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  • Audio CD (28 May 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Revisited
  • ASIN: B000PA9PGK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,333 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Songs from this album are available to purchase as MP3s. Click on "Buy MP3" or view the MP3 Album.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

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Song Title Time Price
  1. Archangels Thunderbird (live) 3:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
  2. Eye Shaking King (live) 6:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
  3. Soap Shop Rock (live) 7:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
  4. Improvisation (live) 3:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
  5. Syntelman's March Of The Roaring Seventies (live) 8:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
  6. Restless Skylight-Transistor-Child (live) 8:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
  7. Race From Here To Your Ears (live) 4:48£0.79  Buy MP3 

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As early as 1972, Amon Düül II embarked on their first tour of Britain, recording a show at the Greyhound club in Croydon on December 16, 1972, which was released in Britain in 1973 and in Germany one year later. The tour was marked by chaotic arrangements before the band s departure and a line-up change just before the musicians set off: producer Olaf Kübler convinced his colleagues to bring back former Düül skinsman Peter Leopold to support drummer Danny Fichelscher and take him along on the British tour. "Peter returned because Danny Fichelscher proved to be a very talented drummer, but had in no way the snappy discipline that Leo had to a T," Kübler explained his suggestion, which ensured that the band had a solid and convincing rhythm basis. On the other hand, the musicians came to realise following numerous car breakdowns and financial discrepancies during the tour that the wind that blew in the home country of rock music was even icier than on the comparatively laid-back German scene, where the live cut earned extremely positive reviews. "Live In London, recorded at the end of 1972, sees Amon Düül II present a very nice overview of what constituted the band in those days back then, when they d reached the first pinnacle of their career with Archangel s Thunderbird ," journalist Manfred Gillig mused in Sounds magazine, adding: "Although it does seem a shame that Live In London is a relatively old recording, which doesn t take into account the development that the band has undergone since, the album still gives a very good impression of one of the more successful Amon Düül concerts." British journalists even attested Amon Düül II to be one of the most important German acts, alongside Can.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Oct. 2000
Format: Audio CD
Seventies rock music was shaken out of its complacency by German bands such as Faust, Can Kraftwerk, Neu and Amon Duul II. But the general feeling was that they were not real musicians and much of the music was derided as tuneless rubbish. For those who believe in German music there can be no greater introduction than "Live in London". Encompassed within the original forty minutes of live music is more invention than the aimless wafflings of much seventies rock. The prize of the CD is "Syntelman's March of the Roaring Seventies" surely one of the most exquisite live recordings of any German band (and it must be added that the forty minute outing of the same name on "Dance of the Lemmings" is even better). Sadly two bonus songs have been added not recorded at the same time, "Bavarian Soap Shop Rock" and "Gulp a Sonata" both of which show up the other side of German rock, boring, repetitive and tuneless. Also unfortunately the CD re-mastering does show up the primitive nature of the original recording. Still it's miles better than my vinyl recording, purchased in 1972 now scratched and hissing.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. John Leigh on 19 Mar. 2000
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I bought this album ( on vinyl ) back in the 70s because it was cheap and it was a bargain! Heavy yet melodic rock of the finest kind, with Archangel Thunderbird being on my all time top 20. A very underrated album from an underrated band.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. Morgan on 6 Sept. 2014
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'Archangel's Thunderbird' does for me what the MC5 are claimed to do, really kick it up (as they don't say in the full version of "Kick out the Jams"). It's a rocket of space rock to start with, screeching feedback with backbeat, an intensity that confirmed that the THING going on in Germany had something that we Britons were missing. Our Space Rock existed and I loved Hawkwind, but the Germans showed their Avant Garde classical chops that made 'Syntleman's March' something that no one could have imagined those trundlers Yes or ELP carrying off - their pretentious 'suites' laughably miscalled 'prog', an ugly word for an ugly noise. Stadium Rock this assuredly is not. The vocals of Amon Duul 2 live in this small Croydon Greyhound pub venue can hardly be heard, the guitars though are almost wailing and they can actually rock too, as well as keep the wit of the studio performances, quite an achievement. To be able to get near the album versions of the tracks is no mean feat, managed with aplomb. A marvellous band in their early 1970s pomp, as here. There's something magical about Kosmische Music, unique to a window from roughly 1970-1975; this is a remarkable document of it.
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