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5.0 out of 5 stars Sandoz was famous for...?, 26 Oct. 2002
This review is from: Yeti (Audio CD)
Amon Duul were a German collective who split thus Amon Duul and Amon Duul II. Whereas the former were more politically involved and wanted to be closer to the people, II focussed on raising the people's awareness through the music. Inspired in part by the Grateful Dead, in part by Pink Floyd, Amon Duul were very much part of the nascent Krautrock scene in Germany.
Yeti, along with the first Ash Ra Tempel album, are representative of the psychedelic side of the German scene. Another reviewer appears somewhat critical of aspects of the album but given the situation at the time in Europe, it is not clear to non-Brits why this was such an innovative album.
For a start most German bands were guys. Amon Duul had non-descript female vocals but II had Renate. Influences here included Yoko Ono, Grace Slick, Janis Joplin and the Teutonic goddess Nico. The combination of the vocals, the guitar effects and the focus on improvisation marked this band out from almost every other aside from Can.
Yeti is the gem in the crown of their work. One of the earliest European albums to include recorded improvisational material, Yeti occupied one complete side of the album. At the time they were little known outside of Germany although there was a growing awareness by a small cognescenti in Britain due to the connections with members of the psychedic warlords, Hawkwind.
In a sense the track listings do not really matter as the album was intended to be a reflection of their live gigs but aside from the title track, two others standout. Archangels Thunderbird became a crowd favourite much to the disdain of the band reportedly at the time but was included in many gigs and appeared in Live in London. The last side of the vinyl album devoted to Yei, Yogi and Sandoz is a genuflection to the company who first created LSD and is played accordingly.
This is the last album which would capture the band in it's full improvisational glory. Thereafter there music became more complex much in line with other developments on the music scene at home.
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Initial post: 28 Jun 2011 09:49:55 BDT
Bananaman says:
OMG, never knew that about Sandoz LOL.....I've been taking their medication for 22 years.....not LSD BTW !!!! I mean 'proper' medication.

Posted on 20 Dec 2013 15:56:27 GMT
Last edited by the author on 20 Dec 2013 15:57:52 GMT
D. Crudden says:
IT'S = IT IS/HAS: NO apostrophe in the genitive of IT. Also, "ALONG WITH" does not pluralise -a common error; it should be "Yeti IS representative" in the second paragraph.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Dec 2013 22:07:20 GMT
Junglies says:
Have you not got anything better to do than be a grammar checker or spelling checker?

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Dec 2013 23:56:54 GMT
acid

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Sep 2014 19:15:08 BDT
You should read head honcho/chemist Hoffman's account of actually trying the LSD he developed, it's an absolute classic. He can write decent, unadorned prose which makes it the funnier as he goes off his trolley. DO try it (his account I mean).

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Sep 2014 23:20:04 BDT
Junglies says:
I think that what you are trying to say is try it, you'll like it (his account we mean) ;-)
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