" and "Rite Time" especially and "Can"), despite a new peak in technical ability. But at least half of this album is as great as any other Can, especially since this CD, like all the Spoon remasters, has crisper sound than the muffled Virgins. World-beat, disco, reggae and some wonderful Karoli wah-wah here flavour Can's atmospheric grooves: "I Want More" and its reprise are up there with Can's best; as would "Laugh 'Til You Cry", "Smoke" and the title track if they weren't overlong. All these tracks are better heard in sharper edits on the "Cannibalism 2" complilation. And the more whimsical and song-structured "Cascade Waltz" and "Babylonian Pearl", while far from Can's best, are still enjoyable.
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