Monday, February 01, 2010
Jango Song Of The Day-Amon Duul II
Amon Duul II were pioneers in what became known as Krautrock. They have been a favourite of progressive rock fans for many years. Their 1969 debut album Phallus Dei is considered a landmark of German rock. The group emerged from the Munich commune scene of the late 60s. The band started out as an offshoot of a bunch of hippies and was called Amon Duul. But when the larger group became way too violent in their methods, the band left the larger group and took the name Amon Duul II. Members were vocalist Renate Kraup, guitarist Chris Karrer, bassist John Weinzierl, drummer Peter Leopold and organist Falk U. Rogner. They recorded a lot of music and their first three albums came out of those sessions. Phallus Dei is available on CD in a 2006 remastered edition with bonus tracks from Revisited Records. Their music was released in the US by United Artists but they were more successful in Europe. As members of the group came and went in the 70s, the group's music became more commercial. Knaup left in 1978 to join the very popular group Popul Vuh. Amon Duul II split up in 1981 and then reunited a couple of years later. Weinzierl moved to England and still leads a version of Amon Duul II today. Here's Amon Duul II performing Kanaan at Rockplast 2005. I think this is available on DVD.