Title - 'Düülirium' (Purple Pyramid Records)
Artist - Amon Düül II
Those lovely people are Cleopatra Records are about to make all fans of Amon Düül II VERY happy! For not only will the band release a brand new album in June, their first new recordings for 20 years, but there will also be Deluxe Vinyl versions of 5 other classic Amon Düül II releases from throughout their career!
But wait, there's more! Each of those 5 Deluxe Vinyl albums have been put together with digitally remastered audio made specifically for the re-issues! And to make it all even more incredible, each 180 gram vinyl will be a colored vinyl packaged in glue-on heavyweight chip board jackets - and sequentially numbered!
That all aside, and now back to focusing on their brand new album of new material in over two decades, Düülirium sees the long-awaited return of the iconic German band. Featuring three of the group's founding members - guitarist John Weinzierl, guitarist/violinist Chris Karrer, and vocalist Renate Knaup - Duulirium most assurdly shows us progression in their sound from the off.
That first track is 'On the Highway (Mambo La Liberta)' and is totally ruled, owned by the deep, husky vocals of Knaup. Not exactly a song that inspires or invigorates, it is still pure Amon Düül II at its finest. Up next is 'Du Kommst Ins Heim' which takes the whole project up a notch and allows for multiple overlays of band member vocals.
The quite brilliant 'Standing in the Shadow' is a mixture of various musical instruments that each have their own time in the spotlight. Brought together by Knaup, as only he can, the use of worldly instruments is very evident. Never a band to stick with one musical direction, the flow of eastern influence is stand out. Finally, 'Back to the Rules / Walking to the Park' is the longest track out of the four and clocks in at 26:02! With a delightful, if not playful opening culled together with some strong overtones, it is most definitely, even at its massive length, one of the best tracks on the new album.