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3.9 out of 5 stars
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on 2 August 2017
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on 15 January 2018
Brought as a present
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on 17 March 2013
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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on 20 April 2015
This was Amon Düül II's first album, after they were formed from the respectively called 'Amon Düül', a free-form underground band (or more a gathering) of young people in Germany that played improvisational pieces.
Amon Düül II was founded to produce constructed music instead of improvisational pieces by members of the Amon Düül gathering.

As another review says, the album is indeed, rather difficult to listen to, taking into consideration the extremely poor 'mastering'.

My biggest issue with the product (and not the music itself) is that it comes in a paper sleeve, which makes the vinyl record EXTREMELY dirty. When I unwrapped the plastic wrapping, I took the vinyl out and there was immediately so much dirt and unwanted dust on the vinyl, I played it straight away, and the amount of cracks and pops could be heard through my respectable setup.
ReVisited's other re-releases (such as Amon Düül II's Yeti double LP) come in separate paper LP covers and are the kind you would see actually being used to protect vinyl records. The quality upon unpackaging the product is such a substantial difference.

If you purchase this re-release, be prepared to clean the record after each play if you're going to put it back in the original paper sleeve, because it will get dirty. I would suggest purchasing the plastic, anti-static LP sleeves and then slotting that inside of the original paper sleeve to protect the record.

Oh, and the track listing is laid out incorrectly on this reproduction. The A side contains the 20 minute 'Phallus Dei', whereas, on original versions, this was on the B side.
All of the other tracks on the album are now on the 'B' side.
Listening to the wonderful 'Phallus Dei' straight away is rather out-of-place, as it does not really fit in the way it should.

Conclusion:
Awesome album worth collecting for any fan of progressive rock or Krautrock, absolutely disastrous reprint from Revisited (even though their other products are fine).
Buy a dust cloth or a brush with this record if you do not previously own one.
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on 10 May 2014
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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on 13 November 2008
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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on 19 May 2004
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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