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Tago Mago [40th Anniversary Edition] Image
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  • Summary: This 40th Anniversary remastered edition of the 1971 krautrock classic features all of the original artwork from the UK release. It also includes a bonus CD of 50 minutes of remastered and previously unreleased material recorded in 1972. Tago Mago was recorded in Schloss Norvenich, a castle near Cologne owned by an eccentric art collector. It has been hailed by All Music as "One of the best albums ever, period." Expand
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  1. Dec 9, 2011
    100
    It's a colossus of an album, the product of a band that was thinking huge, pushing itself to its limits, and devoted to breaking open its own understanding of what rock music could be.
  2. Dec 1, 2011
    100
    Arguably the most influential rock album ever recorded... everyone that matters – and many who don't – between Bowie and Radiohead cites it as an influence.
  3. Dec 1, 2011
    100
    Invoking and evoking just about all the spontaneity and scariness that you'd want from rock'n'roll, Tago Mago can offer experiences as spellbinding as the sequence that originally comprised side one ("Paperhouse", "Mushroom", "Oh Yeah"), or can be so extreme that you feel yourself under attack by maniacs.
  4. Dec 1, 2011
    90
    Can was light years ahead of their time, and the ideas they present in Tago Mago and sequential albums are still incomprehensible even in today's eclectic and varied music scene.
  5. Dec 6, 2011
    90
    After four decades, the album's concentrated blend of brutalism and intricacy, fluidity and fracture, sound as uncompromising as ever. [Nov 2011, p.69]
  6. Dec 1, 2011
    90
    To listen to the pioneering Tago Mago in 2011 is to hear the blueprint for much of the leftfield music of the past 40 years, and this reissue will hopefully inspire further invention for decades to come.
  7. Dec 1, 2011
    80
    Tago Mago is the messy one, where ten-minute stretches of nightmare sound effects are followed by 20 minutes of caveman groove with Damo Suzuki's caveman babble to match.

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  1. Dec 24, 2011
    10
    I was very encouraged to find this site. I wanted to thank you for this special read. I definitely savored every little bit of it.

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  2. Jan 21, 2012
    10
    This is a landmark album that has influenced whole generations of musicians. I discovered this band five years ago and they became one of my all time favourites. Expand
  3. Dec 14, 2011
    10
    An absolute masterpiece. Definitely one of my favorite albums of all time. Probably in my top 10, actually. Can has several incredible albums, but this one combines everything I love about them into one wonderful collection. Expand
  4. Jan 5, 2012
    8
    This album is quite good, mixing several styles their sound is kinda hard to pin down. Overall it is very jammy, funky, and experimental, although the second half of the album with live songs such as "spoon" hasn't withstood the test of time, reminding me a bit too much of my teenage years when I was high on shrooms with a guitar and a mic and way too much effects on the vocals. Collapse