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MADE IN GERMANY

Amon Düül II

 

Krautrock

3.45 | 102 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars The year is 1975 and AMON DUUL II release "Made In Germany" a sprawling double concept album about German history. Not really. Come on this is AMON DUUL II ! The concept is about some of the most well known figures in German history: King Ludwig, Wilhelm the Emperor, Adolf Hitler and Bismarck. They all have been captured by the Krautopians from the planet Krautopia, with the sole purpose of sending them back to earth as a Krautrock band (of course) to destroy the planet. The band take Europe by storm and then the U.S.A., heck they even have a date to play for the preseident. There is an interview with drummer Adolf Hitler featured on one song that is hilarious. Anyway as they get set to play at the White House, Hitler mistakenly ? pushes the wrong button in the White House control room and the whole Earth blows to smitherines. Yeah this is a bizarre story but...this is AMON DUUL II.

The music itself is very much hit and miss as you might expect with the 20 tracks they have composed. The first track "Overture" is pure Classical music and I dislike it immensly. Sorry Classical music fans but that's one genre that does nothing for me but make me cringe. "Wir Wollen" is great with that driving rhythm. "Wilhelm, Wilhelm" has some excellent guitar in it while the vocal style is very 60's sounding. "SM II Peng" is a cool instrumental. Another highlight is "Metropolis" which again has that 60's flavour. Renate shines on vocals. One of my favs. "Mr.Kraut's Jinx" builds with the sound of wind in the background. Vocals (male) a minute in are spoken. Violin 3 minutes in and later at 5 minutes.The guitar come in with aggression 7 minutes in as the tempo picks up. Great sound 8 minutes in.

Side two of the original LP starts with "Wide-Angle" which features Renate again singing beautifully. Hard not to like this one. "Loosey Girls" is good with the male vocals and prominant guitar. Nice bass then dual horns. The guitar stands out after 4 minutes. "Top Of The Mud" is fantastic with it's dark sound and male vocals.The guitar lights it up after 2 minutes. "5.5.55" is that radio interview with the drummer Adolf Hitler. It's so funny. "La Krautoma" has a good beat as the guitar comes in. Great sound on this one. They really let loose after 3 minutes.

The same old story really, if they had condensed this double album to one record it would be 4 stars. Lots to like here though, especially Renate.

Mellotron Storm | 3/5 |

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