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AMON DÜÜL II

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AMON DÜÜL II 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)
The band is also known by the name AMON DÜÜL 2 as mentioned on the band's website



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4.04 | 300 ratings
Phallus Dei
1969
4.04 | 319 ratings
Yeti
1970
4.06 | 228 ratings
Tanz Der Lemminge (Dance of the Lemmings)
1971
3.53 | 123 ratings
Carnival In Babylon
1972
3.92 | 200 ratings
Wolf City
1973
3.23 | 83 ratings
Vive la Trance
1974
2.62 | 68 ratings
Hijack
1974
3.49 | 66 ratings
Made in Germany
1975
2.43 | 34 ratings
Pyragony X
1976
2.16 | 30 ratings
Almost Alive...
1977
2.24 | 27 ratings
Only Human
1978
2.79 | 24 ratings
Vortex
1981
3.60 | 21 ratings
Nada Moonshine #
1995
1.94 | 7 ratings
Kobe - Reconstructions
1996
2.25 | 4 ratings
Eternal Flashback
1996
3.74 | 5 ratings
Flawless
1997
3.45 | 6 ratings
Bee As Such
2009
3.33 | 3 ratings
Düülirium
2014

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

3.29 | 30 ratings
Live in London
1973
3.20 | 11 ratings
Amon Düül 2 - Live in Concert
1992
2.57 | 11 ratings
Amon Düül II Live in Tokyo
1996

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3.74 | 19 ratings
Lemmingmania
1975
2.45 | 12 ratings
Made in Germany (1 lp)
1975
3.00 | 2 ratings
Milestones
1989
1.00 | 1 ratings
Surrounded by the Bars
1992
3.00 | 1 ratings
The Greatest Hits
1995
0.00 | 0 ratings
Drei Jahrzehnte
1997
4.00 | 2 ratings
The Best of Amon Düül II (1969-74)
1997
4.72 | 7 ratings
The UA Years: 1969-1974
1999
3.69 | 4 ratings
Manana - The Complete BBC Recordings
2000
4.00 | 2 ratings
Once Upon A Time - Best Of 1969 - 1999
2001
3.05 | 3 ratings
Anthology
2005

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

2.00 | 1 ratings
Archangels Thunderbird
1970
2.00 | 1 ratings
Light/Lemmingmania
1971

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 Yeti by AMON DÜÜL II album cover Studio Album, 1970
4.04 | 319 ratings

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Yeti
Amon Düül II Krautrock

Review by siLLy puPPy

4 stars The first two tracks on here I could live without but once they are over this album takes me deep into a musical trance where i'm pretty much mesmerized throughout the remaining run of this double album from 1970. If the debut album was like gleeful little children hopped up on sugar and caffeine daring to be as mischievous and playful as possible displaying their newfound freedom in the larger world away from their Amish paradise then this album displays the opposite effect of a band who has taken on the overstimulation of the world at large and possibly dropped healthy doses of mescaline or LSD to sort it all out.

The music like the those drugs seems like it induces synesthesia which is a neurological condition in which the stimulation of one sensory pathway leads to experiences in other cognitive pathways. The fact is that I have listened to this album many times always wondering why in the world do I like this? If you are in a resistant mood and are not allowing yourself to meld with the music it sounds repetitive and uninspiring with a total disregard for any sort of traditional songwriting structure. But then again I think that's the point and when I just surrender to the experience I find myself sucked into the hypnotic bass with some unique guitar sounds swirling around in repetitive loops with subtle variations that swallow up mammoth chunks of time.

This was my very first AMON DUUL II album so what a surprise when I discovered all their albums have a unique flavor all their own. This one holds a special place in my musical heart also being one of my first Krautrock albums as well. If this were trimmed down a bit this would be a masterpiece in my mind, but because I could never really appreciate the two opening tracks and the very last track (Sandoz In The Rain) could have been trimmed off as well i'm left with giving this a very strong 4 stars.

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 Lemmingmania by AMON DÜÜL II album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1975
3.74 | 19 ratings

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Lemmingmania
Amon Düül II Krautrock

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars For the first time since High School I actually got Christmas week off right up to New Years Day. This is significant because I now wanted a sountrack for this time but it had to be something I hadn't reviewed yet, so I picked this compilation album from my favourite Krautrock band. This was released back in 1975 and it does seem strange having an AMON DUUL II record that consists of songs all under or around 5 minutes in length. Chis Karrer one of my musical heroes once said of his band AMON DUUL II that "Improvisation was everything". Chris is a multi-instrumentalist playing mostly guitar, sax and violin and he was right, it's what most AD II fans love about this band. Still I just love their sound which is why I picked this one up despite that there are no songs from their masterpiece "Phallus Dei".

I'm not going to review this song by song because i've already done that with most of these but I will focus on the four previously(at the time) unreleased tunes. I do have two of those unreleased tracks as bonus songs on the "Yeti" edition I have, and they are "Between The Eyes" and "Rattlesnakeplumcake". The former is rather dark and heavy with some brief crazy vocals and prominant guitar while the latter has male and female vocals with some excellent violin play on it. There are two songs on here that I haven't heard before. One is "Light" which was an earlier version of "Stumbling Over Melted Moonlight" from the "Tanz Der Lemminge" album. This one has vocals on it and I quite like it even if it is fairly straight-forward. The other is the title track which is my favourite on here. It was apparently released as a single back in the day but it sounds so different from their usual sound. This is a very uplifting, heavenly sounding track that simply transports me. Kind of like some of those SENSTIONS' FIX songs. Just a great instrumental.

My edition has four bonus tracks all from the "Viva La Trance" record. There are so many excellent tracks one here that for the enjoyment level alone I have to give this 4 stars.

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 Phallus Dei by AMON DÜÜL II album cover Studio Album, 1969
4.04 | 300 ratings

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Phallus Dei
Amon Düül II Krautrock

Review by siLLy puPPy

5 stars Straight out of the commune and into the studios. AMON DUUL II's first offering is a very creative heavy-psych of the late 60s. I definitely hear PINK FLOYD influences from the Syd Barrett years as well as some JEFFERSON AIRPLANE. But this is a highly original melding of their psychedelia with many different ethnic sounds as well as a creepy slightly out of tune violin and some highly freaky and unconventional vocals as well!

I have to say that this caught my off guard since my only reference to this band upon hearing this was their second album YETI. I actually like this one a lot better and this has to go down in my book as one of the wackiest and most fun albums of the whole 60s psychedelic scene. Unlike many, I actually really like the spooky ghost haunting sounds of the title track. Once again it reminds me of the title track on SAUCER FULL OF SECRETS. Really cool avant-garde psych freakout complete with that signature bass sound. 4.5 rounded up

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 Made in Germany (1 lp)  by AMON DÜÜL II album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1975
2.45 | 12 ratings

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Made in Germany (1 lp)
Amon Düül II Krautrock

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

2 stars Here we have a streamlined version of Amon Duul 2's ambitious double album `Made In Germany', reducing the track listing from 20 to 12 numbers and mostly focusing on the more accessible and/or song-based tracks. The intent was to break the band into the English-speaking market, and although Seventies music listeners were known to be more adventurous, I really don't understand the logic here. Despite these tracks being more straightforward, there's nothing here that would attract the ears of new listeners or fans of Top 40 chart music of the time. The poppier tracks are a little too `strange', or they're not even catchy enough to suggest something that would have bothered the charts. It's certainly not a bad album, although it's a world away from the defining sonically experimental earlier work of the band. Heck, even the double LP with the added instrumental passages doesn't achieve much better results.

`Dreams' makes for a snappy attention-getting opener that appeared much later on the 2 LP version near the tail end. It's a fiery waltz with a stirring violin solo in the middle, and I really dig the lines `I've been wearing fancy beads, and trying to plant the seeds, but I didn't see the light `til I saw you. Dreams are our connection!' The dueling male/female vocals of the energetic `Ludwig' initially start off like Jefferson Airplane, before an overly peppy and comical chorus almost brings the thing undone. The drum attack assault over grand orchestral strings and acoustic guitar provide a bit more interest for adventurous prog listeners. `The King's Chocolate Waltz' is better, a slow- tempo unwinding electronic pulse over acid-fried folk guitar and somber organ that certainly sounds closer to their earlier albums, and probably could have easily found a home on `Wolf City'. `Blue Grotto' is a laid-back dreamy chill out with gentle shuffling percussion, thick punchy bass and shimmering guitar over a sexy cooing vocal from Renate. The incorrectly listed `5.5.55' (a trimmed version of `Gala Gnome') is a strutting 70's rocker with some wailing electric guitar-work but also an obtrusive horn section. `Emigrant Song' is a country rocker that jumps around in tempo with some nice electric piano.

The first melodic part of `La Krautoma' is cool, although I'm sure much of the melody is ripped straight from that `Darling, save the last dance for me' song, so thankfully the second half tears into some menacing brooding jamming like the good Duul days of old, all scuzzy electronics, dirty electric guitar noise and whirlwind drum soloing. `Metropolis' is a cheery mid tempo catchy pop/rocker from Renate, nicely played but nothing more, and the female chorus vocals are pretty dated. The incorrectly listed `Gala Gnome' (actually `Three Eyed Overdrive' on the double LP version) is a brief murky electronic experiment, while `Loosey Girls' is a grand orchestrated ballad sung by Robby that successfully balances wistful reflection and sadly dark drama well, topped off with a moving trumpet/sax/brass solo in the middle. `Top Of The Mud' is a raucous hip-swiveling boogie with darting flute and swirling Moog, but fortunately the best is saved until last on this version. `Mr Krauts Jinx' has a nice dreamy atmosphere and a wistful weary vocal from Robby, while the band works through everything from uneasy acoustic passages, glistening electric piano ambience, tense orchestration and frantic drumming, with a dark breakneck rock-out jam in the finale, totally unhinged and probably the closest we get to a proper glimpse of that classic Duul sound.

Giving it a few repeated fresh spins leaves me of two minds, just as the full double version does in a different way. The material here works perfectly fine as a single album, actually quite cohesive with just enough extended instrumental moments to keep the more commercial and straight-forward pieces from dominating completely. Besides, the extra instrumental pieces on the double LP version didn't really offer too much excitement. The playing is still superb here, although it's a little sad to hear the band reigned in so much around accessible melodies to stop them showing their real worth. It's kind of hard to recommend, and new fans should of course check out their earlier epic works such as `Tanz der Lemminge', `Yeti' or `Wolf City' well before this, and even `Vive La Trance' did the accessible pop/rock thing in a more interesting and bent fashion than anything on here. So, not exactly scraping the bottom of the barrel, and certainly not a case of the band simply repeating themselves, just that it sees them head in a direction progressive/Krautrock fans won't find a lot of interest in, despite being very well written and performed.

The double LP version gets the 3 stars, so this can only realistically deserve 2 and a half.

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 Made in Germany  by AMON DÜÜL II album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.49 | 66 ratings

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Made in Germany
Amon Düül II Krautrock

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

3 stars I had such high hopes for this immense double work from German Krautrocker's Amon Duul 2. Some progressive related double albums have been the most ambitious, exciting and challenging releases for various bands, urging the listener to keep playing them over and over to reveal their hard-won quality. But sadly this is certainly not the Amon Duul equivalent of `Tales From Topographic Oceans', `The Lamb...' or even `Ummagumma', those being complex works that require endless plays to reveal their quality. Admittedly, `Made In Germany' presents the band at their most incredibly focused, polished and melodic, but that is also just it's problem! Gone are most of the rough edges, psychedelic haze and traces of danger that made the band such legends of the Krautrock genre. The music offered here, not only by the seven main band members but six additional guests, is high quality all the same, so carefully composed and put together, which is very admirable, but also a little depressing.

Broken up between more streamlined accessible tracks (the concept of that alone is kind of worrying for an Amon Duul 2 album, especially considering that fragmented and ragged approach was always one of the band's charms) and instrumental interludes that cover a number of styles, the 20 track album can not be faulted for pure ambition. There is no denying the band has worked incredibly hard on writing compact, catchy and accessible pop/rock numbers that still squeeze in their recognizable instrumental talents in little bursts, switching from country rockers, cabaret, folk and acoustic strummers. But when they rarely even offer the lysergic and psychedelic colour over the top, which even a lesser album of stream-lined numbers by them such as `Vive La Trance' still had, it becomes quite disappointing. Sadly the instrumental passages are not particularly exciting either, more resembling a bunch of fragments or discarded passages that never really achieve much or are particularly well developed. Sure, they're almost all fine to listen to at the time, but they won't have you racing back to hear them again any time soon.

Lets start with the vocal pieces. `Wilhelm Wilhelm' is a short grooving funky rocker that's all dirty bluesy guitar wailing and catchy male/female melodies not unlike the Jefferson Airplane. `Metropolis' is a cheery mid-tempo catchy pop/rocker from Renate, nicely played but nothing more, and the female chorus vocals are kind of dated. The dueling male/female vocals of the energetic `Ludwig' initially again starts off like the Airplane, before an overly peppy and comical chorus almost brings the thing undone. The drum attack assault over grand orchestral strings and acoustic guitar provides a bit more interest for adventurous prog listeners. `Blue Grotto' is a laid-back dreamy chill out with gentle shuffling percussion, thick punchy bass and shimmering guitar over a sexy purring vocal from Renate. The first LP ends with a goodie - `Mr Krauts Jinx' has a nice dreamy atmosphere and a romantically weary vocal from Robby, while the band works through everything from uneasy acoustic passages, glistening electric piano ambience, tense orchestration and frantic drumming, with a dark breakneck rock-out jam in the finale, totally unhinged and probably the closest we get to a proper glimpse of that classic Duul sound here.

`Wide Angle' is a very upbeat and classy pop number sung by Renate, and I have no idea why it's not on the single disc version that focused on the more accessible tracks! It has a sweet wistful lyric and foot-tapping melody wrapped around nice jaunty guitar soloing, and I really dig the `I give my life to the sunrise' flowery line! `Emigrant Song' is a country rocker that jumps around in tempo with some nice electric piano. `Loosey Girls' is a grand orchestrated ballad sung by Robby that successfully balances wistful reflection and sadly dark drama well, topped off with a moving trumpet/sax/brass solo in the middle. Probably one of the real highlights of the album. `Top Of The Mud' is a raucous hip-swiveling boogie with darting flute and swirling Moog. `Dreams' is a fiery waltz with a stirring violin solo in the middle, I love the lines `I've been wearing fancy beads, and trying to plant the seeds, but I didn't see the light 'til I saw you. Dreams are our connection!'. `Gala Gnome' is a strutting 70's rocker with some wailing electric guitar-work but also an obtrusive horn section, `5.5.55' is merely an offensive and silly mock interview.

This full 20 track version also contains 8 instrumental pieces. The opening orchestral `Overture' starts the album is a suitably grand manner, but Lord does it feel like it just goes on forever, it's 5 minutes feeling closer to 15! Certainly the free-wheeling `Wir Wollen' gets your hopes up, with it's rollicking guitar, brass bluster and howling cries. `SM II Peng' is a fairly directionless and repetitive heavy guitar strum over eerie electronic synths, nice but could have been developed into something even better, same for `Elevators Meet Whispering's cold electronic pulsing over wavering Theremin. `The King's Chocolate Waltz' is a slow-tempo unwinding electronic hum over acid-fried folk guitar and somber organ that certainly sounds closer to their earlier albums, and probably could have easily found a home on `Wolf City'.

`Three Eyed Overdrive' is a brief murky electronic experiment. The first melodic half of `La Krautoma' is cool, although I'm sure much of the melody is ripped straight from that `Darling, save the last dance for me' song, so thankfully the second half tears into some menacing brooding jamming like the good Duul days of old, all scuzzy electronics, dirty electric guitar noise and whirlwind drum soloing. Sadly it feels like a case of `too little, too late', and the fadeout mid-jam is totally unforgivable. The album wraps on a directionless yet hypnotic fragment of electronic experimentation `Excessive Spray'.

`Made In Germany' was also released in an edited 12 track/single LP version, apparently with the hopes of catching the wider interest of English speaking listeners and commercial audiences. Nothing came from that plan, although the single disc remained a cohesive work for what it was. But progressive rock/Krautrock fans will prefer this more varied and extended double work, even though it still sees the band a long way from their heady early days. Where has that feral danger, the sinister debauched sexiness and unpredictable unease gone? The playing is still superb, although it's a little sad to hear the band reigned in so much around accessible melodies to stop them showing their real worth. So, not exactly scraping the bottom of the barrel, and certainly not a case of the band simply repeating themselves, just that it sees them head in a direction prog/Krautrock fans won't find a lot of interest in.

Three stars all the same.

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 Yeti by AMON DÜÜL II album cover Studio Album, 1970
4.04 | 319 ratings

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Yeti
Amon Düül II Krautrock

Review by Guldbamsen
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5 stars Satori

The now legendary conductor Herbert von Karajan once spoke about the parallels between a great big symphony orchestra in harmony and the elegance of a flock of birds swooping round the sky screen. Completely oblivious to the fact, Karajan successfully describes one of the key albums of the Krautrock movement - a record notorious for being indescripable.

When Yeti takes off to wherever - far away - completely over yonder, and then some, this be-winged flock of musicians use the power of improvisation. Now I know what you're thinking, but this is so far from your everyday psych jam, it's insane. Yeti is truly in a class of its own. While Karajan's symphony orchestra had him at the helm - holding onto those invisible strings tying all of the involved penguin suited players together to make a grand musical whole, you get the feel with Amon Düül ll that nobody's behind the steering wheel, or maybe all are at the same time?

It's satori, A musical meeting, where everything seems preconceived even if it's happening on a dime.....short moments of musical bliss that defy descriptions such as elaborate improvs and successful jamming. Satori seems about right to me.

Listening to this music is exactly like looking at flocks of birds - at least during the loosy goosy sections that are scattered throughout the playing time of Yeti. Hell even the more together tracks on here, like Archangels Thunderbird and Eye Shaking King, are full of experimentations and laissez faire instrumentation whilst still holding on to things like verses and bridges. These two tracks are additionally extremely heavy. The guitar riffs coming out of John Weinzierl sound like a psychedelic power saw running amok. He throws these things haphazardly around in the music, which in turn grows wonderfully immense like a buzzing swarm of locusts. I've said this time and again, you can use this album as paint-peeler. It will literally have your room unwrapping itself like organic Andy Warholy banana wall paper. The heaviness is actually all around - even on the breathtaking second LP, where the improvisations really come to the fore with Yeti, Yeti Talks To Yogi and Sandoz In The Rain.

Another marvellous attribute to this saucy thing is the rhythm section. The rampaging Peter Leopold on drums, who pulls brilliant and magical things out his sleeve, that you just can't copy. Impossible! He was never the most technical drummer, but I'll challenge any modern prog rock Neil Peart aficionado to replicate the grooves he manage to cook up on this thing. Opposite Leopold we are treated to the bobbing bass lines of Dave Anderson, who quite easily could be mistaken for a more fuzzy and labyrinthian version of Richard Sinclair. Anyway these guys work together like bees and honey - asphalt and tar.

Finishing up the broad and delirious tapestry of Amon Düül ll we find the thick underlying organs, the heiiyya heyyiaa Indian wails of Renate, and the equally baffling male vocal work that sounds like a large cat on anabolic steroids. Slapped onto parts of Yeti, these vocal stints feel like a giant Indian ghost jumping on top the music, like was it an actual tangible sonic sprinting mustang.

I love the way the album starts too. Opening up with Soap Shop Rock, the path is quickly paved with everything under the sun, and preferably a violin to boot. Chris Karrer does a magnificent job acting as janitor during most of Yeti - either picking up said violin or joining in with the guitar fun during the long wobbly stints of the improvisations. I kinda prefer him on the violin though, and Soap Shop Rock is surely testimony to that. Truth be told, I don't think I've ever heard the instrument being played like Career does. Slicing, jaggedy, droning, screeching - sounding remarkably close to the kind of folk music you'll find on the rings of Saturn.

I find this album mesmerising. It takes my breath away. Quite literally. It pumps out of the speakers like a deranged explosive expressionism - transforming back and forth through wild psychedelic sections and alluring sprinkling acoustic bits. Yet that doesn't quite relegate how Yeti sounds......and feels. Back then in Germany, there was a generation of musicians who tried to free themselves of the surrounding musical world - especially the western one, and then start from scratch - invent their own language. Carte blanche and all that.

Nothing exists in a vacuum though. As much as I'd like to say that Krautrock, and Yeti in particular, sprang out the foreheads of the musicians like some ancient Greek mythological birth, I can't deny the obvious links this music has to what happened in the US and Britain during the second part of the 60s. The heavy psychedelic tendencies along with a fondness for Indian and other such Eastern touches run straight through Amon Düül ll's DNA code. Yet what they did was to create their own take on it - move it around, stretch around - cram that baby right through the shoe! I'm inclined to say that Yeti does the 60s better than the 60s ever did. It's just far more out-there, weird and intense. I could spend days on end listening to this album while looking up at the skies - hoping for an ascending army of feathers.

This is a classic. It genuinely is. It sets the bar high. This is how far you can take music - how untethered it can get, whilst still being unbelievably tight and together and beautiful and soaring.................................................. If you haven't heard it yet, then make haste and run to the shops! Godspeed. The guy in the dress awaits holding a sickle... 732 stars

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 Wolf City by AMON DÜÜL II album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.92 | 200 ratings

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Wolf City
Amon Düül II Krautrock

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Wolf City finds Amon Duul II continuing their attempt to leaven their far-out hyper-psychedelic Krautrock sound with more accessible song structures and compositions. Some may argue that this is exactly what their sound needed, but to me the Amon Duul II magic lay in precisely how far out they took their psychedelic voyages. As far as a smooth, easy introduction to Amon Duul II goes, Wolf City really only introduces the listener to the sound they were adopting precisely to attract new listeners - it doesn't really prepare them for the glorious of albums like Phallus Dei or Tanz Der Lemminge. Just hold your nose and dive in at the deep end, you're a grown-up now.

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 Bee As Such by AMON DÜÜL II album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.45 | 6 ratings

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Bee As Such
Amon Düül II Krautrock

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator Psych/Space Team & Band Submissions

3 stars Don't know how it comes that they announce this album to be the first one since 28 years? Since 'Vortex' yes, but 'Nada Moonshine' from 1995 seems to be a valuable band album too methinks. Okay, never mind, probably they disregard it for personal reasons. Recorded in April 2009 at the Dreamscape Studios in Munich this one consists of four recordings, where the first three seem to be excerpts from way more extended sessions apparently. Originally it was planned to release this stuff on vinyl and CD too, but 'til today even the official cover art is missing, notified to be Falk Rogner's task on their official website.

One can argue if this is typical kraut rock as such, and their current style is not very close to what they've created in the 1970's. Though it's surely original and experimental, provided with some glowing avantgarde appeal. This predominantly due to the weird, unusual multilingual vocals and recitatives performed by Chris Karrer and Renate Knaup-Krötenschwanz. While the instrumental skills are still proper, this truely is amounting to the sensation here. The opening garagey Mambo La Libertad cannot catch me really, the following German menace Du Kommst Ins Heim shows Karrer playing his violin in a clean manner, a very ambitious song I must say, and you are faced with some improvised vocal acrobatics which are simply ... provoking? ... amazing?

For me it's the Psychedelic Suite which attracts attention basically, improvisation is the name of the game - and this comes closer to what I associate with Amon Düül 2. I mean the initial crawling behaviour decorated with violin and wonderful psychedelic guitars which are nicely swirling around. Renate alternates between German and English language, very expressive, I can smell the spirit. Somewhere in between this even sounds like they are losing control completely. What a blame though, aren't they experienced musicians? So what, all happens with intent, you know.

Currently only available per download from their website 'Bee As Such' is a very special attempt, not for everyone's taste - as for that they simply remain true to their principles. It only remains for me to add that the production is professionally recorded, technically flawless. And yes ... they still can stand on the stage! If you are looking for something really off the beaten path, check this out - 3.5 stars.

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 Tanz Der Lemminge (Dance of the Lemmings) by AMON DÜÜL II album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.06 | 228 ratings

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Tanz Der Lemminge (Dance of the Lemmings)
Amon Düül II Krautrock

Review by Matti
Collaborator Neo-Prog Team

3 stars The international breakthrough of an important Krautrock band, not surprisingly given many full ratings here. For me it wasn't very great listening experience. Maybe the debut Phallus Dei (1969) had more crazy charm, and I'm missing Renate Knaup's vocal contributions. This is band's third album, preceded by Yeti (1970), another double vinyl of single CD length like this one. Three vinyl-side long epics plus three shorter tracks. Psychedelic, yes. Mindblowing? Naah. The second epic is rather fragmented, with hilarious subtitles such as 'Dehynotized Toothpaste' and 'A Short Stop at the Transylvanian Brain Surgery'. The over-the-top lunacy could be more strongly present in the music too. Sparse vocal parts are mostly in English - if it matters anything, as they don't make much sense anyway. Why the album title is in German while track titles are in English?

'The Marilyn Monroe-Memorial-Church' is a strange title and somehow quite unfitting to the most Kosmiche track, unless it tries to have the devout tone of the atonal piece, more or less in the mode of early Tangerine Dream (though less exciting in sounds). The shorter tracks are more guitar-oriented and don't add anything crucial. Good guitar playing on 'Toxicological Whispering'. All in all, this is most likely an album that gets better with each listening but at first may be a slight disappointment against the classic status. But I'm not sure if I'm willing to see the trouble to possibly enjoy it more. Until that, three stars is enough.

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 Wolf City by AMON DÜÜL II album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.92 | 200 ratings

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Wolf City
Amon Düül II Krautrock

Review by Sinusoid
Prog Reviewer

5 stars Compact Krautrock

Complete novices to the genre that seem too scared to try any of the more avant works that Krautrock offers might want to go to WOLF CITY. Most of the (relatively) short album dabbles more with old-fashioned art-rock than what Krautrock is known for. Swiss band Brainticket explored similar creative outlets in PSYCHONAUT, but that album suffers immensely from low quality material and half-hearted performances. WOLF CITY sounds like seasoned veterans with their hearts into the music.

Renate Knaup's voice is a subject of debate; me personally, hearing Brainticket's female singer makes me instantly run to this band. I would call her voice more than competent, and the two tracks (the first two) where her voice is slotted in a main role, she really adds a good tone to the song. There are other vocalists present, but they're not to offensive although ''Deutsch Nepal'' can get a little goony. The track itself sounds like a march to nowhere; even with the heavy mellotron, it's the weakest track.

Amazingly, Amon Duul II can create song-bites with a multitude of ideas and yet make each song flow smoothly. It's all about proper timing and making each idea worthwhile; Amon Duul II has this where others don't. And to top it off, the themes running around are quite catchy. Try not to get into the groove of ''Green Bubble Raincoated Man'' or ''Jail House Frog''. The former of the tracks is the highlight of the album; it builds to a spectacular climax.

The short jam title track also really deserves a strong mention for grabbing that pantheon of pure adrenaline surging hard rock. ''Sleepwalker's Timeless Bridge'' doesn't hit the same adrenaline, but it revolves around great ideas (with auxiliary percussion for flavour). It's really pleasant art-rock Krautrock the rest of the way with ''Wie der Wind?'' being entirely based on a bassline planted in the middle of ''Green Bubble Raincoated Man'' (but in a slightly different context) and ''Surrounded by the Stars'' having a Bowie feel.

If you feel too timid to get into WOLF CITY, don't. It's got a safety net for regular proggers and newcomers as to not blindingly offend them. The Krautrock fans might worry about a softening of the sound, but the tracks are of top-notch quality.

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