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The fifth Amon Düül II studio album, Wolf City, saw the light of day in September of 1972. While its predecessor, Carnival In Babylon, had, according to Karrer, still been produced “with revolvers drawn”, the recordings of Wolf City went off comparably peacefully. The same applied to the musical direction of the album, which sounded more song-oriented, not as multi-layered and more geared to Renate Knaup’s unusual vocal style. Even the sweeping improvisations of earlier days were a thing of the past, with only the seven-minute opener Surrounded By The Stars coming close to the playing time of their previous cuts. Atmospheric numbers such as Wie Der Wind Am Ende Einer Straße or the brief, avant-garde Deutsch Nepal were definite highlights of Amon Düül II’s creative oeuvre.
Amon Düül II, the second formation of this now legendary band, are one of the earliest and best known of the German experimental (Krautrock) bands. For the complete re-issue series of the Amon Düül II catalogue, the CDs will be released as remastered deluxe editions, with enhanced booklets, featuring new liner notes and photos.
Top Customer Reviews
The album starts of kind of traditional pop meets European pop meets progressive. Kind of. By the time side two starts (oops, I mean Track 4) you realize there is something more here. The synths start to get much louder in the mix, the arrangements get more free, and the mind starts to wander. And wonder .
Amon Duul II put out lots of records. Start with the early ones such as "Phallus Dei". You might not like these early albums too much. You might think there is too much hippy Krautrock improvisation. But you'll learn their musical vocabulary. Then you'll be hooked. And you'll hear things in their music that not many other inexperienced listeners will hear. And you'll realize that Amon Duul II is one of the greatest bands ever to come out of Germany in its Psychedelic heyday (which was the late 60s to mid 70s, by the way). Enjoy.
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This band never met a sound or musical style it didn't like at the time this was produced, and as always, they managed to cook up a heady psychedelic brew of rock, folk, experimental and prog stylings with rich vocals, trippy atmospheres and haunting melodies plus their every whacky miles left of center humor.
Not one bad track on here, but I have to say my favorites are the title cut and "Sleepwalkers Timeless Bridge" which ends with one of the spookiest Mellotron passages you ever heard in your life!
If only Jefferson Airplane dared to get this ambitious and really stretch themselves (they did get dangerously close on some parts of "Crown of Creation"). In the end, AD II came out the clear winner for a time.
What certainly can't be denied here is the band is more solid than ever before. It's a must-have album, my only complaint is it's too short (something you can't say of Tanz der Lemminge or Yeti).