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2.42 | 59 ratings | 6 reviews | 5% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1976

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Flower Of The Orient (6:00)
2. Merlin (4:24)
3. Crystal Hexagram (5:38)
4. Lost In Space (4:12)
5. Sally The Seducer (3:03)
6. Telly Vision (4:07)
7. The Only Thing (7:30)
8. Capuccino (3:08)

Total time 38:02

Line-up / Musicians

- Chris Karrer / acoustic & electric guitars, violin, vocals
- John Weinzierl / acoustic & electric guitars, vocals
- Stefan Zauner / keyboards, acoustic & electric guitars, soprano sax, vocals
- Klaus Ebert / bass, acoustic & electric guitars, vocals
- Peter Leopold / drums

Releases information

Artwork: Olof Feindt with Stefan Zauner

LP Nova ‎- 6.22890 AS (1976, Germany)

CD Castle Legends ‎- CLC 5020 (1991, Germany)
CD Revisited Rec. ‎- REV 093 (2008, Germany)

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AMON DÜÜL II Pyragony X ratings distribution

(59 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(5%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(10%)
Good, but non-essential (41%)
Collectors/fans only (31%)
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AMON DÜÜL II Pyragony X reviews

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Review by Proghead
2 stars I wanted to see how AMON DÜÜL II sounded later on, so I picked this album. To me, I think the band really lost it by this point. Here the band is trying for more conventional symphonic prog. I don't have any problem with that. This is 1976, after all, you don't get albums like ASH RA TEMPEL's "Seven Up", CAN's "Tago Mago", or AMON DÜÜL's "Tanz der Lemminge", for that matter, being released in 1976. Bands that survived this long turned either to electronic music (TANGERINE DREAM, for that matter ASH RA TEMPEL as they became ASHRA) or symphonic prog (ELOY, BIRTH CONTROL).

Unfortunately on "Pyrogany X", AMON DÜÜL II sounds totally clueless playing conventional symphonic prog. Most of the compositions are non-memorable, in fact a title like "Sally the Seducer" is more memorable for its title than the music. Then you have "Telly Vision", with lyrics referring to Ronald McDonald. For me, it's much better to stick with their early albums, like "Phallas Dei", "Yeti", "Tanz der Lemminge", perhaps "Carnival in Babylon" and "Wolf City" than this later offering.

Review by Progbear
2 stars Again losing their way, with only Weinzierl, Karrer and Leopold offering links to the classic band. The group is filled out by Klaus Ebert (formerly of psych-pop act the Petards) and Stefan Zauner (later leader of teenypop act Münchener Freiheit). It's bad enough that Ebert and Zauner, who should have been relegated to sidemen, contributed material to the album, but their tedious and inane pop music actually dominated the songwriting.

High points include the group composition "Flower Of The Orient", with its lovely Near East textures, and Weinzierl's instrumental "Crystal Hexagram". Karrer's lone contribution, the lengthy "The Only Thing", sounds more like Southern rock than Krautrock, but it's a lot more vital than Ebert and Zauner's dopey bubblegum.

Review by Tom Ozric
3 stars Amon Duul II's 'Tenth' album. This one is not to be compared to ANY of their albums prior to this. When I listen to this LP, I actually enjoy it quite a bit. The band is down to a 5 piece here - only original members being guitar/sax/violin player Chris Karrer, guitarist John Weinzierl and Drummer Pete Leopold, with new members Stefan Zauner (Keyboards/vocals) and Klaus Ebert (Bass/vocals) providing a more stream-lined approach to composition and the tendency to head towards commercial territory. The opening tune, 'Flower Of The Orient' holds promise, really a pot-pouri of great sounds, lively colours and Eastern flavours, but by the time it actually 'takes off ', it fades with some wonderful violin lines. 'Merlin' rocks with little magic actually, but contains some Mellotron choirs (which is a positive), 'Crystal Hexagram' (nice title !) is a melodic instrumental with an excellent keyboard intro and a laid-back rhythm - not spectacular, but interesting. 'Lost In Space' starts out 'poppy', but ends quite spacey, with a very competent mini-moog solo.

'Sally The Seducer' and 'Telly Vision' are both short songs, incorporating great keys, amusing (some may say 'silly', but I like 'em) lyrics and odd time sigs. Karrer's 7 and a half minute 'The Only Thing' is a guitar-oriented track which chuggs along nicely, but not much in the way of technical instrumental display, and 'Capuccino' is a shorter pop-song. This direction the band has chosen, a mainstream prog sound with an inclination toward 'Pop', may not be to everyone's taste, but the album holds together fairly well, something of an 'excellent addition to your collection if you're a fan/collector'. 3.5 stars.

Review by FragileKings
2 stars A year or two ago, I came across Rolling Stone's list of the top 50 prog albums of all time and found at number 41 "Yeti" by Amon Düül II. I marked it down as an album to check out. When I finally did check out it on YouTube, I wasn't convinced. The singing was too discordant with people singing out of tune or not in tune with one another. However, I was still determined to find something decent from this krautrock band. After skipping through different albums and tracks, I thought that there were a couple on "Pyragony 10th" that might be okay and I ordered the album. Only after was I to learn the truth about the band.

Before reaching their tenth album, Amon Düül II had undergone multiple line-up changes and were searching for a new direction for their music. By "Pyragony 10th", few original members remained and the band were really uncertain of how to craft their new sound. The music here sounds very much like a band lacking confidence in recording what they must have felt strongly about when they wrote. The songs have been given attention and care in their construction but the final result is lackluster. One vocalist sounds like a punk singer who has been asked to attempt subtlety while singing along to softer semi-mainstream songs. When "Telly Vision" comes on, I feel like it's a cross between a psychedelic Beatles rip-off and The Toy Dolls.

The album does bravely attempt to tackle a variety of styles with the Oriental "Flower of the Orient", the early Nazareth ("Exercises" era) rock and roll of "Merlin", and the softer synthesizer-guided instrumental track "Crystal Hexagon". The only song that features a part that sounds prog is "The Only Thing" and that happens shortly before the three-minute mark.

The weak production of this album doesn't help. The acoustic guitar strumming has all the life sucked out of it, and when the music actually does bring a punch, the production softens the blow like a wall of tissue paper. But not just the production, as I stated above this seems to be an over-cautious band without confidence. The CD booklet includes this quote from Ingeborg Schober's book "Tanz der Lemminge":

"The mythical and charismatic Amon Düül II known from the sixties didn't exist anymore. Until today the band searched somewhat desperately and chaotically for a new musical identity which made them try the most different styles."

Band member Chris Karrer adds, "It had been the time when the band's music became more and more song-like and the once underground group descended to the songwriter's league." The CD booklet author also points out only half the songs as having any semblance to the old Amon Duul II with the other half being like creations of any mainstream band.

Were it not for the promise of "Yeti" being a much better representation of the band and a classic prog album to boot, I would have stopped my Amon Düül II experience here with this first purchase. But I am curious and I will see what the "Yeti" is keeping that is so special.

Latest members reviews

3 stars Amon Duul II's worst album is still a good album. Although ADII evolved quite a bit throughout their lifespan, I would not say that they ever progressed. They simply changed from psychadelic krautrock to accessible pop/rock with experimental and psychadelic tendencies...and the evolution is evid ... (read more)

Report this review (#210471) | Posted by Sgt. Smiles | Sunday, April 5, 2009 | Review Permanlink

2 stars Pyragony x[or 10] only with original members chris karrer,john weinzierl,peter leopold,and 2 new people called klaus ebert,stefan zauner,it starts with a brilliant song called flower of the orient which sounds a bit eastern sounding the acoustic guitars sound great and chris karrer sou ... (read more)

Report this review (#204566) | Posted by davidsporle | Friday, February 27, 2009 | Review Permanlink

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