Can were the mightiest Krautrockers of all. The improvisational, multi-dimensional grooves of Can in “Tago Mago” is remarkable, to say the least. The three-month sessions for “Tago Mago” were an immediate combination of a cerebral and physical effort. The band composed spontaneously onto a 2-track tape machine, and using the bassist Holger Czukay engineering skills and the natural sounds of the room to record, they often viewed mistakes as opportunities.
After 40 years, the sense of freedom, transporting mesmerism persists, with opener “Paperhouse” lamenting groove seguing into the piercing, ghoulish “Mushroom” and luminous funk lift-off “Oh Yeah”, the chopping, primordial “Halleluwah” and the Crowley-referencing bad trip Aumgn, Can got a kind of ordered anarchy, via massive concentration. The feel of looseness and instinct is achieved. This feeling that Can captures in “Tago Mago” influenced a widespread of bands (Radiohead, PiL, Stone Roses, Flaming Lips, just to name a few). Tago Mago is a massive, mighty album, showing a band pushing itself to the limit and trying to understand, break and develop rock music.
Stoned Tracks: Paperhouse, Mushroom, Oh Yeah, Halleluwah, Aumgn.
Can's improvisational, multi-dimensional grooves in "Tago Mago" created a path and influenced psychedelic music creators to this day and the next big bang.