Amon Düül II

Amon Düül II was a German psych-rock band that released six studio albums and a live set on Liberty/UA between 1969 and 1973, followed by six further albums on NOVA/Telefunken between 1974 and 1981.

Members: Chris Karrer (violin, guitar, banjo, soprano saxophone, Mellotron, maracas, vocals), John Weinzierl (guitar, bass, piano, vocals), Peter Leopold (drums, percussion, tambourine, piano, vocals, synthesizer, 1968-2006), Renate Knaup (vocals, tambourine, 1968-75, 1981-present), Falk-Ulrich Rogner (organ, clavinet, harmonium, synthesizer, electronics, 1968-75, 1981-present), Christian Thierfeld [aka Shrat] (bongos, vocals, violin, 1968-70), Dave Anderson (bass, 1968-70), Christian Burchard (vibraphone, 1968-69), Edgar Hofmann (1968), Holger Trülzsch (darabuka, 1968-69), Dieter Serfas (drums, cymbals, 1968-69), Lothar Meid (bass, synthesizer, vocals, choir, 1971-75, 1997-2015), Karl-Heinz Hausmann (electronics, 1971-72), Jimmy Jackson (organ, electronics, piano, 1971-72), Rolf Zacher (vocals, 1971-72), Danny Fichelscher (drums, congas, vocals, guitar, 1972, 1981, 2006-present), Rainer Schnelle (keyboards, 1972), Keith Forsey (drums, 1973), Robby Heibl (bass, cello, guitar, vocals, violin, 1973), Peter Kramper (piano, 1973), Nando Tischer (vocals, guitar, 1975), Klaus Ebert (vocals, bass, guitar, 1976-78), Stefan Zauner (vocals, keyboards, synthesizer, bass, percussion, 1976-81), Jörg Evers (strings, bass, guitar, synthesizer, 1977, 1981)


Background

Amon Düül II spawned from Munich’s Amon Düül art commune, founded by local students in 1967 and named after the Egyptian sun god Amon. The band itself emerged in 1968 when the commune was given an opportunity to make a record. The mainline members of the commune cut a lengthy low-fi jam session that was spread across four albums: Psychedelic Underground and Collapsing/Singvögel Rückwärts & Co. (both 1969, Metronome), Paradieswärts Düül (1970, Orh), and Disaster (2LP 1972, BASF). Before these recordings took place, the commune’s more musical faction broke away and formed Amon Düül II.

The initial Amon Düül II lineup featured multi-instrumentalist Chris Karrer, drummer Dieter Serfas, keyboardist Falk Rogner, guitarist John Weinzierl, and singer Renate Knaup.


Phallus Dei

Amon Düül II released their debut album, Phallus Dei, on June 1, 1969, on Liberty. It contains four group-written numbers in the two–eight-minute range and the twenty-minute title track, which consumes Side Two.

1. “Kanaan” (4:03)
2. “Dem Guten, Schönen, Wahren” (6:14)
3. “Luzifers Ghilom” (8:35)
4. “Henriette Krötenschwanz” (2:03)

5. “Phallus Dei” (20:49)

Dieter Serfas – drums, electric cymbals
Peter Leopold – drums
Shrat (Christian Thiele) – bongos, vocals, violin
Renate Knaup – vocals, tambourine
John Weinzierl – guitar, 12-string, bass
Chris Karrer – violin, guitar, twelve-string guitar, soprano saxophone, vocals
Falk Rogner – organ
Dave Anderson – bass

Guest musicians:
Holger Trülzsch – Turkish drums
Christian Borchard – vibraphone

Credits
Gerd Stein – photography
Olaf Kübler – producer


Yeti

Amon Düül II released their second album, Yeti, in April 1970 on Liberty. It’s their first of three studio double-albums (67:49 duration). The first record contains six average-length songs and the four-part suite “Soap Shop Rock.” Side’s 3 and 4 consist of improvisations, including the eighteen-minute title-track and “Yeti Talks to Yogi.”

1. “Soap Shop Rock” (13:45)

i. “Burning Sister”
ii. “Halluzination Guillotine”
iii. “Gulp a Sonata”
iv. “Flesh-Coloured Anti-Aircraft Alarm””

2. “She Came Through the Chimney” (2:57)

3. “Archangels Thunderbird” (3:33) co-written between the band and Siegfried Loch.
4. “Cerberus” (4:21)
5. “The Return of Rübezahl” (1:41)
6. “Eye-Shaking King” (5:40)
7. “Pale Gallery” (2:12)

8. “Yeti” (18:09)

9. “Yeti Talks to Yogi” (6:18)
10. “Sandoz in the Rain” (8:59) features auxiliary Tangerine Dream flutist Thomas Keyserling and two members of Amon Düül I: guitarist–singer Rainer Bauer and bassist Ulrich Leopold.

Producer Olaf Kübler, Amon Düül II

Peter Leopold – drums
Christian “Shrat” Thierfeld – bongos, vocals
Renate Knaup – vocals, tambourine
John Weinzierl – guitar, 12 string guitar, vocals
Chris Karrer – violin, guitar, 12 string guitar, vocals
Falk Rogner – organ
Dave Anderson – bass

Liberty lifted “Archangel’s Thunderbird” as a single backed with an excerpt of “Soap Shop Rock.”

A. “Rattlesnakeplumcake” (3:16)
B. “Between the Eyes” (2:24)


Tanz der Lemminge

Amon Düül II released their third album, Tanz der Lemminge, in March 1971 on Liberty. It’s their second double-album (68:28 duration).

Side A “SYNTELMAN’S MARCH OF THE ROARING SEVENTIES” – 15:51
1. “In the Glass Garden” Chris Karrer (1:39)
2. “Pull Down Your Mask” Karrer, Falk Rogner (4:39)
3. “Prayer to the Silence” Karrer (1:04)
4. “Telephonecomplex” Karrer (8:26)

Side B “RESTLESS SKYLIGHT-TRANSISTOR-CHILD” – 19:33
5. “Landing in a Ditch” John Weinzierl (1:12)
6. “Dehypnotized Toothpaste” Weinzierl (0:52)
7. “A Short Stop at the Transylvanian Brain-Surgery” Weinzierl, Rogner, Lothar Meid (5:00)
8. “Race from Here to Your Ears (a) Little Tornadoes” Weinzierl, Rogner (2:08)
9. “Race from Here to Your Ears (b) Overheated Tiara” Weinzierl (1:46)
10. “Race from Here to Your Ears (c) The Flyweighted Five” Weinzierl (1:26)
11. “Riding on a Cloud” Weinzierl (2:33)
12. “Paralyzed Paradise” Weinzierl (3:07)
13. “H.G. Wells’ Take Off” Weinzierl (1:26)

Side C “CHAMSIN SOUNDTRACK” – 18:05
14. “The Marilyn Monroe-Memorial-Church” Karrer, Weinzierl, Meid, Rogner (18:05)

Side D “CHAMSIN SOUNDTRACK“- 14.59
15. “Chewing Gum Telegram” Karrer, Weinzierl, Meid, Rogner (2:41)
16. “Stumbling Over Melted Moonlight” Karrer, Weinzierl, Meid, Rogner (4:33)
17. “Toxicological Whispering” Karrer, Weinzierl, Meid, Rogner (7:45)

Chris Karrer – acoustic guitar, electric guitar, violin, vocals on “Pull Down Your Mask” and “Little Tornadoes”
John Weinzierl – guitars, vocals on “Paralyzed Paradise”, piano (sides C & D)
Falk Rogner – organ & electronics (sides C & D)
Lothar Meid – bass, double-bass (sides A & B), vocals on “A Short Stop at the Transylvanian Brain-Surgery” and “Riding on a Cloud”
Peter Leopold – drums, percussion (sides A & B), piano (sides C & D)
Karl-Heinz Hausmann – electronics & sound engineer (sides A & B), mix & remix (sides C & D)

Guests
Jimmy Jackson – organ, choir-organ, piano (sides A & B)
Al Gromer – sitar (sides A & B)
Renate Knaup-Krötenschwanz – vocals on “Riding on a Cloud”
Rolf Zacher – vocals on “H.G. Wells’ Take Off”
Renate Knaup was previously a band member, but listed as a guest for this album; she returned as a full member on the next album.

Technical
Olaf Kübler – producer
Peter Kramper – engineer
Jürgen Kopper – remix engineer

A. “Light” (3:48)
B. “Lemmingmania” (3:00)


1972


Carnival in Babylon

Amon Düül II released their fourth album, Carnival in Babylon, in early 1972 on United Artists.

1. “C.I.D. in Uruk” Weinzierl Weinzierl (5:30)
2. “All the Years ‘Round” Rogner Weinzierl, Knaup (7:18)
3. “Shimmering Sand” Rogner Karrer (6:36)

4. “Kronwinkl 12” Weinzierl Weinzierl (3:50)
5. “Tables Are Turned” Rogner Karrer (3:33)
6. “Hawknose Harlequin” Rogner Karrer, Meid, Weinzierl, Hausmann, Fichelscher, Leopold (9:49)

John Weinzierl – electric guitar, acoustic 12-string guitar, vocal
Chris Karrer – electric guitar, acoustic guitar, violin, soprano sax, vocal
Lothar Meid – bass, vocal
Renate Knaup-Krötenschwanz – vocal
Danny Fichelscher – drums, congas
Peter Leopold – drums, tambourine
Karl-Heinz Hausmann – keyboards, electronics

Guests
Joy Alaska – backing vocals
Falk Ulrich Rogner – organ
Olaf Kübler – soprano sax, door
Falk Rogner was previously a band member, but listed as a guest for this album; he returned as a full member on the next album.

UA lifted “All the Years Round” as a single backed with “Tables Are Turned.”


Wolf City

Amon Düül II released their fifth album, Wolf City, in late 1972 on United Artists.

1. “Surrounded by the Stars” Chris Karrer, Falk-Ulrich Rogner (7:44)
2. “Green-Bubble-Raincoated-Man” John Weinzierl (5:03)
3. “Jail-House-Frog” Weinzierl (4:56)

4. “Wolf City” Weinzierl, Karrer, Lothar Meid, Rogner, Daniel Fichelscher (3:20)
5. “Wie der Wind am Ende einer Strasse” Weinzierl, Karrer, Rogner, Meid, Fichelscher (5:47)
6. “Deutsch Nepal” Olaf Kübler, Meid (2:57)
7. “Sleepwalker’s Timeless Bridge” Fichelscher, Rogner (4:53)

Recorded July 1972
Studio Bavaria Studios
Producer Olaf Kübler, Amon Düül II

Renate Knaup-Krötenschwanz – vocals
Chris Karrer – guitars, soprano saxophone, violin
John Weinzierl – guitars
Falk-Ulrich Rogner – organ, clavioline, synthesizer
Lothar Meid – bass, vocals, synthesizer
D. Secundus Fichelscher – drums, vocals, guitars

Guest personnel
Jimmy Jackson – choir organ, piano
Olaf Kübler – soprano saxophone, vocals
Peter Leopold – synthesizer, timpani, vocals
Al Sri Al Gromer – sitar
Pandit Shankar Lal – tablas
Liz van Neienhoff – tambura
Paul Heyda – violin
Rolf Zacher – vocals


1973

Utopia


Live in London

In 1973, Amon Düül II released Live in London.


Vive la Trance

Amon Düül II released their sixth studio album, Vive la Trance, in 1973 on United Artists.

1. “A Morning Excuse” Weinzierl (3:19)
2. “Fly United” Heibl (3:33)
3. “Jalousie” Rogner (3:27)
4. “Im Krater Blühn Wieder Die Bäume” instrumental (3:08)
5. “Mozambique (Dedicated to Monika Ertl)” Leopold (7:22)
6. “Apocalyptic Bore” Karrer (5:50)
7. “Dr. Jeckyll” Weinzierl (3:00)
8. “Trap” Weinzierl (3:35)
9. “Pig Man” Weinzierl (2:38)
10. “Mañana” Karrer Karrer/Weinzierl/Leopold (3:20)
11. “Ladies Mimikry” Karrer Karrer/Weinzierl/Leopold (3:18)

Producer Olaf Kübler and Amon Düül II

John Weinzierl – electric guitar (1-9,11), acoustic guitar (3,4), bass guitar (2,10,11), vocals (7,9)
Chris Karrer – electric guitar (2,5-11), 12 string guitar (6), violin (6,11), saxophone (2,8,9,11), mellotron (10), maracas (10), vocals (1,6,10,11)
Peter Leopold – drums (1-11), percussion (10), grand piano (1,5)
Renate Krötenschwanz Knaup – vocals (2,3,5,7-9), choir (1,5)
Falk U. Rogner – organ (4-6,8), VCS 3 (1,4-8), harmonium (6)
Robby Heibl – electric guitar (1,2), 12 string guitar (2), bass guitar (3-9), cello (1), violin (6,7), choir (1), gurke (5), vocals (2,7,9)

With guests:
Peter Kramper – grand piano (2,3)
Lothar Meid – choir (5), finger snaps (5)
Keith Forsey – percussion (5), choir (5), finger snaps (5)
Desmond Bonner – choir (5), vocals (6)

UA lifted “Pigman” as a single backed with “Mozambique.”


Hi-Jack

Amon Düül II released their seventh studio album, Hi-Jack, in 1974 on Nova (Germany), WEA (UK), and Atco (US).

1. “I Can’t Wait (Parts 1 & 2)” Meid (6:16)
2. “Mirror” Weinzierl (4:15)
3. “Traveller” Weinzierl, Knaup, Rogner (4:23)
4. “You’re Not Alone” Meid (6:53)

5. “Explode Like a Star” Karrer (4:00)
6. “Da Guadeloop” Meid, Leopold (7:04)
7. “Lonely Woman” Ornette Coleman, Karrer (4:44)
8. “Liquid Whisper” Leopold, Knaup, Rogner (3:30)
9. “Archy the Robot” Karrer (3:30)

Producer Wild Willy, Amon Düül II

Renate Knaup — vocals
Chris Karrer — guitars, violin, vocals, tenor saxophone
John Weinzierl — guitars
Falk Rogner – synthesizer
Lothar Meid — bass, guitar, vocals, string arrangements
Peter Leopold – drums, percussion, acoustic guitar

Additional Personnel
Chris Balder — strings
Ludwig Popp — French horn
Lee Harper — trumpet
Bob Chatwin — trumpet
Bobby Jones — saxophone
Rudy Nagora — saxophone
Thor Baldursson — keyboards
Olaf Kubler — flute, soprano saxophone
Herman Jalowitzki — marching drum
Wild Willy — accordion, percussion, vocals

Nova lifted “Mirror” as a single backed with “Liquid Whisper.”


Made in Germany

Amon Düül II released their eighth album, Made in Germany, in 1975 as a double-album on Nova and a distilled single-LP on Atco.

1. “Overture” Written-By – Evers (5:11)
2. “Wir Wollen” Written-By – Kapper*, Leopold (1:33)
3. “Wilhelm Wilhelm” Written-By – Tischer*, Leopold (3:10)
4. “SM II Peng” Written-By – Karrer*, Weinzierl*, Leopold*, Heibl* (2:17)
5. “Elevators Meet Whispering” Written-By – Rogner* (1:26)
6. “Metropolis” Written-By – Rogner*, Weinzierl*, Knaup* (3:37)

7. “Ludwig” Written-By – Weinzierl*, Tischer* (2:33)
8. “The King’s Chocolate-Waltz” Written-By – Rogner*, Korduletsch* (2:29)
9. “Blue Grotto” Written-By – Rogner*, Weinzierl*, Knaup* (3:33)
10. “Mr. Kraut’s Jinx” Written-By – Karrer* (8:44)

11. “Wide-Angle” Written-By – Fichelscher*, Rogner*, Knaup* (4:06)
12. “Three-Eyed Overdrive” Written-By – Rogner*, Korduletsch* (1:17)
13. “Emigrant Song” Written-By – Tischer*, Heibl* (3:21)
14. “Loosey Girls” Written-By – Tischer (5:13)
15. “Top of the Mud” Written-By – Tischer* (3:45)

16. “Dreams” Written-By – Tischer* (4:08)
17. “Gala Gnome” Written-By – Rogner* (3:52)
18. “5.5.55” Written-By – Weinzierl*, Tischer*, Leopold* (1:39)
19. “La Krautoma” Written-By – Amon Düül II, Yradier* (6:08)
20. “Excessive Spray” Written-By – Rogner*, Korduletsch* (1:41)

Recorded At – Studio 70, Munich
Engineer – David Siddle
Producer – Amon Düül II
Producer, Backing Vocals [Additional] – Jürgen S. Korduletsch

Liner Notes – Ingeborg Schober
Photography By [Front Cover] – Hartmut G. Laube

Drums, Percussion – Peter Leopold
Guitar – John Weinzierl
Keyboards – Thor Baldursson
Synthesizer, Organ, Photography By [Back And Inside Cover] – Falk-U. Rogner*
Timpani, Gong, Percussion – Karlheinz Becker*
Trumpet, Brass [Brass Section] – Lee Harper
Violin [First], Strings [String Section] – Fritz Sonnleitner
Vocals – Renate Knaup
Vocals, Bass, Guitar, Violin – Robby Heibl
Vocals, Guitar – Nando Tischer
Vocals, Guitar, Banjo, Violin – Chris Karrer

A1 “Dreams”
A2a “Ludwig”
A2b “The King’s Chocolate Waltz”
A2c “Blue Grotto”
A3 “5.5.55”
A4 “Emigrant Song”
A5 “La Krautoma”
B1 “Metropolis”
B2 “Loosey Girls”
B3 “Gala Gnome”
B4 “Top of the Mud”
B5 “Mr. Kraut’s Jinx”


Pyragony X

Amon Düül II released their ninth album, Pyragony X, in 1976 on Nova.

1. “Flower of the Orient” (6:00)
2. “Merlin” (4:24)
3. “Crystal Hexagram” (5:38)
4. “Lost In Space” (4:12)

5. “Sally the Seducer” (3:03)
6. “Telly Vision” (4:07)
7. “The Only Thing” (7:30)
8. “Capuccino” (3:08)

Producer – Jürgen S. Korduletsch

Drums – Peter Leopold
Guitar [Guitars], Vocals – John Weinzierl
Vocals, Bass, Guitar [Guitars] – Klaus Ebert (2)
Vocals, Guitar [Guitars], Violin, Soprano Saxophone [Sopr Sax] – Chris Karrer
Vocals, Keyboards, Guitar [Guitars], Artwork, Cover – Stefan Zauner

Artwork, Cover – Amon Düül II
Painting – Olof Feindt
Photography By – Hartmut G. Laube


Almost Alive

Amon Düül II released their tenth album, Almost Alive, in 1977 on Nova.

1. “One Blue Morning” (7:30) features percussion by Keith Forsey.
2. “Goodbye My Love” (8:13) features backing vocals by Claudja Barry.
3. “Ain’t Today Tomorrow’s Yesterday” (7:40) features string arrangments by Jörg Evers.

4. “Hallelujah” (4:13)
5. “Feeling Uneasy” (6:02)
6. “Live In Jericho” (13:19)

Recorded At – Arco Studios
Recorded At – Union Studios, Munich
Engineer – Mal Luker, Peter Lüdemann
Engineer [Mix] – Dave Rohl*, Ian Gomm
Engineer [Mix] [Assistant] – Chris Nagle
Producer – Jürgen S. Korduletsch

Bass – Klaus Ebert (2)
Drums – Peter Leopold
Guitar – Chris Karrer, John Weinzierl, Klaus Ebert (2)
Keyboards – Stefan Zauner
Lead Vocals – Chris Karrer (tracks: A3), Klaus Ebert (2) (tracks: A1, A2), Stefan Zauner (tracks: B2)

Saxophone – Chris Karrer
Synthesizer, Artwork, Cover, Design – Stefan Zauner
Photography By – Tjien Tjioe


Only Human

Amon Düül II released their eleventh album, Only Human, in 1978 on Strand.


Vortex

Amon Düül II released their twelfth album, Vortex, in 1981 on Telefunken.


Discography:

  • Phallus Dei (1969)
  • Yeti (1970)
  • Tanz der Lemminge (1971)
  • Carnival in Babylon (1972)
  • Wolf City (1972)
  • Live in London (1973)
  • Vive la trance (1973)
  • Hi-Jack (1974)
  • Made in Germany (1975)
  • Pyragony X (1976)
  • Almost Alive (1977)
  • Only Human (1978)
  • Vortex (1981)

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