My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Original album is tracks 1-7
Brief Background: Can is a German Krautrock (originally a term for German electronic bands and then used for all German rock bands) band. They are all German except for singer Damo Suzuki who is from Japan. Tago Mago was recorded throughout the end of 1970 and the beginning of 1971 and released in February of 1971.
What I think:
This is one of those albums that make this project really fun. I had never heard of this band let alone this album. So leading up to listening to it, I often wondered what I would be experiencing. The cover told me it was going to be something psychedelic and that was not wrong. And then listening to it was an interesting experience on its own. The songs were alternately exhilarating and relaxed, but always dark. This being a feeling I gained, despite the fact I couldn’t make out the lyrics. I thought that maybe they were from South America. Way off there, but on the lyrics, at least according to Wikipedia, Suzuki doesn’t sing in just one language and improvises in multiple.
My favorite track here is “Aumgn”, which is a seventeen and a half minute track that builds to a very intense climax. The track does a good job of summing up the whole album in that parts of it are so slow and sparse, you want something to happen, because it is agonizingly slow and then it does and it’s pretty awesome.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I’m actually surprised at how positive my review for the album came out, as there are plenty of frustrating times on it. I think the positives outweigh those and I’m glad the album is in the book. It is also something that you can hear has had a lot of influence on bands as different as punk in the seventies to 2000’s era Radiohead. It is something I will send off here and never listen to again, but I’m glad I heard it.
Rating (Out of 5): 3
Tago Mago Amazon Review (Out of 5): 4.5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (181/229)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 79%