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4 Oct 2006 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 23 Jun 2006
  • Label: Revisited Records
  • Copyright: 2006 Revisited Records
  • Total Length: 1:02:26
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  • ASIN: B0026OXU6Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,897 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Langridge on 13 Nov 2008
Format: Audio CD
This is a great example of free expressive underground rock from the early 1970s. It's riff laden, trippy, lots of dirty guitar, lyrics sung in stoned out German and feels like the musicians are having one hell of good time jamming together. It's played by the musically competent members of the Amon Duul collective, who you can tell are totally wrapped up in their radical lifestyles of the time. Thankfully devoid of the drippy hippysih ramblings of Amon Duul 1, these guys must have rivalled Hawkwind for being the kings of stoned out heavy rockers, and you can just imagine hordes of greasy long haireds throwing their arms around at some German free festival. Each track has its merit and special riff ( specially like the devilish Luzifers Ghilom), the only odd bod being Henriette Krotenschwanz, an eerie Third Ear Band like trip back to the Bergmanesque travelling musician time.
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By Mr. Peter Steward TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 10 May 2014
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You certainly wouldn't file this under easy listening. The album that was at the forefront of starting off Krautrock is a strange affair, but somehow still appealing despite the rattling noises, the high pitched vocals and the genuine feeling that just about everything is out of control. The album title means God's Penis and Amon Duul came out of a Munich commune. Goodness alone knows what went on there. Some of the commune workers went on to found the Red Army Faction, a prominent left wing terror group often better known as the Baader Meinhof Group.

So don't expect pastoral music. This is heavy and almost violent in itself. The commune was initially a music based concept, but it appears that some were more musical than others and these eventually split and formed Amon Duul II. Phallus Dei was their first album and made up of much of their live work. It's a strange hedonistic set dominated by the complex title track which lasts for well over 20 minutes.

The original side one of the album is broken into four strange pieces, but somehow the whole thing hags together pretty well and it's the kind of album that seems to have a purpose and one which does survive numerous plays. Certainly of a time and place and political and musical ideology.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "bernhardkasberger" on 19 May 2004
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That's an excellent record. It's the first album of Amon Düül II. It's very psycodelic and confused. I love it. But it's not only psycodelic, it's also hard. Amon Düül, one of the best (Krautrock) bands. Maybe it's the best and maybe this is the best album.
I really recommend it.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KCJ Music on 17 Mar 2013
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It has been mentioned elsewhere that the current crop of Amon Duul 11 reissues are well packaged, most contain interesting bonus tracks but all lack something sonically. This version of Phallus Dei is no differant, 5 stars for the package, 3 stars for the mastering ( or lack of ! )
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Great remaster of classic German psych album 11 April 2002
By happydogpotatohead - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This remaster of the first Amon Duul II outing is well worth re-buying. I already had the previous CD reissue, but this version is eye-opening. The aural muddiness and sometimes excessive reverb on the first reissue have been stripped away and the volume has been brought up. It's like looking at a painting that's been restored.
Perhaps the best thing I can say is that I found new things that I hadn't heard before, and I've listened to this album many, many times. There were times I found myself saying, "Wait, was this on my other CD?"
It's not often that you can take something that was cool to begin with and make it even cooler. My previous review of this CD still stands, but with this remastering I'm even more enthusiastic about it. This is an essential document for anybody who loves psychedelic music. If only more of the great German psych bands' albums were remastered this well! A big "danke" to Amon Duul II for their remastering and reissue of this terrific music.
25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Mind-altering German space-psych. Enter the Magick Theater! 12 Oct 1999
By happydogpotatohead - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is Amon Duul II's first album, and it's everything that the American psych/freakout bands promised but could not deliver. These guys are so lysergic that they make the Grateful Dead and the Jefferson Airplane, their american contemporaries at the time (1969) sound like coffee drinking office secretaries by comparison. Furiously surging, ebbing and flowing, the music combines elements of garage rock, avant-garde, psychedelia, and just plain all-out weirdness. The end effect is like being submerged in the ocean of an alien planet. All the lyrics are in German but it doesn't matter; what matters is that you will be swept away. This band should be ranked far above most of their American psych contemporaries. Truly psychedelic music, not for the faint of heart, but spiral into the Duulian atmosphere and you may never return.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
New music for a new era, almost forty years ago !!!!! 10 Dec 2005
By PortugueseMusicFan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This remastered edition of "Phallus Dei" is outstanding!! The terrific cover itself is now with fine colours, with the ladies getting more expression in the back of the naked tree full of birds... At the first seconds of "Kanaan", the first track, we can delight with a full-bodied sound, as listening the panic male voice at the entrance, telling us that something really creepy is gone happen...the "four" tribal minutes of "Kanaan" are a dazzling musical experience and the summoning of all powers of this innovative german group...this is really the new music of a new era, still fresh today!!! Almost forty years ago, how bold this was!!!
Second and third tracks, "Dem Guten, Schönen, Wahren" and "Luzifers Ghilom" are that kind of Amon Düül II status, something between humor and terror, a kind of new ethnic chanting with hypnotic rhythms...there's a gloomy waltz at the end of "Dem Guten..." introducing the next track, and here Current 93 had plenty of sounds to sampler for their frightening records...a cry in despair (Luzifer?), menacing drums and almost-hindu chants, again a lot of nasty chorus, a desperate violin...
"Henriette Krötenschwanz", the fourth track, is a little lighter tune, in fact is a disturbing and pointless march, here Renate Knaup trying to emulate some kind of witch...
"Phallus dei", the last track of this psychedelic masterpiece, is a extended magnific jam-session, divided into various movements, always getting the trance way...it's quite extraordinary the middle-section, a madness of bongos and turkish drums side-by-side with savage screams...
Anyway, a must-buy for any psychedelic/krautrock/progressive lover...and with this superb remastered edition, a must-must!!
(The bonus tracks are unreleased versions of later recordings of the band, a nice addition!!)
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
a sonic adventure 24 Jan 2003
By David Group - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Phallus Dei is a psychedelic mind-trip that is light-years ahead of most other releases of the era, e.g., Pink Floyd, Jefferson Airplane, King Crimson (not to say that those were bad albums, just not as freaked out). One big sloppy stew of a musical melange that lacks only a light show and some love beads to complete the sixties experience. And perhaps a ticket for your trip back to Earth.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
excellent 11 Jan 2010
By Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Amon Dull II made better albums than Phallus Del, such as Yeti and the classic Tanz der Lemminge.

But Phallus Dei introduced the dark, layered space psychadelia that made Amon Dull II one of the most inventive bands of their era. They were more complex than Pink Floyd, more compositionally able than Hawkwind.

Some of this seems hokey now--the ghoast noises on the second track, for example. But for innovation and a blueprint to truely dark underground music, this album has few peers.
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