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Released: February 1972

Rating: 4.449 (average of 9 ratings)

Genre: progressive rock

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Album Tracks:

  1. Paperhouse
  2. Mushroom
  3. Oh Yeah
  4. Halleluhwah
  5. Aumgn
  6. Peking O
  7. Bring Me Coffee or Tea


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Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more.

Tago Mago
“With the band in full artistic flower and Suzuki’s sometimes moody, sometimes frenetic speak/sing/shrieking in full effect, Can released not merely one of the best Krautrock albums of all time, but one of the best albums ever, period. Tago Mago is that rarity of the early ‘70s, a double album without a wasted note, ranging from sweetly gentle float to full-on monster grooves” (Raggett).

Paperhouse starts things brilliantly, 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. Both Mushroom and Oh Yeah, the latter with Schmidt filling out the quicker pace with nicely spooky keyboards, continue the fine vibe” (Raggett).

“After that, though, come the huge highlights – three long examples of Can at its absolute best. Halleluwah – featuring the Liebezeit/Czukay rhythm section pounding out a monster trance/funk beat; Karoli’s and Schmidt’s always impressive fills and leads; and Suzuki’s slow-building ranting above everything – is 19 minutes of pure genius” (Raggett).

“The near-rhythmless flow of Aumgn is equally mind-blowing, with swaths of sound from all the members floating from speaker to speaker in an ever-evolving wash, leading up to a final jam. Peking O continues that same sort of feeling, but with a touch more focus, throwing in everything from Chinese-inspired melodies and jazzy piano breaks to cheap organ rhythm boxes and near babbling from Suzuki along the way. Bring Me Coffee or Tea wraps things up as a fine, fun little coda to a landmark record” (Raggett).

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Last updated May 29, 2008.