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WOLF CITY

Amon Düül II

 

Krautrock

3.92 | 211 ratings

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Rune2000
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3 stars After hearing the lengthy Yeti which showed me many sides of Amon Düül II's sound it was even more surprising that Wolf City featured that exact diversity but in a much shorter format!

Some of the psychedelic over-the-top moments have disappeared which probably have something to do with the departure of some band members, most notably Dave Anderson who went on to play on Hawkwind's In Search Of Space. Overall there is a slight emphasis on the more rock-oriented sound but it still definitely sounds like an Amon Düül II record and a more mature one as well!

Album opener Surrounded By The Stars is the longest of the bunch so the composition takes its time to build up towards the climactic ending. Granted that I've never been much of a Renate Knaup fan I find her vocal performance better on this record then previously which has to do a lot with the improved production values. Still I have an issue with Green-bubble-raincoated-man where she sounds too much like Grace Slick from Jefferson Airplane, but this also has to do with the more single-oriented type of material that she has to work with here. Luckily the remainder of the album consists, for most part, of instrumentals where Wie Der Wind Am Ende Einer Strasse is probably the track that reminds me most of improvisation material on Yeti.

It's difficult for me to say where this album stands in comparison to the rest of Amon Düül II early material, but considering the album's sparse length and the overall high quality of the compositions I definitely would recommend it as an introduction to this band.

***** star songs: Jail-house Frog (4:56)

**** star songs: Surrounded By The Stars (7:49) Wolf City (3:20) Wie Der Wind Am Ende Einer Strasse (5:47) Deutsch Nepal (3:02) Sleepwalker's Timeless Bridge (5:05)

*** star songs: Green-bubble-raincoated-man (5:03)

Rune2000 | 3/5 |

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