Amon Düül II – Wolf City (1972)

AmonDuulII_WolfCity3.5 out of 5 Stars!

Amon Düül II was a rather weird-ass group from Germany that I initially heard and investigated back in the mid-’70s, about the time I started high school and, from one excellent “underground” Chicago radio station, gained exposure to “Krautrock” and the often-intriguing bands that were considered part of the genre.

Various Krautrock groups promoted by that radio station caught my undivided attention, but I also remember not being too enthusiastic about this particular band (again, too weird-ass for me, too psychedelic and wildly experimental with strange, strange, STRANGE vocals—plus, at import prices, the albums were way too expensive for me to simply grab on a whim from my local record store).

But in the past decade or two I’ve slowly grown to appreciate the group and its complete and utter strangeness and adventurous nature. Granted, Amon Düül II will never be one of my favorite bands by any stretch of the imagination, but some of the group’s earliest efforts, such as Wolf City—with spacey and tripping tunes like “Sleepwalker’s Timeless Bridge,” “Surrounded By The Stars,” “Jail-House-Frog,” “Wie Der Wind Am Ende Einer Strasse,” and the hypnotic, almost Brian Eno-esque title track—are nevertheless enjoyable whenever I find myself in a “weird-ass” mood…like today. 🙂

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