Can - “Tago Mago”
Buy this record for the drums. Holy shit the drums on this are incredible. They’re just hypnotic and intricate enough to make you totally OK with listening to song that’s almost 20 minutes long like “Halleluwah”. This record is nearly perfect to me. The only thing I can get tired of is listening to “Aumgn”, but even that song makes sense as part of the record, I’m just not always in the mood to put on an ambient sound scape. But there’s definitely no denying how god damned awesome it sounds coming off that vinyl in stereo sound (it also would really help to eat some drugs too).
This is a truly brilliant band at a creative peak and the record gets better for me every time I listen to it. I kind of took a chance picking up the vinyl a few years ago. I was probably in college* and didn’t really know Can other than I’d read about them a bunch here and there and they were for some reason or another lumped in with prog bands. I don’t know why as they rarely if ever sing about hobbits or living with aliens in harmony. The melodies are restrained the grooves are simple, I honestly don’t really know what the lyrics are about. They are very progressive in the literal sense of the word, but when I hear the term prog, I think Rick Wakeman doing the jerking off motion in a wizard robe.
What were the odds there was a picture of that? 100%? Oh, OK.
But I think I bought this record because I was kind of expecting that, and I was pleasantly surprised when this turned out to be actually progressive music. It sounds dumb, but bands are still catching up to sound like this record sounds.
I’ll be honest, this took a bit to grow on me, but the best records do.
*The odds of that being true are slim as I would have had to purchase it during the two hours I spent in an Algebra class.