Released on Liberty in 1970 (Liberty LBS 833559/60) in the days before CD's on two pieces of lysergically soaked vinyl, Yeti was the second album by Munich's Amon Düül II, their first album being Phallus Dei (Gods Penis).
As bands go Amon Düül II are a relatively new discovery for me. I mean, I have certainly known about them for about 20 years and was certainly played Wolf City a good many times by an enthusiastic friend (Sandoz) in my younger years but was usually too 'pharmaceutically altered' for it to really take hold of me in the way that this band has in the last nine months.
Nowadays I would place this album somwehere in the top three of my 'All Time Top 100 Albums Of All Time'.......THAT is how much I rate this album.
Stumbling across this at a very low point in my life (both musically and mentally) this was like discovering a new galaxy, untouched my other beings. I was bored beyond belief with virtually everything that came my way, which was unfair really as most of what has past my earholes has been good exquisite psychedelia, it was just that my state of mind refused to allow anything more than a flicker of an eye or a faint shrug.
I firmly believe now that Yeti for me is the Holy Grail that I have been searching the world for the last 22 years for in terms of 'Classic' Stone Cold Psychedelia and across the 1300 or so albums I own is just dripping with all the right
qualities I seek in psychedelia.
Of course there will be many reading this article that would disagree with the status I bestow upon this album and many that will just plain 'not get' Amon Düül II but that's fine with me as I am not here to defend it and of course we are all entitled to our own opinions and 'opinions are like...' nah..don't even go there.
What I will say though is that if you are just beginning to discover the 'forbidden fruit' of Psychedelia then you could do far worse than to score yourself a copy of this, sit down in a darkened room, gently slip your headphones onto your lugholes and let this album seep into every nerve ending in your body and be taken away by what ranks as brilliant psych in my humble opinion.
Likewise if you are just starting forays into the vast world of Krautrock (where this album truly belongs if you are a genre snob) then Amon Düül II are a good place to start.....just don't be dissapointed if you never find an album to better it!!
If one is forced to make comparisons then I guess you could say that this is of a similar style to the first three or four Pink Floyd albums, certainly Yeti Talks To Yogi and Sandoz In The Rain are amongst the finest examples of tripped out, spaced out, loose and cosmic stuff you will come across.
It is NOT Space Rock, nor does it fall into Jam Band territory as this is neither crude nor noodling in any way shape or form, this is complex, hallucinogenic music that at times is discordant and at others displays such beauty and overwhelming prescence that hearing it can bring tears to my eyes.
If you thought Interstellar Overdrive and Astronomy Domine was a long strange trip then stay at home and draw the curtains because Yeti just rewrote the book...
There are haunting and at some times scary tracks and there are huge great soaring pieces that will lift you up and cast you into the darkness, if you are still listening by the time you reach the title track be prepared for an epic piece of music, the 'short, tight and nice' song lovers amongst you may feel uneasy as Amon Düül II move into free form & intense mode but I beg you to stay with it to the end and let me know what you think.
I will freely admit that this is not perhaps the easiest of albums to get into but there's no escaping its credentials as one of the giant killers of Krautrock and also the broader genre of psychedelia as a whole.
As I write this I am smiling at the looks on some peoples faces when they slip this into their CD player for the first time and look forward to all comments.
Besides the excellent musicianship present here, no Amon Düül II review would be complete without mention of the beautiful and haunting siren that is Renate Knaup, who's voice simply blows my mind......move over Grace honey, Renate is IT.