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VIVE LA TRANCE

Amon Düül II

 

Krautrock

3.23 | 83 ratings

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Easy Livin
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2 stars Lost in the trance-lation

While the title may have come about some years before the "Trance" genre came into being, there is indeed a hint of what we now know as trance in this 1973 album. I'm not a "fan" of Amon Dull II, and therefore know relatively little about them, so I'm taking this album at face value.

There was virtually nothing in the way of sleeve notes with my LP, but there appear to be 2 or three lead vocalists, including a female singer and the unique voice of Renate Knaup-Krotenschwanz. The vocals are more varied than on the "Live in London" album (my only other reference point for the band).

There are similarities with the music of Hawkwind in some of the tracks ("Mozambique's thumping ending, "Pig Man's" jazz based chanting etc.). The tracks are generally short, which means little room for lengthy instrumental breaks, and a bit too much in the way of straightforward pop structured songs. Given that the song-writing is not particularly strong, and the English language vocals are sung rather phonetically, it might have been wiser to rely more heavily on their undoubted instrumental abilities.

There's certainly something for every one here. For me "Fly United" and the female vocal led "Jalousie" are the best tracks. The diversity of styles however also means that for most there is much to give a wide berth to, and the list of those falling into that category is longer than I care to print!

One only for those who know what to expect for Amon Dull II and want it anyway.

Easy Livin | 2/5 |

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