Amon Düül II

Amon Düül II

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Amon Düül II was born of an artistic and political community’s scission called Amon Düül (who recorded during the late sixties a long live session made around collective and free musical improvisations). The band emerged from the underground German rock scene with a very original and eccentric album called "Phallus Dei" (1969). The musicians who participated to this delirious and psychedelic experience were (among others) Peter Leopold (ex Amon Düül), the front woman and singer Renate Knaup, John Weinzierl on the guitars... with guests as Holger Trützsch who plays tribal percussions (original member of Popol Vuh). Then almost with the same musicians the band recorded the seminal "Yeti" (1970). An album in a similar vein than the previous but more accomplished (with a couple of structured songs always with numerous pieces of epic improvisations). "Yeti" will launch Amon Düül II career outside Germany. The same year the bass guitarist Dave Anderson leaves the band to join Hawkwind.

"Tanz Der Lemminge" which follows directly "Yeti" is an impressive work with a great diversity of powerful, emotional songs with some folk accents next to long free space jamming. Recorded in 1972, "Carnival in Babylon" announces a slight new musical direction taken by the band. This album is dominated by shorter songs with the omnipresent and beautiful Renate Knaup’s vocals. A more conventional work with a few memorable prog-folk ballads. The classical period of the band will end with "Wolf City" (1972) and "Vive La Trance" (1973). After the departure of Renate Knaup who joins Popol Vuh in 1974 and the release of a few albums, Amon Düül II split up. In 1981, with the album "Vortex" Chris Karrer tried without success to reform the band.
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Amon Düül II Discography

Albums

Amon Düül II Phallus Dei (Album) Liberty UK 1969 Sell This Version
Amon Düül II Yeti (Album) Liberty UK 1970 Sell This Version
Amon Düül II Tanz Der Lemminge (Album) Liberty UK 1971 Sell This Version
Amon Düül II Wolf City (Album) United Artists Records, United Artists Records Germany 1972 Sell This Version
Amon Düül II Carnival In Babylon (Album) United Artists Records UK 1972 Sell This Version
Amon Düül II Live In London (Album) United Artists Records Germany 1973 Sell This Version
Amon Düül II Vive La Trance (Album) United Artists Records, United Artists Records Japan 1973 Sell This Version
Amon Düül II Hijack (Album) Nova (6), Nova (6) US 1974 Sell This Version
Amon Düül II Made In Germany (Album) Nova (6) Canada 1975 Sell This Version
Amon Düül II Pyragony X (Album) Nova (6), Nova (6) Spain 1976 Sell This Version
Amon Düül II Almost Alive... (Album) Nova (6), Nova (6) Germany 1977 Sell This Version
Amon Düül II Only Human (Album) Strand Canada 1978 Sell This Version
Amon Düül II Vortex (Album) Telefunken, Telefunken Germany 1981 Sell This Version
Amon Düül II Utopia (Album) Telefunken Germany 1982 Sell This Version
Amon Düül II BBC Radio 1 Live In Concert Plus (Album) Windsong International UK 1992 Sell This Version
Amon Düül 2* Nada Moonshine # (Album) Schneeball Germany 1995 Sell This Version
Amon Düül 2* Live In Tokio (Album) Captain Trip Records Japan 1996 Sell This Version
CTCD-039 Amon Düül II Kobe (Reconstructions)(CD, Album) Captain Trip Records CTCD-039 Japan 1996 Sell This Version
CTCD-041 Amon Düül 2* Eternal Flashback(CD, Album) Captain Trip Records CTCD-041 Japan 1996 Sell This Version
Amon Düül II Bee As Such (Album) Not On Label (Amon Düül II Self-released) Germany 2010 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Amon Düül II Archangels Thunderbird / (Excerpt From) Soap Shop Rock (Single) Liberty, Liberty US 1970 Sell This Version
15 417 Amon Düül II Rattlesnakeplumcake / Between The Eyes(7", Single) Liberty 15 417 Germany 1970 Sell This Version
LBF 15355, LBF 15354 Amon Düül II / Creedence Clearwater Revival Amon Düül II / Creedence Clearwater Revival - Archangel's Thunderbird / Run Through The Jungle(7", Single) Liberty, Liberty LBF 15355, LBF 15354 UK 1970 Sell This Version
15468, 15 468 Amon Düül II Light • Lemmingmania(7", Single) Liberty, Liberty 15468, 15 468 Germany 1971 Sell This Version
35 338 Amon Düül II All The Years Round / The Tables Are Turned(7", Single) United Artists Records 35 338 Germany 1972 Sell This Version