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3.85 | 8 ratings | 2 reviews | 0% 5 stars

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Boxset/Compilation, released in 1998

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Im Garten Der Gemeinschaft (4:12)
2. Engel Der Gegenwart (8:21)
3. Mantra Of The Touching Heart (2:14)
4. Wehe Khorazin (5:42)
5. Engel Der Luft (2:16)
6. Nicht Hoch Im Himmel (6:19)
7. Wo Bist Du? (5:43)
8. Aguirre (2:26)
9. Brüder des Schattens - Söhne des Lichts (9:21)
10. Kyrie Djong Yun (5:25)
11. Open Your Heart (4:18)
12. Du Schönste Der Weiber (4:32)
13. King Minos (4:30)
14. Calling You (2:10)
15. For You And Me (5:47)

Total Time: 73:16

Line-up / Musicians

- Florian Fricke / vocals, keyboards
- Djong Yun / vocals
- Conny Veit / guitar
- Daniel Secundus Fichelscher / guitar, drums & percussion
- Bob Eliscu / oboe

+ Bayerisches Staatsorchester conducted by Fritz Sonnleitner

Releases information

CD 1998 Mystic Records MYS CD 121, UK

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Review by philippe
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4 stars This is a compilation which contains all the most successful tracks recorded by the band from the meditation mass "Hosianna Mantra" to "For you and me". That is an excellent recapitulation of Popol Vuh's career, essentialy from the mid period with the classic line up: Florian Fricke (keyboards, piano...) Djong Yun (on vocals) and Daniel Fichelscher (many guitars). The tunes recorded for this collection oscillates between folk progressive rock (King Minos, Im Garten...), celestial creepy music (Brüder des Schattens - Söhne des Lichts: dark choir taken from Nosferatu...) and peaceful melancolic ballads with female vocals (Kyrie...essentialy taken from Hosianna Mantra, For you and me). We can only regret the absence of Popol Vuh's extracts from their two first albums recorded for the Moog Synth and ethnic percussions. A special mention to the previously unreleased recording of Aguirre (the original track mixed with "Dream part 1" from "Affenstunde")
Review by kenethlevine
4 stars I guess I really don't know what to expect from the term "Krautrock". Used to think that the great Eloy were in that category, but they play space rock that happens to come from Germany. Then I thought that the moniker best applied to bands like Amon Duul 2 who were wacky, jarring, and favoured political themes. Groups like Tangerine Dream were more in the genre of electronic music. My only Popol Vuh album is this compilation, and it strikes me as closer to the meditative Tangerine Dream style than anything., but with a slight folk aspect. In any case, for lovers of mellow and contemplative moods like myself, this is a much surer thing than the Krautrock appellation would suggest.

As far as I can tell, this CD summarizes the 1971-1986 period chronologically, which makes it intriguing how the early and late periods are my favourites, with the in between parts being a bit too dissonant and strident the way background noise can become when its volume seems to rise without intervention. Yet for all that, the style over the 15 years of group history is not all that variable. Things do get a bit jazzier in the later going, but the overall effect is of a shade variant. Generally themes are repeated and developed in a similar manner to minimalist works - you either "get it" or you don't. Keyboards tend to dominate, played in a dreamy style in which notes are held expectantly. Acoustic guitars are important to the reflective nature of the pieces. Electric guitar is used more sparingly and generally plucked gently. Its most notable appearance is on the lovely "Du Schonste Der Weisser". Vocals are rare, and are generally served in female form as instrumental accompaniment, as in this piece.

The first three tracks and the last 4 tracks are the most interesting, but "Wo Bist Du" and "Bruder Des Schattens - Sohne Des Lichts" are also highlights. "Engel Der Gegenwart" sounds like something Mike Oldfield may have listened to before producing his solo opuses. "King Minos" shows a somewhat funkier side to the group, with more percussion than generally heard.

Popol Vuh may not be your ultimate driving music, but the late Mr Fricke knew a thing or two about drawing the listener into an alternate world, where I am sure he continues to weave his magic. 3.5 stars rounded up.

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