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Can's seminal album, Flow Motion was originally issued in 1976. This remastered CD stands to replace the SACD edition, issued in 2004, which is no longer available. Flow Motion (1976) saw Can moving towards a somewhat more conventional style as their recording technology improved. "I Want More" from Flow
Motion became their only hit record outside Germany including an appearance on UK's Top of the Pops, where Holger Czukay performed with a double bass.
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For all intents and purposes,this is Can's funk album. The most important part of it is how much they seem to understand what funk is at it's musical core. "I Want More" and it's shadow "....And More" are both intense,rhythmically monstrous poly-rhythmic funk jams-filled with slippery baselines,abstract wah-wah guitar patterns and plenty of ethereal synthesizer arrangements. "Laugh Till You Cry,Live Till You Die","Cascade Waltz" ,"Babylonian Pearl" and the elongated title song combine this approach into more Caribbean inspired reggae rhythms.
There's also "Smoke (E.F.S. No.59)",an extremely tribal poly rhythmic groove owing it's musical virtues mostly to Africa. During the 70's,musicians from Africa and the European continent were intermingling in some very interesting ways. And considering funk's origins in African rhythms,and Africa's interest in the funk era itself it's not the least bit surprising Can would few this music as something of a road to reaching a broader audience. Can's musically virtues were of course far too obtuse for anything remotely close to th disco/dance style of Munich . But this album remains the most accessible and even radio oriented release they likely ever made.