Tago Mago

Tago Mago

Infobox Album |
Name = Tago Mago
Type = studio
Artist = Can

Border = yes
Released = start date|1971
Recorded = 1971 at Schloss Nörvenich, Cologne, Germany
Genre = Krautrock
Experimental Rock
Progressive Rock
Length = 73:15 funk
Label = United Artists
Producer = Can
Reviews =
*Allmusic Rating|5|5 [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:0ifqxqw5ldje link]
*Pitchfork Media (9.3/10) [http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/record_review/15995-monster-movie-soundtracks-tago-mago-ege-bamyasi link]
*Scaruffi (8/10) [http://www.scaruffi.com/vol3/can.html link]
*Stylus Magazine (B) [http://www.stylusmagazine.com/reviews/can/tago-mago-ege-bamyasi.htm link] |
Last album = "Soundtracks"
This album = "Tago Mago"
Next album = "Ege Bamyasi"

"Tago Mago" is the second studio album by the German experimental rock band Can, and was originally released as a double LP in 1971 by United Artists. It was the band's first studio album to feature Kenji "Damo" Suzuki after their previous vocalist, Malcolm Mooney, quit the band in 1970 due to a nervous breakdown. The album was remastered and released as a SACD in September 2004, and included commentary from former "Melody Maker" journalist David Stubbs and Bobby Gillespie of Primal Scream.

"Tago Mago" has been described as Can's most extreme record in terms of sound and structure. The album has received much critical acclaim since its release and has been cited as an influence by various artists. There have been attempts by several artists to play cover versions of songs from "Tago Mago". Remix versions of several tracks by various artists are included on the album "Sacrilege".

Recording and production

After Malcolm Mooney left Can in 1970 following a nervous breakdown, the remaining members were left without a vocalist. [Stubbs, David. "CAN - Tago Mago". "CAN remastered - Tago Mago" (CD liner notes). September 2004.] Bassist Holger Czukay happened to meet Kenji "Damo" Suzuki busking outside a cafe in Munich.cite web |author=DeRogatis, Jim |title = "Then I Saw Mushroom Head: The Story of Can" | url = http://www.jimdero.com/TurnOn/CanExcerpt.htm | accessdate = 2008-04-04 ] He introduced himself as a member of an experimental rock band and invited Suzuki to join them.cite web |author=Czukay,Holger |title = "A Short History of The Can - Discography" | publisher = Perfect Sound Forever | url = http://www.furious.com/PERFECT/hysterie2.html | accessdate = 2008-04-04 ] That evening, Suzuki performed with the band at the Blow Up club and subsequently became a member of Can.cite web |author=Smith, Gary |title = CAN Biography | publisher = Spoon Records | url = http://www.spoonrecords.com/history.html | accessdate = 2008-04-04 ]

"Tago Mago" was recorded by Czukay in a castle near Cologne called Schloss Nörvenich. The band were allowed to stay there for a year without paying any rent by the owner, an art collector named Mr. Vohwinkel.cite book |title=CAN Box: Book |last=Kampmann |first=Wolf |year=1998 |publisher=Medium Music Books|isbn=3-933642-01-9|pages=141] This was the first of Can's albums to be made from not only regularly recorded music, but combined "in-between-recordings", where Czukay secretly recorded the musicians jamming while waiting for various technical problems to be resolved.

It was originally released as a double LP in 1971 by United Artists. In September 2004, the album, along with the majority of Can's discography, was remastered and released as a hybrid SACD.cite web |author=Mute Records |title = Biography | publisher = Mute Records | url = http://www.mute.com/artists/publicArtistLoad.do?id=3248&forward=longBio | accessdate = 2008-04-04 ] The rerelease includes a booklet with commentary on the album by Bobby Gillespie of Primal Scream and David Stubbs, as well as previously unreleased photos of the band.


"Paperhouse", the opening track, is one of the shorter songs on the album. AMG critic Ned Raggett depicted the song as "beginning with a low-key chime and beat, before amping up into a rumbling roll in the midsection, then calming down again before one last blast," and Dominique Leone, writing for Pitchfork Media, commented on the "gray, faintly ominous" mood of the piece.cite web |author=Leone,Dominique |title =Record Reviews | publisher = Pitchfork Media | url = http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/record_review/15995-monster-movie-soundtracks-tago-mago-ege-bamyasi | accessdate = 2008-04-04 ] "Mushroom" is the following track, which Leone noted as having a darker sound than the previous song. As Piero Scaruffi wrote, "Suzuki's psychodrama in Mushroom is set in a rarefied atmosphere of skitting drums, booming bass and atonal guitar."cite web |author=Scaruffi, Piero |title = Can | publisher =Piero Scaruffi | url = http://www.scaruffi.com/vol3/can.html | accessdate = 2008-04-04 ] "Oh Yeah" and "Halleluhwah" contain the elements that have been referred to as Can's "trademark" sound: "Damo Suzuki's vocals, which shift from soft mumbles to aggressive outbursts without warning; Jaki Liebezeit's mantric drumming; Holger Czukay's production manipulations (e.g. the backwards vocals and opening sound effects on 'Oh Yeah')."cite web |author=McGlinchey,Joe |title = Tago Mago | publisher = Ground & Sky | url = http://www.progreviews.com/reviews/display.php?rev=can-tm | accessdate = 2008-04-04 ]

The second LP features Can's more avant-garde efforts with Roni Sarig, author of "The Secret History of Rock" calling it "as close as it ever got to avant-garde noise music."cite book |title=The Secret History of Rock: The Most Influential Bands You'Ve Never Heard |last=Sarig |first=Roni |year=1998 |publisher=Watson-Guptill Publications|isbn=0823076695|pages=125] Featuring Holger Czukay’s tape and radio experiments, the tracks "Aumgn" and "Peking O" have led music critics to write that "Tago Mago" is Can's "most extreme record in terms of sound and structure." The closing track, "Bring Me Coffee or Tea", is a much shorter track than the ones before it and was described by Raggett as a "coda to a landmark record." Pierro Scaruffi depicted it as "basically a delirious hare-krishna chant for loose rock quintet, [pretending] to link the album to the contemporary fad of Eastern-tinged psychedelia."

The album was inspired by sorcerer Aleister Crowley which is reflected through the dark sound of the album as well as being named after Isla de Tagomago, an island which features in the Crowley legend.cite book |title=Turn On Your Mind: Four Decades of Great Psychedelic Rock |last=DeRogatis |first=Jim |year=2003 |publisher=Hal Leonard|isbn=0634055488|pages=273] Czukay reflects that the album was "an attempt in achieving a mystery musical world from light to darkness and return". The group has referred to the album as their "magic record". The tracks have been described as having an "air of mystery and forbidden secrets".

Reception and influence

"Tago Mago" has been critically well-received and is credited with pioneering various modern musical styles. Raggett called "Tago Mago" a "rarity of the early '70s, a double album without a wasted note."cite web |author=Raggett,Ned |title = Tago Mago | publisher = Allmusic Guide | url = http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&token=&sql=10:0ifqxqw5ldje | accessdate = 2008-04-04 ] In the book "Kraftwerk: Man, Machine and Music", Pascal Bussy described the double LP as "hugely influential".cite book |title=Kraftwerk: Man, Machine and Music |last=Bussy |first=Pascal |year=2004 |publisher=SAF Publishing Ltd|isbn=0946719705|pages=22] Music critic Piero Scaruffi wrote, "With just one album, Can pioneered several genres that would become popular in the 1990s: industrial music, noise-rock, trip-hop and post-rock." The album is listed in the book "1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die" in which it stated, "Even after 30 years "Tago Mago" sounds refreshingly contemporary and gloriously extreme."cite book |title=1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die |last=Shade |first=Chris |year=2005 |publisher=Quintet Publishing Limited|isbn=978 0 7333 2120 7|pages=235] Many critics were eager to praise the album and by the end of 1971 Can played their first show in the UK.

Various artists have cited "Tago Mago" as an influence on their work. Jonny Greenwood and Thom Yorke of Radiohead have cited it as an early influence.cite book |title=OK Computer (33 1/3 series) |last=Griffiths |first=Dai |year=2004 |publisher=Continuum International Publishing Group|isbn=0826416632|pages=43-44] John Lydon of the Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd. called it "stunning" in his biography, "Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs".cite book |title=Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs |last=Lydon |first=John |year=1995 |publisher=Picador|isbn=031211883X |pages=81] Foals vocalist, Yannis Philippakis has also stated that Tago Mago was an influence for him. Bobby Gillespie of Jesus and Mary Chain and Primal Scream said "The music was like nothing I'd ever heard before, not American, not rock & roll but mysterious and European." [Gillespie, Bobby. "CAN - Tago Mago". "CAN remastered - Tago Mago" (CD liner notes). September 2004.]

There have been attempts by several artists to play cover versions of songs from "Tago Mago". The Flaming Lips album "In a Priest Driven Ambulance" contains a song called "Take Meta Mars", which was an attempt at covering the song "Mushroom". However, the band members had only heard the song once and didn't have a copy of it at the time, so the song is only similar-sounding and not a proper cover. [Coyne, Wayne . "In a Priest Driven Ambulance" (CD liner notes).] The Jesus and Mary Chain have covered the song more faithfully to the original; it was performed live and included on the CD version of "Barbed Wire Kisses". Remix versions of several "Tago Mago" tracks by various artists are included on the album "Sacrilege".

Track listing

All songs written by Karoli, Czukay, Liebezeit, Schmidt and Suzuki.

ide one

# "Paperhouse" – 7:29
# "Mushroom" – 4:08
# "Oh Yeah" – 7:22

ide two

# "Halleluhwah" – 18:32

ide three

# "Aumgn" – 17:22

ide four

# "Peking O" – 11:35
# "Bring Me Coffee or Tea" – 6:47


*Holger Czukaybass, engineering, editing
*Michael Karoliguitar
*Jaki Liebezeitdrums, double bass, piano
*Irmin Schmidtkeyboards, vocals on "Aumgn"
*Damo Suzuki – vocals


*U. Eichberger – original artwork & design
*Andreas Torkler – design (2004 rerelease)


External links

* [http://www.spoonrecords.com/disco/tago.html Spoon Records site]
* [http://www.discogs.com/release/226132 Tago Mago (LP) entry at Discogs]
* [http://www.discogs.com/release/359040 Tago Mago (Remastered SACD) entry at Discogs]

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