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PSYCHEDELIC UNDERGROUND

Amon Düül

 

Krautrock

2.27 | 43 ratings

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2 stars Native Americans in an overdose of Peyote? The mad of the village hitting a trashcan with a wand? Probably with a better production it would have sounded intelligible, but the awful recording makes it just a collection of repetitive noise. It's a pity because there are hints of 60s flower power that could have make this album interesting even if over 17 minutes are too much for the first track. All you can hear in the first 7 minutes is percussion and voices while an acoustic guitar tries to be heard. At least the guitar is tuned, but I've listened to bootlegs better recorded, also in the 60s.

Things are a little better with the second track that has an indian flavour. Good enough to trip on it, but no more than this. The third is like an appendix of the first. There was probably more in the band's intentions, but the recording is so poor that I can just appreciate the repetitions.

The following track is a "rocky" sequence of 8 notes over which what seems to be a cello makes some noise. This track is hypnotic enough and reminds me to the quite unknown album of the Japaneses Kharuna Kyal. Track 5 starts as a follow-up to the previous one, but it's quiter, based on a string instrument that seems an acoustic guitar played with a pencil on the strings and on weird vocalisms. This second hal of the album is a little better than the first. In particular this track is spacey.

The last track is quite similar to the first but it's only 2:30 minutes long. It seems that the production has been enhanced on the last two tracks or it's only that my ears are now used with it.

The second side is not enough to save this album even if surely better than the first. This is just for hard lovers of the genre, and mainly as a document as there's very few to enjoy here

octopus-4 | 2/5 |

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