This Munich-based musical commune released several albums as simply Amon Duul during the sixties before adding the suffix ‘II’ in 1969 for their first international major label release, Phallus Dei (“God’s penis”).
Considered to be one of the pioneers of the Kraütrock scene, they represent an almost Prog Rock element of the German music scene, displayed clearly on disc one of their second album Yeti (1970) in concise rock tracks, notably the fuzzed-out Eye Shaking King and Archangels Thunderbird with powerful female vocalist Renate in top form.
On disc two they stretch out with trippy improvisations featuring walls of feedback and largely intuitive time changes. By 1977’s Almost Alive the band were producing syrupy, near MOR fare a million miles removed from the brain-scrambling Yeti.
Violin, guitar, vocals, sax