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tago mago LP

Can Vinyl
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Can was an experimental rock band formed in Cologne, West Germany in 1968. Later labeled as one of the first "krautrock" groups, they transcended mainstream influences and incorporated strong minimalist and world music elements into their often psychedelic music.

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  • Vinyl
  • Label: SPOON
  • ASIN: B0041FPLB8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 588,916 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Rock & Roll Goes To Neptune 13 Jan 2003
Format:Audio CD
This must be my sixth attempt to write a review of Tago Mago, Can's third album, which is far and away the most difficult album to write about that I have ever encountered. It's dense and confounding. It profoundly challenges the concept of music. It is the closest one can come to a sound recording of the mental processes of dementia. And it is utter, utter genius.
If Amazon would let me, I would give Tago Mago eleven stars. Never mind the fact that it's not the most accessible of Can's albums (that would be Soundtracks), or the most disciplined (see Ege Bamyasi.) I can't even say with conviction that it's their best work. But what I do know for certain is that Can's reputation for musical radicalism, avant-garde experiments, and free sound structure, is almost entirely based on Tago Mago, on which the German boys take rock music from its bases in Britain and America and launch it to Neptune.
Tago Mago is so daring, imaginative, and downright schizophrenic that it makes everything else that Can ever did seem tame and safe by comparison. It's often seen as a deliberate concept album about the path from sanity to absolute madness; I don't know how deliberate the concept was, but it certainly works. You can hear order and stability be dissected, exploded, and rebuilt completely.
The proceedings start off with "Paperhouse," a hypnotic song in a slow, bluesy groove that builds to a frenetic, almost desperate shout of sound, drums pounding with tremendous insistence, electronics offering bloopy bleeps here and there, and guitar and bass trying to maintain some sense of melody to keep the whole thing from deteriorating into mad chaos. After seven and a half minutes it dissolves into "Mushroom," a funky midtempo that is fairly consistent.
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Can Sacrilege 21 Nov 2011
By Chankos
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
It pains me to give any Can release a single solitary star- especially for one of their best albums- but I'm going to have to concur with W. Thomas Phillip's review: this edition of Tago Mago is a huge let down.

I should emphasise that this is one of my all-time favourite albums. I wasn't concerned that CD1 featured the 2004 remaster- it sounds incredible, and any newer release could have run the risk of being brickwalled to death. As I suspect could be said for many long-term fans, the main draw with this reissue was the new bonus live disc.

Unfortunately, it sounds perfectly horrible- muddy, hissy, and, unbelievably, running at the incorrect speed.

To add insult to injury, this concert has been (quite literally) freely available on bootlegs for many years in much better quality. What could have been a great opportunity for Can fans old and new to experience this incredible band in all their live glory has been completely ruined by this shoddy presentation.

If you've never owned this record before, you are in for a mind-blowing experience. Please do yourself a favour however, and do not buy this edition. Aside from the nice Mini Vinyl gatefold artwork contained within the UK cover, there is no reason to own this.

Instead, any first time listeners should order the previous CD version, or the 2004 SACD hybrid. Long-term fans who already own the record would be well advised to give this a miss. Hardcore fans will likely already have the live recording in better quality. Fingers crossed that the forthcoming Lost Tapes will be a more fitting archival excursion.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars live cd a disappointment 27 Jan 2012
Format:Audio CD
for all us CAN fans who already have the lp and the re=release on cd the main point of buying this cd is the live cd extra... there are 2 problems with it first its short only 45 mins and second the sound is poor and not as good as bootleg versions of the same concerts. What a shame and a great disappointment to me.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1971's double-album masterpiece... 1 Jun 2005
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
Format:Audio CD
'Tago Mago' advanced on the climes established by 'Delay 1968','Monster Movie' & 'Soundtracks' and remains part of a trilogy of classics when Can were fronted by Damo Suzuki (the others being 'Ege Bamyasi' & 'Future Days'). It's an epic double-album that opens and closes on similar sounding tracks, between veering off into avant-garde directions which get stranger as the record progresses.
'Paperhouse' builds and builds from a funky-jazzy groove (that would become more apparent on 'Ege Bamyasi'), prior to shifting to the paranoid 'Mushroom', which would be covered by The Jesus & Mary Chain and sounds not unlike recent Primal Scream, where Damo hollers "I gotta keep my distance!" (or is it "I gotta keep my despair"? - it sounds like both...). 'Oh Yeah' builds on the strange-electronic-inflected grooves previously found on records by Can & precursors like The Beatles & The White Noise, again feeling like an odd groove with backwards-looped vocals that disorient (Can voyaging to inner space...). This peaks with the epic 'Halleluwah', which is thoroughly hypnotic, stretching a simple-groove over & over & predicting things like Happy Mondays ('Hallelujah') & The Stone Roses ('Fools Gold 9.53').
'Aumgn' is more out there, a minimal electronic based piece that some find unlistenable- it sounds somewhere between Stockhausen and Japan's 'Ghosts' and would fit on a compilation between 'The Visitations' & 'Beachy Head.' Things get odder with 'Peking-O', which starts off with sinister ambient electronics, then a vocal "driving..." that reminds me of both Ian Curtis & Jim Morrison, before shifting into loops and babble that some may find hilarious.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The heaviest of all ....
...mainly because the ultra-heavy original UK cover is reproduced (Damo's hair!) & because of the live tracks.
The original studio LP is a landmark in contemporary music. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Richard
4.0 out of 5 stars Is your head full of Spaghetti?
It will be after listening to this.
Motorik. Mesmerik. Mushroomik. Tago Magoik. Oh Yeah.
Mine's a coffee thanks.
Don't listen and drive.
Published 15 months ago by Pesto Fingeration
3.0 out of 5 stars Take a trip with Can
Tago Mago is an album that just can't be played when you are in a casual listening mood. It is a very challenging piece of music that at times is very self indulgent, especially on... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Bring_back_the_60s
4.0 out of 5 stars a long, strange trip
Anyone wishing to understand what all the fuss is about concerning Krautrock could do worse than start here. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Ewing Grahame
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Re Package
If this album was released today it would be hailed as the true work of genius it undoubtedly is. But in 1972 it barely received attention anywhere. Read more
Published on 17 Mar 2012 by Reckless Relic
5.0 out of 5 stars Ahead of its time...
Its hard to believe that this album was recorded so long ago...Ground breaking techniques and imaginitive use of the technology at the time, stretching the available studio... Read more
Published on 4 Dec 2011 by A. I. Ogilvy
If you're into late 60's West Coast psychedelic jamming
combined with moronic Happy Monday's style vocals - this
is for you . Read more
Published on 28 Nov 2011 by Mark Miwordz
5.0 out of 5 stars Halleluwah
I lost this LP about ten years ago. This made me sad. Yesterday, I received my copy of this 40th anniversary edition. This made me happy. Read more
Published on 16 Nov 2011 by T. R. Cowdret
2.0 out of 5 stars Edit: Much better than I thought
Edit >>> I wrote the review below and stand by what I wrote at the time, but somebody since told me that the record mastering was done from a 48k DAT without converting to the... Read more
Published on 14 Nov 2011 by TomP
5.0 out of 5 stars Great anniversary edition of one of the best albums ever made!
Many Can fans (me included) regard Tago Mago - originally released on double vinyl 40 years ago today - as the group's finest achievement. Read more
Published on 14 Nov 2011 by The Kevster
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