Amon Düül II ‎– Surrounded By The Bars

Spalax ‎– 14810 MSI, Spalax ‎– CD 14810
CD, Compilation, Reissue


1 Surrounded By The Bars 7:40
2 Kanaan 3:58
3 Archangel Thunderbird 3:55
4 A Short Stop At The Trans-Sylvanian Brain-Surgery 5:43
5 Kronwinkel 12 3:52
6 C.I.D. In URUK 5:33
7 Wolf City 3:20
8 Cerberus 4:18
9 Riding On A Cloud 2:20
10 Morning Excuse 3:20
11 Surrounded By The Stars 7:45
12 Dancing On Fire 5:20

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A re-release of the 1980 Compilation "Rock in Deutschland Vol.1" plus 2 Track recorded in 1993 (1 and 12).
Track 11 is not a new recording (as stated on the cover).

Catalogue number variations are: 14810 MSI on cover art, CD 14810 on CD.

On cover: ℗+© 1993 tempel marketed by spalax music, Paris, France
On CD label: Réédition ℗+© 1993 SPALAX MUSIC, FRANCE

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 3 429020 148108
  • Rights Society: SUISA

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November 21, 2015

(Spalax 14810) CD 57m
A couple of months ago Phil Burford (who'd been in Germany witnessing the attempted re-launch of Amon Düül II) sent me a tape of their recent session, including two different versions of Surrounded by the Stars. It was certainly curious to hear new recordings by Amon Düül II, although musically it sounded more like Renate Knaup being accompanied by a computer than a real band. Yes, dig that metronomic thud thud rhythm. What next? Amon Düül II the house band? Actually, as Phil said to me, Renate was in exceptionally fine voice on these recordings, but the music itself was turgidly dull. So, little did I expect these recordings to be released, especially not so as part of a compilation!
Anyway, here are two tracks from that session together with 1993 polished-up remixes of tracks from the classic era of Düül. I would gather that the idea is to lure people used to modern production styles into Amon Düül II's music. There's only one version of the new versions of Surrounded by the Stars here (despite what the cover says), the other is the original. The other new recording is a brand new composition entitled Dancing on Fire, which comes over as an outrageous over-the-top pop song that's nothing like anything else I've heard from Amon Düül II, fun but not really that good!
So, what more can I say? The ghost of Amon Düül II refuses to die. But, will they ever again do anything good?
Alan Freeman

my review from Audion #26, page 25 (Autumn 1993)

p.s. as "Bloop" here correctly points out, the rest of this CD is made-up from the "Rock in Deutschland Vol.1" compilation (which was slightly trendied-up remixes, although at least 2 track durations here disagree with that, and not all 1993 new mixes as stated on the cover).