29 June 2010

Amon Duul - 1970 - Para Dieswarts Duul

Quality: 4 out of 5
Trip-O-Meter: 4.5 out of 5

Please note that this group of krautrockers are Amon Duul, and not Amon Duul II. The original Amon Duul was a communal group of freaked-out German hippies of which being a band was only one facet, whereas Amon Duul II was an offshoot of the more musically inclined members of the commune. Although Amon Duul II is by all rights more musically accomplished and focused (while still retaining a strong avant garde edge), I tend to find myself listening to the spacey ramblings of the commune's recordings far more often. This album is the final set from the original group.

The album begins with an extended side-length jam out, which starts off with a minimalist, proto-Spacemen 3 drifter which features vocals about time machines, and ends with a long acoustic guitar driven jam. They're both well and good, but my favorite part is the echoing guitar scales and noise in the middle of the track that stitches them together. The proper album contains two fully separated tracks on side two. While it's pretty primitive sounding, I'm charmed by the chiming guitars and probing bass of "Snow Your Thirst and Sun Your Open Mouth." Paramechanische Welt" isn't bad, but it does reek a little more of screwing around in a drum circle than I'm usually happy with. The reissue contains a couple bonus tracks that make a nice addition. "Paramechanical World" sounds almost like one of the early tracks that Damo Suzuki recorded with Can.

Although not quite an ultimate krautrock classics, Para Dieswarts Duul is one of the better early entries in the genre. I'm usually not particularly attracted to jammy rock unless played by top notch musicians, but Amon Duul manages to create some very cool atmospheres even if they don't always sound completely in control of their instruments. For those of you that grab anything with an Ohr Records label, this will be a most satisfying listen.

*Note - My internet connection is still pretty screwy. I'll post when I can.


Anonymous said...


litlgrey said...

ALSO great!

bsk said...

I'm enjoying this. I was only familiar with the ADII incarnation & this is quite different. Thanks.

the saucer people said...

Has anyone ever come across the ADII 'Surrounded By The Bars' album from the early nineties? It is the one album that I just cannot find anywhere and I would like to hear it before I fork out 30-40 Euros! As far as I can tell, they went in the studio and remixed some old tracks, I have not heard it myself but my friend said she heard it once and was blown away by it and I trust her taste completely!

Anonymous said...

in my opinion listening to this album really is a waste of time, as it's mostly uninspired "bongo-playing" (compared to the much tighter and highly skilled band ADII)