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Amon Düül II



4.01 | 463 ratings

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4 stars Konnoisseur Kraut

Listened to this for the first time today, so have had no time to get a real "feel" for the album - but my first impressions are that here we have a prog album for the connoisseur.

If Jilly Goulden was reviewing this album, she'd probably say "I'm getting Hawkwind, Floyd, Jefferson Airplane and Focus - I'm getting Sandalwood, Patchouli... holy $^&* I'm getting freaked out!"

Wonderfully improvisational feel, with immediate appeal to lovers of the aforementioned bands, simply because Amon Duul II take their influences without directly plagiarising - and how could they? In 1969, Hawkwind were not the same band that recorded "Space Ritual", Floyd still had Barrett (just about!), Focus had yet to record "Moving Waves", and Jefferson Airplane were one of the most influential psychedelic bands ever.

So, first impressions - Superb psychedelia, but don't expect Genesis or Spock's Beard! Would appeal immediately to fans of post-Barrett Floyd, Lemmy era Hawkwind and Focus, principally because they show flavours of these bands. It's important to note that they are not simply derivative or plagiaristic (except, perhaps, of Airplane/Dead to some extent), and as such you should get a (very nice) surprise!

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