Can, Saw Delight
Boasting some forward-thinking thrills
Here’s where the Can discography truly deviates. The addition of latter-day members of the otherwise British psych/prog/fusion band Traffic — Jamaican bassist/vocalist Rosko Gee and Ghanaian percussionist Rebop Kwaku Baah — together with Holger Czukay abandoning his bass to focus on production and sound effects means that the Can-ness of this 1977 record is distinctly diminished. The best of the Rosko/Rebop era, Can’s ninth album boasts some forward-thinking thrills: Opening cut “Don’t Say No” suggests what Talking Heads would sound like in their expanded ’80s incarnations, while the sprawling “Animal Waves” similarly suggests King Crimson’s future transformation with Adrian Belew. “Sunshine Day and Night” even beats Paul Simon to the Afrobeat punch.