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Amon Düül II



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4 stars 1969 was ground zero for the German progressive scene, with Amon Duul II, Tangerine Dream and Can all releasing their debut albums. Phallus Dei is a hard psych-prog classic that incorporates the violin attack of Chris Karrer and Shrat into the standard psych freakout instrumentation, with excellent results. In terms of their influences, Amon Duul II show a certain appreciation for Pink Floyd's releases at the time, taking the sort of extended instrumental structures seen on A Saucerful of Secrets and injecting them with the improvisational energy and high-volume high-speed playing seen on The Piper At the Gates of Dawn, though the incorporation of violins and demented vocals into the picture, as well as the generally faster pace makes the Amon Duul II sound substantially different from their influences. An impressive debut, though the song structures could do with a bit of work to prevent them from seeming repetitive or lazily strung together; later Duul albums would show a greater degree of structure and composition, and would be improved by that.
Warthur | 4/5 |


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