Amon Düül II – Tanz Der Lemminge - Dance Of The Lemmings - 1971 Exp Prog Psych Rock - Original German Issue 2LP
Amon Düül II – Tanz Der Lemminge (Dance Of The Lemmings)
Liberty – LBS 83 473 / 74 X
2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo
Records are VG++ has some light wear (listen to our copy)
Laminated cover is VG+ VG++ has some light wear (see our pic)
Printed in Germany by C. v. d. Linnepe, Lüdenscheid.
Jimmy Jackson, Al Gromer, Henriette Kroetenschwanz and Rolf Zacher are listed as guests.
On back cover: produced by olaf kuebler + amon duul 2
Released in a gatefold cover.
Some copies have a sticker on the front cover which reads "Original Film-Musik Cham Sin mit Maria Schell"
Some copies have the sticker on sleeve: "Electric Rock Idee 2000"
Similar pressings / differences:
Amon Düül II - Tanz Der Lemminge: Has no text under "Liberty Records" (back cover, bottom right hand side).
Amon Düül II - Tanz Der Lemminge: Has other rim text (there "UNITED ARTISTS RECORDS"; here "LIBERTY / UA").
Krautrock, Psychedelic Rock
Syntelman's March Of The Roaring Seventies
A1 In The Glassgarden 1:39
A2 Pull Down Your Mask (Vocals – Chris Karrer) 4:39
A3 Prayer To The Silence 1:04
A4 Telephonecomplex 8:26
B1 Landing In A Ditch 1:12
B2 Dehypnotized Toothpaste 0:52
B3 A Short Stop At The Transsylvanian Brain-Surgery (Vocals – Lothar Meid) 5:00
Race From Here To Your Ears
B4.1 Little Tornadoes (Vocals – Chris Karrer) 2:08
B4.2 Overheated Tiara 1:46
B4.3 The Flyweighted Five 1:26
B5 Riding On A Cloud (Vocals – Henriette Kroetenschwanz, Lothar Meid) 2:33
B6 Paralized Paradise (Vocals – John Weinzierl) 3:07
B7 H.G. Well's Take-Off (Vocals – Rolf Zacher) 1:26
C The Marilyn Monroe-Memorial-Church (Impr.) 18:05
D1 Chewinggum Telegram 2:44
D2 Stumbling Over Melted Moonlight 4:39
D3 Toxicological Whispering 7:50
Pressed By – Sonopress
Printed By – Carl v. d. Linnepe
Record Company – Liberty/UA GmbH
Bass – Lothar Meid
Double Bass – Lothar Meid (tracks: A1 to B7)
Drums – Peter Leopold
Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Violin – Chris Karrer
Electronics, Engineer – K.-H. Hausmann (tracks: A1 to B7)
Guitar – John Weinzierl
Mixed By, Remix – Kalle Hausmann (tracks: C to D3)
Organ, Electronics – Falk Rogner (tracks: C to D3)
Organ, Piano – Jimy Jackson (tracks: A1 to B7)
Percussion – Peter Leopold (tracks: A1 to B7)
Piano – John Weinzierl (tracks: C to D3), Peter Leopold (tracks: C to D3)
Producer – Amon Düül II, Olaf Kübler
Sitar – Al Gromer (tracks: A1 to B7)
Written-By – Karrer, Rogner, Weinzierl, Meid
Barcode and Other Identifiers
Rights Society: GEMA
Matrix / Runout (A-side, stamped): C 83473 A-1 Made in Germany
Matrix / Runout (B-side, stamped): C 83473 B-1 Made in Germany
Matrix / Runout (C-side, stamped): C 83 474 A-1 Made in Germany
Matrix / Runout (D-side, stamped): C 83 474 B-1 Made in Germany
Matrix / Runout (Cat.nr. disc 1): LBS 83 473 X
Matrix / Runout (Cat.nr. disc 2): LBS 83 474 X
Other (Cat.nr. spine): LBS 83473/74X
Amon Düül II was born of an artistic and political community’s scission called Amon Düül (who recorded during the late sixties a long live session made around collective and free musical improvisations). The band emerged from the underground German rock scene...
( pitchfork) "Syntelman's March of the Roaring Seventies," at almost 16 minutes, is actually the shortest of the epics on Lemminge. Unlike Can, whose Tago Mago was released shortly after this album, Amon Düül II's lengthy pieces are generally fleshed out works, rather than pure studio concoctions and pastiches of improvisation or shorter segments. "Syntelman's" starts ominously enough with a wall of chimes and distant organ tones, but the insistent bass and drum groove boils to the surface, with Karrer's acoustic guitar (which is a major component on the album, and one reason why it feels less a hazy workout than previous releases) working over top, and even some light mellotron (sounding like a choir of children) to give it sci-fi charm. "After a long introducing, you can listen to the story," says the singer, and so another light acoustic guitar interlude brings in the next section. The band may have been influenced by Space Oddity-era Bowie, as many of the pieces featuring song-like sections are reminiscent of Bowie's more whimsical outings. All things considered, this is a pretty warm introduction to the band, if you were so inclined.
"Restless Skylight-Transistor Child" begins with one of about a hundred classic riffs featured on Lemminge-- and if there's one major difference between this album and its predecessors, it's the noticeable increase in major league, hard rock riffery. This leads to a completely different, though equally classic riff, and to still another riff after that. The last one, though, brings it down a notch, and even introduces some nice sitar to the mix. Where this band has distanced itself from the other krautrock bands is its unrelenting eclecticism and variety in its arrangements. Even Faust couldn't claim as many points of reference points as this tune: after the rocking intro, it goes to ghostly freak ambience, then to Musique Concrète broken carousel, onto über-Foghat territory with riffs aplenty, then to something that sounds like it was ripped off of the first Funkadelic album with Hendrix guitar and big beats, and then a crazy gypsy violin goes apeshit. See?
The final grossewerk is perhaps the centerpiece of the record, "Chamsin Soundtrack/The Marilyn Monroe Memorial Church." Where the previous pieces were long, they weren't necessarily mind-expanding (which is what I expect from the best Amon Düül II), and this piece makes up for that in spades. Beginning with cloudy, undefined organ/feedback ambience-- and with a little ancient violin lament here, future-shock noise there-- it is positively"