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PARADIESWÄRTS DÜÜL

Amon Düül

 

Krautrock

3.12 | 37 ratings

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Sean Trane
Special Collaborator
Prog Folk
4 stars 3.75 stars really!!

Apparently the jam session that sprouted this album also served for another two posthumous release (I think this one being also posthumous), but there isn't a single doubt that the better material resulting from that monster jam clearly ended up on this album. "Graced" with an atrocious green & orange Zodiac-type of artwork, this album should always be presented with its back cover, a much more fitting astrological theme, painted by group member Lemur. Indeed this album is rather far away from the near aggressiveness of Psychedelic Underground (Hyde), a relaxed gentle hippy fee of this one (Jekyll). Anyway, compared to its predecessor(s), this album is at least better recorded, even if this is still close to what is nowadays called Lo-Fi.

The 17-mins opening Love Is Peace indeed shows AD in a very pastoral mood with flutes and gentle melodies over a smooth rhythm. Somehow the positive vibe of this track changes a lot from the almost oppressive spacey jams on other albums (even the mid-section separating the two jams) and this alone is sufficient to suffer its slightly over-stretched form. The following (on the flipside) 9-mins+ Snow Your Thrust (whatever, right? ;-) is more Indian raga influenced and comes with sitar and fuzz guitars. Great raga stuff with the second part which is slow entering and having to wait for a wah-wah'd guitar to start taking off, only to drop abruptly to its end. Ending the album in yet another jam-style Paramechanische Welt, starting on a simple structure, but slowly crescendoing, where Chris Karrer (of AD II fame) plays a very enthralling tabla drums. Probably the album's best track, IMHO.

The Captain Trips comes with two bonus tracks tagged on the end, the first of which, Eternal Flow is another calm slow crescendo (with a few playing glitches) that fits the album quite well. The second track is the English version of Paramechanische Welt (Paramechanical World), but the music is rather so different that you wouldn't link the two tracks, except for the vocal lines (Karrer is not on tabla as well). Although this album is the one most likely to please progheads, I wouldn't call it the most representative of AD's original saga, but nevertheless this album reaches four stars more on merits (if you'llsee my first remark about the 3.75 above) than on pure historical reasons.

Sean Trane | 4/5 |

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