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Oases of timelessness in gritty expanses of wasteland,
By A Customer
This review is from: Yeti (Audio CD)
The camel, it is said, eats thorns because it enjoys the taste of blood. It is equally easy to mistake the source of pleasure when listening again to music I first heard when I was as the same age my children now are. Adolescence is an intoxicating time, prone to improvisation and replete with a heightened sense of expectancy. Amon Duul II were one of the groups who continued these late 1960's musical themes into the 70's - but listening to "Yetti", in large part, serves as a powerful antidote to attacks of nostalgia. At least half of the original vinyl (Yeti, Yeti talks to Yogi, Sandoz in the Rain) can only be enjoyed by glimpsing lost sensations rather than re-discovering lost masterpieces.
But those masterpieces are there, and worth finding. Of them, "Cerberus" is perhaps the best, although the version on the retrospective "Best of" disguises this all too well. In fact, all of what was originally side two of the etched-black-plastic version remains amongst the best Amon Duul II produced, ie amongst the best music washed up in the wake of 1960's psychedelia experimentation. "Archangels Thunderbird" begins the superlative sequence, albeit a little leadenly, leading into the sharp-as-shards "Cerberus", and culminating in "Pale Gallery" (which, it is hoped, is reproduced in its full rather than 2:11 truncated version on CD).
One day, a university course entitled "Twentieth Century Music" will race through the "Dylan-Beatles era" lecture and the lecturer will address the nodding heads with "some groups took these ideas further" and cue "Cerberus". The class will wake up.
Until then, or at least until a truly "Best Of" is released, "Yetti" is worth it for its timeless visionary glimpses. If you were there you might not remember, if you weren't you might still find the music unforgettable.