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Tanz Der Lemminge [Original recording remastered, Import]

Amon Duul Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 July 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Repertoire
  • ASIN: B00005TPKE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 510,822 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still wonderful 30 years on! 25 Feb 2003
Format:Audio CD
Tanz Der Lemminge was originally released as a double LP in 1971, but their music has not dated. If you didn't know, Amon Duul II were a German group who produced a series of LPs and really broke the mould as far as rock music went.They toured the UK and were very popular for a few years. Now they are a cult band, those that know their works rave about them. Many tracks on this CD are quiet but very agreeable, sort of "Can meets Faust and Tangerine Dream" with Hawkwind contributing odd elements.(I think a member of the band later joined Hawkwind) However, the three songs that make up "Race from Here to your Ears" are heavy rock, as is Chewinggum Telegram. The track names are always interesting; I loved the idea of Toxicological Whispering. Although Amon Duul II do sing, Tanz der Lemminge is mainly instrumental. It's really in a class of its own. I've always thought that it's one of their best works. If you already know Amon Duul II, this should be next on your list of things to buy. Note that there's an Amon Duul II compilation called Lemmingmania, don't confuse the two works.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not close to the edge, but over it 30 Nov 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
It's all very well recommending an album but there's always the question of taste. It doesn't matter for instance how much you talk up a work of the stature of "Revolver" to someone who doesn't like The Beatles. With Amon Duul II however this is a
glaring issue. You are either with this music all the way or not at all. What you get here is nearly seventy minutes of largely instrumental rock music in a bewildering array of styles. At first it comes across as experimental and improvisational. While these are prominent elements however Amon Duul II do exercise a subtle degree of self-discipline. Most of the compositions recognise a basic tempo, an underlying pulse. There are even a few songs, though vocals are not their strong point. "Pull Down The Mask" is about as conventional as it gets, with a vocal delivery reminiscent of David Bowie. On this track as on several others the style is that of conventional rock band but with unusual guitar lines and odd chord progressions.
The guitar is the most prominent instrument across this album though the textures vary. On the early tracks there is a more lush, acoustic sound. "A Short Stop At The Transylvanian Brain Surgery" by contrast features a striking combination of guitar and sitar lines. From here on the electric guitar takes precedence for the middle of the album, but the tumbling piano motif that recurs in this section offers a startling interruption.
Most of the first thirteen tracks are fairly short so there are many changes in style and arrangement. But track fourteen, "The Marilyn Monroe-Memorial-Church" is a different proposition. Weighing in at eighteen minutes, this is a maelstrom of spaced-out effects that would have had Syd Barrett drooling.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inner Space = the final frontier 30 Jun 2002
By Junglies - Published on
Format:Audio CD
Despite being released as another double album, this sprawling CD is in actual fact one huge piece of work - a veritable collage of composition with overlays and instrumentation aplenty and despite the track titles there are not really any tracks at all.
There are repetitive themes which occur throughout and notable pieces where the listener will find recognisable rock music. In every sense of the word this is a trip. The listener is treated to an entire experience which lasts for over an hour.
The album represents the pinnacle of improvisational achievement from a traditional rock band. No less improvisational than Can or Ash Ra Tempel, this band lets loose all of their influences from Stockhausen, through to the Velvet Underground and the Grateful Dead. They recognise their roots in the German collective by incorporating some of the softer sides of the musical range.
Unfortunately, the trip has not lasted well unless you are an afficionado of that type and era of music. Personally I love this album and am glad that it is available on one CD which allows for the whole to be experienced in it's entirety. This album was such an awesome experience I would play whole sides of it, without interuption at the Locarno Ballroom in Sunderland often before or after bands such as Genesis took the stage as they were no comparison.
English album entitled Dance of the Lemmings.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amon Duul II - 'Tanz Der Lemmings' (Repertoire) 6 Oct 2004
By Mike Reed - Published on
Format:Audio CD
Super-nice CD reissue of the band's third effort, originally released, as a double album in 1971. Some might say that 'Tanz Der Lemmingz' is indeed THE best Amon Duul II lp ever, and it probably is. That doesn't mean that you should bypass the band's other key albums, like 'Phallus Dei', 'Yeti' or, say 'Wolf City'. As for these reissues have plenty to offer as well. The Repertoire label did a first rate job at mastering this six track disc, wanted to mention that THIS posting of the CD's track listing is incorrect. The absolute BEST track on 'Tanz' is the eighteen-minute acid drenched tripping "The Marilyn Monroe Memorial Church". Fellow krautrockers, it just doesn't get much better than this. The disc's other two lengthy cuts, "Syntelman's March" and "Restless Skylight" appears to get musically divided into other segments. The three remaining cuts are regularly played Amon Duul II tunes. Highly recommended.
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Skylight Transistor Child 22 Dec 2004
By Arno Parke - Published on
Format:Audio CD
Riding in a bus from El Paso, Texas to Guadalajara, Mexico, my walkman played a 90 minute tape recording made by an older painter friend. Side One and part of side two was Amon Duul II's 'Tanz Der Lemminge', the rest was Lee 'Scratch' Perry's 'Public Jestering'. One of 3 tapes I brought on the trip, this would often play on auto-repeat for hours before being changed. Riding through deserts, changing into mountains then to tropical jungles, beetles and iguanas bathing in the sun and rain. Eating a space cake and listening to the sound of UFOs flying over the swiss alps while bearded german jazz musicians sacrifice guitars and synths to ancient mountain goats following off with some jamaican ska hex incantations. I should note that I was all of one year old when this album was originally released.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From the communes of Europe, with love: Amon Duul II 1 Jun 2004
By H. L. Thomas - Published on
Format:Audio CD
In a time long ago when it was possible to buy albums by look alone and to then embark upon the aural voyage with no fear of money wasted, with only the excitement of something wonderful found, and that by the time the music was close to an end there came Marilyn Monroe Memorial and it was revealed that yes, yes sometimes the cover matches the interior and Prog Rock was not only the ruling music of the British, that Prog came to be known as Kraut, and Kraut Rock did rule Europe and the Mainland of America in that time long ago when the music matched the days and nights of all our basements, basements lined with mini moogs, farfisa pianos, hammond b3 organs, Gretsch guitars, and the odd flute here and there...
What does this mean? Amon Duul II was perfect for their time, and that the music was a magnificent meld of art rock and jazz, and that there was no end sometimes to the music, but by rambling it had a meaning and that meaning lasts even to today in this incarnation of a remastered CD.
Tanz der Lemming is a very highly recommended release that is as much a mark of the times as it is a masterpiece of psychedelic rock and jazz.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An earth shattering performance! 27 Jan 2006
By Warren W. Nelson - Published on
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I feel compelled to proclaim that this work represents an absolute milestone in progressive psychedelic music. The band is in the grips of an overwhelming psychedelic possession culminating in this, their finest and most challenging recording. The musicianship is akin to an urgent and neuron shattering explosion through inner space. To me, this might be the pinnacle of kraut rock; pillaging the celestial spheres with manic textures and sonic explorations. Whereas a band like Pink Floyd would let their psychedelic explorations evolve as a natural consequence of a particular mood or setting, Amon Dull II at their peak were a more furious band where someone might have the impression that they had succumbed to the mind altering substance and were flailing and writhing in their visionary extremes or psychotic and schizophrenic torture.Remarkable guitarwork and ingenious and truly progressive composition and performances characterize these unusual and elaborate sketches of a rock band turned into a euphoric psychedelic rocketship taking us into alternate dimensions, strange place of our mind that connect us to the cosmos. This is simply an astounding performance of overwhelming creativity.
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