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One of several soundtracks to Werner Herzog films that the group created, this 1975 LP is a transcendent triumph of ambience featuring gorgeous Mellotron work. Good-sized bonus track, too!

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  • Audio CD (May 25, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Spv
  • ASIN: B0001ZWKBG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,824 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 16, 1998
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
My first encounter with Popol Vuh was through soundtracks for Werner Herzog films, and the sountrack albums remain excellent introductions to the art of this groundbreaking German band. This CD contains material from the movie =Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes= and some additional material that is very welcome indeed. At 55:39 it is one of the longer Popol Vuh releases.
The disk contains the wonderful floating-down-the-Amazon-into-a-world-of-otherworldly-beauty music from the movie, with synthesized voices flowing over a riverbed of electronic keyboard music. It includes the panpipes-solo from the movie in the cut Morgrengruss II, which develops into a cheerful and meditative guitar salutation of a morning garden/the garden of Creation. (Reference Morgengruss I on Einsjager & Siebenjager.)
The cut Agnus Dei is beautifully flavored with the East Indian influences of the time and is emphatically suitable for euphoric meditation.
Also included are three cuts that will turn up from time to time on other releases: Spirit of Peace I, II, and III. These may have been originally released on this CD; portions of these have also been subsequently recorded/released.
The track Vergegenwaertitung is a long (14" plus) cut containing, among other things, the chillingly powerful Die umkehr from the Bruder des schattens album. Taken as a whole the track is a musical meditation journey into a landscape characterized by its stunning virginal beauty, into which we go as the Lords of this Creation, as Adam and Eve into the Garden.
Tracks: Aguirre I; Morgengruss II; Aguirre II; Agnus Dei; Vergegenwaertitung; Spirit of Peace part 1; Spirit of Peace part 2; Spirit of Peace part 3.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gary Bearman on April 4, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is one of my favorite albums of all time and along with Spirit of Peace, Hosianna Mantra & Seligpreisung, one of my favorite Popol Vuh albums. Popol Vuh (for most of their career) were pure magic. I first read about them in the early 80's before the CD re-issues which prompted me to buy some albums. This was the first one I purchased and it is truly stunning. I play this for some people and they are quite WOWed saying what is THAT? The mixture of acoustic and electric guitar that prevade much of the album is so beautiful and intense and the angelic voices on the first track (is it a choir or a synthesizer? I could never tell) has to be heard to be belived - I have heard a good bit of what some people call "sacred music," but none of it touches the first track - I could say a lot, but mostly I would be saying GO BUY THIS CD. The three extra Spirit of Peace tracks are some of the nicest solo piano pieces I've ever heard - as a purist I would have rather had them on a separate CD, but they're really very nice tracks - e-mail me if you want other Popol Vuh recommendations - this is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By William Scalzo on January 5, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I've gone back and forth on a rating for this. I love this band and despite the three stars I highly recommend this CD. Florian Fricke and Daniel Fichelscher made some incredible and beautiful recordings in the 70's. This one might not be the first to buy (that would be Einsjager & Siebenjager,) but it's quite good.

So why only 3 stars? Mainly because two of these songs are already on Einsjager & Siebenjager, one of them under a different name. That kind of burns me because I bought them the same day and was dissapointed in the repetition. Also there are 3 versions of "Aguirre" all of which are good, but in the final analysis 3 versions of the same song plus 2 songs from another album doesn't add up to a classic in my book. That leaves the looong "Vergegenwartigung," which goes absolutely nowhere for 17 minutes. It's the polar opposite of E & J's epic title track which is simply brilliant.

And finally, Djong Yun is nowhere to be found on this all-instrumental CD, yet she's in the credits on vocals. I hate blatantly wrong liner notes, and almost always deduct a star for that offense. I know it's not the fault of the bands, but I try to remember I'm reviewing a piece of commercial product, not the band.

But I don't want to be too negative here. Popol Vuh is well worth getting into but Einsjager & Siebenjager is a better buy and has 2 tracks from this one to boot. Mellotron lovers alert: Fricke plays some killer 'tron on this CD. Listen to the opener, "Aguirre 1." He used that vocal-y sound instead of the more common string-section sound. Really nice.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Aparato SuperSonico on February 19, 2011
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If you saw the Herzog film "Aguirre Der Zorn Gottes", then you probably remember the haunting music played throughout. This album contains some but not all of the music found in the film. Notably the 2 "Aguirre" tracks, and little else. The 16 minute track Vergegenwärtigung belongs to and is a rehash of the "Nosferatu" soundtrack. Morgengruß II and AGnus Dei are not anywhere in the film. And Aguirre III is Aguirre I + Aguirre II. Nothing new here. Missing is the slide guitar or keyboard (can't tell which) solo found in the very beginning of the film, and in the end when Aguirre (Kinski) goes mad and recites a speech declaring himself emperor. While the music contained herein is good, this is not a real soundtrack of the film, but rather an incomplete set of tracks. The same can be said of the Nosferatu album, passing itself as a soundtrack, but is also missing some tracks and giving us only incomplete pieces of longer songs available on previous albums. Maybe somewhere out there there is a bootleg album that will fill in the holes.
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