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2.73 | 38 ratings | 5 reviews | 3% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 1976

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Yoga 1 (22:10)
2. Yoga 2 (18:30)

Total Time: 40:40

Line-up / Musicians

- Florian Fricke / piano, harmonium, producer

- Peter Müller / sarangi
- Alois Gromer / sitar
- Pandit Sankha Chatterjee / tabla
- Beena Chatterjee / vocals

Note: The precise instrumentation has yet to be confirmed

Releases information

LP PDU - SQ 6066 (1976, Italy) Unofficial

CD Spalax - 14207 (1992, France)

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POPOL VUH Yoga ratings distribution

(38 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(3%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(18%)
Good, but non-essential (42%)
Collectors/fans only (26%)
Poor. Only for completionists (11%)

POPOL VUH Yoga reviews

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Review by Sean Trane
2 stars Yoga is to be taken apart from the rest of Popol Vuh's discography . It would've been better released as a Florian Fricke solo album as it seems there are no other connections with Popol Vuh other than himself.

This album is only Classical Indian Music , that was in Vogue by so many German proggers in the mid-70's. I think of Embryo who also made a few Indian-tingued albums but also one pure album of Classical Indian Music. This album is to be ranked alongside that one, not really belonging to the scope of this site. Worth a spin but for completists/fans only.

Review by Eetu Pellonpaa
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars This album was released without Florian's authorization, recordings being captured from casual playing with Indian musicians in the studio, and pressed to European market's with Popol Vuh name. Sometimes this kind of voyeurism to the recording processes can be interesting, though violating the autonomy of artists record releasing policies. I understood same kind of trick was done for Vangelis on "Hypothesis" recording, revealing some casual playing results outside the context of carefully considered thematic work. This forbidden peak to the Florian's studio reveals two long raga's with delightful sitar and tabla conversations and charming female vocalist's singing, Florian contributing with quite small emphasis through his keyboards. The long durations are not borne however from very long mantric performings, but are edited together from shorter sequences. The classic Indian music tapestry should fit well for casual search of Hinduism feelings or as background music for enjoying vegetarian curry dish. Would have been interesting to hear what Florian might have been able to accomplish with more dedicated project with the anonymous musicians, though this album is quite charming also with the lovely cover arts and everything. Thematically it lacks however the sharp aim found from the earlier official recordings of Popol Vuh.

Latest members reviews

3 stars It's very pleasant album of Indian music but pay your attention - it's no Popol Vuh and the character of the involvement of Florian in this record is quite unclear. Truely it was session of Al Gromer Khan (sitar) with the Indian musicians Pandit Sankha Chatterjee (tabla) and Beena Chatterjee (voc ... (read more)

Report this review (#1527091) | Posted by Sergey Slenkoff | Tuesday, February 9, 2016 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This album is not prog. It's Indian classical music played by Indian musicians. I like to play it sometimes. Don't expect any typical POPOL VUH here. Fricke said in an interview: "YOGA is an unauthorized release. Some Indian musicians visited me in my studio, and somebody else took the tapes ... (read more)

Report this review (#31945) | Posted by terramystic | Sunday, January 23, 2005 | Review Permanlink

2 stars Althought I'm giving only two stars to this album, I think this is a very interesting work. The two stars are only due to this type of music, that is not prog at all, but tradicional indian music. Tablas, harmonium, indian vocals and so on. I like it very much, but I don't advise it if you are ... (read more)

Report this review (#31944) | Posted by Melos | Friday, September 24, 2004 | Review Permanlink

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