Sunday, February 21, 2010

some kind of hollocaust [reduxe]

A deceptive lull from the raging tempest of Amon Düül's abrasive 1969 debut; which on the whole is a splendid regurgitation of everything which made the Velvet Underground bad, dangerous and hard to get along with. Reheated over the coals of a collective opt-out which was, in truth, every father's worst fear.

Without exaggeration, the sound of the original Amon Düül is of communal exorcism. A vast communal dirge of tribal stomping; self eviscaration; and the channeling of the ancestral dead.

It should not be confused with the progressive experimentation of Amon Düül II, the splinter cooperative responsible for the Liberty issued "Phallus Dei" (in that same year); "Yeti" (1972); and a host of Planet Gong inspired studio embellishments and proto Lydonish utterances. Amon Düül, I, is what huddles at the source of the fictional "Nung" river of Kurtz's "Heart of Darkness".

"Kaskados Minneleid" is a pastoral recouping in the glow of the seventeen minute insurgence which is "Ein Wunderhübsches Mädchen Träumt von Sandosa", an uncontained riot presided over by shamans intent on invoking a violence the Velvet Underground were too aloof or listless to persist with. 

A primal trance where a deified Maureen Tucker watches over a bloodied sisterhood backlit by torches. Flesh for the vat. Flints in the ashes.

The original Amon Düül were responsible for just three releases between 1969 and 1971, culminating in "Disaster".

All three albums allegendly spring from one epic 'jam' recorded in 1968. A forth, "Paradieswaerts Duulis" - predating "Disaster", and released on Ohr in 1970 - is a wholly different regrouping comprising just three songs and seemingly recorded at a much later date; certainly after Amon D
üül's demise.

Peter Leopold; Ullrich Leopold; Rainer Bauer; Ella Bauer; Uschi Obermaier; 

Helge Filanda; Angelica Filanda; Krischke; Eleonora Romana.

AMON DÜÜL: KASKADOS MINNELEID from "Psychedelic Underground" LP (Metronome) 1969 (Germany)
from "Psychedelic Underground" LP (Metronome) 1969 (Germany)



One of my favorite bands, Phallus Dei took their name from Amon Düül II, so I have to be more partial to that incarnation (actually I more favor Ash Ra Tempel, but that's another story). At least we've stuck to the psychedelic theme (what about that "Ein Wunderhübsches Mädchen Träumt von Sandosa", huh?) This offering should continue in the drug vein (especially because its Opium) even if it's Amon II(actually Planet Gong), & shouldn't blow no servers (ugh) being only 17.9MB.
Planet Gong - Opium for the People

ib said...

Well. I hope you're satisfied. Virtually 24MB of sheer Mo Tucker. VBR.

The (VU) meter was poking up into the red all through the rip, but I assume not too much courtesy was lost in the process. I'm not kidding about the Coltrane - which may have proved the most popular file here EVER - although the burn might be purely coincidental. Anyway. Media Fire has been down all day.

ib said...

Any association to Sister Ray is strictly reverentional.

ib said...

Reverential, even. God damn that Spell Check.

ib said...

Anway. Just to prove Mama Düül wasn't kidding. THis is how the VU might hace sounded had a six year old grabbed the sticks off Mo Tucker and beaten Lou to death. To a banshee chorus of unhinged approval.