Amon Duul II - Wolf City (1973) KrautRock

Amon Duul II - Wolf City (2009 SHM-CD)


Album review

So often is the case with the music of AMON DUUL II either you get it or not... usually nothing in between. I do really enjoy the early years of AMON DUUL II with "Wolf City" representing one of them. The thing that sets this album up differently from say an album like "Yeti" is clearly the more accessible progressive leanings, yet still remains highly imaginative. This album mixes psychedelic and progressive rock in a way no one else could. On top of the usual guitar, bass, keyboards, AMON DUUL employ a nice dose of sitar (Pandit Shankar), tabla kettle drum and tambura which really all clicks on this album. Without a question Renate Knaup's vocals do take some slight adjustment to get into but for this music lover fits perfectly. This is a lively, fun and exciting album to listen to and I love their use of the distorted wah wah guitar and phasing effects and of course vintage keyboards. Musically this is actually fairly aggressive sounding without being noticeably loud or over the top. Songs are highly creative and cover quite a wide range of influences from the early sounds of PINK FLOYD to the punk mood of the late 70's to the psychedelic aura of The OZRIC TENTACLES. Overall a magical album and one that needs to be your collection.



Studio Album, released in 1973

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Surrounded by the stars (7:46)
2. Green-bubble-raincoated-man (5:04)
3. Jail-house Frog (4:54)
4. Wolf city (3:20)
5. Wie der Wind am Ende einer Strasse (5:42)
6. Deutsch Nepal (3:00)
7. Sleepwalker's timeless bridge (4:55)

Bonus tracks on 2007 Revisited Records (2) and 2009 Belle Antique CDs:
8. Kindermörderlied (6:02)
9. Mystic Blutsturz (10:13)
10. Düülirium (4:24)

Total Time: 55:38

Line-up / Musicians

- D. Secundus Fichelscher / drums, vocals (4-7), guitars (7)
- Chris Karrer / acoustic & electric guitars, violin, Soprano sax, vocals
- Renate Knaup-Krötenschwanz / vocals
- Lothar Meid / bass, synthesizers, vocals
- Falk U. Rogner / organ, Clavioline, synthesizers
- John Weinzierl / electric guitar, vocals

+ Al Sri Al Gromer / sitar (5)
- Paul Heyda / violin (5)
- Jimmy Jackson / piano, choir organ
- Olaf Kübler / vocals (2), sax (5)
- Pandit Shankar Lal / tablas (5)
- Peter Leopold / vocals (2), synthesizers (3), kettle drums (5)
- Liz van Nienhoff / tambura (5)
- Rolf Zacher / vocals (2-6)

Releases information
CD Belle Antique BELLE 091493 (2009 Japan), contains 3 bonus tracks

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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Getting Wolf City now. Thanks a lot! Beenlonging to hear Deutsch Nepal again for ages but forgot title and band name. Good times are back :0)

Eric

Jeffrey Cox said...

I love the blog! The link to this album is dead. Can you please re-up? Thanks!

progDeaf gerEars said...

City re-upped, on 2 parts.