Sonic Gems: Can – Tago Mago

In 1968, the core quartet of Holger Czukay, Irmin Schmidt, Michael Karoli and Jaki Liebezeit formed the German experimental rock band Can.  The band drew from such diverse backgrounds as avant-garde and jazz and incorporated minimalist, and world music elements into their psychedelic and funk influenced music.  Can is widely regarded as a key pioneer of the Krautrock scene.  With only rare commercial semi success, Can came to exert considerable influence in multiple genres of music.

Tago Mago  is the third album and was released in 1971.  It was the first to feature Damo Suzuki who had replaced Malcolm Mooney.  This album was perhaps both their must extreme and best I terms of sound and structure.  It is widely regarded as one of the most influential rock albums ever recorded.   Some of gone so far as to state this was a double album without a single wasted note.  Artists as diverse s John Lydon of the Sex Pistols, Primal Scream and Radiohead have cited this album as a key early influence on their work.   For its wide spanning influence on the music that has come since this album, Aloha Promises Forever rates this album a 10 out of 10.

Tago Mago may be listened to here:




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Writer, poet, musician, surfer, father of two princesses.
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