The improvisations, paradoxically, are more controlled and coherent, and a lot louder too. It's a certified kosmische classic, followed by three shorter, guitar-heavy jams, returning the music closer to its counter-culture garage band roots. Both halves of the album together add up to a quirky and subversive musical artifact: one part Prog, one part psychedelia, and all of it quintessential Krautrock.
Here's one belated fan who regrets not having heard the group sooner, but who is nonetheless grateful to have discovered them even this late in the day. I find Amon Duul II to be a frustrating band. Their "Live in London" album, which sold in significant quantities in the UK due to a budget price, indicated that they had originality and talent in no short measure. Having investigated further though, I find that their studio albums are alarmingly inconsistent, ranging from simplistic pop based songs to overlong, self indulgent improvisations.
Outside Germany, this the band's third album bears the title "Dance of the lemmings" I had to update the site to show this as it took me a while to find it under its German language name! The album's opening track "Syntelman's march of the roaring seventies" is a three part piece running to 16 minutes, and occupying the whole of the first side of this double LP.
There are similarities with Hawkwind's "In search of space" from the same era, in the pounding rhythms and spacey sounds. The music varies from such psychedelic influences to acoustic, folk like phases which are reminiscent of albums such as Jethro Tull's "Thick as a brick".
While the instrumental passages are frequent, they tend to reflect the overall tightness of the suite, with little of the improvisation which blighted the previous "Yeti". Side two is occupied by the seven part "Restless skylight-Transistor-Child" which is notable for containing the most imaginative titles of the album.
These include "A short stop at the Transylvanian brain surgery", "Dehypnotised toothpaste", and "Race from here to your ears". Needless to say the lyrics, which may be in English but are impenetrable nonetheless, bear no relation to the titles. According to John Weinzierl, the theme of the piece is an extra-terrestrial view of human life. Unusually, the track features sitar and choir type vocals working together, offering an ear This Is Really Me - The Lemming* - Worldwide (CD) counterpoint to the less structured section which follows.
Improvised electric violin also makes an appearance, backed by a heavy electronic back beat. This suite is the most diverse of the four sides, and therefore the most demanding. The highlight is the "Race from here to your ears" section, a softer section with female vocal accompaniment and phasing. I do feel though that the "Live in London" version is much the superior. Strangely, the lyrics here mention "Syntelman", whose name is included in the tittle of the first suite.
There appears to be some confusion over whether the whole of the second album is the "Chamsin soundtrack", or just side three. The LP sleeve would appear to imply that sides three and four are both covered by this title. At the time of the album's release, the obscure film for which the music was intended had not been released, appearing in Germany a year later. The music did however win a German soundtrack award! The third side of the LP is occupied by the singularly titled "The Marylin Monroe- memorial- church" complete with hyphens as shownwhich runs to 18 minutes.
This piece has more in common with the "Yeti" improvisations than the rest of the album. While it is mildly appealing, with floating early Pink Floyd like sounds, it is probably best regarded as soundtrack music and left at that. Three separate tracks occupy side four. For me, this is easily the best of the Amon Duul 2 studio albums I have heard. OK, so it does ramble a bit at times, especially on side 3, but in general the music is focused and well performed.
Incidentally, the album title also appears to bear no relation to anything on the album. The first side is called "Syntelman's March Of The Roaring Seventies", it begins with "In The Glassgarden" a short song that is quite spacey until we start to get a beat.
There is a dreamy, uplifting section that comes and goes during this song. The final track of side one is "Telephonecomplex", it begins with organ, drums This Is Really Me - The Lemming* - Worldwide (CD) guitar.
The acoustic guitar sounds incredible. Vocals after 2 minutes. The bass is prominant, and the lyrics and vibe are psychedelic. The mood changes several times. Some nice piano arrives along with some aggressive guitar. Side two is called "Restless Skylight-Transistor-Child".
It begins with "Landing In A Ditch" which is basically the same guitar melody playing over and over for about a minute. The next song "Dehypnotized Toothpaste" is the same style but with a different melody.
Dissonant sounds to end it. Where have you been! The psychedelic vocals echo. Good guitar and spacey sounds. It features acoustic guitar, speaking, bass and electric guitar 2 minutes in.
Wells Take Off" has some crazy vocals along with a heavy sound including bass. This is very experimental and spacey. I feel like i'm lost in space listening to this 18 minute track.
We get some marching style drums 9 minutes in and piano after 11 minutes and late. In between 14 min. This song is a trip. The final side starts with "Chewinggum Telegram" which really rocks out with drums and guitar. The guitar is outstanding.
This is amazing! I really like the way the guitar plays over top of the drum melody. The same style is on the final track called "Toxicological Whispering". More fantastic guitar! What a way to end this incredible journey. In July, people sweat in the sun sitting feet-by-feet watching the big game. The Marilyn Monroe Memorial Church is one of my favorite improvisations, a type of music which I don't care much for.
The last three songs sound pretty close to the same to me but they are all good and you have to love the title Stumbling Over Melted Moonlight! This is probably the best krautrock album ever! What we get instead is an album that, if you're hungry for a reference, isn't far removed from Zappa or Captain Beefheart.
But it lacks the skill and bite of those grandmaster of anarchistic crank-rock. There are occasional flashes of inspiration but generally it sounds too sought after and deliberately artsy. Also the album's mix doesn't help, the drums are mixed so much to the background that you can hardly hear them. As a result, the songs sound disjointed and flat.
A real turn-off for me. National Lampoon was never the most revolutionary This Is Really Me - The Lemming* - Worldwide (CD) magazines anyway — remember that one of its editors was arch-conservative P. This was a group raised on the subtlety of Stan Freberg and Tom Lehrer, and they were really the first comedy group to fully use the power of the recording studio—they reflect their radio backgrounds as fully as the Lemmings writers revealed their print experience.
The core group of four men — Philip Proctor, David Ossman, Peter Bergman, Phil Austin along with some incidental friends and a whole lot of studio trickery — manages to create multi-layered soundscapes full of subtle jokes, historical commentary, stupid puns, and ruthless satire that made one think while laughing. Now we can make tortillas!
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I have even talked to some people in the PC repair business over the years that openly admit that Microsoft is responsible for much of the wealth they have accumulated. So here we are in a world where PC owners willingly drag their systems to a repair shop, have unspeakable PC rites and Windows voodoo performed on them, shell out large sums of money, and all without blinking an eye. To be fair, there are certainly Mac users who do the same thing.
There are even Mac users who willingly pay a technician to install or re-install the MacOS for them. Everyone has to start somewhere. If I was talking only about novice users, I could perhaps be accused of being Mac-biased which I am, though for good reasons, many of which are included in this column. But I am not talking only about novice users.
I am talking about experienced Windows users who may have owned a computer for many years. These are the people who get my goat as they line up in their lemming processionals, for these are the people who have been shelling out their hard earned cash the longest! There are also Macs out there that require a very high level of care and break at the This Is Really Me - The Lemming* - Worldwide (CD) of a hat.
The PowerMac may be the worst computer ever made the worst with an Apple logo on it at least. We know this because we have all read stories of people who have owned machines like this from Apple. Think about it -- it makes the news in the Mac world. If I may be redundant, this whole scenario makes me angry at times. People are queing up to line the pockets of the crooks manufacturing this crap, Microsoft chief among them.
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