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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Underground German Rock, 13 Nov 2008
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Certainly Not Easy Listening, 10 May 2014
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Mr. Peter Steward "petersteward" (Norwich, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Phallus Dei (Audio CD)
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Genial, aus München (That's German), 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Great music - shame about the clarity, 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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