Friday, May 13, 2011

"Paradieswärts Düül" - Amon Düül
"Meetings with Men Machines" - Amon Düül III


Amon Düül was spawned from the German art collective of the same name in the 1960s.  The commune also conceived the band Amon Düül II.  Members from each reunited in the early 1980s under the name Amon Düül, however, fans have often referred to them as Amon Düül III or Amon Düül (UK) to avoid any confusion.  The free-form psychedelic jazz matches the tenacity and heart of other psychedelic bands such as Os Mutantes.  

"Paramechanical World" - Amon Düül

The sound on Paradieswärts Düül is a bit more folk-influenced than their two previous albums.  A folk inspiration that seemed to carry on and peek its head up greatly on the Amon Düül III later release Meetings with Menmachines, Unremarkable Heroes of the Past, as showcased on the song "Things Aren't Always What They Seem."

"Things Aren't Always What They Seem" - Amon Düül

Guitarist, John Weinzierl, was said to not be pleased with the album, deeming it "unfinished."  Although the album lacks many of the krautrock roots of Amon Düül's earlier work, there's no denying the sweetness and perfection of Julie Wareing's vocals over the album.  The soft touch adds a new dimension to an already multi-dimensional soundscape.  

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