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Tanz der Lemminge [Bonus Track]
     

Tanz der Lemminge [Bonus Track]

by Amon Düül
 

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There aren't many double art rock albums from the early '70s that have stood the test of time, but then again, there aren't many albums like Tanz Der Lemminge, and there certainly aren't many groups like Amon Düül II. While exact agreement over which of their classic albums is the absolute standout may never be reached, in terms of

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There aren't many double art rock albums from the early '70s that have stood the test of time, but then again, there aren't many albums like Tanz Der Lemminge, and there certainly aren't many groups like Amon Düül II. While exact agreement over which of their classic albums is the absolute standout may never be reached, in terms of ambition combined with good musicianship and good humor, the group's third album is still probably the best candidate. The musical emphasis is more on expansive arrangements and a generally gentler, acoustic, or soft electric vibe; the brain-melting guitar from Yeti isn't as prominent on Tanz, for example, aside from the odd freak-out here and there. You will find lengthy songs divided up into various movements, but with titles like "Dehypnotized Toothpaste" and "Overheated Tiara," po-faced seriousness is left at the door. The music isn't always wacky per se, but knowing that the group can laugh at itself is a great benefit. The first three tracks each take up a side of vinyl on the original release, and all are quite marvelous. "Syntelman's March of the Roaring Seventies" works through a variety of acoustic parts, steering away from folksiness for a more abstract, almost playfully classical sense of space and arrangement, before concluding with a brief jam. "Restless Skylight-Transistor Child" is more fragmented, switching between aggressive (and aggressively weird) and subtle passages. One part features Lothar Meid and Renate Knaup-Kroetenschwanz singing over an arrangement of guitars, synths, and mock choirs that's particularly fine, and quite trippy to boot. "Chamsin Soundtrack" exchanges variety for a slow sense of mystery and menace, with instruments weaving in and out of the mix while never losing the central feel of the song. Three briefer songs close out the record; a nice way to get in some quick grooves at the end. [This version of the album contains bonus material.]

Product Details

Release Date:
07/18/2006
Label:
Revisited Records
UPC:
0693723042022
catalogNumber:
230420
Rank:
16749

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Performance Credits

Amon Düül   Primary Artist
Al Gromer Khan   Sitar,Guest Appearance
Chris Karrer   Acoustic Guitar,Violin,Vocals
Lothar Meid   Bass,Vocals,Double Bass
Karl Heinz Hausmann   electronics
Henrietto Kroetenschwarg   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Peter Leopold   Percussion,Drums
Falk U. Rogner   Organ,electronics
John Weinzierl   Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Rolf Zacher   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Jimmy Jackson   Organ,Piano,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Amon Düül   Producer
Chris Karrer   Composer
Lothar Meid   Composer
Karl Heinz Hausmann   Engineer
Olaf Kubler   Producer
Falk U. Rogner   Composer
John Weinzierl   Composer
Kalle Hausmann   Remixing
Michael Fuchs Gamböck   Liner Notes
Matt Goodluck   translation
Michael Schmitz   Re-Release Coordinator
Markus Schurr   translation
F.J. Rogner   Original Graphics,Original Cover Artwork,Original Photography

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