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2.74 | 100 ratings | 10 reviews | 7% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1974

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. I Can't Wait Part 1 + 2 (6:18)
2. Mirror (4:21)
3. Traveller (4:23)
4. You're Not Alone (6:55)
5. Explode Like A Star (4:00)
6. Da Guadeloop (7:03)
7. Lonely Woman (4:44)
8. Liquid Whisper (3:24)
9. Archy The Robot (3:30)

Total Time: 44:38

Line-up / Musicians

- Renate Knaup / vocals
- Chris Karrer / acoustic & electric guitars, violin, tenor sax, vocals
- John Weinzierl / acoustic & electric guitars
- Falk Rogner / synthesizer
- Lothar Meid / bass, acoustic guitar, vocals, string & brass arrangements
- Peter Leopold / drums, percussion, acoustic guitar

- Jürgen Korduletsch "Wild Willy" / accordion, percussion, vocals, co-producer
- Thor Baldursson / keyboards
- Chris Balder / strings
- Rudy Nagora / sax
- Bobby Jones / sax
- Olaf Kübler / flute, soprano sax
- Ludwig Popp / French horn
- Bob Chatwin / trumpet
- Lee Harper / trumpet
- Hermann Jalowitzki / snare drum

Releases information

Artwork: Patrick Spreckelsen

LP Nova ‎- 6.22 056 AO (1974, Germany)

CD Castle Legends ‎- CLC 5009 (1990, Germany)

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AMON DÜÜL II Hijack ratings distribution

(100 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(7%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(30%)
Good, but non-essential (35%)
Collectors/fans only (25%)
Poor. Only for completionists (3%)

AMON DÜÜL II Hijack reviews

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Review by The Owl
2 stars This was a rather abrupt shift in direction for the band, it would seem. Gone are the many colorful, psychedelic washes of brilliance and in their place is a more commercial, streamlined sound that still has some fragments of their previous brilliance.

"I Can't Wait Pt I & II" opens things on a promising note with its bizarre and funny lyrics and insistent cellos. "Mirror" however lapses into some rather pedestrian rock with a few horns, nothing very remarkable as could be said for the remainder of the disc, despite the fact it tried to cover a lot of musical styles. "Da Guadeloop" could be called the obligatory/gratuitous disco track (it was 1975 after all). "Explode Like A Star" threatens to light a fire (again, some really funny/bizarre lyrics like "Is it the "J" in their names that gets them killed?/Like Janice or J Jones or just another public relations thrill?"). It's not until the album's closing track "Archy The Robot" with its insistent marching band pulse and over- the-top brass arrangement at the end that the brilliance of the previous ADII albums seems to peek out again.

Not a bad disc but hardly a good place to start with this band.

Review by Gatot
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
2 stars At first listen this album sounded weird to my personal taste. It's probably that the music is composed in a single structure format so it sounds repetitive. It's like creating a highway as a main structure and lay all instrument solos in alternate way using the same highway structure. A good example is what the band offers with track like "Da Guadeloop" (7:03) where the main structure (the rhythm section) is a repetitive drum and bass guitar work that is played over and over. The only variation is with the solos that are put on top of this main structure: string arrangements with eastern nuance, guitars, etc. It applies the same with "Lonely Woman" (4:44) where it has one structure (repetitive bass guitar work) plus female vocals and saxophone work. It's too straightforward and so boring to my personal taste. This album is probably worth for fans / collectors only. Keep on proggin' ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

Review by Progbear
2 stars The band's first misfire in the studio. It's the classic lineup of Karrer/Knaup/Weinzierl/Rogner/Meid/Leopold, yet the band had gone rather void-of-course by this point. The band add strings and brass to their sound, but to little effect (the cellos on "I Can't Wait Pt.1" do make it more interesting than it might otherwise be, though). Mostly bland mainstream rock, folk rock, and even more cabaret stylings (the execrable "Lonely Woman"), plus the ludicrous "conspiracy theory rock" of "Explode Like A Star". Instead of sounding like revolutionaries as on earlier albums, they sound utterly tame, as on the cuddly sci-fi anthem "Archy The Robot".

Still, it's not a total wash. "I Can't Wait Pt.2" has some of Falk Rogner's most compelling synth work. "You're Not Alone", while seriously mainstream, is suitably moody, with lush phasing effects. And the instrumental "Da Guadeloop" offers a smidgen of the old experimentation. Curiously, it sounds mostly like Can.

Review by Tom Ozric
3 stars For this album, the core members of Amon Duul II were still present, but intrusions from a plethora of 'outsiders' has seemed to have dragged some of the music down the pathway of mediocrity by incorporating un-necessary sonic colour, such as pompous string arrangements to certain tracks, which sometimes enhances, sometimes doesn't.. Bassist Lothar Meid is great on his instrument, although I'm not a big fan of his voice (or is it just the 'mix' of his voice - it's always loud). He dominates side 1 of the record, not that the songs are particularly bad, just a bit bland. 'I Can't Wait - 1 & 2' starts off a little uncertain and unsure of where to go but the 2nd part features some spacey synths and a great Bass-line. Very 'hip' sounding. 'Mirror' is a song that just doesn't work - pure, standard rock-music, with some shrill 'chipmunk' backing vocals - not the sort of thing we expect from this great band. 'Traveller' bounces along in a 'cosmic-country'-ish sort of way, nice to hear Renate Knaup at the mic again, and includes some colourful clavinet playing. Meid's 'You're Not Alone' is majestic and grandiose, with tasteful Soprano Sax solos from Olaf Kubler, quite an accessible tune, too, but one can't help but think that the musicians here were capable of much more.

Side 2 shows off a more eclectic run of songs ; 'Explode Like a Star' is quirky, reminiscent of the previous studio album 'Vive Le Trance'. The 7min+ 'Da Guadeloop' is a sensational piece of music - a percussive show-case with interesting Bass playing, the string parts work well, the 2 guitar solos are exciting, and various sound effects are used in the right place. Possibly the best track on the album. 'Lonely Woman' is a smooth, sleek song, more French sounding than German, great rhythm - it's pure enjoyment. 'Liquid Whisper' is a dreamy, mellow tune, with Renate singing again. Final song, 'Archy The Robot' is somewhat directionless, and suffers from a goofy Brass arrangement - not the ideal way to finish off an album, it tends to leave an unsavoury taste in the mouth. Still, 'Hijack' is, for the most part, a pretty good listen, though not definitive Duul. 3 stars.

Review by Bonnek
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
2 stars Just like the preceding album, Hi-Jack is an art-rock oriented Amon Düül II album that is most disappointing if you look for the psychedelic and creative qualities that were explored on their early albums. As a collection of "rock songs with a hook", this still works for a couple of listens.

The band had succumbed under commercial pressure and saw their own sound and personality buried under studio effects, string arrangements, gimmicks and session musicians. Just as on the preceding and ensuing albums, this is a diluted Amon Düül II doing art-pop, folk, tango and whatever else that sounded cool to do at the time. As said, some of these songs are not without merit and I certainly enjoy I can't Wait and Lonely Woman. But the bulk of the material is too faceless and mainstream.

Not a bad album as such, but held against their first three albums it is quite poor. Might appeal a bit more to dedicated fans of 70s art-rock such as Bowie, Cale and Eno.

Latest members reviews

4 stars With it`s Beatlesque string intro on the first track I Can`t Wait Part I, it is immediately evident to those familiar with previous work from the band that this is going to be a different Amon Duul II record. If the streamlining that occurred on the band`s 1972 Carnival In Babylon album caused a s ... (read more)

Report this review (#210667) | Posted by Vibrationbaby | Tuesday, April 7, 2009 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Hijack is an album which is a bit different from the previous duul albums its not a bad thing just not so exciting maybe put this on when your on a hangover or something,it starts with i cant wait which goes into pt 2,which is a good start to the album which has lothar meid on the vocals and the ... (read more)

Report this review (#204461) | Posted by davidsporle | Friday, February 27, 2009 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Amon Duul II's Hijack is often dissed by reviewers due to its mish-mash of conflicting styles from track to track, and it's sometimes questionable vocals. It plays out like a compilation of singles from different time frames. From the Papa was a rolling stone funk of De Guadaloop to the Bowie-l ... (read more)

Report this review (#196691) | Posted by Valdez | Wednesday, December 31, 2008 | Review Permanlink

2 stars Not as bad as it's reputation among Duul fans might lead you to believe, but it's not nearly as good as any of their previous albums or the followup "Made In Germany" either. Worth picking up for krautrock completists only. ... (read more)

Report this review (#50640) | Posted by | Friday, October 7, 2005 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Amon Duül II is a group (cataloged Kraut) rather curious. The style is varied enough, but centred on one elaborated rock. It does not take itself seriously. The band is rather nice. I always like so much the magnificent voice of Renate (where are the women in music Prog???). I prefer sharply ... (read more)

Report this review (#45325) | Posted by miedj | Saturday, September 3, 2005 | Review Permanlink

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