AMON DUUL II – “UTOPIA” (1973)
Some anonymous comment poster on some other blog sez:
“In 1973 Amon DÃ¼Ã¼l split up over a quarrel that included threats with revolvers and knives. One half set off to record ‘Wolf City’, dosage the other half formed Utopia with a few other musicians. During the recording sessions of ‘Wolf City’ and ‘Utopia’ though the members of Amon DÃ¼Ã¼l 2 made peace again, which ended with the whole Amon DÃ¼Ã¼l 2 gang playing on BOTH records. The Utopia album was re-issued under the name Amon DÃ¼Ã¼l 2 for commercial reasons in the 80s.
I have no idea whether or not the above story is true, but it seems to be the prevailing myth, so whatever. Also, supposedly it features a few guest appearances by members of Passport and Embryo. The song “Deutsch Nepal” appears on both “Wolf City” and “Utopia” in slightly different versions, but I prefer the “Utopia” version much more.
I was a little surprised to find out that this is the only ADII album which now remains out-of-print, while the others are enjoying a healthy little renaissance.