Carnival In Babylon

Artist: Amon Düül II
Label: United Artists Records
Catalog#: UAS-5586
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1972-04
A1 C.I.D. In Uruk 5:30

Composed By - John Weinzierl
Lyrics By - John Weinzierl

A2 All The Years 'Round 7:20

Composed By - John Weinzierl
Composed By - Renate Knaup
Lyrics By - Falk-Ulrich Rogner

A3 Shimmering Sand 6:33

Composed By - Chris Karrer
Lyrics By - Falk-Ulrich Rogner

B1 Kronwinkl 12 3:52

Composed By - John Weinzierl
Lyrics By - John Weinzierl

B2 Tables Are Turned 3:34

Composed By - Chris Karrer
Lyrics By - Falk-Ulrich Rogner

B3 Hawknose Harlequin 9:48

Composed By - Amon Düül II
Lyrics By - Falk-Ulrich Rogner


Artwork By [Cover Design], Photography [Photos] - F.U. Rogner
Backing Vocals - Joy Alaska
Bass, Vocals - Lothar Meid
Drums, Congas - Daniel Fichelscher
Drums, Tambourine - Peter Leopold
Engineer - Jürgen Koppers
Engineer - Peter Kramper
Guitar [E-guitar], Acoustic Guitar [Acc. 12-string], Vocals - John Weinzierl
Guitar [E-guitar], Acoustic Guitar [Acc. Guitar], Violin, Saxophone [Sopr. Sax], Vocals - Chris Karrer
Keyboards, Electronics, Organ - Karl-Heinz Hausmann
Organ - Falk-Ulrich Rogner
Producer [Produced By] - Amon Düül II
Producer [Produced By] - Olaf Kübler
Saxophone [Sopr. Sax], Noises [Door] - Olaf Kübler
Vocals - Renate Knaup


Track A1 is dedicated to Herrn Wagner and the heads of the C.I.D.
Recorded Bavaria Studio
Re-mix STUDIO 70

Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
By now, Amon Düül II had settled into what would be the classic lineup of Chris Karrer on guitar and vocals, Renate Knaup on vocals, John Weinzierl on lead guitar, Lothar Meid on bass, Falk-Ulrich Rogner on keyboards and Peter Leopold on drums, with the ever-present Olaf Kübler producing. Here the band is assisted by Karl-Heinz Hausmann on keyboards, and the more permanent arrival of Daniel Fichelscher as a second drummer. Carnival In Babylon marks a turning point in AD2's musical evolution; the long psychedelic jams now yield to more composed structures, yet they always contain the band's unique musical signature and original songwriting. "C.I.D. in Uruk" opens, a potent rocker punctuated by its rousing chorus. The thematic shifts and involved arrangements are immediately evident, giving the music a huge lift towards the progressive. But the following "All ‘Round the Years" is nonpareil; emotive and with a great lyric, it's Knaup's finest hour. Weinzierl's raw guitar punctuates the left channel of both "Ballad of the Shimmering Sand" and "Kronwinkl 12" (named after their commune), while the vocals of Karrer and Knaup provide a vexing but thoroughly original tandem. This is certainly not the progressive rock of their British contemporaries; AD2's music is unpolished, edgy, even uneasy, but always rewarding. "Tables Are Turned" has a folk feel and shines with its laidback arrangement; the combination of Farfisa, acoustic guitar and Leslie-phased electric guitar is eclectic. "Hawknose Harlequin" closes the album; it's a bluesy jam driven by a fierce bass line and spooky organ, but as it paces through various themes over its near 10-minute length, it reclaims the psychedelic realms of the previous few AD2 albums.
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