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Amon Düül II



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3 stars Amon Duul II - Phallus Dei (1969)

Krautrock, the beginning..

This album is hard to rate. You won't find any other psychedelic proto-gothic albums dating from '69, but the recording is horrible! The ideas of Amon Duul II are clearly super original, highly innovate and very bombastic. Maybe they just were there just to soon! The recording was done in two days, which is the main problem of the album.

Though the songs on side one (on my vinyl copy it's called side two) are recorded with a just acceptable quality, the big 21 minute epic Phallus Dei has it's plain ugly moments with out of pitch string arrangements, sound-blurs and in-distinctive passages. For this reason I got mainly into side one (the side with four tracks). Another problem this albums has is it's lack of great musicianship. Some of the parts sound quite amateurish, unlike their late sixties colleagues from England and America. This might be due to the short recording time.

Kanaan is an up-tempo proto punk, proto gothic (due to the vocal arrangements) tracks with a pinchy rhythm and with abstract vocals. Great atmosphere! Other tracks follow the sound of the first one with some new details like a ding-ding vocal solo and some high pitched vocals. On side two there are more experiments with soundscapes and classical influences.

Conclusion. An album that proves the genius vision these musicians had, but it didn't become the album to change the world because of the lack of a proper recording and some poor musicianship. I would wish they had recorded this album some years later, I would be very interesting in buying it again! The ideas and vision of this album is as special as King Crimson's début. Still no more then three stars for this one, but ooowh this so interesting if you interested in music history, Krautrock, psychedelic rock, sound-scapes and even gothic music.

friso | 3/5 |


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