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5.0 out of 5 stars Long overdue remastering of Can�s back catalogue, 2 Dec. 2004
This review is from: Tago Mago (Audio CD)
It's so good to see Can's back catalogue getting a decent CD release at last. When they were first issued on CD back in the early 90's the transfers were poor and the CD booklets deplorable to say the least. Now they have not just been remastered for CD, but also in the new zingy SACD format for even better sonic fidelity. At the moment only their first four albums have been re-issued. The others will be available sometime during 2005 and 2006.
Can are recognised in not just being one of the best progenitors of the so-called Krautrock movement, but in being one of the most original rock bands per-se. "Tago Mago" is their third album and regarded as being their most ambitious. For me the trilogy of tracks which constituted the first side of the original double album is perfect. There is not a single note wrong or out of place. The compositions, arrangements, production could not be bettered. I would be hard pushed to think of another combination of tracks which deliver the goods in such perfection that "Paperhouse", "Mushroom" and "O Yeah" do. The opening, "Paperhouse" is a guitar fest, with Michael Karoli pulling out such scintillating guitar lines from out of nowhere. Even on this remastered version, there is still some distortion on his louder guitar parts throughout this track. But considering the primitive technology used during these recordings I suppose there is only so much that can be improved nowadays. "Mushroom" which follows is a wonderful apocalyptic tour-de force with Damo Suzuki at his best and explodes into "O Yeah" which then builds with shimmering keyboards over Jaki Liebezeits trademark cyclical drumming, Suzuki invoking something or another in a backward taped vocal. But it all works, beautifully. Next up is "Halleluwah" which lasts over 18 minutes and is the band at their best, stretching out a sumptuous funk beat, adding layers and layers of sound. There are no points of reference for this music, no obvious influences. It was totally of their own invention. Original and unique to this disparate collection of musicians.
If the album had ended with "Halleluwah" I would say without question "Tago Mago is one of the best albums ever. But extending the album to a double by including the more exploratory "Peking O" and "Aumgn" I think detracts from the power of the more structured early pieces and dilutes the overall brilliance of the album. Still, hearing any Can is better than no Can and these pieces at least show what a brilliant improvisatory outfit they were which on occasion reached telepathic proportions such was the beguiling interplay between each member. "Tago Mago" is a great double album, but it could have been one of the best single albums ever.
Considering the primitive recording conditions, the production techniques utilised are amazingly sophisticated and the remastering has released details and sounds not heard before. The clarity is a revelation and makes these releases definitive. The booklets in each release though not perfect but far, are superior to what was included before. Each have brief essays by David Stubbs and some nice archival photos. The CD is housed in the heavier grade "Super Jewel Box" which seems to becoming the more common format for packaging SACD discs.
Can were without doubt one of the most imaginative and innovative bands to emerge from the early 70's and now their back catalogue is being given a proper and deserved re-release on CD. Bring on "Future Days" and "Soon over Babaluma".
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