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AMON DÜÜL II

Krautrock • Germany


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Formed in 1968 in Munich, Germany - Disbanded in 1981 - Reunited on several ocasions

AMON DÜÜL II (or AMON DÜÜL 2) was born of an artistic and political community called AMON DÜÜL (which recorded during the late sixties a long live session made around collective and free musical improvisations).

The band emerged from the underground German rock scene with a very original and eccentric album called "Phallus Dei" (1969). The musicians who participated to this delirious and psychedelic experience were (among others) Peter Leopold (ex AMON DÜÜL), the front woman and singer Renate Knaup, John Weinzierl on the guitars... with guests as Holger Trützsch who plays tribal percussions (original member of Popol Vuh). Then almost with the same musicians the band recorded the seminal "Yeti" (1970). An album in a similar vein than the previous but more accomplished (with a few structured songs and numerous pieces of epic improvisations). "Yeti" will launch AMON DÜÜL II career outside Germany. The same year the bass guitarist Dave Anderson leaves the band to join HAWKWIND.

"Tanz Der Lemminge" which follows directly "Yeti" is an impressive work with a great diversity of powerful, emotional songs with some folk accents next to long free space jamming. Recorded in 1972, "Carnival in Babylon" announces a slight new musical direction taken by the band. This album is dominated by shorter songs with the omnipresent and beautiful Renate Knaup's vocals. A more conventional work with a few memorable prog-folk ballads. The classical period of the band will end with "Wolf City" (1972) and "Viva La Trance" (1973). After the departure of Renate Knaup who joins Popol Vuh in 1974 and the release of a few albums, AMON DÜÜL II split up. In 1981, with the album "Vortex" Chris Karrer tried without success to reform the band.

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Special Note - For the album called "Utopia", which is sometimes wrongly credited to AMON DÜÜL II, see the band Utopia (Germany)

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4.01 | 454 ratings
Phallus Dei
1969
4.10 | 519 ratings
Yeti
1970
4.09 | 352 ratings
Tanz Der Lemminge [Aka: Dance Of The Lemmings]
1971
3.54 | 183 ratings
Carnival in Babylon
1972
3.98 | 295 ratings
Wolf City
1972
3.23 | 119 ratings
Vive La Trance
1974
2.73 | 97 ratings
Hijack
1974
3.45 | 96 ratings
Made in Germany
1975
2.55 | 23 ratings
Made in Germany
1975
2.41 | 54 ratings
Pyragony X
1976
2.73 | 47 ratings
Almost Alive...
1977
2.26 | 43 ratings
Only Human
1978
2.84 | 42 ratings
Vortex
1981
3.52 | 34 ratings
Nada Moonshine #
1995
2.46 | 18 ratings
Kobe - Reconstructions
1996
2.09 | 13 ratings
Eternal Flashback
1996
2.79 | 18 ratings
Bee As Such [Aka: Düülirium]
2010

AMON DÜÜL II Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.36 | 52 ratings
Live in London
1973
3.55 | 22 ratings
BBC Radio 1 Live In Concert Plus
1992
2.75 | 19 ratings
Live in Tokyo
1996

AMON DÜÜL II Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.80 | 5 ratings
Amon Düül II Play Phallus Dei
2003

AMON DÜÜL II Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.76 | 27 ratings
Lemmingmania
1975
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Classic German Rock Scene
1975
0.00 | 0 ratings
5 Years
1980
4.00 | 2 ratings
Rock In Deutschland Vol 1
1980
0.00 | 0 ratings
Best Of
1986
0.00 | 0 ratings
Anthology
1987
3.04 | 4 ratings
Milestones
1989
0.00 | 0 ratings
Castle Masters Collection
1990
1.33 | 3 ratings
Surrounded by the Bars
1993
0.00 | 0 ratings
Luzifers Gholom
1994
3.00 | 3 ratings
The Greatest Hits
1995
3.00 | 2 ratings
3 Jahrzehnte (1968-1998)
1997
3.60 | 5 ratings
The Best Of 1969-1974
1997
3.72 | 11 ratings
Flawless
1998
4.72 | 11 ratings
The UA Years: 1969-1974
1999
3.53 | 6 ratings
Manana - The Complete BBC Recordings
2000
3.96 | 4 ratings
Once Upon A Time - Best Of 1969 - 1999
2001
3.08 | 5 ratings
Anthology
2005

AMON DÜÜL II Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.50 | 2 ratings
Rattlesnakeplumcake / Between The Eyes
1970
2.80 | 5 ratings
Archangels Thunderbird / (Excerpt From) Soap Shop Rock
1970
0.00 | 0 ratings
Amon Düül II and Creedence Clearwater Revival: Archangel's Thunderbird / Run Through The Jungle
1970
3.20 | 5 ratings
Light / Lemmingmania
1971
5.00 | 1 ratings
All The Years Round / The Tables Are Turned
1972
0.00 | 0 ratings
Pigman
1974
0.00 | 0 ratings
Mirror
1974
0.00 | 0 ratings
Don't Turn Too Stone
1979

AMON DÜÜL II Reviews


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 Tanz Der Lemminge [Aka: Dance Of The Lemmings] by AMON DÜÜL II album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.09 | 352 ratings

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Tanz Der Lemminge [Aka: Dance Of The Lemmings]
Amon Düül II Krautrock

Review by prog_traveller!!

5 stars In the early 1970s, times were different. Amon Düül II released two double LPs at the beginning of the decade, "Yeti" in 1970 and in 1971 "Tanz der Lemminge". Only a few years later, especially after the oil crisis, something like this would have been an impossibility. No record company would have financed two such extensive projects for a crazy dillette troupe. In fact, the Düüls' third double album in 1975 - "Made In Germany" - was trimmed to a single LP (also because of the content that the record company found sometimes explosive).

But at the beginning of the decade there was still investment, the focus was not so much on sales figures, but on the favor of the public, individual character and willingness to experiment. You let the groups do it, made sure that the whole thing didn't get too wild, was produced reasonably well and published it (albeit often in low editions). United Artists had three of the most famous Krautrock bands under contract in 1971: Can, Embryo and Amon Düül II. The second Düül were probably the best known at the time. In 1970 Musik Express's pop poll voted the group the best band in the "Underground" category and "Yeti" in 1971 as the album of the (previous) year. The Munich-based company was also well received abroad, so that the group was able to get down to the production of their third album. The British New Musical Express would later call "Tanz der Lemminge" "the best highlight of German rock". With Shrat (who had started his own project Sameti) and Renate Knaup (who paused for some reason) two founding members of Amon Düül were not present at the recordings (Henriette Krötenschwanz Knaup does have a short vocal appearance in "Riding On A Cloud") . Bassist Lothar Meid (previously briefly with Embryo) and electronics specialist and sound engineer Karl-Heinz Hausmann joined the group for this purpose. Jimmy Jackson (at Embryo at the time) can also be heard as a guest on all kinds of keyboard instruments (he replaces Falk Rogner in the first two pieces). "Tanz der Lemminge" is therefore probably the most key-heavy album of the Düüls, which manifests itself in various passages full of distorted, shrill and howling organ sounds and something that sounds like Mellotron choirs (the cover says "Choir-Organ").

In particular, there are clear differences between the first two long numbers and the film music for Chamsin (Tracks 3-6). "Syntelman's March Of The Roaring Seventies" and "Restless Skylight-Transistor-Child" are Düül-typical strings of all kinds of rock, folk and psychedelic fragments, which result in a coherent and bizarre whole, with strange, but rather accented vocals , "The Marilyn Monro-Memorial-Church" is an impressive psychedelic-free sound improvisation that creates a continuous, hypnotic-surreal atmosphere. The rest of Chamsin's tracks, on the other hand, are shorter, no less intense, psychedelic rockers. Comparisons with Pink Floyd are certainly appropriate here, especially with "Ummagumma"

"Dance of the Lemmings" is my favorite record of Amon Düül II and I see it as the masterpiece of the group, especially "The Marilyn Monro-Memorial-Church". The album is well produced, full of bizarre and sonically impressive ideas and the occasional amateurism of the first two LPs - apart from some of the vocal interludes - can hardly be heard anymore. Amon Düül II was not and should not be so varied, strange and imaginative before. In short: This album is a must for Krautrock lovers!

 Yeti by AMON DÜÜL II album cover Studio Album, 1970
4.10 | 519 ratings

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Yeti
Amon Düül II Krautrock

Review by prog_traveller!!

4 stars Apparently the second Düül in 1970 with "Yeti" caused a moderate sensation in Germany and abroad. A year later, the album was even voted album of the year by the readers of Musik Express magazine's pop poll and the group itself was voted the best young band. Amon Düül II were one of the best known, if not the best known German rock band at the beginning of the decade. The brief soaring of Krautrock began.

To the music! Psychedelic rock can be heard on "Yeti", largely improvised in the second half of the album, which can be placed close to the early Pink Floyd, but which can also stand comparisons with various American formations of the late 60s, e.g. The Velvet Underground , The Chocolate Watch Band, Jefferson Airplane or The Thirteenth's Floor Elevators. However, the music of the Düül is a lot edgier, freer, more imaginative and versatile. Psychedelic rock songs with hit potential ("Archangels Thunderbird"), stand next to free rock excursions ("Cerberus"), strange, folky- psychedelic songs with bizarre, somewhat getting used to singing ("Soap Shop Rock" - here you can hear the wrecked Wagner singers) and long, sweeping improvisations (the last three tracks, including the almost 20-minute, impressive title track). Amon Düül II play here freshly and freely, rock casually, occasionally a little bumpy and let their joy of playing run free. Guitars, the electrically amplified violin Chris Karrers, bass and all sorts of percussion are the focus of the sounds, Falk Rogner stays in the background with his organ.

"Yeti" is next to the successor "Dance of the Lemmings" the best that the Düüls have ever put on record. Keyboard instruments play a more important role on the successor, for example there are differently weighted, more sophisticated and more complex compositions to be heard (which is why I like that album a bit better). "Yeti", on the other hand, is rawer (one could also say "more primitive"), fresher and looks even more informal. In short: "Yeti" is a really important disc in the Krautrock history and should be part of the basic equipment of a corresponding collection. It's also really fun to listen to the band's wild goings-on!

 Yeti by AMON DÜÜL II album cover Studio Album, 1970
4.10 | 519 ratings

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Yeti
Amon Düül II Krautrock

Review by Cboi Sandlin

4 stars After the pure mediocrity of their first album, this is more or less a refreshment. A lot of the music on this album sounds a lot like Hawkwind, except the vocals are far worse. There is no singing on this album, only tribal sounding chanting, which is honestly distracting from the instrumentals, which are really good. "Archangels Thunderbird" s a real banger, "The return Of Ruebezahl" has a very arabic sound, "Cerberus" sounds like old folk music, and "she came In Through The Chimney" has a nice soft sound, with the flute setting up a very docile calm mood. All in all, the vocals were pretty bad, so i cant give this 5 stars, so ill give it 4. Still, a really great album
 Phallus Dei by AMON DÜÜL II album cover Studio Album, 1969
4.01 | 454 ratings

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Phallus Dei
Amon Düül II Krautrock

Review by Cboi Sandlin

3 stars So i posted a thread on the forum asking people to recommend albums for me to listen to and review, and one of the first people recommended that i listen to the first four Amon Duul II albums. Naturally I started with this album, Amon Duul II's debut album, "Phallus Dei". I can't say that i instantly fell in love with this album, but i will say that it is a solid piece of progressive music. The one track that stood out to me was the 20 minutes title track. The track takes a while to take off, but once it does, there's no stopping it. The bass has that nice almost Lemmy- esque sound, the lead guitar almost sounds like Jimi Hendrix, and the drums lay down some seriously hypnotic rhythms. The rest of the album is filled with more slightly shorter songs that in my opinion can get very boring at times. As the music is very psychedelic, i am sure it would have sounded better if i was on drugs, but still, even completely sober, i enjoyed this album very much. It isn't for everybody, that's for sure, but if you are looking for something eccentric, this certainly for you.
 Yeti by AMON DÜÜL II album cover Studio Album, 1970
4.10 | 519 ratings

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Yeti
Amon Düül II Krautrock

Review by Crane

4 stars I first heard this when I was in high school, when I first learned about "Krautrock." Amon Duul II was maybe the most alluring of the Krautrock bands I heard about, from their mysterious, sequalised name, to their communist lifestyle, to their colourful album covers and imagery. They immediately become enshrined in my mind as one of the craziest bands I'd ever heard of.

When I got around to actually listening to them, I wasn't disappointed at all. I think at the time I first listened to 'Phallus Dei' and then 'Yeti.' Yet, this album fell short of the high expectations I'd gotten through browsing reviews in books and online music sites. 'Phallus Dei' felt like the stronger release to me then, and 'Yeti' took up in my memory as being somewhat overhyped.

Revisiting this album now, about 15 years later - I think I listened to 'Yeti' in intervening years, though it didn't really leave an impact - I'm hearing it fresh, and I think it's probably stronger than I gave it credit for. The last half of the album is admittedly bogged by aimless jamming, but I guess that's part of what makes AD II the band they are. Long on duration, rich in imagery and aesthetic, only a bit shorter on content.

The front half of the album comes running right out the gate. I won't review each individual track, but will only comment on the overall sound of the band and the album here.

The guitar is very distinctive, crunchy, playing many quick chords - I think I hear two guitars, and Wikipedia confirms there are two guitarists. The bass often plays quick, arcing lines. And the drums almost constantly play a skittering, driving beat. There is a violin in many of the songs, giving the band a slightly more rustic sound. The production helps it all gel in an appealing way. Compositionally, one of my favourite things about AD II, which they do a lot, is to sink into long, jammy sections, feeling very free and loose and organic. Then they break suddenly into more composed, melodic sections, always with those distinctive guitars leading the way. This quick contrast of sections is aurally intriguing and pleasing. And from track to track there is enough variation to keep it interesting. The final half of the album, while not bad, doesn't have the same tight transitions that were, to me, the most enjoyable aspect of the album. All in all, I'll be listening again. Very good album.

 Bee As Such [Aka: Düülirium] by AMON DÜÜL II album cover Studio Album, 2010
2.79 | 18 ratings

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Bee As Such [Aka: Düülirium]
Amon Düül II Krautrock

Review by Lewian
Prog Reviewer

3 stars I have for long toyed around with the idea of reviewing this. There are some good reviews around already that give you an impression of the ambiguity one can feel when listening to this, and ultimately I can see how one can love or hate this, but most seem to go in the middle of the rating range for its obvious qualities and drawbacks.

On the positive side, this is a very fresh, creative, and original album. Much of it is improvised. The last track is probably a fully free improvisation whereas the first three have some composition but are performed in a very free way. This is not nostalgic in the least, it has its very own character that uses some modern elements and sounds while at the same time pointing to the free and somewhat naive nature of the earliest material of the band; it is also dominated by traditional electric guitar, bass and drums, if with some electronic additions. My two favourite tracks are the second and third one. "Du kommst ins Heim" means "You go to the care home" in a way that this could be said in an authoritative manner to an elderly person who has lost their marbles. The musicians were in their early sixties at the time when this was recorded, and I hope still in good shape, still I like them taking on this topic at advanced age, with some allusion to the fact that Amon Düül II have always been crazy and wild and were at the very least in the early days misunderstood and sniffed at by mainstream culture. This (and the whole album) is a clearly a statement that they don't plan to become civilised ever, and that there have been and will be voices telling them "Du kommst ins Heim" at any time of their career and surely still (or again) at old age. The music on this one is quite structureless and mostly improvised, very well fitting the theme of the track, with some crazy word play by Renate, who comes over on this album as even more crazy and witchy than ever, and Chris, who sticks to his well known smoky anti-singing. (Stay away from the album if you need beautiful voices and melodic in-tune singing - this is all about expression of moods and mostly probably better understood as artfully spoken text than singing!)

"Standing in the Shaddow" is what most resembles a rock song on the album with a very solid rhythmic spine, and traditional Amon Düülish bass and guitar. The beginning is composed, but it later devolves into another improvisation. It comes with some fun electronic noises adding to the rhythm that work very well. The first track "On the Highway" is something of a hymn to the freedom of expression and against narrow views, with which they were apparently confronted a lot. It's the track I like least on the album, because it is let down by very static drumming (there is some pretty good and some outright annoying drumming on this album - not sure why obviously existing ability was underused here) and it is quite repetitive - actually they are repetitive all over the place, which makes sense in an improvisation and can come with its own appeal - just on this track I don't think what they are repeating is that worthwhile.

The album ends with a 26 minutes improvisation Back to the Rules/Walking in the Park, which has its highs and lows. It starts off in a very subtle manner and has some nice free experimentation. It is pretty dynamic and varied; on the negative side I think that they devote some more time and repetition to less interesting parts, and some other parts would have deserved more focus.

It is half refreshing and half annoying to hear such a supposedly naive and direct approach of seasoned and experienced musicians. There are times when I totally love this, but at some other time I think "try harder"... devoting some more time and elaboration to this album could have improved a number of parts of the album, although they would probably have thought that it could have destroyed the spontaneous character of the album.

It takes some guts to come out with an album like this, and surely they always had them. Ultimately I'm happy that we have this. 11 years after this was recorded there is no sign of maybe another album coming (they were playing live as late as 2018 though), and if this will be their last album, they will have finished their discography with something unique and fresh. Fine by me. If I devote myself properly to listening and I'm in the right mood, I love it (or let's say most of it), but the provocatively amateurish character of some of this can annoy me at times. 3.4 stars.

 Phallus Dei by AMON DÜÜL II album cover Studio Album, 1969
4.01 | 454 ratings

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Phallus Dei
Amon Düül II Krautrock

Review by Kempokid
Collaborator Prog Metal Team

5 stars While on one side of the spectrum of prog rock, you have bands like Neu! and Can, who while they do experiment with strange concepts at points, they often stick to very rigid, repetitive, almost mechanical beats in order to create a hypnotic effect. On the other side of things, you get bands like Amon Duul II, more focused on that experimentation side of things while keeping to the basic sound of krautrock. Furthermore, the fact that this is one of the earliest examples of krautrock shows a style already madly experimenting, taking and avant garde approach to writing, being absolutely insane in many respects, especially given the fact that this was released all the way back in 1969.

It definitely has qualities of such an early blueprint of what the genre was to become however, as there are some rough edges to be found within, although these rarely tend to be an issue, as they are far overshadowed by simply how crazy this album is, with madcap lyrics and vocals making appearances everywhere, ranging from drawling chanting to insane screams and wails. This works exceptionally well when paired with the absolutely incredible sound created, a truly psychedelic mix, heavier on the bass, while incorporating great deals of world music into the mix, giving it a tribal feel. Each song incredibly expansive and explorative, bringing in a plethora of different soundscapes and moods while consistently maintaining a very trippy atmosphere. One of my favourite moments of this is in the second song, Dem Guten, Schönen, Wahren, where after some dissonant chords and an offbeat feel are being projected to the listener, everything briefly falls apart and becomes much more energetic and fun as some more standard vocals enter the mix after the previous high pitched squealing has dominated the track. I also adore the upbeat nature of Lucifer's Ghilom's intro, and find it to continue the somewhat dark, yet ultimately zany and fun nature of this album as a whole, as this song in particular is infectiously upbeat and fun, while still keeping up a mysterious air. This song is definitely just a fun romp in every way, with even the slower section being quite entertaining due to the violin used contrasting the distorted vocals in a perfect way, both being very unusual in their execution, but both working so well in tandem, especially with the exceptional drumming and bassline keeping pace. The highlight of the album however is undoubtedly the 20 minute eponymous jam, which takes a much darker approach compared to everything else the album has to offer, along with a far more free flowing one. The multiple crescendos, often baced up by some impressive guitar solos. The furious energy of the drumming further intensifies this soundscape, creating a complex, immersive atmosphere, ever changing and ever brilliant, with interweaving guitar sections, dissonant violins, and downright ominous sonic imagery. The shift into more strange territory just past the halfway point makes this incredible song even better, feeling as if an entire world is being created within the vigourous tribal drumming and screams, feeling as if I've just walked in on some sort of sacred ritual, all before the intensity drops out and introduces some of the most delightful vocal work I've heard. Each line sung is equal parts charming and mad, with each word sounding heavily slurred, but executed in such a loveable way that simply screams "fun".

Overall, as one of the first krautrock albums, this is a masterwork, being extremely dense in atmosphere and not breaking it even with some extremely avant garde concepts being thrown in the mix. There is a definite roughness that this album has, similar to how Can's Monster Movie showed, except in this case it works excellently, rather than taking away from the music, it adds a certain primal edge to it that just further pushes it up into absolute greatness. This is definitely a krautrock masterpiece and definitely an album that I recommend you check out if you're either a fan of krautrock or simple strange music in general, because wow, this album is something else.

Best tracks: Lucifer's Ghilom, Phallus Dei

Weakest Tracks: None

Verdict: This album is incredibly impressive, fusing styles amazingly to create what I can only describe as an absolute masterpiece. If you're into krautrock by any stretch of the imagination, I implore that you give this a listen if you haven't already.

 Yeti by AMON DÜÜL II album cover Studio Album, 1970
4.10 | 519 ratings

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Yeti
Amon Düül II Krautrock

Review by Trevere

4 stars Born out of the ashes of an artistic and political community called Amon Duul, who undertook some free improvisation sessions in the late '60s, Amon Duul II hit the German scene in 1969 with their debut release 'Phallus Dei'. This stunning debut is often heralded as the high point of their long and varied musical career but this follow up certainly scales the dizzy heights of that seminal release and even manages to surpass it in some respects. I hesitate to use the term 'Krautrock' to describe this record as it was used as a somewhat derogatory term to describe a host of experimental bands that were spawned in Germany around that time so let's just describe this as progressive psychedelic rock.

The approach on here is similar to their debut both in its delivery and musical character but the ideas are rather more distilled. While 'Phallus Dei' relied on building atmosphere and groove in a rather sedate manner, most notably on the extended title track, Amon Duul II opted here for shorter song formats and more panache in their song-writing. Even the multi-part suite 'Soap Shop Rock' is merely a loosely connected set of distinct songs with musical bridges linking the whole. But this seemingly patchwork approach doesn't actually detract from the flow and integrity of the music. There are such a plethora of bold ideas thrown onto this album, yet with such attention to maintaining the darkly unsettling vibe, that it never fails to titillate. One moment you will be swaying along to buzzing psychedelic riffs and languid leads, then a few bars of unhinged madness will devolve into a glorious mess of shrieking atonality before a caterwaul of screeching violins carry you on a mystical Eastern tinged magic carpet ride. And that's just the first 10 minutes or so of this psychedelic masterpiece.

'Archangel Thunderbird' is possibly the coolest song title of all time and it lives up to its promise. Renate Knaup's vocals soar above the irresistible freak-beat style riffs, flappy bass lines and scraggy rhythms. The ponderous 'Eye Shaking King' introduces itself with a grinding Zeppelin-esque groove before evolving into a head-swaying morass of swirling psychedelic Daleks, jarring keyboards and bluesy guitar licks. But this album isn't only about fuzzy riffs and strident rhythms. 'Cerberus' is a meandering instrumental piece full of undulating lines, South Asian style percussion and grunting angular licks and 'Sandoz In The Rain' is a lysergic trip full of hypnotic cadences, haunting violin and lavish flute.

There is a 'loose jam' feel across the whole record, even during the more succinct pieces, but on the title track (explicitly referred to as an improvisation) Amon Duul II really let go and space out in style. The ideas are spread rather thinner over this 18 minute jam than elsewhere on the record but it is eminently suitable as a musical inspiration to chill out and spliff-up, as is the shorter improv 'Yeti Talks To Yogi'. However, it is within the tighter compositions that the true magic of 'Yeti' lies and finds Amon Duul II at the peak of their prismatic powers. This record is a truly mesmerizing experience from start to finish and, along with 'Phallus Dei', an essential listen for anyone remotely interested in psychedelic music.

 Carnival in Babylon by AMON DÜÜL II album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.54 | 183 ratings

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Carnival in Babylon
Amon Düül II Krautrock

Review by friso
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Amon Duul II is a band I love because I just can't get my head around their songwriting and way of thinking. "Carnival in Babylon" is said to be a more straight-forward song-based album, but it's still very vague when it comes to sound and format of the songs. On this album the band seems to have taken an interest in the English folk-rock of the late sixties. Songs like' All Years 'Round', 'Tables are Turned' and in a lesser way opening track 'C.I.D in Uruk' all sound like a heavily drugged up version of Fairport Convention. I love that band and I'm loving this. The short song 'Kronwinkl' is a nice little progressive rock cut, albeit a bit directionless. Which - by the way - applies to all songs on this album. Ending track 'Hawknose Harlequin' is a spacey jam band track that sound like early Pink Floyd. The last track to mention is 'Shimmering Sand' which sounds like a moody psychedelic track, but fails to impress due to poor performances of every-one involved. Listening to the album I wonder if the obscuring sound of the production enhances the music, or if perhaps a remix & remaster could result in a miraculous re-emergence of its hidden beauty. Follow-up album (and one my all-time favorites) 'Wolf City' would show some similarities in sound. Carnival in Babylon is however way more stretched-out, laid-back and folky, missing out on the fierce moments that would define their finest moments. Still, I find myself listening a lot to this album. It incites the drive to 'get it', whereas that just might be impossible. The pristine folk influences combined with the totally drug-out performances & sound are beautifully beyond comprehension. Three and a halve stars for that I guess. And I must say, I love the artwork and the inner sleeve photo of the band in a purple garden.
 Wolf City by AMON DÜÜL II album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.98 | 295 ratings

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Wolf City
Amon Düül II Krautrock

Review by friso
Prog Reviewer

5 stars Wolf City is the most expensive vinyl I ever bought. And I bought it today, after listening to it in a digital format for five times in a row last week. On this record German Krautrock act Amon Duul II sounds like a drugged up version of Jefferson Airplane with a 'Hawkwind - Warror on the Edge of Time'-sound. Throw in some Radio Gnome-era Gong. 'Wolf City' is a short but wild ride. Going from dark & ominous symphonic prog to happy hippy-folk without warning whilst discovering totally new pallets of sounds. Never quite finishing a song, the band is already into the next catchy-as-hell moment. Amon Duul II has often made a hit-and-miss impression on me (whilst writing this review I'm listening to the mixed 'Carnival in Babylon') but on this album the 'hits' are fantastic and the 'misses' add to the unpredictability - a unique feature that adds to the psychedelic feel. Furthermore the band finds times to really rock out on this record. I'm very much a fan of the original chord progressions of the opening song 'Surrounded by the Stars'. I like the hellish vocals of Renate Knaup, especially sinds she can also sing the folky second song quite beautifully - if not a bit druggy. The last track 'Sleepwalker's Timeless Bridge' stands out as a surprisingly structured and harmonic piece with folk guitars (acoustic and electric) and classic synth tones. On every song the band fails to cash out the huge potential of the material. Like children in a candy shop they jump around from shelf to shelf. As I a listener I really feel like I'm standing on the cradle of creative creation and I guess that's precisely why I'm so addicted to this record. Its also one of my favorite cover artworks ever made.
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