Monday, December 5, 2011
Amon Duul II - Anthology 1975 (FLAC)
Amon Duul II - Anthology 1975
Contains two concerts:
18. January 1975 - TV performance, Jugendzentrum Dillingen, Germany
01.Archy the robot
04. Surrounded by the stars
06. La Krautoma
Audio was taken from the VHS proshot that was here seeded recently. Unknown lineage.
11. July 1975 - Live concert in Munich
01. Wir wollen
02. Wilhelm Wilhelm
05. Top of the mud
07. Mr. Kraut´s jinx
08. Loosey girls
09. La Krautoma
1975 was the turning-year of Krautrock. Neu! split afer the release of their fabulous punk-orientated "Neu! 75" album.
Can released "Landed" in 1975 and "Flow Motion" in 1976 and presented are more lighter mainstream sound. Their hit "I want more"
peaked No. 26 in the UK charts: A sensation for a german band! Groups like Can or especially Tangerine Dream, had proved that they
could adapt to the different circumstances in music industry during the late seventies.
For a unique band like Amon Duul II, the pressure for international success was always on the hand. Despite the fact that they had
a great fan community in England, France and in other european countries, record producers like Jürgen S. Korduletsch trying
to define the direction of the band, both musically and aesthetically. Sure there was often a fight between the musicians and their producers.
Unfortuneatly the band itself consists of strong individuals, so the line-up was always changing. Of course, in the end, there was no strenght
to fight the producers ideas. On the other hand, Amon Duul II wanted to have this international success all the years ´round.
They started in Munich 1968, as a hippie community, recorded the first real Krautrock album "Phallus Dei", which lay the basis for all
to come german rockbands. In England for example their name hab become legendary, grounding a myth that last until today. In their
homeland the band was overlooked and underrated. For the early seventies there was no real german music industry for rockbands,
so Amon Duul II suffered because the lack of money prevented any plan going forward.
It was a logical consequence that they needed a new producer. Thie first result was the brilliant 1974 album "Hijack".
For this record the classic line-up had come into the studio, consisting of Chris Karrer (voc, guitar, violin), John Weinzierl (guitars),
Peter Leopold (drums), Renate Knaup (vocals), Lothar meid (bass) and Falk. U. Rogner (synthesizers). The result was a fresh and strong record,
fascinating and rich, the press reaction was aso filled with enthusiasm. It´s rather strange that this record nowadays had become
a stepchild by the band itself and also by the general musicpress. Maybe sometimes it gonna change again
In the beginning of the year 1975, the band had the chance to play in a german TV show, called Phonzeit and was held in a youth center
of the german town Dillingen. It was the last moment the classical line-up was playing together. The original video broadcast wasn´t available for years. There was a bad audio tape in circulation which
is now replaced by the better (despite the mono) audio-version of the video. Amon Duul II appearance here is extraordinary!
Most of the tunes are from the Hijack-Album, played in a relaxed and straight manner. One highlight is the spooky "Lonely woman" with Chris Karrer
as the leadsinger, playing a fine sax solo. "Surrounded by the stars" shines because of the violin-bass-guitar-synths collaboration. The sound of this TV gig in
general is really unique. Maybe the band released the complete Audio Tape official. "Surrounded by the stars" was interrupted
by the discussion of the audience with the band backstage. In th background you can hear the music roll on. It´s a shame that there
is no complete tape of the music in existance. In the end Amon Duul II playing an old german tune called "La Paloma", which is
linked to the next studio album "Made in Germany".
After the Phonzeit gig, the Music Express wrote about the new Duul project: "AD II goes to Broadway. For the next time 15 – 16 persons will be on stage, actors and
dancers. There are plans for serveral gigs in America, playing one month in Los Angeles at the Roxy Theatre and after in New York at the Beacon Theatre (Broadway) to promote their rockshow.
This teutonic shock is all about the history of Germany, which will also be the topic of their next Lp under the title SM II". Before the recording sessions started, Lothar Meid
leaved the band. For him two other Munich musicians were added. Robby Heibl (bass) who also played on 1973 album "Vive la Trance" and Nando Tischer (voc, guitar).
Before the official release of the double album "Made in Germany", Amon Duul II was going on a little promotion tour in June/July 1975 through France and played also some concerts in Germany.
During this tour the line-up changed again after some disagreements of the band members: The planned US-Tour was cancelled because of the failed organisation,
also the original album-concept had fallen to pieces. Many compositions weren´t used for this album. Another reason for the break was that the original plan, releasing a double album in the United States also
failed because of the sloppy management. The US-release (a single LP) was also separately mixed by Korduletsch in absence of the band itself.
Compared to the double album, the single LP contains some alternative mixes and longer versions of some songs.
Back to line-up change: Renate Knaup and Falk U. Rogner left the band. The remaining quintett was catched on tape during their Munich concert on 11. July 1975.
This rare tape documents the idea how the "Made inGermany" songs should have sounded live. Nando Tischer appeared here as the lead-singer, trying to calm down the unfriendly audience.
At one moment the bulk is screaming for "Renate", and Tischer had to explain that Renate is on vacation int he soputh, after an love affair with a boy. seems to be the last showdown after many internal argues.
Despite the bad sound of the tape, one highlight of this show is the long and atmospheric "Loosey girls". Also "La Krautoma" is a great rocker.
The official release of "Made in Germany" was in the fall of 1975:
The album is one of the first rock-operas in Germany about german history. Songs about Ludwig II and the Kaiser Wilhelm II,
an interview with Mr. Hitler: The whole album is a real masterpiece. Great powerful music with strange, experimental ideas. The band proved their ability to have a great variety of musical styles.
At this point the band itself don´t existed anymore, however the group reunited in 1976 again to play more relaxed music under the old name. And of course sometimes the old genius shines through. But that´s another story.
what´s left are documents of a uniqueband, that had the courage and the power in creating undefining music, that is still influental and touching today.
For this project the available music was remixed and mastered carefully.
All the best, Quinn (2011)