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Amon Düül II - Carnival In Babylon(1972/2007)

11-01-2016, 15:20
Rock | FLAC / APE

Title: Carnival In Babylon (Remastered)
Year Of Release: 2007 (1972)
Label: Revisited Rec. [REV 078]
Genre: Krautrock, Psychedelic Rock
Quality: APE (image+.cue+.log,scans)
Total Time: 65:01
Total Size: 418 MB
This is a terribly underrated album. The problem with a band like Amon Duul II is that their sound and approach changed very radically as their career progressed, which means that you will have fans from all sides of the fence each harshly criticizing what they think to be the "bad albums" -- that are actually awesome -- which simply happened to have departed from their particular range of taste. This album (the band's fourth) is a completely different affair than the three that preceded it, in that it begins to focus more on songwriting, vocal work, and a degree of cohesion; as opposed to turning all the amplifiers up to 11 and freaking out for entire album sides (which is equally delightful, of course). So, naturally, all the stoned "early ADII fans" hear Carnival for the first time, and come away saying ridiculous things like, "It's a pop album! There's no improvisation! They've lost it!" This couldn't be further from the truth. In fact, it's on THIS album that ADII's lead guitarist (John Weinzierl?) really comes into his own, and proceeds to rip it up gloriously all over each and every track! The ten minute epic "Hawknose Harlequin" is one of my absolute favorite ADII songs, with a lengthy instrumental outro section that contains some of the most delectable guitar jamming I've ever heard. What's more, the "raw" sound quality of their previous releases has been replaced by a pristine, gorgeous sonic atmosphere replete with vocal harmonies (Vocal harmonies? ADII?!?), shimmering keyboards, washed-out sound effects, and tone-perfect guitar breaks (at times reminiscent of Hendrix's prettier moments). Needless to say, I adore this album (and it's follow-up "Wolf City") equally as much as I do the drugged-out insanity best represented on the first three releases, and at various points in time, Carnival in Babylon has actually been my *favorite* ADII album. So, when you've "freaked out" enough for one day listening to their earlier stuff, check this one out and prepare for one of the most perfectly chilled-out musical gems to ever come out of Germany.


01. C.I.D. In Uruk
02. All The Years 'Round
03. Shimmering Sand
04. Kronwinkl 12
05. Tables Are Turned
06. Hawknose Harlequin

Bonus Tracks:
07. Skylight
08. Tatzelwurmloch

John Weinzierl (guitars, vocal)
Chris Karrer (guitars, violin, soprano sax, vocal)
Lothar Meid (bass, vocal)
Renate Knaup-Krötenschwanz (vocal)
Danny Fichelsscher (drums, congas)
Peter Leopold (drums, tambourine)
Karl-Heinz Hausmann (keyboards, electronics)

Joy Alaska (backing vocals)
Olaf Kübler (soprano sax, door)
F.U. Rogner (organ)

Amon Düül II - Carnival In Babylon(1972/2007)

Amon Düül II - Carnival In Babylon(1972/2007)

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