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5 stars A very underrated masterpiece by Krautrock pioneers.

I don't know whether this album appealed me because of the Turkish influence: Ege Bamyasi means "Aegean Okra", apparent from the cover! (for those who don't know: Aegean is the part of the Mediterranean Sea, which lays between Turkey and Greece. The geographical area laying on the shores of this sea is called Agean Region, and the okra apparently grows in this area:) ). They will have yet another Turkish influence in a later album: the Turkish stringed instrument Baglama played in Flow Motion album...

The album's most prominent feature is that it sums up what was said in the former Tago Mago album, condensing it into a single LP. The experimentation is reduced down to 10 minute Soup, long improvisations which previously dominated one side of the vinyl is represented in the (relatively) shorter "Pinch". The remaining five shorter tracks reveal the more conventional side of the band, making it more accessible, but by no means "poppy". The tunes may at the first listen seem too mainstream, or melodic, but the underlying instrumental textures make them great songs. It may only take time for "experimentalist/avant-gardists" to appreciate, but in the long run, it's very rewarding.

Just for the sake of "accessiblity" of the shorter tracks, and the hard rocking aspect of the nine-and-a-half minute opening track, the album may be a good place to start for newcomers and those who want to explore Can's music. There's only 6 minutes of experimental noises (which will eventually be appreciated!) to endure during the course!

The album is marked by some as the ending point of the classical Can era (despite the highly appeciated Future Days with the same line-up), on the other hand it is beyond perception why it isn't lifted by many to masterpiece status!

Essential for proggers, and a nice place to start!

Bilek | 5/5 |


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