Wolf City

Artist: Amon Düül II
Label: United Artists Records
Catalog#: UA-LA017-F
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1972-11
A1 Wolf City 3:20
A2 Wie Der Wind Am Ende Einer Strasse 5:42
A3 Deutsch Nepal 3:00
A4 Sleepwalker's Timeless Bridge 4:55
B1 Surrounded By The Stars 7:46
B2 Green Bubble Raincoated Man 5:04
B3 Jail-House Frog 4:54

Producer - Amon Düül II
Producer - Olaf Kübler
Art Direction – Ingo Trauer
Design [Cover], Performer – Falk U. Rogner*
Engineer – Peter Kramper
Performer – Chris Karrer, D. Secundus Fichelscher*, John Weinzierl, Lothar Meid, Renate Knaup-Krötenschwanz*
Performer [Guest] – Al Sri Al Gromer*, Jimmy Jackson (2), Liz Van Neienhoff, Olaf Kübler, Pandit Shankar Lal, Paul Heyda, Peter Leopold, Rolf Zacher


Recorded at Bavaria Studios in the sun of July 1972.
gatefold jacket

Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
Continuing a creative peak for the band, Wolf City was Amon Düül II’s second studio release for 1972. The lineup was more or less stable, with Peter Leopold as the odd man out here. Chris Karrer and John Weinzierl were the primary writers, and the first side offers their craft: Karrer’s “Surrounded By Stars” is chock-full of invention that is AD2 (and another great vocal from Renate Knaup) while Weinzierl offers two of his best: “Green Bubble Raincoated Man”, whose title alone is classic, and the harder rocking “Jail House Frog”, complete with a mad-scientist middle section. The former was also released as a single. Starting the second side (flipped with the first for the US release), Karrer and Weinzierl’s guitar work ride the dark and fantastic groove of the title track until the fade, where the next track, “Wie Der Wind Am Ende Einer Strasse” (Like the Wind at the end of the Street), picks up and floats gently through sitar and tabla. The big-riffing “Deutsch Nepal” blows the proceedings back on course, offering a rare German-language vocal for AD2. Daniel Fichelscher’s guitar-driven “Sleepwalker’s Timeless Bridge” closes the album with authority, and Mellotron. Unparalleled by any group German, British, progressive, psychedelic or otherwise, Carnival In Babylon and Wolf City are albums steeped in originality and invention and mark AD2’s finest hour. The following year saw the excellent Live in London, documenting their late 1972 tour of the UK. The album was recorded at the Greyhound in London, where the band was guests of Roxy Music. 1973 also saw the release of the Utopia album, essentially a side project of Lothar Meid, featuring Jimmy Jackson (Passport), Olaf Kübler, and members of AD2.
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