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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 a long live session in the late sixties 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 as 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 slightly new musical direction taken by the band. This album is dominated by shorter songs with the omnipresent and beautiful vocals of Renate Knaup. 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" and Renate Knaup rejoining Chris Karrer tried to reform the band without much success.

The band reformed again in 1995, releasing Nada Moonshine and performing in Europe and Japan.
Another comeback came in 2010 with the release of Bee As Such (later renamed Düülirium) with the band performing again until 2018 so far.

Sites:amonduul.de , progarchives.com , Wikipedia , Imdb
Members:Bernd Tischer, Chris Karrer, Christian Thiele, Daniel Fichelscher, Dave Anderson (3), Dieter Serfas, Falk-Ulrich Rogner, Gerard Carbonell, Jan Kahlert, Jimmy Jackson (2), John Weinzierl, Jörg Evers, Karl-Heinz Hausmann, Keith Forsey, Klaus Ebert (2), Lothar Meid, Peter Leopold, Renate Knaup, Robby Heibl, Rolf Zacher
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