Review: Can

“Out of Reach”
(Marginal Talent)

The hallmark representative of krautrock, Can inspired a cornucopia of musicians with a spate of organic, experimental albums released on EMI and then re-released on its own Spoon Records label. However, “Out of Reach” (1978) never came out on Spoon. Holger Czukay had left Can at this time (to rejoin later), so the vocalists we have are the Nigerian Rebop Kwaku Baah with bassist Rosko Gee, both coming to Can from Traffic.

Baah was instrumental in giving an African touch to British pop and both musicians bring a percussive as well as pop influence to the Can sound. The result is very reminiscent of Cream at times, like on “Pauper’s Daughter and I”. This song is followed very nicely by “November” which guitarist Michael Karoli gives a very Latin feel to, making this song sound like a loose jam that would arise during a Santana concert. All seven of the tracks featured here are digitally remastered by Dirk Buro.