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Phallus Dei [Deluxe Edition]
     

Phallus Dei [Deluxe Edition]

by Amon Düül
 

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"Kanaan" starts Phallus Dei wonderfully, a melange of rumbling rock power, strings and sitars, Lothar Meid's almost Bowie-ish vocals with Renate Knaup-Kroetenschwanz's wordless chanting in the background, that's just as intoxicating many years after its first appearance as it was upon release. The

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"Kanaan" starts Phallus Dei wonderfully, a melange of rumbling rock power, strings and sitars, Lothar Meid's almost Bowie-ish vocals with Renate Knaup-Kroetenschwanz's wordless chanting in the background, that's just as intoxicating many years after its first appearance as it was upon release. The slightly jazzy concluding minute avoids sounding forced, blending in beautifully with the song's general flow. "Dem Guten, Schönen, Wahren" takes a truly wacked-out turn, with Meid's bizarre falsetto coming to the fore, swooping around the main melodies without regard for them in yelps and chants, while the music chugs along in what almost sounds like a beer-hall singalong at points, taking a more haunting, beautiful turn at others (the heavily produced violins are an especially spooky touch). "Luzifers Ghilom" brings out the psych-folk origins of the band a bit more with Shrat's bongos, while the rest of the band pulls off a nicely heroic rock piece that never sounds too inflated or stupid, with appropriately nutty vocal breaks and interjections along the way -- the sublime and the ridiculous never sounded so good together. "Henriette Krötenschwanz" ends the first side with a brief choral military march (if you will). The title track takes up the remainder of the album, a complex piece which never loses a sense of fun while always staying musically compelling. After a quiet start, the opening minutes consist of a variety of drones and noises constantly brought up and down in the mix, leading to a full band performance that builds and skips along with restrained fuzz power. Everything builds to a sudden climax halfway through, where all the members play a series of melodies in unison, while drums pound in the background. After a quick violin solo, everything settles into a fine percussion jam, with the full band kicking in shortly thereafter. With Chris Karrer's crazed vocals showing where Mark E. Smith got some good ideas from, Phallus gets the Amon Düül II career off to a flying start. [The 2005 Deluxe Edition includes two bonus tracks, "Touchmaphal" and "I Want the Sun to Shine."]

Product Details

Release Date:
07/18/2006
Label:
Revisited Records
UPC:
0693723041827
catalogNumber:
230418
Rank:
15374

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Performance Credits

Amon Düül   Primary Artist
Chris Karrer   Guitar,Violin,Soprano Saxophone,Vocals,12-string Guitar
Dave Anderson   Bass Guitar
Peter Leopold   Drums
Falk U. Rogner   Organ
Dieter Serfas   Cymbals,Drums
John Weinzierl   Guitar,12-string Bass Guitar
Shrat   Violin,Bongos,Vocals
Renate Knaup   Tambourine,Vocals
Holger Trulzsch   Turkish Drum,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Amon Düül   Arranger,Cover Design
Falk U. Rogner   Arranger,Cover Design
Jan Kahlert   Remixing
Matt Goodluck   translation
Michael Schmitz   Re-Release Coordinator
Markus Schurr   translation

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