Friday, October 20, 2006

Round To The Stars

Another post about my favourite German band, this time we explore another side of their sound. In 1972 Amon Düül II released a couple of albums on which they had been able to use their experimentations to compose shorter and more accessible songs, with brilliant results, right before they became a too commercial band, very different from the old freaks' commune.
The first video is a promo clip for the single version of All The Years Round, a song included on Carnival In Babylon, that, thanks to John Peel, had been played several times on British radio. It is a wonderful psych-folk song, on which Renate Knaup's shrill falsetto vocals play a main role, with the typical Amon Düül II's gothic atmosphere. The clip is very beautiful and evocative too, it reminds of the imaginative artwork they used for their albums' covers.
I found this video in mpeg format with a size of more than 200 Mb; to reduce it I've converted it into a wmv file of just 60 Mb, with almost the same quality. You can preview it with Real Player here, I think it was also included as a bonus on some CD re-release, but I'm not sure.
Surrounded By The Stars is the opening track of Wolf City, another fascinating ballad, that here is played live in 1975, with one of the best performance I ever heard by Renate.
This last clip is one of many old German rock videos that the TV channel WDR had the good idea to get back from the archives recently.

Amon Düül II - All The Years Round (1972)
Amon Düül II - Surrounded By The Stars (1975)


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for the video !
but surrounded not work, too bad !!


10/25/2006 10:06 PM  
Blogger Mirco said...

The video works, I've just checked it...

10/26/2006 12:48 AM  
Anonymous mick black said...


I just downloaded the vid and it also showed zero kb in the file...? Anything special to do besides unstuff it?

thanks for all the GREAT posts...especially the Beefheart and Stonehenge (Hawkwind/Harper)and German (T. Rex) festival clips...priceless...


10/31/2006 9:25 PM  
Blogger Mirco said...

It is a .txt file that explains you how to download the video...

11/01/2006 12:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i want download surrounded by the stars but i can't get the code letters to come up so i can enter them.Any ideas? Thanks

11/15/2006 6:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great about posting the middle chunk of the song?

11/18/2006 6:06 AM  
Blogger Mirco said...

What do you mean the middle chunk? Which song?

11/18/2006 4:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the middle chunk of surrounded by the stars.mine has only one verse.its about 3 and a half minutes it just my download that got messed up-thanks

11/23/2006 5:14 AM  
Blogger Mirco said...

This is the video as it's been broadcasted by WDR television. I just saw it again, yes they probably have cut a portion of the song...

11/23/2006 7:46 AM  
Anonymous Ulak-bar said...

good night
i´ve downloaded surrounded by stars two times, with no music!

thank you for your effort

11/25/2006 2:15 AM  
Blogger Mirco said... mean there is no audio?

11/25/2006 3:44 AM  
Anonymous Ulak-bar said...

70 mb but with no music

11/28/2006 1:28 PM  
Blogger Mirco said...

Very strange, it might be a codec problem,. try to download this codec pack:

11/28/2006 7:29 PM  
Anonymous ulak-bar said...

obrigado então,obrigado!

12/07/2006 2:43 AM  
Anonymous ulak-bar said...

era isso aí, Mirco! obrigado
gosto muito do Roky Erickson também. Obrigado pelos novos vídeos

12/07/2006 5:46 AM  

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