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3 stars Sure, set the homeless Japanese man up with the German psych-ward crew - what could go wrong? Nothing. Everything went right. Tago Mago was born.

Then it was dead.

This album consists of funky psychedelic madness that only altered-minds could've created. This album starts you off normal enough with the first couple three tracks, which are fairly straight forward funky psychedelic jams with what came to be known as Damo Suzuki's trademark I-don't-really-know-what-I'm-doing vocals. But then you get the three epic tracks of the album, all of them long psychedelic jams that twist and turn with uncontrolled brain-drilling noises from other planet.

But this is my actually my least favorite album of Can's classic era, which only consisted of this and the next two albums. I don't care much for the seemingly endless noises, which is what the three epic tracks mainly consist of, the best example being "Aumgn" which just sounds like a jungle or electric barf that goes on for over 17 minutes and seems unnecessary. "Halleluhwah" starts off sounding like a track that I would love, but it drags on for about half of it's length and doesn't go anywhere. "Peking O" is another hodgepodge of electric madness that seems pointless and annoying, in my opinion. These three epic tracks really bring down the album for me.

The other tracks on the album are quite nice. They're psychedelic and krautrock sounding, definitely, but are much less noisy and pointless. Really, the remainder tracks are quite soothing. But unfortunately, the majority of this over-length album consists of lengthy pointlessness.

I admire this band, and they're definitely interesting, but the two albums after this are just much better in my opinion. This album is definitely worth checking out, and hopefully you'll have better luck with it than I did.

colorofmoney91 | 3/5 |


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