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Spoon Records Kraut-Rock Double LP classic from 1971 (also released on United Artists in the UK) reissued by Mute Records in 2012

After the glowing success of the 2012 ‘Lost Tapes’ Triple Disc 12” Boxed Set of Unreleased Material, Mute Records and CAN finally got it all together to re-issue the 2009 Remasters of their Back Catalogue. These 2012 standard CD reissues all contain the same audio as the SACD/CD Hybrid Remasters produced in 2009, all of which had been generally unavailable for quite some time, and as such, were fetching some crazy prices!

The ‘Tago Mago’ album features the band line-up of: Holger Czukay (bass), Michael Karoli (guitar), Jaki Liebezeit (drums), Irmin Schmidt (keyboards) & Damo Suzuki (vocals).
This awesome double album was full on, and the absolute ultimate in mind-boggling musicianship and vocal performance, with its two long tracks coupled with several shorter pieces representing the ultimate “Phase 2” CAN line-up. Another highlight comes in the shape of the most incredible drum work you will ever hear on a CD!

CAN are legends from the 70’s, renowned for being a quartet of musicians charting a whole new territory in the guitar-bass-drums-keyboards area of serious music with a rock/psych influence, and allied to vocalists who could only be described as completely unique in their approach to, and style of delivery of the often long and improvised music the group would play, their sound became the definitive Kraut-Rock!
Musically we're talking about a drum style that was the foundation on which most trance, post-punk and techno contemporary releases of the 80's and 90's were built. Jaki Liebezeit's varied, yet somehow hypnotic, powerful and dynamic drumming style was central to the heart and core of the group's compositions and became the backbone of CAN’s music. This nucleus was strengthened by the solid and clean electric bass work of Holger Czukay that propelled and enhanced the ever-varied drum patterns, supporting and driving the rhythmic undercurrents of the musical soundscapes, while Michael Karoli's scorching lead guitar licks flew out on top and flowed, soared or screamed through the ether. Irmin Schmidt's keyboards / synthesizer work provided a vast backdrop to the CAN sound, adding coloration and acting as rhythmic partner and as a lead instrument when required, but without the flashy solos the UK Prog keyboard musicians of the time were delivering.
The vocals were, to say the least, different! Some albums feature the anguished, emotional, almost monotone & sometimes psychotic vocals of the American Malcolm Mooney; others contain the unintelligible foreign vocals of Japanese vocalist Damo Suzuki. The one thing they both have in common is they add to the CAN sound, both enhancing it and contributing to its totally unique nature. On later works Irmin Schmidt handled any necessary vocals in a more subdued manner, but again adding to the eerie quality of the music.

CAN: TAGO MAGO Track List:

01. Paperhouse (7:29)
02. Mushroom (4:08)
03. Oh Yeah (7:22)
04. Halleluhwah (18:32)
05. Aumgn (17:22)
06. Peking O (11:35)
07. Bring Me Coffee Or Tea (6:47)

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