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Florian Fricke was born by Lake Constance in 1944. From 1959 till 1963 he studied music in Munich, where he was a pupil of Rudolph Hindemith (Paul Hindemith's brother). At the age of 25 he became acquainted with the Moog synthsizer which leads him to form his band POPOL VUH. This name and inspiration come from the holy book of Guatemala's Quiche Indians. Historically, Popol Vuh's "Affestunde" (1970) is the first experimental rock release entirely built around the Moog Synthesiser (with the add of percussions to provide a mystical flavour).

In 1971, their second album "In Den Garten Pharaos" keeps on fusing ambient electronic textures with traditional, ethnic instruments, but put the stress on spiritual themes. In 1972, "Hosianna Mantra" marked a turning point in POPOL VUH career by rejecting electronic instrumentations in favour of acoustic elements including a lot of oboe, konga, tamboura accompaniment and female vocals (the Korean soprano singer Djong Yun and later Renate Knaup, front woman of AMON DÜÜL II)

In 1974, after the departure of the guitarist Conny Veit (the founder of GILA), Daniel Fichelscher (former drummer of AMON DÜÜL II) becomes an active member of POPOL VUH ethereal and spiritual adventure. Florian Frike's POPOL VUH was also known from a larger audience thanks to the collaboration with the German director Werner Herzog, providing the soundtracks of many of his classic films, notably the hypnotic and reflective "Aguire, Wrath of God", "Heart of Glass"...In 1978, Florian Fricke founded the "working group for creative singing" and became a member of the society of breathing therapy. He holds lectures all over the world on his work in this field.

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In Den Garten PharaosIn Den Garten Pharaos
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Werner Herzog SoundtracksWerner Herzog Soundtracks
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3.11 | 73 ratings
Affenstunde
1970
3.99 | 149 ratings
In den Gärten Pharaos
1971
4.22 | 237 ratings
Hosianna Mantra
1972
4.10 | 106 ratings
Seligpreisung
1973
4.01 | 95 ratings
Einsjäger & Siebenjäger
1974
3.70 | 75 ratings
Das Hohelied Salomos
1975
4.16 | 99 ratings
Letzte Tage - Letzte Nächte
1976
2.73 | 28 ratings
Yoga
1976
4.02 | 117 ratings
Aguirre, The Wrath of God
1976
3.64 | 40 ratings
Herz aus Glas
1977
3.95 | 71 ratings
Nosferatu
1978
3.51 | 47 ratings
Brüder des Schattens - Söhne des Lichts
1978
3.87 | 38 ratings
Die Nacht der Seele
1979
3.48 | 29 ratings
Sei still, wisse ICH BIN
1981
3.36 | 21 ratings
Agape-Agape Love-Love
1984
2.92 | 16 ratings
Spirit of Peace
1985
3.00 | 15 ratings
Cobra Verde
1987
2.60 | 11 ratings
For You and Me
1991
2.59 | 8 ratings
City Raga
1995
1.73 | 12 ratings
Shepherd's Symphony
1997
2.58 | 10 ratings
Messa Di Orfeo
1999

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0.00 | 0 ratings
Discover Cosmic
1975
0.00 | 0 ratings
Perlenklänge - The Best Of Popol Vuh
1976
4.07 | 34 ratings
Tantric Songs
1981
2.55 | 12 ratings
Fitzcarraldo
1982
3.88 | 5 ratings
Music from the Werner Herzog Films
1982
0.00 | 0 ratings
In The Gardens Of Pharao / Aguirre
1983
2.00 | 3 ratings
Gesang der Gesänge
1988
4.84 | 6 ratings
The Best of Popol Vuh
1989
0.00 | 0 ratings
Florian Fricke
1991
3.88 | 18 ratings
Hosianna Mantra / Tantric Songs
1991
2.59 | 9 ratings
Sing, for Songs Drive Away the Wolves
1993
3.00 | 3 ratings
Best of Popol Vuh
1993
3.00 | 2 ratings
Movie Music
1994
3.00 | 2 ratings
Soundtracks For Werner Herzog
1996
3.95 | 6 ratings
Nicht Hoch Im Himmel
1998
0.00 | 0 ratings
Future Sound Experience
2002
2.50 | 2 ratings
70s Progressives
2006
2.00 | 1 ratings
The Werner Herzog Soundtracks
2011
0.00 | 0 ratings
Revisited & Remixed 1970 - 1999
2011
0.00 | 0 ratings
Kailash
2015

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0.00 | 0 ratings
City Raga
1995
0.00 | 0 ratings
Nachts: Schnee
2008

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 Yoga by POPOL VUH album cover Studio Album, 1976
2.73 | 28 ratings

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Yoga
Popol Vuh Krautrock

Review by Sergey Slenkoff

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 (vocals) produced by Florian Fricke. It seems that only for commercial reasons and without their approvement it was released half-officially and labeled as Popol Vuh album. It's possible that Florian later recorded his parts of harmnoium over the live session record. It's good record if you are newcomer to authentic Indian music but it has nearly nothing to do with Popol Vuh.

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 Letzte Tage - Letzte Nächte by POPOL VUH album cover Studio Album, 1976
4.16 | 99 ratings

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Letzte Tage - Letzte Nächte
Popol Vuh Krautrock

Review by ebil0505

4 stars Coming only from experiencing Hosianna Mantra, this album appealed to me a lot quicker because of it's more driven sound. Everyone and everything that talks about Popol Vuh claims that Florian Fricke is the mastermind ringleader of the band, and I'll have to take their word for it because the piano is barely noticeable. Even on the perfect "Kyrie" it soon becomes drowned out. This is not to discredit the music in any way, mind you. From one song to the next, this is without a doubt a fluidly memorable album that also works well when analyzed one song at a time. As a person who loves catchy tunes, I was supremely delighted to hear Daniel Fichelscher's guitar work deliver some instantly classic riffs. I'm not sure which singer is the female singer, but whoever she is, she does a superbly emotional job. I could honestly listen to her sing "Harem Dei, Raram Dei" all day long.

Music stands out to me more when the album ventures through different intensities, as this one does. One song will be pleasant and the next one will literally make me wanna bang my head (not too hard) and really groove with the chords and such. There is quite a lot of music to take in with this album, and after a few listens it really grows into something spectacular. I would recommend this to anyone who is searching for something to listen to while being surrounded by nature, or if you live on a farm. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone who is immediately turned off because the guitar isn't hard enough, or the chorus isn't catchy enough, or they can't understand the words. Hopefully no one reading this review, then.

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 In den Gärten Pharaos by POPOL VUH album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.99 | 149 ratings

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In den Gärten Pharaos
Popol Vuh Krautrock

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

4 stars After introducing the world to the possibilities of the Moog synthesizer and the spaced out sonicscapes on their debut album "Affenstunde," Florian Fricke led his unique band POPOL VUH to continue that sound and put out another even more spaced out sprawling two song epic album on IN DEN GÄRTEN PHARAOS (In the gardens of Pharaoh).

What we get here is an ambient morphing sonic sprawl that defies description really. This is highly experimental and consists of only African and Turkish percussion and the Moog synthesizer organ. No guitar, no bass, no weird exotic instruments. The title track has a more energetic percussion line serving as the backbone of the music while the mood of the Moog is simply to simulate a dream state where one is riding the clouds or something. The second track simply titled "Vuh" is a more placid affair but still takes you on a tripped out ride through the ethers.

Despite this album having very little in what I would call musical structure, for some reasons it works quite well. I find that pure ambient albums can be boring more often than not, but the subtle changes that occur on this album seem to be thought out and strategically placed to maximize listening pleasure. I do declare that it works out to be an astonishing success. After this album POPOL VUH would move on to a piano based compositional style and pass the baton of spaced out electronic music to Klaus Schulze who would continue and evolve this ethereal ambiance even further.

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2.00 | 1 ratings

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The Werner Herzog Soundtracks
Popol Vuh Krautrock

Review by Sean Trane
Special Collaborator Prog Folk

— First review of this album —
2 stars A fairly luxurious boxset that features Popol Vuh's music for the different Werner Herzog films that were made over the course of 25 years. Of course, the relation between the Florian Fricke dates from the 60's (they met at art school), but it wasn't untim Aguirre in 76 when the two started an official colaboration, though there were a previous experience in the late 60's. Having four of the five movies which are "featured" here, this writer can more or less judge how pertinent the music was to the movie, whether the OST are fideland relevant to what's to be heard in the actual movies (not very often the case in my experience) and how much of it is really up to Fricke/Popol. Past the lush box that opens from the bottom (hence the risk of dropping the content on the floor), a second desappointment quickly appears... The five booklets of the five individual didipak Cds are exactly the same, thus driving the price uselessly high. For that matter, the content of this booklet is included in the luxurious other booklet, which is much more complete, and talks of Popol Vuh's entire discography until Cobra Verde (their last film together), but nothing going deep.

Aguirre : Of the four Herzog/Popol films I have seen, this one is my fave, but let's face it: Spanish Conquistador speaking German in the middle of the Amazon tropical forest in the early XVIth C does not give much credibility to the film. Otherwise, I've been left with such a lasting impression from this movie that makes it useless to ever see it again. This is the only PV OST that I've ever owned historically, and I was kind of curious when buying it, because the movie was very silent and oppressively so. So I recently revisited the movie, and still haven't found most of the music on the OST. To be quite honest, when I revisited the CD of this boxset (my vinyl was long gone), I still don't know where this music comes from and I don't find it particularly apt to fit the movie itself. The opening celestial-sounding Aguirre could fit the intro and descent into the Green Inferno of the film, the short Inca flute piece could find its place as well. While the Morgengruss piece is close to what Popol was doing on their studio albums, it bears little sonic relation to the Conquistador's flight to extermination of the movie. The second Aguirre piece is starting as celestial, but slowly develops to the usual superb Popol music developped in the official albums. There is nothing oppressive about the music (quite the opposite) that would match the movie's sinister (but hypnotizing) ambiance and storyline. Even the album's artwork bears nothing resembling the movie's universe. The only piece that nears the oppressive and sinister ambiances of the movie is the 16-mins Wärtigung, that sounds more like their early works of Affenstude or In Den Garten. The bonus third Aguirre track returns to the celestial layers of the opening track.

Heart Of Glass: One of the most boring movie ever made, but t least the Euiropean setting for the German-speaking movie is not nearly disturbing as its predecessor. However, this real visual bore happens also to be an immense yawner as far as sound is concerned. Again, the flim features little music - whether part of the story or in terms of ambance setting. So the actual music featured on this "OST" seems to come from unknown heavenly origin (the movie is shot in severe or dastic protestant circles of the XVIIIth C, if memory serves), but we're not far from Fricke Fichelser's usual trippy jammy music with sitar or tambura. Nothing pertinent to the movie, and as the French would say: "du n'importe quoi" (anything goes) or even "du foutage de gueule" (face- screwing scam), IF the music wasn't the usual Popol quality.

Nosferatu : the only movie that I haven't seen in this boxset (never a fabn of dumb vampire myths anyway), so it will be difficult for me to judge , espcially that there is miore than one version of this album, the second being released under the Brüder Des Schattens album of the following year. Don't expect from me a judgment of valor on this album, since I have too little background, but the music is very Popol-esque, though sometimes very slow and calm. Again, most of it is happy and serene, a bit the contrast of the movie's sinister gloom and doom (says the booklet). I am tempted to believe that this OST is like the previous two, not faithfully repecting the movie's sonic reality. But then again, the music is so much better on these first three OST than in the movies (when there is any at all) that one may not care that the it does respect those movie's sonic characteristics or not.

Fitzcarraldo: the first Herzog film I saw at theater release time, and maybe the most accessible of the five here, but again a ggod part of the movie is spoken in German in the heart of the Amazon forest, which causses credibility issues. As for the music on the OST , it's the first time that it is true to the movie's sonics, but there is fairly little of Popol's music in there. Indeed, we're given most of the movie's operette music , even sometimes reprocing the scratchy 78 RPM record player. By this time, Popol's line-up featured three Amon Duul 2 member, including the now-old addition of Fichelscher, but also Renate Knaup and Chirs Karrer; but it's not like you'll be notocing their contributions much, because there is maybe four, max five, tracks (out of 15) that are Popol's. Fitzcaaldo's OST is of little relevance to Popol fans, but much more in Herzog's sphere. This disc is the weak link inside this boxset's about the Popol universe.

Cobra Verde: This might be the last Herzog movie I saw in the theaters, and it was a long mother...er too; and it was mega-ambitious too, if only by the huge crowds featured in the story. Not as accessible as Fitzcarraldo to the mainstream crowds, it again features German text, this time in Africa as well as Brazil. And again, the OST is not really fitting the movie's overal sonics (except for one track called Ziavi), as we're missing all of the tribal dances (which didn't bear Popol's paws anyway). Most of the music from Popol is almost new-age/ambient type, which contrasts with the sometimes very intense and violent and poignant scenes of the movie. Again, this soundtracks doesn't reflect faithfully what I remember from the movie (last sen partially five years ago on TV), but unlike Fitzcaraldo's OST, this is more of a real Popol album.

In conclusion: If you except for the outer packaging, this boxset (released in '11) is nothing new in its content. Indeed, outside the big booklet, the five digipak CDs are the one that were released in '04 to '06 on SPV, and just crammed into this dark blue package to sucker unaware fans into buying the whole thing at once. But once again, this is nothing new as it is again obvious that Popol's musical oeuvre has neen often messed with (re-worked as some would pompously say), and I am kind of totally lost (and disgruntled) by these sometimes dishonest tamperings. Better avoid if you already own the classic Popol album, there is not much new under the sun that these OST can bring to PV's musical universe.

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 Das Hohelied Salomos by POPOL VUH album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.70 | 75 ratings

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Das Hohelied Salomos
Popol Vuh Krautrock

Review by agla

4 stars The band was created thanks to one of the most important figures of Teutonic music, Florian Fricke (who died in December 2001 at the age of 57 years old). The artist is pervaded by spiritual influences, due to travel to the Far East and India, a spirituality that you find in sacred sounds but also classical and Rock. Florian Fricke studied the piano and subsequently made ​​his debut in the musical world with an album of electronic music titled "Affenstunde", but the Popol Vuh born in 1969 in Monaco and it takes three years to compose this first lp.

With the next "in Den gaerten Pharaos" the author moves away from that kind of music, to get into spiritualism human, recording the song along even in a cathedral, followed by other works of Rock religious to reach in 1975. This disc concept inspired by "Song of Solomon" and since the cover you can savor the atmosphere in India which come out in all their splendor, thanks to the siter by Al Gromer and Tabla by Shana Kumar.

This is considered one of the high points of his career Fricke, later also dedicated to the soundtracks of films and film productions.

The tracks on the CD are twelve all imbued with dreamy atmospheres and positive, sometimes attributable to Pink Floyd of "A Saucerful Of Secrets" as the initial "Steh Auf , Zieh Mich Nach Dir" Overall it is a trip of thirty-eight minutes and it's a pleasure to be carried away by the gentle acoustic notes and by the voice of Shana. Who loves Pink Floyd will be fascinated listening to "Du schönste Der Weiber" and "Du Mich Mit Tranke Deinen küssen" but it really is all about the cd that captivates.

A jewel that will delight those who see music as a means of transport, towards spiritual shores where only love reigns and peace of mind.

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 In den Gärten Pharaos by POPOL VUH album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.99 | 149 ratings

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In den Gärten Pharaos
Popol Vuh Krautrock

Review by Guldbamsen
Special Collaborator Retired Admin

5 stars Germany beckons

Florian Fricke is mostly known for the haunting soundtracks he provided for the legendary German film maker Werner Herzog, but what most people fail to realise is the impact he had on the early progressive electronic scene. He would of course never admit to this, but then again Florian never thought his early experimentations with the Moog lll were any good. This was also the main reason for him shapeshifting into the acoustic spiritual powerhouse he became after the release of this bewilderingly stunning album.

In den Gärten Pharaos was thus the last real electronic album of Popol Vuh, before the big Moog responsible for all the magic mayhem and alien sounds, got sold to Klaus Schulze, completely unaware of the awaiting space voyages it was to undertake. On this album you face the instrument in a warped embryonic state. Sharp and electrically chirping around the edges, Florian puts as much emphasis on the jittery quality of the Moog, as he does the beautiful yearning drones that lie waaaay in the back of the chords. Compared to say a vocalist, it would translate into a strange enigmatic form of gargling.

Entrancing, hypnotising and infinitely tribal in their expression, the African drums accompanying the title track do exactly nothing to soothe the avantguarde nature of the synths. Although starting with the most gorgeous watery sounds, it quickly turns into a huffing and puffing beast of cacophonous Moog splashes and galloping rhythms. At this point your subconsciousness has probably left the building, and you're now sweeping deliriously back and forth in a fire-storm of trance inducing music. The real part of the genius though, happens when this raucous unfiltered commotion reaches its final border, the place where music seizes to exist and turns into noise; right there and then a soulful Fender Rhodes releases the piece from all its tensions, and like a colossal mountain of relief the atmosphere elegantly loosens up and develops wings - taking the remainder of the track into unknown heights of beauty.

This is however not an easy listen. The time it takes for you to get to that monumental moment where the waters shift, and you suddenly get melody and concord, - that amount of time will have even the most seasoned music fan growing nervous and unwieldy(that is the point though). I have come to love the bulky tribal feel of it, but first after I realised what it really was: Western raga. This album basically revolves around the same principles as the Indian raga. It's that same insisting tangential force, where music develops as it goes - metamorphosing in the hands of the musicians.

The second cut Vuh is no stranger to this endearing trait, although it comes off decisively more silky. Without the atonality and bumps of the first side, the music now has the opportunity to branch out in these floating airy constellations. Flirting around with the hovering presence of a church organ, Florian guides the listener on a journey through the clouds and beyond. The infusion of a gong and the subsequent addition of dreamy cymbals and subdued tribal drumming, makes the track become otherworldly. This could very well prove to be music from the ancient civilisation of Atlantis...

A lot of different badges are associated with Popol Vuh. Devotional Krautrock, holy music and psychedelic folk are all stickers I've seen thrown at this band, yet Florian himself often used the term Shamanism music. I think I prefer his explanation...

There's no bass, no guitar, no song and, at times, no concord whatsoever. Now how on earth does this album then continue to captivate seekers of experimental music from across the globe? I think it's the trip, pure and simple. It's very seldom you find albums that are all about the trip. Often they get watered down, and re-recorded in order to be more approachable and 'normal'. In den Gärten Pharaos is anything but normal though, and I thank my lucky stars for that. Listening to this record sends me on a thrilling adventure through mind and body. It puts me in a deep trance, and summons all of my most illustrious images of life, nature and the universe - culminating in short glimpses of ecstasy, where goosebumps wash over me like a series of rough tidal waves.

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 Nosferatu  by POPOL VUH album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.95 | 71 ratings

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Nosferatu
Popol Vuh Krautrock

Review by admireArt
Collaborator PSIKE Team

4 stars Although it seems like Werner Herzog's Nosferatu's soundtrack (1979), this is not exactly true, but all in all, it really does not matter as a listening experience solely. Excerpts of the whole work were actually used for the movie and if you watched it (as I did, many years ago), it will almost be impossible not to build, in your own mind, a mixture of imaginary and the real movie vampire story.

Market wise Popol Vuh opened themselves to new audiences via art cinema in the hands of Herzog's fantasies, they already have worked with him in AGUIRRE (1975).

Ok enough with the movie talk. Dark menacing symphonic like musical structures counterpointed by Popol Vuh's multi-national bright/dark instrumentation. The compositions are sparkled with minimal drone like and highly attractive and visual passages. Its dynamic and well thought song distribution, as well, tells its own vampire story.

Another virtue this release holds is its natural approach to mid-ages european folklore but sounding atemporal the same way (which is in fact one of Popol Vuh's constant compositional lines).

To expect Krautrock (or Rock to that matter) will not happen, but that in itself is why Popol Vuh's musical language is so unique and the fact of being so obscure in its styling charges the music into a then not explored territory by this ensemble.

****4 PA stars.

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 Yoga by POPOL VUH album cover Studio Album, 1976
2.73 | 28 ratings

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Yoga
Popol Vuh Krautrock

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.

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 Letzte Tage - Letzte Nächte by POPOL VUH album cover Studio Album, 1976
4.16 | 99 ratings

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Letzte Tage - Letzte Nächte
Popol Vuh Krautrock

Review by Eetu Pellonpaa
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

5 stars This album focusing its concerns of the "Final Day - Final Night" moves drastically from the overwhelmingly peaceful elevating territories of earlier albums towards darker moods. "Der grosse Krieger" counterbalances the small war opener of "Einsjäger & Siebenjäger" with a much greater conflict, illustrated trough dramatic weaving of guitars from several channels, knitting a melancholic memorial carpet of collapsing cities. Heavier assault from drums and vast instrumentation layers enforce the impact of this great apocalyptic scenery, and also introduces harder musical approach to the lighter acoustic tones dominating earlier records. The confrontation scene leads to dual compositions contemplating "How near is the path below" and "How far is the path above". First impression to this perspective is granted trough mythic orientalism from dark shades of archaic percussions. Fatalistic theme of guitar creeps closer, persisting quite long on the stalking phase, until released to glide to the vast lands of imagination, allowing optimistic choices being seen in the horizon for the first time. Second illumination introduces the album's key mantra "Haram dei Raram dei Haram dei Ra", which I believe might refer to "The most sacred holy sanctuary of sun" (or something similar). The chant borne from tribal acoustic textures opens as wonderfully rolling acid rock passage, signaling an unchangeable fatalistic truth from its monolithic persistence. The first album closes to more calmer hymn "In Your hands", returning to the more soothing light orientalist fusion sounds familiar from the earlier 1970's recordings of Popol Vuh, and giving promises of hope with its elevating closing chords.

The second side of the LP starts with "Kyrie", not repeating the melody from "Hosianna Mantra"'s similarly named composition. I believe the singing is started here by Djong Yun and later joined by Renate Knaup, together forming a chorus which starts rising powerfully from the beginning's piano basis, shifting emphasis to guitars and gaining unearthly power for its call. Return to the "Haram Dei" mantra leads to a visionary sight, guiding towards the correct path in darkness trough the shimmer from krautrock treadmills of drum enforced evangelistic assault. The conclusion of the final day rolls guided by the faith familiar from the first side's closing, fulfilling the healing potential of the marvelous group, and leading to the universal answer of love. The lyrics from the few last songs are also sung in English, though the titles are written in German to the album sleeve. So though the record's theme is about the absolute end of earthly existence, it however leads towards spiritual hope of continuity, relying on promises of unseen lands, the potential of loving and the justice of holy creator. Musically the record is also more harmonious than some of the earlier Fricke / Fichelscher albums, and reaches ultimate climaxes of spiritual experience from heavier approach, which was earlier succeeded from more quiet paths of piety on "Hosianna Matra". I got an opportunity to hear the bonus tracks of 2005 released SPV CD version, which provide pleasant glimpses to possible omitted takes and longer edits from the album sessions, being interesting, but not necessary for the core experience of the original album. An album, which I consider along the finest recorded by this extraordinary group, enlarging also the mental and tonal palette of Popol Vuh by introducing heavier approach to the musical language of Florian and his musician friends.

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 Das Hohelied Salomos by POPOL VUH album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.70 | 75 ratings

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Das Hohelied Salomos
Popol Vuh Krautrock

Review by Eetu Pellonpaa
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

5 stars Popol vuh returns to biblical themes by drawing inspiration from the Song of Songs. These ancient love poems were at some point combined to the myths of King Solomon, and thus this Hebrew tradition heritage also as a part of the Old Testament. Musically Florian's and Daniel's piano & guitar driven core is supported again by Djong Yun's voice, and is also strengthened by Indian sitar-tabla duo, creating wonderful world music fusion tapestries for this adorable song from Middle-Eastern legacy. Though these texts can be interpreted from different religious and political viewpoints, I believe Florian approached them as ultimate dedications for human loving. The blossoming album covers introduce well the theme of earthly paradise for man and woman, relating with its visual appearance to the Garden of Eden of Genesis, and also containing both allegorical and concrete sceneries of vineyards and nature's fertile richness.

On the first side "O fairest of women" standing forth for being observed, is revealed with powerful mystical sonic displays, leading to a romantic hymn of weaving guitars trough the more vividly twisting amplified opening track. The vocal presence is also now stronger than on the earlier record "Einsjäger & Siebenjäger". Oriental sound textures merge wonderfully to the guitar and percussive driven sounds, allowing glimpses to similarly holy and sensual visions. Both album sides culminate to an impressionistic still life of King Solomon, centralizing as the kind king reining the kingdom for supreme praises of feminine adorations. The first evocation of the Son of Salomon is encircled by some sort of visions of moonlit alleys. I believe these parts describe the dreams of poem's maiden searching her lover from the nocturnal streets. On the first dream she finds him, the wedding progressions leading to first encounter of the son of David, and the second dream denies her lover's discovery, leaving her alone with the city guards. The first vision of Solomon flows with most sacred solemnity, reaching ultimate heights of sanctity trough weeps of guitar and divine singing, the night visions around him being first quite fearful, second run escaping to joys of on drum supported rock melody explorations, thus possibly studying the tale from reverse chronology.

On the second side of the album the winter has passed after the night's dream sequences, the rains being over and gone. Indian tabla and sitar dialogue is introduced here to the music, exploding as really euphoric all-loving tonal art expression. The blossoms of poetic genius bloom on the descriptions of lively vineyards, representing the fair woman appreciated; "How much sweeter is your love than wine", these lyrics hovering on the wings of truth towards the infinity. The second apparition of King Solomon might be seen as governor of these vineyards and lands, the holy grandiose theme studied now both trough the licks of the sitar and full presence of the orchestra repertoire, embodying as a powerful mythic oriental colossus, protecting the gardens of love with firm soul of kindness. Instead of governing vineyards and the lands, the mortal male character of the poem is satisfied the vineyard being the woman of his love; "You drink me with your kiss", closing the record with the ecstatic determination of rolling forward on the path of life, blessed with gift of love's bounds.

I consider this clearly thematic album as musically masterful accomplishment, culminating the spontaneous musical ideas to more concrete end result than on the few earlier recordings. It can certainly be rejoiced as earthly or spiritual sensation, still in my opinion honoring the ancient traditional concept aiming to the kind loving aspects of mankind, refreshingly instead the usual mad violent dreams of megalomania. Also the minor discontinuity of spontaneous musical realizations through fade-ins and outs flow here more smoothly than on the earlier record, maybe due more powerfully dominating presence of loving adoration on the sonic aims, the general calmness of the whole album, and by support of clearer record theme. I would recommend especially this album along with "Hosianna Mantra" from Popol Vuh's wonderful album repertoire for those in need of healing freely flowing progressive rock music.

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