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Soap Shop Rock: A. Burning Sister (3:41) - B. Halluzination Guillotine (3:05) - C. Gulp A Sonata (0:45) - D. Flesh-Coloured Anti-Aircraft Alarm (5:53) 13:14
She Came Through The Chimney 3:56
Archangels Thunderbird 3:30
Return Of Ruebezahl, The 1:35
Eye-Shaking King 6:37
Pale Gallery 2:11
Yeti (improvisation) 18:00
Yeti Talks To Yogi (improvisation) 6:06
Sandoz In The Rain (improvisation) 8:55
bonus on 2001:
11. Rattlesnakeplumcake 3:19
12. Between the Eyes 2:27
Chris Karrer (Violin, Guitar, 12-String Guitar, Vocals)
Christian "Shrat" Thiele (bongos, vocals, violin)
Dave Anderson (bass)
Falk Urlich Rogner (organ, synth)
John Weinzierl (Guitar, 12-String Guitar, Vocals)
Peter Leopold (drums, percussion, piano)
Renate Knaup (vocals, tambourine)
Guests: at SANDOZ IN THE RAIN :
Ulrich Leopold (bass)
Thomas Keyserling (flute)
Rainer Bauer (Guitar,Vocalas)
All Compositions, arrangements and lyrics by Amon Dűűl II (with a little help of Siegfried E. Loch)
from Psychedelic Shark :
This was Munich-based Amon Duul II’s second album. By all means check out the first, Phallus Dei, because it’s difficult to decide which is the better of the two. Both are psychedelic classics. Buy now and ask questions later.
Chris Karrer is the multi-instrumentalist genius at the heart of the band, singing, playing guitar, violin, saxophone and on stage, even sax mouthpiece, but this is not to detract from the rest of the group.
Renate is the vocalist provding Germany’s answer to Grace Slick, Shrat is the guy on the cover and bongo player and vocalist, there’s Dave Anderson who went on to play bass with Hawkwind, and Peter Leopold, John Wienzierl and Falk Rogner complete the ensemble. The band dives in at the deep end with Soap Shop Rock, a 13-minute rock opera. As with all of Amon Duul II’s songs, it’s impossible to figure out what this about lyricallly, but you won’t care. This is hard-edged
psychedelic music. The nearest parallel is late 60’s English freakbeat, slightly reminiscent of the Who and Misunderstood, but with more feedback and guitar pyrotechnics, the heavy violin motif, the female vocalist and a generally much more powerful, echoey sound. Cerberus,
halfway through the second side of the original 2-LP set starts out with acoustic guitars and bongos, but then in come the super-heavily phased drums and electric guitar to show you how full of contrasts the band were.
After "The Return of Ruebezahl” comes "Eye Shaking King,” a six and a half minute freakout with ponderous intro followed by eerie ring-modulated vocals, then an archetypically Gothic, protracted, lead guitar excursion from Karrer. There is a fade-out style instrumental ("Pale Gallery”) to round off the first album, but then the fun begins:
"Yeti,” "Yeti Talks to Yogi,” and "Sandoz in the Rain” fill the remaining two sides of the album. The Yeti tracks are really one long jam, broken up by the duration constraints of the LP format. It's high intensity, free flowing improvisation throughout. There is little of the self-indulgent soloing which could sometimes spoil the long jams of other bands of the period, and there is a cosmic, spacey atmosphere, achieved without the use of studio electronics. Sandoz is an acoustic jam with guests Rainer (guitar, vocals) Ulrich (bass) and Thomas (flute). It provides a gentle conclusion to what has been a tumultuous album.
The band became increasingly progressive after this album, but still managed to produce consistently good albums, Wolf City being one of the best of their later efforts.
They also later had Daniel Fischelscher in their line-up who went on to play in the acoustic-cosmic band Popol Vuh, also worthy of a listen.
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