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WOLF CITY

Amon Düül II

 

Krautrock

3.92 | 209 ratings

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Vibrationbaby
4 stars Long haired freaky people of the Earth rejoice !

Lofty east Indian influences dominate Amon Duul II`s entrancing fifth album. Stranded in a mystical locale called Wolf City and still waiting for the train out of the sixties, Wolf City abounds with ancient environs and plenty of strange psychedelic electronic effects from guitars being played with bows to tablas, sitars, angry saxes and environmental effects. You can almost smell the incense burning on this love in.

Although the band had pretty much ditched it`s penchant for extended out-of-control freakouts by the previous Carnival In Babylon album, the music on Wolf City commands an airy buoyancy throughout and combined with efxceptional anologue production makes the original album seem longer than a mere 34 minutes and 41 seconds.So it`s a bit of a pity that some of the fade-outs weren`t allowed to develop into their full potential as extennded tracks but this is compensated for on the CD remaster with 2 bonus tracks and a 10 minute studio jam from that era. Renate Kanup becomes a star once again on the title track, the acid drenched Green Bubble Raincoated Man and the trippy psuedo-pop track Surounded By The Stars which nods back to the earlier Phallus Dei / Yeti freakout era with a short improv section which was cut out of the single release. The bulldozing Deutsch Nepal adds a bizarre touch he here with it`s gothic barrage of overdriven synths and organs which demonstrate just how devastatingly ahead of their time they were even if the rest of the album seems stuck in a time warp sometime in 1968.

One of Amon Duul IIs last albums that would still hold appeal for the fans of their freakout era and certainly the best produced Amon Duul II up to `73, Wolf City headphones cranked to eleven are definitely in order for this early 70s jewel.

Vibrationbaby | 4/5 |

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