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Wolf City [VINYL]

Amon Duul II Vinyl
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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  • Vinyl (22 May 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: IMPORT
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful 9 May 2007
Format:Audio CD
Without doubt one of the best albums I own, it is absolutely phenomenal. The album is at all times epic, much like the sound of YES on Fragile or other similar Prog acts of the time, but it has a distinctly Krautrock feel at the same time. Many of the songs are tinged with Eastern influences such as 'Wie der Wind am Ende einer Strasse' and 'Sleepwalker's Timeless Bridge' which have some brilliant Tabla parts.

Essentially this is just a very well put together prog/krautrock album. What I think makes it that way is the continuity between tracks: each one flows well in to the next, the way a proper concept album should. Themes in tracks are brought back in other songs to link them even better, but very very subtley. Incredible hooks, an all round awesome sound and some interesting innovations that bring out the Krautrock in them. I can't think of a way to make this record better.

Three extra tracks are here which aren't on the original. I don't own the CD, i will shortly, but they can't fault what for me is a blinder of an album.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Beware Revisited! Great album, awful transfer... 14 Jun 2011
Format:Audio CD
No, to be absolutely clear: this is a wonderful album from a wonderful band who didn't know the meaning of the word compromise. That's not why this review is here. The Revisited Recs reissue in 2007 is an appalling kack-handed compromise that uses a crackly vinyl LP as a master. [The Repertoire issue (1997), while not perfect, used the previous Mantra CD as its base.] The Revisited Recs mastering engineer has tried to clear up the sound by using cross-fades which results in ghosting notes, small excisions from the music and, basically, screws up the sound as much as the rear cover artwork has been poorly re-framed and re-jigged. You could be forgiven for thinking the Revisited Recs version is pracically a re-mix for all its mucking about. Which is a terrible shame because "Wolf City", above all other Amon Duul II albums, is a collection of songs that need clear sound in order to appreciate the complexity of the music.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
At last! I suspect not many people will know this album. Why? Because I love the album and I've been trying to find a replacement for the one I lost for about 25 years. Maybe I could have tried harder, but it's sure not been easy to come by. This is Amon Duul's most accessible album - it could appeal to people who might find Yeti or Tanz der Lemminge too way out. Renate's singing on 'Surrounded by the Stars' and 'Green Bubble Raincoat man' is gorgeous - they sound almost like Abba on acid here, and the big 50s-style arpeggios given the full psychedelic treatment at the end of Greeen Bubble Raincoat Man - wow! Pink floyd would be proud. And this would appeal to a lot of people who might not think it their bag at first glance. And when they're heavy they make most post-80s metal sound like Cliff Richard on Songs of Praise.
If you know this album you don't need telling, but if you don't know this or Amon Duul II and you like pschedelia, goth, metal, prog rock or intricate acoustic stuff like the Incredible string band, or the 3rd Ear Band, there's something for you here, and it's up with the best of any genre.
But you need Tanz der Lemminge and Yeti too!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique, scary, powerful, catchy 14 Nov 2003
By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
A bit of an unusual mixture, in other words! This is psychedelic progressive music by a band brimming with melodic, raga-like guitar and bass riffs coloured with acoustic guitar, drums, violin and vocals. There is plenty to entertain, unnerve and amuse in this album - which I first encountered in, let's say a non-ordinary state of mind:-) Its quality is proven by the fact that it still sounds strong and interesting to a middle-aged, stone-cold sober version of me.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Notch German Prog 8 Jan 2005
By Wezzy
Format:Audio CD
I borrowed a ropey tape off my mate of "Ege Bamyasi" by Can which of course was fantastic, but I ignored the life changing German Prog. on the other side of my audio-cassette. For all you fans of Yes, Floyd, Genesis, and other rather good English Prog. rock, if you're keener on a more VdGG or Gentle Giant view of life, then Amon Duul 2 is a great place to start if you're thinking of venturing into Krautland. Amon Duul 2 are more accessible than Can or Faust. In particular, Wolf City was an absolute revelation to my wife and I. A couple of weeks ago, rather than stick on our usual CD's of "Pawn Hearts", "Trout Mask Replica" and "Octopus" while we ate dinner, we played Wolf City by Amon Duul 2. I stopped eating when "Green-Bubble-Raincoated-Man" fired up. After some gorgeous vocals from Renate Knaup-Krotenschwanz, the album took off. If you're looking for solid German prog. without any da-da nonsense (e.g. the second-half of "Tago Mago"), then Wolf City is for you. And of course it's been re-mastered. I promise you, this is the best Prog album you've heard in years.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Francis Mitchell VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Is this CD part of a pack? OK, no more wolf puns. One of Amon Duuls better albums although not as ground breaking as Dance of the Lemmings or Carnival in Babylon. Very plangent though, the title track, Deutsche Nepal and the closing track are all powerful in different and evocative ways. Good to buy if you already have the two albums already mentioned, otherwise get Carnival in Babylon first if you just want to sample what the band sound like.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I always try to be honest and hypercritical about music but I have alwsys believed this album was the most commercial of Amon Duuls repetoire (vive la trance was just a waste of vinyl, Dance of the Lemmings is probably more adventerous)and probably the best record short of Electric Ladyland I had ever heard. Having now re-aquired it on CD I am confused why this is not considered an absolute masterpiece, the range the mastery of instruments is marvellous, inventiveness BUT I only rate it as 4 stars because there has to be something better I just haven't found it
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Amon Duul at their brilliant best
This album stands the test of time and today I realise just how musically brilliant they were. Undiscovered, known to but a few but there you go, some of the best stuff is like... Read more
Published 2 months ago by G. T. Wilkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Early 70s Rock
I used to buy this band's stuff on vinyl when it first came out. After not having heard it for about 40 years I am delighted to be able to say that it is still excellent. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Pete Randall
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Bridge
I've always loved the "Krautrock" of the '70s. Excepting Tangerine Dream, this album, along with Can's Future Days, stands as my favourite example of that psychedelic waywardness. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Peter Jackson
4.0 out of 5 stars Great German band from way back
There is some fantastic music and great memories in this cd. I had years ago when albums were records. It has been great revisiting it. Read more
Published on 8 Jun 2012 by Charles E. Gorrie
2.0 out of 5 stars Just not up there with the greats
I've been re-buying a lot of my 70's Krautrock collection and have been reminded of just how good some of these bands were. Read more
Published on 31 July 2009 by G. B. Henderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful album
This has to be the easiest of reviews to write - just read the ones above "Abba on acid" really sums it up - wonderful!!! Read more
Published on 10 Jun 2007 by Philip J. Duerden
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Progtastic
If you're wondering where to start with Krautrock, then this is the place. Wolf City is an extraordinary album from start to finish. Read more
Published on 10 Jan 2005 by Wezzy
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